SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Texas Tech men's basketball team did just enough to set up a reunion for coach Tubby Smith with his previous team. Devaugntah Williams scored 15 points to help the Red Raiders hold off Mississippi State 74-72 in Friday's consolation bracket at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Stefan Moody began to laugh when asked if 29 was much different than 30. The senior point guard's wide smile was all the answer necessary.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has a winning record in every month except August and November. The seventh-year Bulldog coach is 1-1 in August and 11-15 in November. A victory against Missouri and a loss to No. 3 Alabama has MSU 1-1 in November this season. MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) will try to improve that mark at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) when it takes on Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Miami men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga didn't like the look of his team during its pregame shootaround before opening the Puerto Rico Tip-off. The Hurricanes sure had their coach fooled. Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points Thursday and Miami jumped to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 105-79 win against Mississippi State in the first round.
Ole Miss senior linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has been hospitalized this week for an undisclosed reason in Oxford and won't play Saturday. Nkemdiche's father Dr. Sunday Nkemdiche confirmed to The Associated Press via text message Thursday that Nkemdiche had been hospitalized. The family released a statement saying that his condition "has improved as of today" and is "not life-threatening," but he will remain in the hospital.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- George Mason men's basketball coach Dave Paulsen understands it will take time for the Patriots to become a polished group on offense. Their showing against Ole Miss was a good start. The Patriots (1-2) won their first game since Paulsen took over last March, outlasting the Rebels 68-62 to open the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
OXFORD -- Erika Sisk had a team-best 18 points, while teammate Shequila Joseph had a career-high 10 rebounds, but the Ole Miss women's basketball team lost to Missouri State 91-78 on Thursday night at Tad Smith Coliseum. Joseph and freshmen Cecilia Muhate Pena and Madinah Muhammad had baskets for Ole Miss (1-2) in an 18-2 run in the final 4 minutes, 18 seconds to close the game, but it wasn't enough to overcome a large late-game deficit.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland sees room for a lot of improvement.
STARKVILLE -- It has been a long time coming for Houston Franks and the Mississippi State women's cross country program.
STARKVILLE -- The construction continues for Vic Schaefer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball won't have to look far for a good game during the 2016 season.
STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles always has a smile on his face.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believes Arkansas is one of the nation's hottest teams. Mullen has seen Arkansas win four-straight games, including a double overtime victory against Auburn, an overtime thriller against Ole Miss, and a 31-14 drumming of LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Razorbacks' offense has been a big reason for the success.
STARKVILLE -- Malik Newman hasn't seen a lot of action in the last three weeks. The Mississippi State men's basketball team's freshman guard has been suffering from a turf toe injury on his left foot that has limited his practice time. He practiced Sunday for the first time since the injury, but his rhythm was off. That was evident Monday night.
OXFORD -- Sebastian Saiz was dominant Monday night, setting career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds in the Ole Miss men's basketball team's 82-72 victory against Georgia Southern.
With a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division title still within reach, two rivalry games will determine the No. 25 Ole Miss football team's regular-season fate. First, Ole Miss (7-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) will return from its open date to play host to No. 17 LSU (7-2, 4-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI). The Egg Bowl regular-season finale against Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) will be at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 28 in Starkville.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team is more than a squad that can smash 'em up and knock 'em down. No. 3 Alabama used a 69-yard Cyrus Jones punt return for a touchdown to provide the spark against Mississippi State on Saturday, and then added three more long scoring plays to turn a scoreless game into a 31-6 romp.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott is optimistic about the Mississippi State football team's final two weeks of the regular season. The senior quarterback was sacked nine times Saturday in a 31-6 loss to No. 3 Alabama at Davis Wade Stadium. He said there are plenty of things MSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) can improve on before it faces Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Razorback Stadium, and that it remains focused on winning out.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott will probably have dreams about the Alabama defensive front. The Mississippi Sate quarterback was sacked twice -- including on the first play from scrimmage -- on the opening series against Alabama on Saturday afternoon. He ran the ball three more times on the drive and took a beating. In fact, he took a beating the entire game. He said never has been hit that much.
STARKVILLE -- It was an emotional week for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost one of their own last week. Freshman defensive lineman Keith Joseph Jr. and his father, former Bulldog Keith Sr., were killed in a one-car accident Nov. 6. The tragedy hit the football program by surprise, especially the freshmen. Freshman safety Jamal Peters wore No. 99, Joseph Jr.'s number, with Joseph on the back to honor his fallen teammate Saturday afternoon in the team's game against No. 3 Alabama.
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