STARKVILLE -- For a time of year that normally is hectic and riddled with rumors, the Mississippi State football team might be poised for something new on the recruiting trail this season: a quiet finish. With one week remaining before student-athletes can sign National Letters of Intents to play at the next level, MSU has 28 commitments in its Class of 2015.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dorian Finney-Smith slammed home a dunk with 17 seconds remaining as the Florida men's basketball team held off a second-half comeback by Alabama to earn a 52-50 victory on Tuesday night. Eli Carter scored 13 points and Chris Walker finished with 12 for Florida (11-9, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), which snapped a three-game SEC losing streak.
The Ole Miss men's basketball team is out to prove it is among the elite basketball teams in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State wants to show its recent surge is no fluke. A victory tonight in Oxford would help either team advance its cause.
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AUBURN, Ala. -- A dominating second-half performance lifted the No. 18 Mississippi State women's basketball team to its third Southeastern Conference road win of the season Monday night. Highlighted by the fourth career double-double by Victoria Vivians, MSU led by as many as 21 points in the second half en route to a 59-48 victory against Auburn at Auburn Arena.
STARKVILLE -- As it turns out, the film told Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray what he already knew: J.J. Frazier didn't miss. Frazier, Georgia's sophomore point guard, was 7-for-7 from 3-point range Saturday in a 72-66 win against MSU at Humphrey Coliseum. It was a performance that sent Ray searching for what went wrong.
STARKVILLE -- With eight days remaining for student-athletes until National Signing Day, the Mississippi State football team continues to fine tune its latest recruiting class.
STARKVILLE -- Asked late Sunday afternoon if Mississippi State's baseball team will have more pop in its lineup this season, sophomore Reid Humphreys didn't hesitate. "I definitely think we do," Humphreys said. "I think with the new guys we have and the guys we have returning, we have a lot of players on this team who can change a game with one swing of the bat."
It's difficult not to see the growth in the Mississippi State women's basketball team. A year ago, MSU lost twice to Auburn in the regular season before it defeated Auburn 59-54 in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. This season, MSU overcame injuries to seniors Martha Alwal, Savannah Carter, and Kendra Grant at the beginning of the season to win its first 18 games, including its first three in the Southeastern Conference for the first time.
STARKVILLE -- The historic step the NCAA took last week isn't going to alter the course of the Mississippi State athletic department. That's the sentiment MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin shared earlier this week when he was asked about the 79-1 vote last week that paved the way to grant cost-of-attendance stipends to student-athletes in the Power Five conferences and any other Division I schools that choose to do so.
STARKVILLE -- J.J. Frazier called it the game of his life. I.J. Ready couldn't hide his disappointment. That was the aftermath of one of the greatest shooting performances in the history of Humphrey Coliseum, a showing that propelled the Georgia men's basketball team to a 72-66 victory against Mississippi State.
East Mississippi Community College sophomore running back Preston Baker nailed down his next destination Saturday, verbally committing to play football at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
STARKVILLE -- "Playing with a purpose" is a perfect phrase for Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer to use to describe his team's next game. Not only does that phrase highlight how No. 18 MSU will have to play at 8 tonight (SEC Network) against Ole Miss, but it also epitomizes how the Rebels are playing in their second year under coach Matt Insell.
STARKVILLE -- A new college baseball season is almost here. With opening day for a Mississippi State baseball season looming Feb. 13 against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field, the Bulldogs will continue preparations Saturday when it officially opens practice for the 2015 campaign. It's a day that can't get here fast enough for some MSU players.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Gavin Ware scored 16 points and added a season-high 17 rebounds Wednesday night to help the Mississippi State men's basketball team end a 22-game road losing streak with a 78-71 win against Auburn at Auburn Arena. I.J. Ready scored 18 points and had eight rebounds to help the Bulldogs (9-9, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) earn their second-consecutive conference win.
Pure energy. No, this isn't a trivia test to see who can remember what famous science fiction actor's voice was used in one of the catchiest pop music songs in 1988. Instead, it's an introduction to one of the nation's most athletic and underappreciated players who just so happens to play in the Southeastern Conference.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia men's basketball team was primed for a letdown. The Bulldogs were tired. They weren't playing another big rival. There were plenty of empty seats at Stegeman Coliseum. Yet, after a sluggish start, Georgia found a way to pull out its third-straight Southeastern Conference win.
STARKVILLE -- For a season that began with uncertainty, Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready is looking pretty sure of himself on the court these days.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith never had a day off. That exactly the way the Mississippi State football team's senior defensive lineman wanted it. Smith, the team leader in sacks and tackles for loss in 2014, didn't return from Florida following a 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014. Instead, he stayed in the Sunshine State to begin preparations for a career in the NFL.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is playing with an urgency that shows she understands she could have only 11 games left in her college career. The Mississippi State women's basketball team needed its senior guard to play with that attacking mind-set on offense. On an afternoon where little came easily, Grant poured in a game- and season-high 17 points Sunday to lead No. 15 MSU to a 66-50 victory against Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game before a crowd of 4,557 at Humphrey Coliseum.
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2. MSU has 28 players in Class of 2015 with one week to go COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Defense delivers for Caledonia boys HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope girls go to shootout to beat Saltillo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Heritage Academy seniors lead way against Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS