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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Teaira McCowan is a player after Vic Schaefer's heart, even if she puts baseline cameramen in peril. To say the Mississippi State sophomore center doesn't know how strong she is would be an understatement. It is also safe to say that the safety of cameramen for the SEC Network or other ESPN entities or photographers might be in question when McCowan is on the court.
STARKVILLE -- The milestones keeping piling up for the No. 4 Mississippi State women's basketball team. On Thursday night, an 82-49 victory against Florida helped MSU match the 2014-15 team for the best start in program history at 18-0. MSU will get a chance to eclipse that mark at 6 p.m. Monday (SEC Network) when it play host to Ole Miss at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- A day after announcing a new defensive coordinator, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen needs to find another new defensive coach. A MSU team spokesperson confirmed Thursday that safeties coach Maurice Linguist will join the Minnesota coaching staff as the secondary coach under new coach P.J. Fleck. Minnesota hasn't officially announced the hiring of Linguist.
STARKVILLE -- Aric Holman had to do something he had never done as a freshman with the Mississippi State men's basketball team: He had to sit. Holman arrived at MSU in the summer of 2015 as part of a group of freshmen that was expected to make an immediate impact. But Holman had micro fracture surgery on his left knee to correct a patellofemoral disorder prior to the 2015-16 season and missed the first 10 games.
OXFORD -- Madinah Muhammad had a team-best 21 points, while Shandricka Sessom celebrated her birthday in style with 14 points and team-best 11 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 67-62 victory against Tennessee at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
STARKVILLE -- Great teams need floor generals. With depth and experience at every position, Mississippi State women's basketball coach has the luxury of having leaders all over the court, but there is no question junior point guard Morgan William is the engine that drives the Bulldogs. Even though William isn't MSU's most vocal player, she has kept a steady hand in her first two seasons in Starkville and gained the confidence of her teammates and coaches.
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