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The Mississippi State Bulldogs basketball team earned SEC Championships in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1991, and 2004, and SEC Tournament Championships in 1996 and 2002. The Bulldogs played in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1963, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. In 1995, MSU made the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament, and in 1996, MSU won the Elite Eight game and played in the Final Four. In 1963, the team made history by defying an order from the Governor of Mississippi to not play in the NCAA tournament, because the team they faced had African-Americans on its squad. Coach Babe McCarthy snuck the team out of Starkville to travel to East Lansing, Michigan, only to lose to Loyola, who went on to win the title that year. This was one of the first times that an all-white school faced a team with blacks as its members, and is considered to be a watershed moment in the Civil Rights era. The 1995-96 team reached a pinnacle in MSU's basketball history, winning a second-straight SEC Western Division title, claiming a first-ever SEC Tournament Championship over top-ranked and eventual national champion Kentucky, and gaining a berth in the NCAA's national championship Final Four. That team earned its national championship ticket with impressive regional wins. Mississippi State's 26 wins that season were the most in school history at the time. Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum is the largest on-campus basketball arena in the state of Mississippi. Opened in 1975, Humphrey Coliseum has undergone many modifications during recent years to rank as one of the finest multi-purpose facilities in the Southeastern Conference. The arena seats 11,000 fans.


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