OXFORD -- Terence Davis didn't start the Ole Miss men's basketball team's game against Auburn on Saturday, but the sophomore guard proved he knew how to finish it, scoring 26 points in the second half to help the Rebels bounce back from a 23-point second-half deficit for a 90-84 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Simultaneous, yet contradictory, excitement and anxiety overtake coaches' meetings rooms on National Signing Day. The future of the program can be bolstered in a few hours ... if all of the National Letters of Intent arrive as planned. The Mississippi State football team was blissfully immune to most of the anxiety.
STARKVILLE -- As counterintuitive as it sounds, it was a switch to zone that stymied the Mississippi State men's basketball team's hot shooting. After a 8-for-15 3-point barrage in the first half and a 22-point surge off the bench from freshman guard Tyson Carter, South Carolina's defensive switch inspired a 9-0 run in the final five minutes and helped it earn a 77-73 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Kentucky men's basketball team went from a shootout to a defensive grinder this week, and won both ways. Now, coach John Calipari and the 15th-ranked Wildcats want to put it all together by the postseason.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman feels like her pitching staff has enough quality and depth to win a lot of games this season. So far, the sixth-year head coach has been on target.
JaQuante Bell is excited about the next step. It doesn't bother the New Hope High School senior that he likely is going to have to change a few things, but that is part of the excitement because Bell is confident he can be even more of an all-around player. Bell will get a chance to prove that next season when he suits up for the Northeast Mississippi Community College men's basketball team. Bell made his decision official Thursday in a signing ceremony in the school's library.
STARKVILLE -- Stephanie White didn't look frustrated, agitated, or disappointed. The Vanderbilt women's basketball coach very well could have been all of those things and more after No. 4 Mississippi State rolled to an 86-41 victory before a crowd of 5,052 at Humphrey Coliseum and a national television audience on the SEC Network. Instead, White was clinical in breaking down the worst beatdown MSU (24-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) has given Vanderbilt (11-13, 1-10).
STEENS -- RJ Deloach doesn't consider himself a true scorer. That doesn't mean Deloach can't morph into one when the opportunity presents itself. "Defense is my strong suit," Deloach said. "When I get the ball, I'm pass first, but if I see a lane, I'm going to attack it." Deloach did plenty of attacking from the start Thursday night, scoring 14 points in the first quarter in the Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team's 64-19 rout of Winona Christian Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA, District 2 tournament.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team's ability to mount a comeback is undeniable. In the last week, MSU erased a 19-point deficit to beat Tennessee and turned a 21-point deficit into a six-point loss at Auburn. MSU's next step: avoid the deficit that precedes the second-half surges of late. The search for answers will continue at 7 p.m. Saturday when MSU (14-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) plays host to No. 19 South Carolina (19-5, 9-2) at Humphrey Coliseum. ESPN2 will televise the game live.
STARKVILLE -- Opening day always has been special for Alexis Silkwood. However, today at Nusz Park, Silkwood will be full of even more emotion as she begins her senior season by pitching for the Mississippi State softball team in its season opener against Georgia State at 3 p.m. at Nusz Park. MSU will play five games in three days in the Bulldog Kickoff Classic to open the 2017 season. MSU also will face Western Kentucky at 5:30 p.m. today.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer has talked about the difficulties of not falling prey to the Kool-Aid. In many of those instances, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach has expressed confidence his players won't buy into the hype or allow the sweetness of the drink to affect their performance. So far, the Bulldogs have rewarded Schaefer's confidence by playing like the nation's No. 4 team in so many ways.
STARKVILLE -- Todd Grantham knows he is stepping through a revolving door. Mississippi State's defensive coordinator position has been a one-and-done position of late, as Manny Diaz and Peter Sirmon had the position for one year.
STARKVILLE -- Fast, physical, and aggressive. That will be the tag line for Todd Grantham's defenses at Mississippi State. It's one he repeated Wednesday at his introductory news conference as MSU's defensive coordinator.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi baseball teams will face each other in a traditional three-game weekend series format.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three weeks after the Tennessee men's basketball team blew a second-half lead at Ole Miss, the teams reversed roles in the rematch. Grant Williams and Robert Hubbs III had 18 points Wednesday as the Volunteers came from behind in the closing minutes to defeat Ole Miss 75-66.
STARKVILLE -- Consider the lesson learned. For the last two seasons, Vic Schaefer had to listen to all of the pundits talk about the strength of his team's non-conference schedule. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach didn't care for much of the talk. He made his case to dispute the fact the Bulldogs had played weak non-conference schedules with too many games against opponents in the lower regions of Division I.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alabama men's basketball coach Avery Johnson couldn't help but gush a bit about his team's drama-filled, four-overtime victory against No. 19 South Carolina.
STARKVILLE -- Jake Mangum already has been the best hitter in college baseball's best conference. Last season, Mangum hit .408 as a freshman to help the Mississippi State win the Southeastern Conference regular-season title en route to a 44-win campaign.
Dan Mullen's coaching staff for 2017 is filling up. Mississippi State confirmed multiple reports that D.J Looney, a graduate assistant for Georgia, will be the new tight ends coach and Brett Elliott will be the new quarterbacks coach.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn men's basketball team built a big lead and held on for dear life -- again. Bryce Brown scored 18 points and Mustapha Heron added 17 to help Auburn hold off a big Mississippi State comeback attempt and win 98-92 Tuesday night.
1. New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU baseball gives Cannizaro first career victory COLLEGE SPORTS
3. No. 3 MSU women face huge test at Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Tupelo squads sweep Columbus for pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Area basketball teams begin postseason play Monday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS