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Mississippi State 74, Alabama 66: 20/20 Hindsight

The Crimson Tide basketball team succumbed to the SEC West leading Mississippi State Bulldogs 74-66 on Wednesday night in Starkville's Humphrey Coliseum. Due to time restraints, Roll 'Bama Roll will not have its usual full analysis of the game. Instead, we will take a look at reactions from the media...

There was no dramatic second-half collapse for the Crimson Tide in its 74-66 loss to MSU on Wednesday night. There was no last-second heartbreak. It was just a case of both teams relying on their strengths and the Bulldogs proving to be stronger.

Cecil Hurt | Tuscaloosa News

Alabama suffered its sixth consecutive road loss tonight, falling 74-66 to Mississippi State in a game made memorable by Varnado's capture of the NCAA's all-time career record for blocked shots.

Gentry Estes | Mobile Press-Register

"There was a lot of excitement in the building and a lot of emotion in that game," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "Our guys could've got caught up in it. But it was a two-point game with 3 minutes to play. They just made the difficult shots. Who knows what would've happened if some of those shots didn't fall."

ESPN game recap

Senior guard Mikhail Torrance scored a game-high 23 points but the University of Alabama men’s basketball team was unable to overcome an 11-point second-half deficit in a 74-66 loss at Mississippi State Wednesday night. game recap

Jarvis Varnado's quest to be alone atop the NCAA blocked shots list didn't wait around for another game.

Neither did Mississippi State's quest to be alone atop the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

Kyle Veazey | Clarion-Ledger

We'll be back with our usual in-depth game preview for our home game on Saturday against Ole Miss. Roll Tide.