NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray didn't understand some of the compliments his team received this season even as it struggled through a 13-game losing streak. "You're not supposed to get a gold ribbon for playing hard," Ray said Wednesday night after his 13th-seeded Bulldogs defeated No. 12 seed University of South Carolina 70-59 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament. "This is what you're supposed to do. I'm always amazed when people talk about how hard we play. We're supposed to do that."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University first baseman Wes Rea is still in a lot of pain. The pain in the sophomore's quad, an injury he suffered in the opening weekend that has kept him from starting a game since March 1, is so severe that it likely will keep him out of action this weekend when the No. 13 MSU (18-2) plays host to No. 7 LSU (16-1) in the first Southeastern Conference series of the season.
CALEDONIA -- Confidence is contagious.
STARKVILLE -- The motto for Gavin Ware is since this is likely the last trip for the Mississippi State University men's basketball team, let's make it last as long as possible.
PEARL -- It may be not be long before Hunter Renfroe gets paid professionally to play in Trustmark Park.
Is a team better off not having any flashes of brilliance or staying in the same gear for an entire season?
The bad taste has lingered in Vic Schaefer's mouth.
STARKVILLE -- D'Angelo Cherry is one of the rare people who ended his college career exactly the way he wanted to -- the best at what he does.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach John Cohen doesn't gamble and can't stand the unknown element to athletic competition.
STARKVILLE -- All signs point to Mississippi State sophomore left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren being healthy enough for the Friday night start against Louisiana State University.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University senior catcher Mitch Slauter said the University of Central Arkansas starting pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff "was nothing special." The junior right-hander simply used what he had to keep hitters confused and out of character en route to a complete game Sunday in a 7-3 victory against No. 3 MSU.
STARKVILLE -- After needing eight years to beat LSU, the Mississippi State University softball team found earning back-to-back victories was too much of a task. No. 12 LSU built a big lead and cruised to a 9-2 victory Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at the MSU Softball Field.
CLINTON -- A fourth consecutive NJCAA Region 23 championship came in the blink of an eye for the East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team. A dramatic six-point turnaround in the final 10 seconds Saturday night lifted EMCC to a 66-62 victory against Northwest Mississippi C.C. in the title game at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Less than a week before its Southeastern Conference opener, the Mississippi State University baseball team has a major problem. Suddenly, MSU can't get a quality pitching start and may be without its most important arm of the season. Both of those facts led to the team's first loss of the season Saturday against its toughest test in the first month of the season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University freshman guard Craig Sword summed up his team's regular season succinctly. "We didn't finish last (in the Southeastern Conference)," Sword said. "They predicted us last, so I guess we accomplished something. That was the motivation for us the entire week. "I don't want to say what I want to say. However, we proved them wrong."
Shawn Gregory has tried to give back wherever he has worked as a teacher and a coach. Whether it has been at the prep, college, or professional level, the New Hope High School graduate has gained invaluable insight about the best ways to relate to players and to teach them the lessons they need to succeed.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy responded to one of the Rebels' most deflating upset losses this season by incessantly reminding his players that if they pulled together, they could still capture an all-important top-four seed in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford grabbed the pass, dribbled a couple of times and let fly a 50-footer that was straight, true and just long enough. The guard's buzzer-beating shot from a few feet before midcourt swished through the net to give the University of Alabama men's basketball team a 61-58 victory against the University of Georgia on Saturday after a frenzied final sequence.
Columbus High School pitcher Hunter Mullis' confidence rarely wavers. His catcher, Gavonta Webb, has tried to emulate the pitcher's cool demeanor as he has worked through an early season hitting slump.
STARKVILLE -- Logan Foulks tied the game with a home run and Shelby Fisher delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to lead the Mississippi State University softball team to a 2-1 victory against No. 12 LSU before a crowd of 646 at the MSU Softball Field.
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