STARKVILLE -- This is the point John Cohen wanted to get with his baseball program. The Mississippi State University baseball coach always has thought the best plan for freshmen in the Southeastern Conference is to have them sit and watch veterans while working them into the lineup.
STARKVILLE -- Sunday was the right time and Humphrey Coliseum was the right place for the University of Kentucky women's basketball team. Right now, the Wildcats are the Southeastern Conference regular-season champions.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State completed a perfect Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field, picking up wins against Mississippi Valley State and Kansas. Monster fourth and fifth innings gave the Diamond Dawgs the 13-5 advantage over the Delta Devils of Mississippi Valley State during the early game of Saturday's doubleheader.
The University of Kentucky has an edge in brand recognition on nearly every basketball program in the nation. Even with that advantage, it took Matthew Mitchell three seasons before he could get the school's women's basketball team back to the 20-win mark and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.
SCOOBA -- The 10th-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College will tip off the 2012 MACJC State Basketball Tournament by taking on Jones County Junior College at 1 p.m. in Monday's first-round men's action at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College. The EMCC-JCJC men's contest will be televised live by Jones County Junior College on www.jcjc.tv. Airtime will be 12:55 p.m. Monday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph and Alabama's shooters heated up, the defense clamped down and the resurgent Crimson Tide rolled along with a little help from a familiar face. Randolph scored a career-high 18 points and Alabama welcomed JaMychal Green back from suspension with a superb second half in Saturday's 67-50 win over reeling Mississippi State. "In the second half, we had a dominating performance all the way around," Tide coach Anthony Grant said.
STARKVILLE -- This is not the situation Rick Stansbury wanted to be in entering one of the most critical games of the season. The Mississippi State University men's basketball team has lost four games in a row and likely will be without freshman starter Rodney Hood when it takes on the University of Alabama at 5 p.m. today (ESPN) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
STARKVILLE -- The new leader of the Mississippi State University baseball program is a junior college transfer that just arrived on campus in August. Mitch Slauter has earned the controls of the Bulldogs (2-1) defense and pitching staff after both starting catchers from last season graduated leaving a perceived hole in a critical element to MSU's success under coach John Cohen.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mississippi State could never get the offense going Thursday night as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 79-45 decision to Florida in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game played in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball program arguably got the best news possible on the injury of freshman wing player Rodney Hood.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James has had her share of auditions this season. Some have been cameos -- one-minute appearances in which she has entered a game to give a teammate a break -- while others have stretched into double digits, including a performance in an overtime victory against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Brittany Bell loves to play softball. An injury that forced her to miss almost all of the 2011 season severely strained that love. But Bell kept believing, hoping, praying, and rehabilitating. Now, she is ready to make up for lost time. Checking in with a team-best .550 batting average, the Brandon, Fla., native is going home this weekend. This time, she won't accept encouragement from friends back home to keep hoping. Instead, she wants to help the Mississippi State University softball team make an impact at the annual NFCA Leadoff Classic, which begins Friday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Earlier in the season, a big deficit might have spelled disaster for the University of Tennessee men's basketball team. Now that the Volunteers have had a chance to absorb coach Cuonzo Martin's unflappable attitude, it's nothing more than a challenge to overcome. Tennessee rallied from a 13-point deficit Wednesday night to beat the University of Mississippi 73-60 on to hang on to a share of fourth place in the Southeastern Conference with three games left in the regular season.
Van Chancellor understands the challenge that awaits the next Mississippi State University women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Three words were all Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needed to say to his coach when given the assignment of Dee Bost at halftime. "I said you got him and he said, 'I got it,' " University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari said. Kidd-Gilchrist's defensive performance was part of a second-half effort that helped top-ranked Kentucky rally and pull away for a 73-64 victory against Mississippi State University on Tuesday before an announced crowd of 10,213 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Another late-game situation, another missed opportunity for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. The result was a a fourth-straight loss that damaged the Bulldogs' push for a bid to the NCAA tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- JaMychal Green has already boosted the mood of the University of Alabama men's basketball team, even though the All-Southeastern Conference forward won't be allowed back on the court for at least one more game. Crimson Tide freshman Trevor Lacey said the suspension of Green and Tony Mitchell -- the team's two most experienced players -- cast a pall over practices for a while. Green returned Monday, while Mitchell is out for the rest of the season.
STARKVILLE -- After listening to Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury talk Monday about the top-ranked opponent his team will face tonight, you would think the 14-year veteran planned to carry a slingshot and pebble in his back pocket. Stansbury, who is from Campbellsville, Ky., knows the challenge and discussed the enormity of the task MSU will face at 8 tonight (ESPN) when it plays host to the No. 1 University of Kentucky (26-1, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) at Humphrey Coliseum.
Sharon Fanning-Otis always thought she would retire in her mid-50s. As one season turned into another and she slowly approached her 60th birthday, Fanning-Otis realized there probably never was going to be a perfect time to step away from the game she loved. On Monday, Fanning-Otis made a decision that has been years in the making when she announced she will retire as Mississippi State University's women's basketball coach at the end of this season.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn University men's basketball players gathered on the court and vowed not to let this game slip away. Frankie Sullivan scored 16 points and Kenny Gabriel added 15 points and nine rebounds to help Auburn hold off a Mississippi State Univerity comeback attempt in a 65-55 victory on Saturday night.
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