TROY, Ala. -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy, comparing his team's season opener to its 74-64 victory Monday at Troy, likes what he sees. Ole Miss shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Troy 42-28 to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team received two shots of good news Monday night. On Monday morning, point guard Morgan William was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. On Monday night, MSU learned it will play host to No. 17 West Virginia at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the No. 8 Ole Miss football team still has a lot of preseason goals within reach. If Ole Miss wins its final two games and Auburn beats Alabama, it will clinch a share of the Southeastern Conference Western Division and advance to the Southeastern Conference championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the first time.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy's appearance in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game has been three years in the making.
STARKVILLE -- Don't try to tell Morgan William not to do something. It also has become quite apparent after two games that you better bring plenty of help if you're going to attempt to stop the freshman.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban and his Alabama football players kept saying that being just outside the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings didn't really matter with big games remaining.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With an inexperienced team starting its season, No. 7 Duke turned to its reliable leader and got a balanced effort to start the season. Elizabeth Williams had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and six blocked shots to lead the Blue Devils to a 90-40 win against Alabama on Sunday night.
OXFORD -- Senior Tia Faleru had 19 points Sunday to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career in the Ole Miss women's basketball team's 91-38 victory against Mississippi Valley State at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama men's basketball team cruised to an 82-54 victory against Towson Tigers in its season opener Friday evening at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Hustle, attitude, work, and grit. Those four qualities very easily could apply to the Starkville High School football team this season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On a day when MSU quarterback Dak Prescott couldn't overcome his early struggles and lead No. 1 Mississippi State to a comeback victory, it was No. 5 Alabama's quarterback who turned in a game-clinching performance in the fourth quarter. Senior Blake Sims, who has led Alabama to five-straight wins, carried his team to an emotional 25-20 win Saturday that puts it in the driver's seat for the Southeastern Conference's Western Division title.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- That feeling. In the moments after No. 1 Mississippi State's 25-20 loss at No. 5 Alabama on Saturday night, MSU quarterback Dak Prescott was peppered with questions about his performance, his team's mistakes, and his ability to bounce back from the Bulldogs' first defeat of the season.
GLUCKSTADT -- Facing a fourth down-and-long late in Friday night's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff opener at Germantown, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless had a decision to make. With his Green Wave leading by seven points with nine minutes remaining, Chambless could punt from Germantown's 31-yard line and pin the Mavericks deep in their territory or he could go for it in an attempt to score the game-clinching touchdown. In making his decision, Chambless turned his team's chances over to senior quarterback Dason Thomas and wide receiver Steffon Moore.
The Callaway High offensive line has two Southeastern Conference prospects and one of the largest offensive fronts in Class 5A. But after two quarters in its opening-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at New Hope, the Chargers had 38 yards of offense against the Trojans' mish mash of small, quick defensive linemen and beefier space-eaters.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team was expected to beat Lamar School on Friday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II semifinals. The Volunteers defeated the Raiders by 21 points in the season opener in August. Since then, Starkville Academy has lost only one game and has posted four shutouts en route to its best season in nearly a decade.
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YAZOO CITY -- At this rate, the members of the offensive line on the Noxubee County High School football team won't have to do any sprints at practice for the rest of the season. Led by a dominating ground game that piled up 360 yards, Noxubee County defeated Yazoo County 34-7 in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs.
OXFORD -- Cedrick Bowen's dunk with 0.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Charleston Southern to a 66-65 victory against Mississippi in the season opener for both teams. Bowen, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, followed a miss on a driving layup attempt by Saah Nimley. After a replay review, Bowen's athletic, two-handed dunk was ruled good. Ole Miss had its inbounds pass intercepted at the buzzer.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. There is but one question that will be on the minds of Mississippi State fans today. MSU, No. 1 in the polls and No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ratings, fell to Alabama 25-20 on Saturday. What MSU fans want to know is how far that fall will be.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans have been waiting patiently for a day when the school's men's basketball team had depth again. While the Bulldogs played nine players and several newcomers, a trio of veterans led the way in a 66-56 win against Western Carolina in the season opener Friday night. It was MSU's 400th win all-time at Humphrey Coliseum.