OXFORD -- Vic Schaefer has a two-headed monster at just about every position. That depth has propelled the Mississippi State women's basketball team to new heights in The Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches polls. On Sunday, No. 4 MSU received three solid efforts off the bench in its 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss.
OXFORD -- The numbers continue to pile up at a dizzying pace for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. On Sunday, Teaira McCowan made sure to add an exclamation point to the latest additions to the Bulldogs' best regular season to date. McCowan made her impact felt in every facet, scoring 17 points, grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots to propel No. 4 MSU to a 66-44 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,634 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. The 44 points is the second-lowest total MSU has allowed in the 93-game series.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior Alexis Silkwood is confident her team will score more runs sooner rather than later. That will come as a welcome relief to the squad's pitching staff. Georgia State scored two runs in the 12th inning to upset MSU 3-1 in the championship game of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic on Sunday afternoon at Nusz Park.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro believes in competition. MSU's first-year head baseball coach has facilitated plenty of it at practice, and it looks like his players will get more of it prior to the season opener.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer won't mind surprises if they continue to happen like they did Thursday night. Led by 21 first-half points by Victoria Vivians and 17 second-half points by Roshunda Johnson, No. 4 MSU rolled to an 86-41 victory against Vanderbilt. The victory marked the fourth time this season MSU (24-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has recorded the program's biggest margin of victory against a SEC opponent. It also was the second-largest SEC win for the program.
Dan Hughes misses coaching. When you enjoy something as much as Hughes loves basketball and you have had success doing it, it often is hard to find something to fill the void. Hughes didn't fully understand how much he would miss coaching on April 19, 2016, when the WNBA's San Antonio Stars announced he would step down as general manager and head coach following the season.
OXFORD -- Terence Davis didn't start the Ole Miss men's basketball team's game against Auburn on Saturday, but the sophomore guard proved he knew how to finish it, scoring 26 points in the second half to help the Rebels bounce back from a 23-point second-half deficit for a 90-84 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Simultaneous, yet contradictory, excitement and anxiety overtake coaches' meetings rooms on National Signing Day. The future of the program can be bolstered in a few hours ... if all of the National Letters of Intent arrive as planned. The Mississippi State football team was blissfully immune to most of the anxiety.
STARKVILLE -- As counterintuitive as it sounds, it was a switch to zone that stymied the Mississippi State men's basketball team's hot shooting. After a 8-for-15 3-point barrage in the first half and a 22-point surge off the bench from freshman guard Tyson Carter, South Carolina's defensive switch inspired a 9-0 run in the final five minutes and helped it earn a 77-73 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Kentucky men's basketball team went from a shootout to a defensive grinder this week, and won both ways. Now, coach John Calipari and the 15th-ranked Wildcats want to put it all together by the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman feels like her pitching staff has enough quality and depth to win a lot of games this season. So far, the sixth-year head coach has been on target.
STARKVILLE -- Stephanie White didn't look frustrated, agitated, or disappointed. The Vanderbilt women's basketball coach very well could have been all of those things and more after No. 4 Mississippi State rolled to an 86-41 victory before a crowd of 5,052 at Humphrey Coliseum and a national television audience on the SEC Network. Instead, White was clinical in breaking down the worst beatdown MSU (24-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has given Vanderbilt (11-13, 1-10).
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's ability to mount a comeback is undeniable. In the last week, MSU erased a 19-point deficit to beat Tennessee and turned a 21-point deficit into a six-point loss at Auburn. MSU's next step: avoid the deficit that precedes the second-half surges of late. The search for answers will continue at 7 p.m. Saturday when MSU (14-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) plays host to No. 19 South Carolina (19-5, 9-2) at Humphrey Coliseum. ESPN2 will televise the game live.
STARKVILLE -- Opening day always has been special for Alexis Silkwood. However, today at Nusz Park, Silkwood will be full of even more emotion as she begins her senior season by pitching for the Mississippi State softball team in its season opener against Georgia State at 3 p.m. at Nusz Park. MSU will play five games in three days in the Bulldog Kickoff Classic to open the 2017 season. MSU also will face Western Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. today.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer has talked about the difficulties of not falling prey to the Kool-Aid. In many of those instances, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach has expressed confidence his players won't buy into the hype or allow the sweetness of the drink to affect their performance. So far, the Bulldogs have rewarded Schaefer's confidence by playing like the nation's No. 4 team in so many ways.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham knows he is stepping through a revolving door. Mississippi State's defensive coordinator position has been a one-and-done position of late, as Manny Diaz and Peter Sirmon had the position for one year.
STARKVILLE -- Fast, physical, and aggressive. That will be the tag line for Todd Grantham's defenses at Mississippi State. It's one he repeated Wednesday at his introductory news conference as MSU's defensive coordinator.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi baseball teams will face each other in a traditional three-game weekend series format.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three weeks after the Tennessee men's basketball team blew a second-half lead at Ole Miss, the teams reversed roles in the rematch. Grant Williams and Robert Hubbs III had 18 points Wednesday as the Volunteers came from behind in the closing minutes to defeat Ole Miss 75-66.
STARKVILLE -- Consider the lesson learned. For the last two seasons, Vic Schaefer had to listen to all of the pundits talk about the strength of his team's non-conference schedule. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach didn't care for much of the talk. He made his case to dispute the fact the Bulldogs had played weak non-conference schedules with too many games against opponents in the lower regions of Division I.
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