All three of Mississippi State's men's basketball wins this season haven't been pretty. But as long as there's improvement and a "W," the Bulldogs will take them as they come.
The excitement after Mississippi State's recapturing of the Golden Egg last season was joyous relief for a team that experienced arguably the most humiliating defeat either side had endured just one year earlier.
With their annual rivalry match just six days away, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are trying to shake their disappointing overtime loss to Arkansas. As MSU head coach Dan Mullen sees it, his team isn't far off from breaking into the Southeastern Conference's elite.
The Arkansas Razorbacks survived a double-overtime scare against Mississippi State on Saturday, atoning for a blown 10-point lead with a 38-31 win.
A fast-break lay-up by Mississippi State's Jalen Steele led the Bulldogs past Appalachian State 76-74 in a men's basketball game played Friday night in the Humphrey Coliseum.
After three scores of 45 yards or more against Alabama, Mississippi State's defense entered Saturday's game against Arkansas looking to avoid giving up big plays.
STARKVILLE -- One thing was clear to Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury following his team's season debut: His newcomers need to do more. The Bulldogs' 75-65 win against Tennessee State on Nov. 12 was due in large to the contributions of seniors Kodi Augustus and Ravern Johnson, who combined for 46 points. Augustus and Johnson were the only players to reach double figures.
STARKVILLE -- Having unlimited playmakers is a luxury not too many coaches can claim. But that's what Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz sees when he watches the University of Arkansas' high-powered offense.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Confident, aggressive, and dangerous. It's only three games into the 2010-11 season, but the University of Alabama women's basketball team appears ready to deliver on its potential.
As Mississippi State's offense faces each new hurdle, the common theme in the learning curve is youth.
When Mississippi State center J.C. Brignone recalls the Arkansas game last season, he remembers how his offensive line won the battle up front.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University's football team has a pretty good understanding of the thin line between wins and losses. Against the top teams in the Southeastern Conference, it takes a handful of mistakes to turn a close, winnable game into a loss. Such was the case Saturday against the University of Alabama, where a 6-3 deficit ballooned to a 27-3 hole in just three Crimson Tide offensive plays.
STARKVILLE -- Ideally, Danielle Rector would have spent every waking moment of the offseason preparing for the 2010-11 season. After all, that's what gym rats do.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior forward JaMychal Green had a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds Monday night to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team defeated Troy 79-60 in front of a crowd 8,939 at the Coleman Coliseum.
A day after Mississippi State's football team proved to be its own worst enemy in a 30-10 loss to Alabama, head coach Dan Mullen turned his attentions to rebounding the same way it did when it lost at LSU.
Questions of how No. 11 University of Alabama (8-2, 5-2) would rebound from its national title-buster loss to LSU were paired with the questionable status of running back Trent Richardson. Alabama, however, showed no ill effects from a physical match with LSU, topping the No. 17 Bulldogs 30-10 Saturday night.
Mary Kathryn Govero did all of those things so well Friday she didn't realize she notched a career high in points. Coming off a four-point effort in an exhibition victory, Govero poured in 28 points to help the Mississippi State women's basketball beat the University of South Carolina Upstate 87-53 in its season opener at Humphrey Coliseum.
For the first couple of drives Saturday, Mississippi State looked ready to match Alabama on its home turf.
STARKVILLE -- How can a football team ranked in the top five of nearly every statistical category in its league have anything wrong with its offense? When that team is the University of Alabama, any aspect of play below a championship level isn't accepted.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team's punting game hasn't gotten enough credit for the team's blistering start. The No. 17 Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) are second in the nation in fewest punt return yards conceded with 16. That figure pops even more considering MSU has allowed 11 punt returns this season.
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