STARKVILLE -- Craig Sword was visibly upset.
Next man up.
OXFORD -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team did everything necessary to earn a road win at Ole Miss on Wednesday night.
Well, almost everything.
The Bulldogs opened each half with strong runs, had a double-digit lead in the second half, and shot 56 percent from the field, but even one of MSU's best statistical efforts of the season wasn't enough in a 79-73 loss.
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STARKVILLE -- As it turns out, the film told Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray what he already knew: J.J. Frazier didn't miss.
Frazier, Georgia's sophomore point guard, was 7-for-7 from 3-point range Saturday in a 72-66 win against MSU at Humphrey Coliseum. It was a performance that sent Ray searching for what went wrong.
STARKVILLE -- With eight days remaining for student-athletes until National Signing Day, the Mississippi State football team continues to fine tune its latest recruiting class.
STARKVILLE -- Asked late Sunday afternoon if Mississippi State's baseball team will have more pop in its lineup this season, sophomore Reid Humphreys didn't hesitate.
"I definitely think we do," Humphreys said. "I think with the new guys we have and the guys we have returning, we have a lot of players on this team who can change a game with one swing of the bat."
STARKVILLE -- J.J. Frazier called it the game of his life.
I.J. Ready couldn't hide his disappointment.
That was the aftermath of one of the greatest shooting performances in the history of Humphrey Coliseum, a showing that propelled the Georgia men's basketball team to a 72-66 victory against Mississippi State.
PHEBA -- Alec Vasquez took care of the first half. R.J. DeLoach handled the second.
And just like that, the Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team displayed Friday why it will enter the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A, District 3 tournament as the No. 1 seed with a 54-46 victory at Hebron Christian School.
STARKVILLE -- A new college baseball season is almost here.
With opening day for a Mississippi State baseball season looming Feb. 13 against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field, the Bulldogs will continue preparations Saturday when it officially opens practice for the 2015 campaign.
It's a day that can't get here fast enough for some MSU players.
STARKVILLE -- For a season that began with uncertainty, Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready is looking pretty sure of himself on the court these days.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith never had a day off.
That exactly the way the Mississippi State football team's senior defensive lineman wanted it.
Smith, the team leader in sacks and tackles for loss in 2014, didn't return from Florida following a 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014. Instead, he stayed in the Sunshine State to begin preparations for a career in the NFL.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready was true to his last name.
Catching a pass from teammate Fred Thomas with 47 seconds left Saturday, the Mississippi State men's basketball team's point guard took a deep breath and fired a tie-breaking 3-pointer. Forty seconds later, Ready added two free throws to preserve a 57-54 win against Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum. The win was MSU's first in the Southeastern Conference this season.
STARKVILLE -- Life can be daunting for a freshman baseball player in the Southeastern Conference.
So when Ryan Gridley, a middle infielder from Macon, Georgia, arrived at Mississippi State last fall, he was looking for help.
That help arrived in the form of MSU's team captain.
STARKVILLE -- The 2014-15 season isn't about wins and losses for Mississippi State guard Craig Sword.
It's about becoming himself again.
That's the battle Sword, who led MSU in scoring (13.7 points per game as a sophomore, is fighting as he recovers from offseason back surgery that sidelined him for the first four games of the season. So far, the ultra-athletic, 6-foot-3, 196-pound shooting guard from Montgomery, Alabama, hasn't found his scoring touch or swagger.
Rest easy, Mississippi State fans.
On Wednesday afternoon, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott delivered the message Bulldog fans hoped to hear: He's coming back.
STARKVILLE -- The most telling part of Dak Prescott's press conference Wednesday, the one that saw the Mississippi State quarterback announce he would return to school for his senior season, was where he went when it was over.
After making his announcement and answering questions from reporters, Prescott ducked out of the media room at MSU's Seal Football Complex and headed downstairs to a team meeting.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans won't have to wait much longer to find out about the future of quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prescott, a redshirt junior from Haughton, Louisiana, who broke 12 school
records this season, will hold a will hold a news conference at 1:30 today in the MSU Seal Football Complex to announce his decision.
Reports from multiple media outlets Tuesday night said Prescott planned to return for his senior season.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray won't pretend the numbers are pretty.
With his team having lost eight of its past 10 games, the Mississippi State third-year men's basketball coach was asked to pinpoint where things have gone wrong.
Ray didn't hesitate.
STARKVILLE -- Cailee Helen McClain was already resting, sipping of a post-match Gatorade and receiving congratulatory messages from her teammates.
It's not every day a high school soccer player scores three goals in a match to lead a team to victory.
On this day, though, it happened twice.
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