STARKVILLE -- Of the state's four men's basketball teams that have serious dreams of earning a bid to the NCAA tournament, two will meet tonight in Starkville The University of Mississippi will look to improve its at-large status by completing a regular-season sweep of Mississippi State University 6 tonight (ESPN2) at Humphrey Coliseum. Many of the bracket projections released this week have the Rebels (14-8, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) as a bubble team of the field. ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi has Ole Miss as the first team out of the tournament with a little more than a month until the field is selected.
STARKVILLE -- Enthusiasm. Passion. Intensity. Those words and many similar ones could be used to describe Mississippi State University's first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman. Stuedeman, who makes her Division I head coaching debut tonight at South Alabama, comes to Starkville after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. Alabama is considered one of the nation's premier softball programs. The goal is to push MSU to that level.
STARKVILLE -- The number is imposing. Diamber Johnson doesn't remember the shot that helped her eclipse the 2,000-point mark in high school, but she knows it came in the "Big House," or the Mississippi Coliseum, in Jackson. Johnson also doesn't know where she will hit her next milestone.
Next man up. That's the mind-set the Columbus High School basketball team has used all season. It worked again in an elimination game Tuesday night, as Deontae Jones and Robert Irby each had 11 points to lead Columbus to a 57-44 victory against Grenada in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.
STARKVILLE -- No matter the result, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will leave Humphrey Coliseum arm in arm with his wife, Meo. As he walks out the front door, the arm and hand that isn't wrapped around his wife likely will have a scouting report or a video of the University of Georgia basketball program in it. Less than 48 hours after No. 20 MSU (18-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) finishes its game against the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2), it will have to prepare for another SEC home matchup.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has been reluctant in the preseason to name a starting lineup. Don't look for that to change in her first season as head coach at MSU.
STARKVILLE -- The fans have spoken to complete the biggest component of Mississippi State University's 100 Years of Basketball celebration. On Tuesday, the final tabulations for the "Starting 5" and "Top 5 Games" as voted on by the fans were compiled, and it's an all-star cast with countless achievements and accolades that received the most votes.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The shorthanded University of Alabama men's basketball team made a little history against Auburn University. JaMychal Green scored 19 points, Trevor Releford added 15 to help Alabama race to a 68-50 win on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- It was almost as if Shaun Smith had to walk up to his coach, shake his head, and re-introduce himself. After having major hip surgery and rehabilitating from that injury this fall, Mississippi State University sophomore guard Shaun Smith admitted Monday he felt like a forgotten man on the MSU men's basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen preaches the fundamentals every day in practice at Dudy Noble Field, he anticipates his 2012 team will be able to offer something different, especially in batting practice. One player who will command attention is Hunter Renfroe, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder who attracts attention from fans and teammates every time he steps in the batting cage.
Chase Taylor has played golf long enough to know doing things too quickly doesn't help his game. Taylor decided Monday to apply that same thinking to his college decision when he signed a scholarship to play golf at Meridian Community College.
Sammy Smith and Yvonne Hairston have used the memories of the 2010-11 season as building blocks throughout this season. The Columbus High School boys and girls basketball coaches hope those lessons will be put to use tonight when their teams kick off the second seasons. The top-seeded Columbus girls will play host to fourth-seeded Grenada at 7 p.m., while the second-seeded CHS boys will play host to third-seeded Grenada at 8:30 p.m. in the final two of four games on the opening day of action in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.
STARKVILLE -- Don't let the speed fool you, Justin Gordon is a complete soccer player. The Starkville High School sophomore forward/midfielder understands, though, that when you have blazing speed it often leaves an impression with opponents that you are a one-dimensional player.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn University men's basketball coach Tony Barbee insists the absence of University of Alabama standout Tony Mitchell won't have a big impact on tonight's rivalry game.
STARKVILLE -- Nearly a year later, the Mississippi State women's basketball team is in an eerily similar position.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have been concerned about the number of minutes freshman Rodney Hood has been playing at small forward On Saturday in a 91-88 victory against Auburn University, sophomore Shaun Smith showcased an ability to fill a five- to eight-minute role off the bench at that position.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson is re-energized. Now that her mother is back home after suffering a heart attack nearly two weeks ago, the senior guard wants to make the most of the rest of her senior season. The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes it isn't too late.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior point guard Dee Bost finally admitted Saturday he's not enjoying tension-filled home wins. With 3:29 left in a tight Southeastern Conference battle, Bost had just as good a seat as anybody else at Humphrey Coliseum after he fouled out for the first time this season with 15 points and seven assists.
CLINTON -- Justin Gordon had been just out of reach all evening. Whether it was Taylor Wise or Dylan Howard or Kase Kingery, no one could put just the right touch on a service to get the speedy Gordon behind the defense. All the Starkville High School boys soccer team needed was a kiss from Price Day to send it on its way to history.
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