STARKVILLE -- Sophomore catcher Katie Anne Bailey has talked frequently about the Mississippi State softball team's new aggressive mentality on offense.
STARKVILLE -- This is the wrong time of the season to be in a funk.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- James Siakam told his teammates where he would hit the first 3-pointer of his career before the final home game of his Vanderbilt men's basketball career. He went out and did just that Wednesday night. Siakam had 12 points and seven rebounds, and freshman Riley LaChance scored 15 points to lead Vanderbilt to a 66-56 victory against Mississippi State at Memorial Gym. The victory was the Commodores' fourth in a row. "I didn't want him to be the first guy to go through our program and not make a jump shot for his entire career," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said.
Three Ole Miss quarterbacks -- including junior college transfer Chad Kelly -- have started their competition to see who will replace three-year starter Bo Wallace. The Rebels began spring practice on Tuesday, hoping to build on a 9-4 record last season. Ole Miss expects to have 16 starters returning next fall, but must find a replacement for Wallace, who finished his career among the school's leaders in virtually every passing category.
STARKVILLE -- Mate Cutura considers Zvonimir Babac a friend. Now men's tennis players in the Southeastern Conference, Cutura and Babac grew up competing against each other on the international stage, as Cutura is from Bosnia & Herzegovina, while Babac hails from Croatia. These days, they don't speak to each other.
STARKVILLE -- Two weeks after a strong performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, defensive end Preston Smith had little to prove Wednesday at Mississippi State's Pro Day. Smith didn't let that stop him.
HATTIESBURG -- Cord Cockrell threw seven strong innings Wednesday night to lead the Southern Mississippi baseball team to a 5-1 victory against Ole Miss before a crowd of 4,022 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Cockrell (1-0) allowed one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out five.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team piled up the Southeastern Conference honors from league coaches Tuesday. MSU coach Vic Schaefer was named SEC co-Coach of the Year as well as one of 10 semifinalists for Naismith National Coach of the Year.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State Athletics unveiled pricing information for fans interested in purchasing seats at the new Dudy Noble Field. MSU also announced fans can make premium area deposits toward their seats. The new $40 million project aims to remake the Bulldogs' home ballpark into the finest in college baseball.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray insists he isn't looking forward. At this point, there's not much else to do. MSU (12-17, 5-11 Southeastern Conference) is mathematically alive for a first-round bye in the SEC tournament next week in Nashville, Tennessee. To accomplish that goal, the Bulldogs will have to turn in a flawless final week of the season. That run will start at 8 tonight when MSU takes on Vanderbilt (SEC Network) at Memorial Gym in Nashville.
STARKVILLE -- Each coach needed only a few words to sum up what happened Tuesday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball coach Carlos James insisted his team came to Starkville expecting to win. Mississippi State coach John Cohen bemoaned the fact that the Bulldogs "just didn't compete. Didn't fight for it." With that, the Golden Lions left town with a 3-2 win and saddled the No. 9 Bulldogs with their first loss.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Stefan Moody scored 25 points, 22 in the second half, and Ladarius White added 19 to help the Ole Miss men's basketball team beat Alabama 82-74 on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. Moody hit 13 of 14 free throws, White made 4 of 5 3-pointers, and Aaron Jones added 10 points to help Ole Miss (20-10, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) record its seventh 20-win in nine years. The victory also snapped a two-game losing skid and bolstered the team's resume for the NCAA tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Van Stuedeman felt like her squad was at a crossroads Friday afternoon in Orlando, Florida. Fortunately for the fourth-year coach, junior shortstop Kayla Winkfield -- one of the team's most vocal leaders -- sensed the same thing.
Victoria Vivians already has played a major role in the Mississippi State women's basketball team's record-breaking season. On Monday, the 6-foot-1 guard from Carthage set an individual first when she was named the first freshman finalist for the Gillom Award, which goes to the best women's college basketball player in the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss senior forward Tia Faleru and Southern Mississippi senior forward Tamara Jones also were selected as finalists in a vote of statewide media who cover college basketball. The award is named after former Ole Miss great Peggie Gillom-Granderson.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks isn't shy about sharing his opinion about the NFL Scouting Combine. The 2012 winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's best defensive back, Banks, by his own admission, turned in a disappointing performance at the Combine two months after his final season with the Mississippi State football team.
Coming off a berth in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the inaugural New Year's Six, the Ole Miss football team begins spring practice today looking to continue its climb into the upper echelon. Hugh Freeze is the first Ole Miss coach to lead his teams to bowl appearances in each of his first three seasons at the helm, and the Rebels have increased their win total each year under him.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team has won its first 13 games to open the season. Outside observers are taking notice.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore left-hander Vance Tatum capped a weekend of brilliant pitching for the No. 13 Mississippi State baseball team. Tatum allowed two hits eight-plus innings Sunday as MSU completed its third-straight, four-game weekend series sweep with a 6-2 win against Samford at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Insell couldn't leave town Sunday without a rant. The Ole Miss women's basketball coach didn't go off on the official who issued him a technical foul in the second half of his team's 55-47 loss to No. 11 Mississippi State before a record crowd of 7,326 at Humphrey Coliseum. Insell also didn't downplay his team's effort and credited the Bulldogs for their performance and a rousing atmosphere in the state's biggest rivalry.
STARKVILLE -- The signs of growth were everywhere. From the fact that the Mississippi State women's basketball team battled back from another slow start to the fact that a single-game program record crowd of 7,326 turned out at Humphrey Coliseum, the Bulldogs had every reason to celebrate another special day in a history-making season.
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