STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray insists he isn't looking forward. At this point, there's not much else to do. MSU (12-17, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) is mathematically alive for a first-round bye in the SEC tournament next week in Nashville, Tennessee. To accomplish that goal, the Bulldogs will have to turn in a flawless final week of the season. That run will start at 8 tonight when MSU takes on Vanderbilt (SEC Network) at Memorial Gym in Nashville.
STARKVILLE -- Each coach needed only a few words to sum up what happened Tuesday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball coach Carlos James insisted his team came to Starkville expecting to win. Mississippi State coach John Cohen bemoaned the fact that the Bulldogs "just didn't compete. Didn't fight for it." With that, the Golden Lions left town with a 3-2 win and saddled the No. 9 Bulldogs with their first loss.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Stefan Moody scored 25 points, 22 in the second half, and Ladarius White added 19 to help the Ole Miss men's basketball team beat Alabama 82-74 on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. Moody hit 13 of 14 free throws, White made 4 of 5 3-pointers, and Aaron Jones added 10 points to help Ole Miss (20-10, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) record its seventh 20-win in nine years. The victory also snapped a two-game losing skid and bolstered the team's resume for the NCAA tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Van Stuedeman felt like her squad was at a crossroads Friday afternoon in Orlando, Florida. Fortunately for the fourth-year coach, junior shortstop Kayla Winkfield -- one of the team's most vocal leaders -- sensed the same thing.
Victoria Vivians already has played a major role in the Mississippi State women's basketball team's record-breaking season. On Monday, the 6-foot-1 guard from Carthage set an individual first when she was named the first freshman finalist for the Gillom Award, which goes to the best women's college basketball player in the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss senior forward Tia Faleru and Southern Mississippi senior forward Tamara Jones also were selected as finalists in a vote of statewide media who cover college basketball. The award is named after former Ole Miss great Peggie Gillom-Granderson.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't shy about sharing his opinion about the NFL Scouting Combine. The 2012 winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back, Banks, by his own admission, turned in a disappointing performance at the Combine two months after his final season with the Mississippi State football team.
Coming off a berth in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the inaugural New Year's Six, the Ole Miss football team begins spring practice today looking to continue its climb into the upper echelon. Hugh Freeze is the first Ole Miss coach to lead his teams to bowl appearances in each of his first three seasons at the helm, and the Rebels have increased their win total each year under him.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team has won its first 13 games to open the season. Outside observers are taking notice.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore left-hander Vance Tatum capped a weekend of brilliant pitching for the No. 13 Mississippi State baseball team. Tatum allowed two hits eight-plus innings Sunday as MSU completed its third-straight, four-game weekend series sweep with a 6-2 win against Samford at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Insell couldn't leave town Sunday without a rant. The Ole Miss women's basketball coach didn't go off on the official who issued him a technical foul in the second half of his team's 55-47 loss to No. 11 Mississippi State before a record crowd of 7,326 at Humphrey Coliseum. Insell also didn't downplay his team's effort and credited the Bulldogs for their performance and a rousing atmosphere in the state's biggest rivalry.
STARKVILLE -- The signs of growth were everywhere. From the fact that the Mississippi State women's basketball team battled back from another slow start to the fact that a single-game program record crowd of 7,326 turned out at Humphrey Coliseum, the Bulldogs had every reason to celebrate another special day in a history-making season.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- After having its schedule shifted due to a Saturday washout, the Mississippi State softball team defeated Miami University and No. 23 Notre Dame on Sunday at Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After 11 straight games of shooting 40 percent or less, South Carolina coach Frank Martin might have thrown up his hands and given up on the Southeastern Conference's worst shooting team.
STARKVILLE - Austin Sexton believes that he and teammate Preston Brown are very similar in their approach to pitching.
It has been more than 18 years since Van Chancellor last coached in an Ole Miss-Mississippi State women's basketball game.
Matt Insell has insisted on being honest with his players in his first two seasons as women's basketball coach at Ole Miss.
STARKVILLE -- The schedule says this is the end.
Pardon Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman if she goes around looking for a night light or two this weekend.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tiffany Mitchell had another player-of-the-year performance to bring No. 2 South Carolina another Southeastern Conference title.
STARKVILLE - What does being No. 1 mean for a football coach at Mississippi State?
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