BATON ROUGE, La. -- As fate would have it, LSU chose this weekend to honor its 1978 men's basketball team, which memorably outlasted then-No. 1 University of Kentucky in a thrilling overtime upset despite all five Tigers starters fouling out. LSU coach Johnny Jones thought such an example of perseverance would make an appropriate subject for a pregame speech before his team played host to the University of Alabama on Saturday. He sure looks clairvoyant now.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy decided the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer could use a change of scenery, so Marshall Henderson started Saturday's game on the bench. A few minutes later, the 6-foot-2 guard's exile was over. And boy, did he make up for lost time.
STARKVILLE -- Over the last three years of recruiting and development of power arms, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen and his staff are able to do what they love -- tinker.
STARKVILLE - Statistically it was an average home game at Humphrey Coliseum Saturday afternoon for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program - another blowout loss. Coming into the contest against one of the bottom Southeastern Conference programs, MSU's average margin of defeat at home was 23.2 points and that included single digit losses to Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University. The Bulldogs nearly doubled that margin Saturday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 4,087 but many of whom found the exits quickly.
STARKVILLE -- Thursday was an effort in redemption for Martha Alwal. Coming off her second scoreless game of the season, the 6-foot-4 sophomore center wanted to make a statement against the University of Alabama. Alwal delivered with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance in a 75-51 victory at Humphrey Coliseum that helped the Bulldogs snap a two-game losing streak.
JACKSON -- The power of the assist can't be denied. The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed Saturday that sharing the basketball can be the best way to erase the memory of a forgettable afternoon. Maggie Proffitt scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures in Starkville Academy's 64-29 victory against Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA championship game at Jackson Academy.
JACKSON -- "Here we go again." Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said the perfect words Friday afternoon after experiencing another Mississippi Association of Independent Schools roller-coaster playoff ride.
CANTON -- Seize the moment. After everything the Lanier High School girls basketball team has been through this season, that concept wasn't lost on Brittany Rose on Friday night. Despite her lack of success and the team's struggles form 3-point range early in the game, Rose received the green light from her coach and let another one fly with the game on the line.
HORN LAKE -- While Columbus High School had ended its previous two girls basketball seasons playing the what-if game, there was no such misery or agony Friday night. With a trip to the Mississippi Coliseum and the overall state tournament on the line, Columbus could not get out of neutral falling 70-50 to third-ranked Southaven at Horn Lake High.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Down by six with five minutes left, the University of South Carolina men's basketball team found something that has been missing during a six-game losing streak -- confidence.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --The script is familiar. Jalen Steele returns after being inactive for several games and the Mississippi State University men's basketball loses to a school from the state of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows the Mississippi State women's basketball team has a lot left to do this season. Although it will be a challenge to close the season on a winning streak to get back to .500, Schaefer wants to see his Bulldogs continue to improve so they can establish a better foundation for the 2013-14 season.
The Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team is right on schedule. Now the Lady Eagles will try to complete a perfect season.
STARKVILLE -- One role isn't enough for Tiffany Evans.
STARKVILLE -- Robert Gardner feels his team is ready. Buoyed by the confidence gained from the program's first playoff victory in seven seasons, the Starkville Academy boys soccer team (15-3-2) will take on Jackson Academy at 5 p.m. today in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division I tournament.
MACON -- While most postseason teams wouldn't put much stock in a three-game win streak, the attitude is different at Noxubee County High School. Coach T.J. Billups' boys basketball team is finally streaking, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
JACKSON -- With one of his best friends and his squad's leading scorer on the bench with a ice wrap on his left knee, Brandon Sharp tried to carry the Starkville Academy boys basketball team to another game.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore right-hander Brandon Woodruff opened his season on a strong note Tuesday to lead the No. 5 Mississippi State University baseball team to a 2-0 victory against Grambling State at Dudy Noble Field.
The magic finally ran out Tuesday night for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. Coming off back-to-back one-point victories en route to a region championship, New Hope suffered through a cold-shooting first quarter and couldn't muster enough defensive stops in a 58-48 loss to Yazoo City in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament in Columbus.
During the final quarter of a one-side loss to Starkville High School last month, Noxubee County boys basketball coach T.J. Billups did not leave his seat.
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