STARKVILLE - What does being No. 1 mean for a football coach at Mississippi State?
STARKVILLE - It has been nine up, nine down for Mississippi State's baseball team, as the Bulldogs have been perfect through the season's first two weeks.
STARKVILLE - The end is in sight, and that may bring light at the end of the tunnel for Mississippi State's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team ran into one major problem Wednesday night when it played host to No. 1 Kentucky.
The Wildcats were just too good.
STARKVILLE -- Jesse McCord just wanted another chance.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound freshman right-hander from Spanish Fort, Alabama, made the most of it Tuesday afternoon.
McCord rebounded from a disappointing debut in the Mississippi State baseball team's third game of the season to throw 5 2/3 innings in a 10-2 win against Alcorn State at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- While his team's offensive problems have been front and center in a stretch of four losses in five games, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray still believes his team has arrived defensively.
Even if others were mistaken, John Calipari had no problem remembering who is next on the No. 1 Kentucky men's basketball team's schedule.
As Calipari joined the Southeastern Conference's weekly basketball teleconference Monday morning, the conference call moderator introduced the Kentucky coach and said he and his team were preparing to face Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
"I thought we were playing Mississippi State," Calipari said. "These goofballs have me watching Mississippi State tape. Should I go watch Texas A&M tape?"
Initially, the fact that was Mississippi State safety Justin Cox received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine was a surprise.
His performance in Indianapolis, Indiana, was anything but.
Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney arrived at the NFL Combine as one of the nation's top inside linebacker prospects.
He did nothing to change that fact Sunday.
But MSU defensive end Preston Smith might have changed his situation for the better.
STARKVILLE -- There is nothing about Mississippi State center fielder Jacob Robson that screams middle-of-the-order hitter.
Maybe that's why it's working so well.
Robson, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound speedster out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, isn't a threat to hit a home runs. And with his slender build and contact-hitting approach, he doesn't seem like a typical run producer. But there he is, the sweet-hitting left-hander anchored at the No. 5 spot in MSU's batting order.
STARKVILLE -- The opponent changes, but the results continue to stay the same for the Mississippi State men's basketball team.
Two days after leading archrival Ole Miss for most of the game before falling in the end, MSU repeated that scenario Saturday against No. 18 Arkansas. Despite leading at halftime and for much of the second half, MSU endured a six-minute scoreless stretch in crunch time and never recovered in a 65-61 loss at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE - There's no rest for the weary.
STARKVILLE - Ole Miss hadn't swept Mississippi State in men's basketball in 17 years.
STARKVILLE - Jesse McCord can't wait to get back out there.
STARKVILLE - It was the most frustration Craig Sword has shown all season.
WEST POINT -- His team needed a play, so Willie Ousley made one.
And when the New Hope High School boys basketball team needed free throws down the stretch to close a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 tournament win against Saltillo, Ousley did that, too.
With New Hope protecting a one-point lead late in its first-round game Tuesday night, Saltillo had the ball and a chance to take the lead with less than 30 seconds remaining. But the Tigers were a bit out of control with the basketball and Ousley seized the opportunity.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen spent much of the preseason telling media, fans, and his players about the importance of a dominant bullpen.
In an effort to continue his team's recent trend of strong bullpens, Cohen made several changes. Among them was moving senior Trevor Fitts, a starting pitcher, to closer and moving Vance Tatum, another starter, to reliever.
Cohen also wanted to have senior left-hander Ross Mitchell (24-5 record entering the season) as an option out of the bullpen.
So far, so good.
WEST POINT -- For the better part of two seasons, junior guard Quiyon Bailey has meant everything to West Point High School girls basketball team.
West Point coach Dashmond Daniel admits the Lady Green Wave have relied on Bailey a little too much.
"Last year, it seemed like the rest of our team would be a little timid about it. They'd get her the ball and just try to get out of the way," Daniel said. "She's still a great player, but the rest of our girls have realized this is a team effort, and it has made us a better basketball team."
STARKVILLE -- Through four games, sophomore center fielder Jacob Robson owns the hottest start of any Mississippi State baseball player.
He also owns the first national award for a Bulldog this season.
STARKVILLE -- It's not surprising that the Mississippi State baseball team won its first four games this weekend to start the season.
The only surprising part is how easily MSU did it.
Starting with a 6-2 victory against Cincinnati on Friday night, MSU wasn't challenged in its four-game stretch against Cincinnati or Miami University. MSU's dominance started to take hold Saturday in 7-1 win against Miami. It built on that effort later in the day in a 19-5 win against Cincinnati.
On Sunday, MSU put that exclamation point on the sweep with a 16-7 victory against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field.
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