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Schaefer wants Bulldogs to maintain attacking mind-set

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STARKVILLE -- You can almost sense Vic Schaefer cringe when he talks about his team's defense. If you look at the statistics, it would be difficult for you to tell there has been a drop-off in the Mississippi State's women's basketball team's play. The Bulldogs are still second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense at 56.1 points per game. But Schaefer, whose nickname is "the Secretary of Defense," knows better. He also admits he has sacrificed some defensive drill work in practice to work on offense, just as he hinted he might do a few weeks ago. While it might pain Schaefer's trained eyes to notice the lack of execution on the finer points, he acknowledges there has been a benefit. "The bottom line is you've got to score more points than the other team," Schaefer said Friday. "We've spent a little more time on offense of late and I'd like to think that it has paid off a little bit." Schaefer hopes that work continues to pay dividends at 2 p.m. today when No. 11 MSU (20-4, 7-3 SEC) plays host to No. 21 Missouri (18-5, 5-5) at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base

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STARKVILLE -- Gavin Collins doesn't care where he plays. He just wants to play. Collins arrived in Starkville as a catcher in the fall of 2013 and became the Mississippi State baseball team's first All-Southeastern Conference freshman. But Collins injured his left hand prior to the 2015 season and had hamate bone surgery that forced him to miss 13 games.

 

 

Norris, Alabama beat Missouri

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Riley Norris made three 3-pointers and scored 18 points Saturday to help the Alabama men's basketball team beat Missouri 80-71. Arthur Edwards and Justin Coleman made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Alabama its largest lead of the game at 67-43 with 9 minutes, 28 seconds remaining.

 

 

Hot shooting LSU upends MSU

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points Saturday to help the LSU men's basketball team move into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference with an 88-77 victory against Mississippi State on Saturday night. Blakeney, a freshman whose previous single-game high was 22 points, hit 11 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers. It was easily Blakeney's best outing against a team from a major conference and exactly what LSU (15-8, 8-2) expected when it recruited last season's Florida high school player of the year.

 

 

Weatherspoon's rebounding takes off in SEC play

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland didn't want Quinndary Weatherspoon to rebound on the offensive end when he first arrived on campus.

 

 

Alabama gets another No. 1 class

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team closed its signing class with a flourish, picking up two coveted linebackers to help complete another top-rated recruiting haul. Five-star linebackers, and in-state prospects, Ben Davis and Lyndell "Mack" Wilson made their announcements for the defending national champion Crimson Tide on Wednesday. It added a little suspense to the final product even if neither decision came as much of a surprise.

 

 

Smaller class targets MSU's needs

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen hasn't been known for being one of the top recruiters in the Southeastern Conference. The eighth-year Mississippi State coach's highest-rated class came last season when the Bulldogs pulled in the nation's 18th-best class, according to 247Sports. That class featured seven four-star prospects, many of whom will play vital roles this season.

 

 

Moody leads Ole Miss past Missouri

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Missouri men's basketball team made Stefan Moody work for his points Wednesday night. The Tigers didn't make the Ole Miss senior work hard enough. The prolific guard had 23 points and hit two free throws after getting fouled in the lane to put Ole Miss ahead by a point with 13.4 seconds left in a 76-73 victory.

 

 

Ole Miss lands one of SEC's top classes

Posted 2/4/2016 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football program went toe-to-toe with some of the nation's biggest names for some of the nation's elite prospects Wednesday. The Rebels won some battles and lost a few others, but still finished with a consensus top-10 class.

 

 

Ole Miss enjoying winning, recruiting success

Posted 2/3/2016 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team has made a rapid rise into the upper tier of the Southeastern Conference in the standings and on the recruiting trail. The Rebels -- led by fifth-year head coach Hugh Freeze -- have become a landing destination for some of the most talented players in the country. The program's ascension in the recruiting ranks can be contributed to a little luck and a lot of winning. The Rebels were the only team to beat eventual national champion Alabama this season and finished the year with an impressive Sugar Bowl victory against Oklahoma State. Now with national signing day coming up today, five-star recruits are viewing Ole Miss as a potential first option, not an afterthought.

 

 

MSU can't capitalize on chances, falls to Alabama in OT

Posted 2/3/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland has seen the Mississippi State men's basketball team come close numerous times this season. The Bulldogs have found ways to be competitive down the stretch in nearly all of their games in the Southeastern Conference, but they have managed only a home victory against Ole Miss. On Tuesday night, MSU squandered a seven-point lead with a little more than five minutes remaining and went on to lose to Alabama 82-80 in overtime at Humphrey Coliseum.

 

 

Holman growing in first year with Bulldogs

Posted 2/1/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aric Holman isn't afraid of a challenge.

 

 

No. 13 MSU women earn big SEC win at Arkansas

Posted 2/1/2016 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The No. 13 Mississippi State women's basketball team made a statement in its quest to return to the nation's top 10. Fresh off an overtime home victory against No. 19 Tennessee, the first in program history, MSU went on the road Sunday afternoon to earn a 65-55 victory against Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game at Bud Walton Arena.

 

 

Carrera leads South Carolina past Alabama

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin needed someone -- anyone -- to choke off Alabama's second-half comeback. Michael Carrera was ready for the moment. Carrera had 20 points and 11 rebounds, including a critical 3-pointer with less than five minutes left that lifted the Gamecocks to a 78-64 victory against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.

 

 

No. 13 MSU women want to build on victory against Tennessee

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Turn the page. Rock n' roll fans likely have sung along with Bob Seger's classic on nights they have been wandering on a lonely road somewhere what seems like a million miles from home. Seger sings about the weariness of traveling from city to city and being in the spotlight on a stage in front of thousands of fans in the song that was recorded in 1972 and released in 1973. The live version, released in 1976, has stood the test of time and served as an old friend to many commuters in need of a pick-me-up on a long trip.

 

 

Robson ready to emerge as bigger leader as senior

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jacob Robson doesn't take being a leader lightly. The Mississippi State junior center fielder has seen leaders come and go in his first three years with the program and knows how important they are to the success of the team. He said he always thought of himself as a leader, and that was reaffirmed by his teammates when they voted him one of three captains for this season.

 

 

Freshmen help short-handed MSU earn big road win

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon's first double-double of his Mississippi State career proved large in a 76-62 victory against Missouri in a Southeastern Conference matchup at Mizzou Arena. Playing without Gavin Ware, who was left home due to concussion symptoms, Weatherspoon, Malik Newman, and Aric Holman gave MSU three freshmen in the starting lineup, and helped the Bulldogs snap an eight-game conference losing streak on the road. It was MSU's first road win since winning in this building 77-74 a year ago. The victory was the largest margin of victory for the Bulldogs in a conference road game since an 83-64 win at Auburn on Feb. 9, 2008.

 

 

Kansas State holds Moody in check in second half

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

MANHATTAN, Kansas -- The way Stefan Moody has scored this season, all Kansas State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber could hope for was to keep the Ole Miss senior guard in-check. His Wildcats did one better Saturday.

 

 

NCAA targets three Ole Miss programs for violations

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

Ole Miss has been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women's basketball, and track and field programs. Some of the allegations regarding the football program date back to previous coach Houston Nutt, but others involve current coach Hugh Freeze's tenure, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday. On Saturday, Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork provided more specifics about the NCAA allegations one day after initially saying the university couldn't comment further on the NCAA's Notice of Allegations against his athletics department.

 

 

MSU's Prescott gets top honor at Senior Bowl

Posted 1/30/2016 in College Sports

MOBILE, Ala. -- Dak Prescott didn't want to let his Senior Bowl turn end quietly. The Mississippi State quarterback's first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory against the North on Saturday. "I came back the second series and realized that if I wanted to make something happen in this game, this was my only opportunity," Prescott said. "And it was a two-minute drive. I got the guys going. They rallied behind me, blocked well, made some good catches and we were able to get in the end zone."

 

 

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