STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team continues to find a way to get things done. MSU coach Vic Schaefer will grant you the Bulldogs don't always earn aesthetic points, but he usually loves the defense and the intensity his players bring to the court every game. On Sunday, No. 11 MSU mixed defense and intensity with clutch plays by Victoria Vivians, Morgan William, and Dominique Dillingham to earn a 52-42 victory against No. 21 Missouri before a crowd of 4,521 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Jordan Frericks knows the tape doesn't lie, so she realizes the No. 11 Mississippi State women's basketball team likes to take charges. After playing MSU once earlier this season and watching more film of the Bulldogs for a refresher prior to Sunday's matchup, Frericks felt No. 21 Missouri had a good game plan. The key was to go in low and under control against the Bulldogs' aggressive defense. But Dominique Dillingham has found a way to defy scouting reports. It doesn't matter if you beat her off the dribble once because she is going to adjust and beat you to the spot next time and sacrifice her body to take the charge.
STARKVILLE -- You can almost sense Vic Schaefer cringe when he talks about his team's defense. If you look at the statistics, it would be difficult for you to tell there has been a drop-off in the Mississippi State's women's basketball team's play. The Bulldogs are still second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense at 56.1 points per game. But Schaefer, whose nickname is "the Secretary of Defense," knows better. He also admits he has sacrificed some defensive drill work in practice to work on offense, just as he hinted he might do a few weeks ago. While it might pain Schaefer's trained eyes to notice the lack of execution on the finer points, he acknowledges there has been a benefit. "The bottom line is you've got to score more points than the other team," Schaefer said Friday. "We've spent a little more time on offense of late and I'd like to think that it has paid off a little bit." Schaefer hopes that work continues to pay dividends at 2 p.m. today when No. 11 MSU (20-4, 7-3 SEC) plays host to No. 21 Missouri (18-5, 5-5) at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Collins doesn't care where he plays. He just wants to play. Collins arrived in Starkville as a catcher in the fall of 2013 and became the Mississippi State baseball team's first All-Southeastern Conference freshman. But Collins injured his left hand prior to the 2015 season and had hamate bone surgery that forced him to miss 13 games.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Riley Norris made three 3-pointers and scored 18 points Saturday to help the Alabama men's basketball team beat Missouri 80-71. Arthur Edwards and Justin Coleman made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Alabama its largest lead of the game at 67-43 with 9 minutes, 28 seconds remaining.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points Saturday to help the LSU men's basketball team move into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with an 88-77 victory against Mississippi State on Saturday night. Blakeney, a freshman whose previous single-game high was 22 points, hit 11 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers. It was easily Blakeney's best outing against a team from a major conference and exactly what LSU (15-8, 8-2) expected when it recruited last season's Florida high school player of the year.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland didn't want Quinndary Weatherspoon to rebound on the offensive end when he first arrived on campus.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team closed its signing class with a flourish, picking up two coveted linebackers to help complete another top-rated recruiting haul. Five-star linebackers, and in-state prospects, Ben Davis and Lyndell "Mack" Wilson made their announcements for the defending national champion Crimson Tide on Wednesday. It added a little suspense to the final product even if neither decision came as much of a surprise.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen hasn't been known for being one of the top recruiters in the Southeastern Conference. The eighth-year Mississippi State coach's highest-rated class came last season when the Bulldogs pulled in the nation's 18th-best class, according to 247Sports. That class featured seven four-star prospects, many of whom will play vital roles this season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri men's basketball team made Stefan Moody work for his points Wednesday night. The Tigers didn't make the Ole Miss senior work hard enough. The prolific guard had 23 points and hit two free throws after getting fouled in the lane to put Ole Miss ahead by a point with 13.4 seconds left in a 76-73 victory.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football program went toe-to-toe with some of the nation's biggest names for some of the nation's elite prospects Wednesday. The Rebels won some battles and lost a few others, but still finished with a consensus top-10 class.
The Ole Miss football team has made a rapid rise into the upper tier of the Southeastern Conference in the standings and on the recruiting trail. The Rebels -- led by fifth-year head coach Hugh Freeze -- have become a landing destination for some of the most talented players in the country. The program's ascension in the recruiting ranks can be contributed to a little luck and a lot of winning. The Rebels were the only team to beat eventual national champion Alabama this season and finished the year with an impressive Sugar Bowl victory against Oklahoma State. Now with national signing day coming up today, five-star recruits are viewing Ole Miss as a potential first option, not an afterthought.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland has seen the Mississippi State men's basketball team come close numerous times this season. The Bulldogs have found ways to be competitive down the stretch in nearly all of their games in the Southeastern Conference, but they have managed only a home victory against Ole Miss. On Tuesday night, MSU squandered a seven-point lead with a little more than five minutes remaining and went on to lose to Alabama 82-80 in overtime at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Aric Holman isn't afraid of a challenge.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 13 Mississippi State women's basketball team made a statement in its quest to return to the nation's top 10. Fresh off an overtime home victory against No. 19 Tennessee, the first in program history, MSU went on the road Sunday afternoon to earn a 65-55 victory against Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game at Bud Walton Arena.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin needed someone -- anyone -- to choke off Alabama's second-half comeback. Michael Carrera was ready for the moment. Carrera had 20 points and 11 rebounds, including a critical 3-pointer with less than five minutes left that lifted the Gamecocks to a 78-64 victory against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Turn the page. Rock n' roll fans likely have sung along with Bob Seger's classic on nights they have been wandering on a lonely road somewhere what seems like a million miles from home. Seger sings about the weariness of traveling from city to city and being in the spotlight on a stage in front of thousands of fans in the song that was recorded in 1972 and released in 1973. The live version, released in 1976, has stood the test of time and served as an old friend to many commuters in need of a pick-me-up on a long trip.
STARKVILLE -- Jacob Robson doesn't take being a leader lightly. The Mississippi State junior center fielder has seen leaders come and go in his first three years with the program and knows how important they are to the success of the team. He said he always thought of himself as a leader, and that was reaffirmed by his teammates when they voted him one of three captains for this season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon's first double-double of his Mississippi State career proved large in a 76-62 victory against Missouri in a Southeastern Conference matchup at Mizzou Arena. Playing without Gavin Ware, who was left home due to concussion symptoms, Weatherspoon, Malik Newman, and Aric Holman gave MSU three freshmen in the starting lineup, and helped the Bulldogs snap an eight-game conference losing streak on the road. It was MSU's first road win since winning in this building 77-74 a year ago. The victory was the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs in a conference road game since an 83-64 win at Auburn on Feb. 9, 2008.
MANHATTAN, Kansas -- The way Stefan Moody has scored this season, all Kansas State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber could hope for was to keep the Ole Miss senior guard in-check. His Wildcats did one better Saturday.
1. MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Tigers' Sunday best adds to special day LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Oak Hill Academy boys beat Columbus Christian for district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Schaefer wants Bulldogs to maintain attacking mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope boys beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS