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Ole Miss will try to recharge for Xavier

Posted 3/19/2015 in College Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Forgive Stefan Moody, M.J. Rhett, and their Ole Miss men's basketball teammates for looking and feeling a little drained Wednesday. After all, they played a physically grueling First Four game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, flew three hours to Jacksonville in the middle of the night, got a few hours of sl

 

 

Ole Miss rallies past BYU in NCAA First Four game

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Ole Miss men's basketball team pulled off the NCAA tournament's first big comeback. The Rebels did it against the team that's known for the biggest one of all. Stefan Moody scored 26 points and led Ole Miss' comeback from a 17-point halftime deficit to a 94-90 victory against BYU on Tuesday night in the First Four.

 

 

MSU softball celebrates national ranking with victory

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

HAMMOND, La. -- The Mississippi State softball team celebrated its return to the national rankings Tuesday with a season-high for runs and hits in a 16-1 victory against Southeastern Louisiana at North Oak Park.

 

 

Plenty of questions for MSU as spring practice begins

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After a topsy-turvy week filled with multiple arrests and a nationally publicized incident involving quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State's football players went back to work Tuesday. They looked right at home.

 

 

Alabama routs Illinois in first round of NIT

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph had 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists Tuesday night to help the Alabama men's basketball team rout Illinois 79-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama (19-14) played its first game without coach Anthony Grant, who was fired Sunday afternoon and replaced by interim coach John Brannen.

 

 

Rea backs Laster's complete game with big hit

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Senior left-hander Lucas Laster threw Mississippi State's second complete game in three games Tuesday night to lead MSU to a 5-2 victory against Eastern Illinois at Dudy Noble Field. Laster (3-0), who threw his first career complete game, allowed eight hits and two runs (both earned) while matching a season high with seven strikeouts and no walks. The Bulldogs have recorded three quality starts in their past four games.

 

 

AP names Schaefer SEC Coach of the Year

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

A day after the Mississippi State women's basketball team celebrated its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010, Vic Schaefer was named The Associated Press' Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, while freshman Victoria Vivians was named second-team All-SEC. Ole Miss senior forward Tia Faleru also was named first-team All-SEC. She was the only unanimous pick for the first team.

 

 

Ole Miss excited about opportunity in WNIT

Posted 3/18/2015 in College Sports

Matt Insell thought it would take four years to reverse the fortunes of the Ole Miss women's basketball program. Judging from the fact that Ole Miss will return to the postseason tonight for the first time since the 2009-10 season, Insell's rebuilding efforts are ahead of schedule. Ole Miss (17-13) will take that first step at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tennessee-Martin (22-10) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

 

 

MSU gets No. 5 seed, matchup vs. No. 12 Tulane

Posted 3/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The disappointment didn't last long. With all the Mississippi State women's basketball team has accomplished in a record-breaking season, the announcement Monday that MSU was heading back to the NCAA tournament was plenty of reason to celebrate for coach Vic Schaefer, his coaching staff, his players, and the fans at Dawg House Sports Grill.

 

 

MSU tries to solve bullpen's struggles

Posted 3/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen admitted in the offseason it would be hard for the Bulldogs to replace bullpen stalwarts Jonathan Holder and Jacob Lindgren. Cohen didn't know it would be this hard.

 

 

MSU softball earns walk-off victory

Posted 3/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman had a surprise visitor to her office Sunday morning. Sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood dropped by and admitted a few gaps in her mental outlook Saturday in a loss to No. 19 Texas A&M. "She told me she was too focused on the end result and lost track of the process," Stuedeman said. "She told me she was ready to pitch again (Sunday) and that she would be ready to deliver a stronger performance because she was going to focus on the process."

 

 

MSU women will learn fate tonight

Posted 3/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team will learn its destination tonight when it plays host to an NCAA Selection Show watch party at Dawg House Sports Grill at 217 E. Main St. in downtown Starkville.

 

 

Bullpen fails MSU again in loss to Alabama

Posted 3/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It happened again. And John Cohen could barely hide his disgust. Cohen, Mississippi State's seventh-year baseball coach, talked to media after an 8-4 loss to Alabama on Sunday, a loss that once again featured a meltdown by the normally reliable bullpen. In the finale of the three-game series, MSU relievers failed again to get the job done in the eighth inning, allowing four runs to turn a nip-and-tuck game into a runaway for the Crimson Tide. The implosion came 24 hours after the bullpen yielded eight runs in the eighth in a 10-5 loss.

 

 

Alabama fires Grant

Posted 3/16/2015 in College Sports

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama has fired men's basketball coach Anthony Grant, who led the Crimson Tide to one NCAA tournament berth in six seasons amid growing discontent among fans. Athletic director Bill Battle said he informed Grant of his decision on Sunday, three days after the Tide's loss to Florida in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

 

 

Road to redemption continues for Cox

Posted 3/15/2015 in College Sports

The road to redemption continues for Justin Cox.

 

 

MSU baseball splits doubleheader with Alabama

Posted 3/15/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Austin Sexton was aware of how Mississippi State lost Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Alabama.

 

 

Waiting almost over for MSU women's basketball team

Posted 3/15/2015 in College Sports

With all of the acronyms -- RPI and SOS -- flying around at this time of the year, three words might mean more to help turn things in favor of the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

 

 

Ole Miss upset in SEC tournament quarterfinal round

Posted 3/13/2015 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A night that was mostly a statistical disaster for South Carolina somehow ended happily because Tyrone Johnson executed a final play just as Gamecocks coach Frank Martin envisioned.

 

 

MSU carries confidence into softball series with Texas A&M

Posted 3/13/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's Katie Anne Bailey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, she only wanted one thing.

 

 

MSU baseball looks to shake slump with start of SEC play

Posted 3/12/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Mississippi State first baseman Wes Rea admits that his team has been struggling lately.

 

 

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