JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ A scheduling conflict will prevent No. 12 Mississippi State from reaping the benefits of its surprising run to the Southeastern Conference tournament title game.

The university has withdrawn its application to stage the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament because of a lack of available hotel rooms in the Starkville area the days the games are scheduled to take place.

Mississippi State is the site of the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop from March 17-19, with about 1,000 people from more than 50 southern colleges taking part.

``It's disappointing to the university, the administration and the community,'' Lady Bulldogs coach Sharon Fanning said Thursday. ``Sometimes life just throws you a curve. Who would have thought it would have been that weekend?''

Jimmy Abraham, the school's director of enrollment services, said the workshop has been scheduled for about a year.

Fanning said the administration suggested moving the games to Tupelo or Jackson, but the NCAA requires the site and hotel accommodations be within 30 miles of campus.

The NCAA requires 150 rooms be available for the tournament organizers, teams and media.

Mississippi State (23-7) won three games last week in the SEC tournament, including victories over nationally ranked Auburn and Georgia, before falling to Tennessee in the final.