STARKVILLE -- The decision came sometime earlier this month: Brent Rooker was too good to limit his at-bats. In the first month of the season, Rooker was locked in as the Mississippi State baseball team's cleanup hitter. MSU coach Andy Cannizaro then opted to try to get Rooker as many plate appearances as possible. As a result, Rooker has hit third once, first once, and second three times.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- It might be difficult to imagine defense being a key in a game in which 179 points are scored.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Vic Schaefer better watch out or he is going to earn a new nickname.
STARKVILLE -- Seventeen hits is all Mississippi State had to show for its first weekend of Southeastern Conference baseball, doing so in 93 at-bats to end the weekend at Arkansas with a .183 batting average.
STARKVILLE -- Luke Alexander wasn't sure what he was looking at, but it was fun to watch.
Morgan William scored a career-high 41 points, and No. 2 seed Mississippi State upset top-seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime Sunday to reach the Final Four for the first time.
Todd Grantham's defense revolves around the pursuit of, as he so boldly put it in February, "make (quarterbacks) play bad." If his prior defenses are any indication of what he'll do at Mississippi State, he's going to lean most on linebackers to make that happen.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Teaira McCowan had her choice.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ten players average double-digit minutes. Multiple players shoot better than 50 percent from the field. An old-school coach who stresses toughness and loves teams that play defense and take care of the basketball.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Take out the first 3 minutes, 38 seconds.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mike Neighbors has seen Vic Schaefer at work on and off the court, so there was no one better Friday night to assess the Mississippi State women's basketball team's latest history-making step.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Some coaches have a knack for getting things out of you that you don't know you have.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Morgan William couldn't help marvel at Teaira McCowan's performance Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team is one win away from a sweep and evening its Southeastern Conference record after a 14-4 win against Tennessee on Saturday night in which it set new season highs for runs, hits (20), and extra-base hits (six).
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State hasn't had a Friday night like this one in six weeks. The outlier: Konnor Pilkington bowing out before the seventh inning.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Vic Schaefer has said all season that Teaira McCowan's upside is unlimited. On Friday, a national television audience earned a glimpse of McCowan's potential in one of the most dominating performances in Mississippi State women's basketball history.
STARKVILLE -- The voice came out of nowhere.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer feels his Mississippi State women's basketball team is right where it is supposed to be.
STARKVILLE -- Andy Cannizaro has been in baseball every year since his early childhood days of tee ball, and in recapping Mississippi State's lengthy injury report Tuesday, he confidently said, "I've never seen anything like this in my life."
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen believes football teams have to have, "at least three" centers, just for the purpose of insurance in depth at such a pivotal position.
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