OXFORD -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly didn't need many words to describe Saturday's highly anticipated Battle for the Golden Egg against Mississippi State. "We're good," Kelly said. "And they're good." And in the 112 years this rivalry has been played, that's actually pretty rare. When No. 19 Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) travels to face No. 23 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3) in Starkville, it will be just the sixth time both teams are ranked in the in-state rivalry.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen was all over the jumbotron at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 2012. After the Mississippi State football team beat Ole Miss 31-23 in 2010 in Oxford, Mullen told his players in the locker room, "We're never losing to this team again." MSU backed up their coach's statement in 2011, but Ole Miss earned a 41-24 victory in Oxford the following year to hand Mullen his first loss in the rivalry.
STARKVILLE -- A little goes a long way with Dominique Dillingham. If you have watched the Mississippi State junior throw her body on the floor for loose balls or sacrifice her body to take a charge, you understand how much the 5-foot-9 guard gives to her team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't want to enter rivalry week on a two-game losing streak. Coming off a 31-6 loss to Alabama on Nov. 14 at Davis Wade Stadium, MSU hoped to get back on track against an Arkansas team that entered the game riding a four-game winning streak. Thanks to a record-breaking performance by Dak Prescott and a game-saving blocked field goal in the final minute by Beniquez Brown, MSU escaped Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a 51-50 victory.
OXFORD -- The No. 25 Ole Miss football team showed no signs of a team struggling to overcome a catastrophic defeat at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks in its last outing two weeks ago, dominating No. 17 LSU from start to finish in a resounding 38-17 victory on Senior Day in front of an announced sellout crowd of 60,705 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ben Howland finally got his wish for the Mississippi State men's basketball team to play with a halftime lead. Now he wants the Bulldogs to do a better job protecting that margin when they've got it. Gavin Ware scored 25 points to help MSU beat Missouri State 84-70 in Sunday's seventh-place game at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard had one message for his team: Keep the ball out of Stefan Moody's hands. The Pirates did so, limiting the high-scoring guard to a season-low 13 points on the way to a 75-63 victory against Ole Miss on Sunday to take fifth place at the Charleston Classic.
STARKVILLE -- It doesn't matter whether you prefer the term shooter or scorer. Let's agree those players are a different breed. When asked to describe their craft, some will shrug their shoulders and attribute their success to hours of practice in the gym, while others will say that they been blessed with a gift. So how does it feel to be in one of those "zones" when everything you send toward the rim goes in?
OXFORD -- Ross Bjork set out to ensure that The Pavilion at Ole Miss would be more than just a basketball facility. Instead of building a new and bigger arena with all of the latest amenities, Bjork and the Ole Miss administration wanted something that served as a front door for the athletic department and a facility that could be integrated into the day-to-day life of everybody on campus.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With the Mississippi State football team's defense not having much success against Arkansas in the second half, the Bulldogs were thinking about taking their time. Trailing 50-44, MSU took possession of the football with 5 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the game. It marched down the field and into the red zone, but there was still enough time for the Razorbacks to get a chance on offense. Even so, MSU wanted to score and decided to take whatever opportunity presented itself to score.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen tried to outdo each other Saturday night. Prescott and Allen traded touchdowns and kept trying to put their team in a position to win with fabulous plays in an offensive struggle. They combined for 914 passing yards.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Beniquez Brown wasn't supposed to be on the field for the final defensive play Saturday. The Mississippi State junior linebacker wanted to be on the field, though, so he went to defensive line coach David Turner and made his case. The assistant coach decided to put him in as Arkansas was about to attempt a field goal. With everything that had happened to the defense, Brown was ready. "I kind of wanted the game to be on my shoulders when it got late," Brown said. "That's the part of being a leader, and that's what I needed to do. I just took it upon myself to go." Turner's decision proved to be the right one because Brown blocked a 29-yard Cole Hedlund field goal attempt with 39 seconds left to help MSU hold on to beat Arkansas 51-50 at Razorback Stadium.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Shannon Hale scored 18 points to help the Alabama men's basketball team beat Louisiana-Lafayette 105-93 Friday night. Hale made 6 of 12 field goals, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Alabama (2-1) shot 56.3 percent from the field in the first half and 54.2 percent (32 of 59) overall. The Crimson Tide made 8 of 11 from behind the arc in the first half, and 15 of 25 overall.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Cyrus Jones and the No. 3 Alabama football team left Bryant-Denny Stadium in high style even for a game against a lower division team. Jones returned two punts for touchdowns in his home finale and Derrick Henry also scored twice as Alabama rolled past Charleston Southern 56-6 on Saturday.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was one of the team's biggest question marks three months ago. Now he has produced one of the best seasons in program history, passing guys like Eli Manning in the school record books in the process. Kelly threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 25 Ole Miss past No. 17 LSU 38-17 on Saturday. It was a game dominated by the Rebels except for a short stretch during the third quarter.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Texas Tech men's basketball team did just enough to set up a reunion for coach Tubby Smith with his previous team. Devaugntah Williams scored 15 points to help the Red Raiders hold off Mississippi State 74-72 in Friday's consolation bracket at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Stefan Moody began to laugh when asked if 29 was much different than 30. The senior point guard's wide smile was all the answer necessary.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has a winning record in every month except August and November. The seventh-year Bulldog coach is 1-1 in August and 11-15 in November. A victory against Missouri and a loss to No. 3 Alabama has MSU 1-1 in November this season. MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) will try to improve that mark at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when it takes on Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga didn't like the look of his team during its pregame shootaround before opening the Puerto Rico Tip-off. The Hurricanes sure had their coach fooled. Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points Thursday and Miami jumped to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 105-79 win against Mississippi State in the first round.
Ole Miss senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has been hospitalized this week for an undisclosed reason in Oxford and won't play Saturday. Nkemdiche's father Dr. Sunday Nkemdiche confirmed to The Associated Press via text message Thursday that Nkemdiche had been hospitalized. The family released a statement saying that his condition "has improved as of today" and is "not life-threatening," but he will remain in the hospital.
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