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Smaller class targets MSU's needs

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen hasn't been known for being one of the top recruiters in the Southeastern Conference. The eighth-year Mississippi State coach's highest-rated class came last season when the Bulldogs pulled in the nation's 18th-best class, according to 247Sports. That class featured seven four-star prospects, many of whom will play vital roles this season.

 

 

Moody leads Ole Miss past Missouri

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri men's basketball team made Stefan Moody work for his points Wednesday night. The Tigers didn't make the Ole Miss senior work hard enough. The prolific guard had 23 points and hit two free throws after getting fouled in the lane to put Ole Miss ahead by a point with 13.4 seconds left in a 76-73 victory.

 

 

Ole Miss lands one of SEC's top classes

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football program went toe-to-toe with some of the nation's biggest names for some of the nation's elite prospects Wednesday. The Rebels won some battles and lost a few others, but still finished with a consensus top-10 class.

 

 

Ole Miss enjoying winning, recruiting success

Posted 2/3/2016 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team has made a rapid rise into the upper tier of the Southeastern Conference in the standings and on the recruiting trail. The Rebels -- led by fifth-year head coach Hugh Freeze -- have become a landing destination for some of the most talented players in the country. The program's ascension in the recruiting ranks can be contributed to a little luck and a lot of winning. The Rebels were the only team to beat eventual national champion Alabama this season and finished the year with an impressive Sugar Bowl victory against Oklahoma State. Now with national signing day coming up today, five-star recruits are viewing Ole Miss as a potential first option, not an afterthought.

 

 

MSU can't capitalize on chances, falls to Alabama in OT

Posted 2/3/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland has seen the Mississippi State men's basketball team come close numerous times this season. The Bulldogs have found ways to be competitive down the stretch in nearly all of their games in the Southeastern Conference, but they have managed only a home victory against Ole Miss. On Tuesday night, MSU squandered a seven-point lead with a little more than five minutes remaining and went on to lose to Alabama 82-80 in overtime at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

Holman growing in first year with Bulldogs

Posted 2/1/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aric Holman isn't afraid of a challenge.

 

 

No. 13 MSU women earn big SEC win at Arkansas

Posted 2/1/2016 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 13 Mississippi State women's basketball team made a statement in its quest to return to the nation's top 10. Fresh off an overtime home victory against No. 19 Tennessee, the first in program history, MSU went on the road Sunday afternoon to earn a 65-55 victory against Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game at Bud Walton Arena.

 

 

Carrera leads South Carolina past Alabama

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin needed someone -- anyone -- to choke off Alabama's second-half comeback. Michael Carrera was ready for the moment. Carrera had 20 points and 11 rebounds, including a critical 3-pointer with less than five minutes left that lifted the Gamecocks to a 78-64 victory against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.

 

 

No. 13 MSU women want to build on victory against Tennessee

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Turn the page. Rock n' roll fans likely have sung along with Bob Seger's classic on nights they have been wandering on a lonely road somewhere what seems like a million miles from home. Seger sings about the weariness of traveling from city to city and being in the spotlight on a stage in front of thousands of fans in the song that was recorded in 1972 and released in 1973. The live version, released in 1976, has stood the test of time and served as an old friend to many commuters in need of a pick-me-up on a long trip.

 

 

Robson ready to emerge as bigger leader as senior

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jacob Robson doesn't take being a leader lightly. The Mississippi State junior center fielder has seen leaders come and go in his first three years with the program and knows how important they are to the success of the team. He said he always thought of himself as a leader, and that was reaffirmed by his teammates when they voted him one of three captains for this season.

 

 

Freshmen help short-handed MSU earn big road win

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon's first double-double of his Mississippi State career proved large in a 76-62 victory against Missouri in a Southeastern Conference matchup at Mizzou Arena. Playing without Gavin Ware, who was left home due to concussion symptoms, Weatherspoon, Malik Newman, and Aric Holman gave MSU three freshmen in the starting lineup, and helped the Bulldogs snap an eight-game conference losing streak on the road. It was MSU's first road win since winning in this building 77-74 a year ago. The victory was the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs in a conference road game since an 83-64 win at Auburn on Feb. 9, 2008.

 

 

Kansas State holds Moody in check in second half

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

MANHATTAN, Kansas -- The way Stefan Moody has scored this season, all Kansas State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber could hope for was to keep the Ole Miss senior guard in-check. His Wildcats did one better Saturday.

 

 

NCAA targets three Ole Miss programs for violations

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

Ole Miss has been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women's basketball, and track and field programs. Some of the allegations regarding the football program date back to previous coach Houston Nutt, but others involve current coach Hugh Freeze's tenure, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday. On Saturday, Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork provided more specifics about the NCAA allegations one day after initially saying the university couldn't comment further on the NCAA's Notice of Allegations against his athletics department.

 

 

MSU's Prescott gets top honor at Senior Bowl

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. -- Dak Prescott didn't want to let his Senior Bowl turn end quietly. The Mississippi State quarterback's first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory against the North on Saturday. "I came back the second series and realized that if I wanted to make something happen in this game, this was my only opportunity," Prescott said. "And it was a two-minute drive. I got the guys going. They rallied behind me, blocked well, made some good catches and we were able to get in the end zone."

 

 

Okorie's growth a sign of MSU's progress in history-making win

Posted 1/29/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chinwe Okorie has put the backboards at Humphrey Coliseum through a lot in the last two-and-a-half seasons. From First Deepwater of the Zenith League in her home country of Nigeria to Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Okorie's resume doesn't have the level of experience of many of her peers on the Mississippi State women's basketball team. As a result, the 6-foot-5 center had a bigger adjustment to make than her classmates when she arrived as a member of coach Vic Schaefer's first recruiting class in Starkville. Okorie's transition to Division I basketball stalled in her freshman season as NCAA questions about her eligibility forced her to sit out the season.

 

 

Defensive switch fuels MSU's comeback against Tennessee

Posted 1/29/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Only those who truly know Vic Schaefer best can determine how set he is in his defensive principles. If the Mississippi State women's basketball team isn't playing player-to-player, it isn't playing defense. Schaefer has preached to his players about getting up the line and into passing lanes and getting up close and personal with their opponent on every possession to make every trip an ordeal. When you have had as much success as Schaefer has had using that style of defense at Arkansas, Texas A&M, and MSU, it's easy to see why he is so steadfast in his desire to rely on it. But Schaefer didn't think twice Thursday when forced into a situation to make a change.

 

 

MSU men go on road to face Missouri

Posted 1/29/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland hopes the Mississippi State men's basketball team's victory against Ole Miss was the start of something. The Bulldogs' first-year head coach earned a win in his first meeting against the archrival Rebels in an 83-77 decision at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

No. 13 MSU will try to make more history tonight

Posted 1/28/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows all about the history of the Tennessee women's basketball programs. In more than 25 years in Division I basketball, Schaefer has witnessed many of Tennessee's 35 combined Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships, 18 NCAA tournament Final Fours, and eight NCAA national titles. He knows the power of the Orange and how quickly the sounds of "Rocky Top," the unofficial fight song for Tennessee, can wear on the ears of someone competing against the Lady Volunteers.

 

 

Tennessee looking to find its footing

Posted 1/28/2016 in College Sports

Holly Warlick insists she wasn't calling out fans of the Tennessee women's basketball team last week. Instead, the longtime assistant coach and fourth-year head coach of the Lady Volunteers wanted to stand up for her team after a 79-66 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame on Jan. 22. "We're hearing a lot of negativity from our fans and from people," Warlick said. "Hey, guys, give this group a break. They're playing as hard as they can. Are they playing great? Absolutely not, but they're putting it all out there." Since then, Tennessee has defeated Vanderbilt and lost to Kentucky to move to 12-7 and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference. It finds itself in a new situation as it prepares to take on Mississippi State (17-4, 4-3) at 8 tonight (SEC Network) at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

'Batman' lifts Ole Miss past Auburn

Posted 1/28/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy is a pop culture fan, especially when it comes to comparisons of comic book superheroes and point guards. "We got our Batman back. Everybody wants to be Batman, but Stefan Moody is Batman for us," said Kennedy, after Moody scored 24 points, 22 in the second half, as the Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak with an 80-63 victory against Auburn.

 

 

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