STARKVILLE -- Humble and hungry. Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer is going to try to follow that way of thinking the rest of the season. It might sound like a difficult proposition, especially since the Bulldogs are off to a program-record 19-0 start and have climbed to all-time high rankings in The Associated Press and the USA Today polls (No. 4).
Character is important to Tyrone Shorter. He tries to mold it into all of his football players at Noxubee County. He also tries to instill it in the Tigers by playing some of the toughest competition every season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- There wasn't a lot for the home crowd to cheer about Wednesday night in the Alabama men's basketball team's 68-56 victory against the Missouri Tigers, but Riley Norris did his best to keep the crowd in it with 11 first-half points.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Mario Kegler looked down at the stats and shook their heads. The Mississippi State men's basketball players were somber Tuesday night as they digested an 88-81 loss to No. 5 Kentucky. MSU coach Ben Howland didn't look at the stats as he began his opening statement. He praised his players and didn't gaze at the stats until questions were asked.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The pictures chart Jeff White's maturation. One picture -- appropriately secured in a frame with a baseball motif -- has White mustering all of his strength to wield a bat in T-ball. Another picture shows White standing a little taller than his age-group teammates. Another is a color one of him in his Pickens Academy uniform -- No. 44 -- and a black and white picture of his grandfather, Jack, poised in a catcher's stance.
Codie Futral cradled the ball in his hands as the final seconds expired. The Starkville Academy senior then turned his right shoulder and pointed to some of the remaining Volunteer faithful to acknowledge their support.
STARKVILLE -- With less than a minute remaining in the game, a mild scuffle broke out in front of the Kentucky men's basketball team's bench. Mississippi State coach Ben Howland and Kentucky coach John Calipari had to help the officials break up the scuffle and pull their respective players back to their bench.
OXFORD -- Terence Davis scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds as the Ole Miss men's basketball team closed with a 12-2 run in the final three minutes Tuesday night to defeat Tennessee 80-69.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has had an uncanny knack for making history the past three seasons. Whether it's imposing its defensive will on opponents or frustrating them by taking multiple charges, coach Vic Schaefer has used toughness to transform the Bulldogs into a national contender.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Insell and the Ole Miss women's basketball team don't want anything to do with moral victories. Coming off a victory against Tennessee that snapped a 28-game losing streak in that series, Insell is fired up about his team, and has been all season. The fourth-year coach believes in his Rebels and feels -- to coin a phrase the program has used all season -- it's time for them to take the next step and return to the NCAA tournament.
CLINTON -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team has had a lot of success in the Jackson area lately. Starkville's good fortunes continued in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon in a 60-59 victory against Murrah in the 10th-annual Rumble in the South Classic at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Markedric Bell doesn't have the basketball background others have. Bell didn't play organized basketball in junior high, but he decided to join the Starkville High School boys basketball team. Bell didn't play as a freshmen, but he practiced and received a chance to play as a sophomore.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland doesn't view his team's next game as an opportunity to "prove something." Instead, he views it as a another game, even if it is a matchup against the best team in the Southeastern Conference and one of the best in the nation.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Greg Byrne is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Alabama's athletic director after running Arizona's athletic department since 2010. The university announced Monday that Byrne, currently the Wildcats' vice president for athletics, will take over March 1. Bill Battle announced his retirement as Alabama's athletic director Sunday night.
STARKVILLE -- Staying humble is important to Vic Schaefer.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers didn't need another Hail Mary this time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland began his opening statement giving a general quote about the game.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland embraced Lamar Peters as the two walked off the Humphrey Coliseum court Saturday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- The memory remains fresh in Tom Anagnost's mind nearly 31 years later.
STARKVILLE -- The angled pass zipped from Victoria Vivians on the right wing to the right block.
1. Pickens Academy's White signs with Bevill State C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Late scuffle part of foul-filled game COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Coaches confident about Jones at Starkville HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU stays close with No. 5 Kentucky COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Futral's big night lifts Starkville Academy past Heritage Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS