OXFORD -- A tale of two halves and a tale of two games.
STARKVILLE - Rick Ray has come to the conclusion that he can't motivate his Mississippi State men's basketball team anymore. They're going to have to do it themselves.
STARKVILLE -- Billy Gonzales took one look at his new Mississippi State University playbook and realized he was exactly where he needed to be.
STARKVILLE -- After a 78-36 loss to the University of Missouri on Wednesday night, freshman center Gavin Ware summed up the attitude of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team. "Our coaches told us we have seven more games this season whether we like it or not," Ware said with his head down at the podium. The 52-point loss was the largest margin of defeat for MSU (7-16, 2-9 Southeastern Conference) in the 38-season history of Humphrey Coliseum. The previous worst loss was a 41-point loss to Vanderbilt University on Feb. 27, 1993.
Everything starts with Katia May. As much as the junior said in the preseason she understood what it meant to be point guard in coach Vic Schaefer's system, May really had no idea what was required to "get up the line" and to pressure an opponent the length of the court. Playing defense for 94 feet is one thing, but doing it every possession?
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M University's Elston Turner knew something had to change after making just 7 of 27 shots in his past two games. So he stayed after each practice this week, remaining at the gym until he made at least 100, and sometimes as many as 150, extra shots a day.
Few people outside Tucson believe the University of Arizona's baseball team has a chance to repeat as national champion. Pacific-12 Conference coaches have pegged the Wildcats as middle of the pack in the conference, and their highest ranking in the national polls is No. 14. Coach Andy Lopez pays no attention to the prognosticators.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Three University of Alabama football players have been charged with knocking students unconscious and stealing their wallets, while a fourth player has been charged with using a stolen debit card, officials said Tuesday.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Even when the shots weren't falling, the University Alabama men's basketball team knew it could count on the defense. Then, finally, the Crimson Tide knocked down a couple of key baskets -- from beyond the 3-point arc, no less. Game over.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen has added another familiar face to his coaching staff. Multiple sources in the MSU football program confirmed Tuesday afternoon to The Dispatch that Billy Gonzales, a former offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois, had been hired at MSU as wide receivers coach. Gonzales, who will enter his 18th year as a Division I assistant coach, was in Starkville on Tuesday, and is expected to be introduced by the MSU administration this week, and possibly as early as today.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray knows the beginning and the end of the game plan for the University of Missouri. Point guard Phil Pressey, a preseason All-American and likely first-round pick in the NBA draft, is the focal point for the Tigers on offense. The junior from Dallas will showcase his ability to control everything without having to score at 7 tonight (WCBI) when Missouri takes on MSU at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren will start for the Mississippi State University baseball team at 4 p.m. Friday against the University of Portland in its season opener at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball Rick Ray made it clear Monday he wasn't happy with his newest suspended player. Two days after announcing the indefinite suspension of guard Jalen Steele, Ray called the act of the junior starter "selfish" and a "distraction" to a program that has lost eight straight Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 2006.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mississippi State University women's basketball team recorded another first Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a gritty defensive effort, MSU gave coach Vic Schaefer and his coaching staff their first Southeastern Conference road victory.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Moore can say he has traveled from one end of the country to the other to make his Major League Baseball debut.
STARKVILLE -- Cord Sandberg doesn't want to be average at anything.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University softball program can point to pitching as a strength this season. MSU rode a wave of pitching momentum to a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee State University and Georgia State University on Saturday in the second day of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic. MSU (3-1) allowed just four hits in 8-0 and 9-1 run-rule victories.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2 University of Florida men's basketball team played without forward Will Yeguete, benched starting point guard Scottie Wilbekin, and received an injury scare from Erik Murphy. It didn't matter against Mississippi State University.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alex Oriakhi's temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Jacobs scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 46 seconds left to help the University of Alabama men's basketball team secure a 60-57 victory against LSU on Saturday night.