LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One big win for Avery Johnson and the Alabama men's basketball team. One scary situation for No. 20 Wichita State and everyone on the court. Shannon Hale scored 20 points and Riley Norris added 12 as the Crimson Tide beat the Shockers 64-60 on Friday in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Adam Griffith created another indelible Iron Bowl memory, this one for a flawless performance. Griffith emerged as an Iron Bowl hero for the Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) two years after his last play attempt touched off the Tigers' winning Kick Six play. Griffith kicked five field goals to help propel the Crimson Tide to the SEC West title with a 29-13 victory against Auburn on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Wooden Award candidate Victoria Vivians, Chinwe Okorie and Teaira McCowan all scored double figures to lead the eighth-ranked Mississippi State women's basketball team to a 92-34 win Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. Vivians and McCowan led Vic Schaefer's squad with 20 points each, while Okorie collected a career-high 15 on 7 of 8 shooting as Mississippi State improved to 4-0 on the season. McCowan claimed her third-straight double-double as she added 11 rebounds.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Ware is on a mission. The senior center wanted to be an integral part of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's success this season, but he knew he needed to improve in every aspect. When Ben Howland replaced Rick Ray as MSU's coach in March, Ware's maturation was one of his top priorities. Through six games, the work is paying off.
STARKVILLE -- Hugh Freeze knew the odds were stacked against the Ole Mis football team playing on the road in the Battle for the Golden Egg. But it didn't seem to bother him or the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State had no answer for Chad Kelly. The Ole Miss quarterback capped a four-play, 62-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown to give Ole Miss an early lead That was just the beginning of Kelly's night.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott was emotional before kickoff. The Mississippi State quarterback was honored along with 15 other seniors prior to their final game at Davis Wade Stadium. Prescott was the last senior honored and the 62,265 fans cheered non-stop as he hugged coach Dan Mullen, Mullen's wife, Megan, and the family that was there to support him.
STARKVILLE -- More than two months ago, the Mississippi State volleyball program earned a straight-sets victory in Oxford that stood as the highlight of the season. MSU closed its 2015 season Friday with a victory that was even sweeter. Alex Warren had a career-high 25 kills, while Shelby Anderton had a season-high 46 assists to lead MSU to a 3-1 victory against Ole Miss at the Newell-Grissom Building. Set scores were 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23.
PEORIA, Ill. -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy says point guard Stefan Moody still has a lot to learn. The leading returning scorer from last season in the Southeastern Conference is tied atop the conference in points per game, but still has to figure out how to play point guard after playing last year as a shooting guard. "This is his fourth game of college basketball at the (point), so he is a work in progress," Kennedy said.
STARKVILLE -- Winning on the road hasn't come easy in the Battle for the Golden Egg. The home team in the Mississippi State-Ole Miss rivalry usually has been won by the home team when the game is played on campus. The game has been played in Columbus, Clarksdale, Tupelo, Greenwood, and Jackson in the past, but it was moved permanently to the schools' campuses in 1991. Since then, the home team has won 17 times.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze have winning records against their rivals. Mullen is 4-2 against the Rebels, while Freeze is 2-1 against the Bulldogs, including a 31-17 victory last season in Oxford. Mullen won the first three games in his tenure, but is 1-2 in the last three. The coaches will try to improve their records at 6:15 p.m. Saturday (ESPN2) when No. 23 MSU (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) plays host to No. 19 Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2) at Davis Wade Stadium in the 112th game in the series. The winner will earn bragging rights and the Egg Bowl trophy for the next year.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland says people probably view him as a defensive coach. But the first-year Mississippi State men's basketball team coach has seen his team struggle on defense in its first five games. Howland said when he took over the program in March that his focus was offense and working on shooting fundamentals. He believes the fast-pace offense he is trying to implement will help in the long run. But practices this week have been all about defense.
STARKVILLE -- Devon Bell had a couple of big-time scholarship offers.
Matt Insell is looking forward to January.
STARKVILLE -- Andrew Piper wanted to get involved in sports marketing.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore guard Kayla Nevitt had an extra advantage to work her way into the good graces of coach Vic Schaefer. "I have watched Kayla play since seventh or eighth grade," Vic Schaefer said. "She and (Vic's daughter and Kayla's MSU teammate) Blair (Schaefer) have played probably a hundred Amateur Athletic Union games together. I know her potential. I have seen it for a long time. I know more about her than any other player I have ever recruited. These nights will be the norm."
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott could have gone to LSU. The Haughton, Louisiana, native grew up around people who were big LSU fans, including his late mother, Peggy. But Mississippi State offered Prescott a scholarship early in the recruiting process and he committed to the Bulldogs. LSU offered him late, but he decided to stick with his commitment. Five years later, he's happy he did.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly didn't need many words to describe Saturday's highly anticipated Battle for the Golden Egg against Mississippi State. "We're good," Kelly said. "And they're good." And in the 112 years this rivalry has been played, that's actually pretty rare. When No. 19 Ole Miss (8-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) travels to face No. 23 Mississippi State (8-3, 4-3) in Starkville, it will be just the sixth time both teams are ranked in the in-state rivalry.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen was all over the jumbotron at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in 2012. After the Mississippi State football team beat Ole Miss 31-23 in 2010 in Oxford, Mullen told his players in the locker room, "We're never losing to this team again." MSU backed up their coach's statement in 2011, but Ole Miss earned a 41-24 victory in Oxford the following year to hand Mullen his first loss in the rivalry.
STARKVILLE -- A little goes a long way with Dominique Dillingham. If you have watched the Mississippi State junior throw her body on the floor for loose balls or sacrifice her body to take a charge, you understand how much the 5-foot-9 guard gives to her team.
1. Rivals set to battle for Golden Egg COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Home-field advantage could mean a lot for MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. West Point finally gets rematch vs. Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Howland's Bulldogs still making adjustments on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Aberdeen will try to end Charleston's streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS