STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball program's journey into uncharted territory continues.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer trusts experience. When you have been coaching for more than 30 years, you tend to develop an ability to develop talent. It helps, too, when you have someone on your staff like associate head coach Johnnie Harris who has been through the battles in the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference, two of the nation's top leagues, and can help you nurture players and bring out the best they can deliver.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee men's basketball team did a good job of rebounding in every sense of the word. Robert Hubbs III scored 19 points Saturday as Tennessee controlled the glass and dominated the second half in a 91-74 victory against Mississippi State.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Sebastian Saiz recorded his third-consecutive double-double, scoring 19 points to go with 10 rebounds Saturday as the Ole Miss men's basketball defeated Missouri 75-71. It's the 22nd career double-double for Saiz, who is the Southeastern Conference's active rebounding leader and the only player in the conference averaging a double-double at 15.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Austin Wiley made quite a splashy debut in the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. The Tigers' freshman had his biggest game since enrolling at midseason Saturday, collecting 19 points and nine rebounds in an 84-64 victory against the Crimson Tide. The son of former Auburn stars Vickie Orr and Aubrey Wiley, he knew well what a big deal the game is in this state.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For 30 minutes Thursday night, the No. 4 Mississippi State women's basketball team was immersed in one of those "knock-down, drag-out" games coach Vic Schaefer knows all too well from his years in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- A day after announcing the enrollment of an East Mississippi Community College football player, the Mississippi State football team announced another Thursday. A team spokesperson said EMCC defensive lineman Chauncey Rivers has enrolled and will go through spring practices with MSU. On Wednesday, MSU announced EMCC defensive back Brian Cole was enrolled in school.
STARKVILLE -- It hasn't been easy for Southeastern Conference men's basketball teams after playing Kentucky. The No. 5 Wildcats are 6-0 in conference play and are on a six-game winning streak. Kentucky has beaten Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Auburn, and Mississippi State. Auburn, which beat LSU 78-74 at home Wednesday night, is the only team to win its next game after playing Kentucky.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell took a bit of comfort in his team's latest loss to No. 5 South Carolina -- that he'll never have to face senior powerhouse Alaina Coates again. Coates had 15 points and 15 rebounds -- her 54th career double-double and fifth in as many games against the Rebels -- to lead the Gamecocks to a 65-46 victory Thursday night at the Colonial Life Arena.
STARKVILLE -- Humble and hungry. Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer is going to try to follow that way of thinking the rest of the season. It might sound like a difficult proposition, especially since the Bulldogs are off to a program-record 19-0 start and have climbed to all-time high rankings in The Associated Press and the USA Today polls (No. 4).
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- There wasn't a lot for the home crowd to cheer about Wednesday night in the Alabama men's basketball team's 68-56 victory against the Missouri Tigers, but Riley Norris did his best to keep the crowd in it with 11 first-half points.
STARKVILLE -- Lamar Peters, Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Mario Kegler looked down at the stats and shook their heads. The Mississippi State men's basketball players were somber Tuesday night as they digested an 88-81 loss to No. 5 Kentucky. MSU coach Ben Howland didn't look at the stats as he began his opening statement. He praised his players and didn't gaze at the stats until questions were asked.
STARKVILLE -- With less than a minute remaining in the game, a mild scuffle broke out in front of the Kentucky men's basketball team's bench. Mississippi State coach Ben Howland and Kentucky coach John Calipari had to help the officials break up the scuffle and pull their respective players back to their bench.
OXFORD -- Terence Davis scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds as the Ole Miss men's basketball team closed with a 12-2 run in the final three minutes Tuesday night to defeat Tennessee 80-69.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has had an uncanny knack for making history the past three seasons. Whether it's imposing its defensive will on opponents or frustrating them by taking multiple charges, coach Vic Schaefer has used toughness to transform the Bulldogs into a national contender.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Insell and the Ole Miss women's basketball team don't want anything to do with moral victories. Coming off a victory against Tennessee that snapped a 28-game losing streak in that series, Insell is fired up about his team, and has been all season. The fourth-year coach believes in his Rebels and feels -- to coin a phrase the program has used all season -- it's time for them to take the next step and return to the NCAA tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland doesn't view his team's next game as an opportunity to "prove something." Instead, he views it as a another game, even if it is a matchup against the best team in the Southeastern Conference and one of the best in the nation.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Greg Byrne is returning to the Southeastern Conference as Alabama's athletic director after running Arizona's athletic department since 2010. The university announced Monday that Byrne, currently the Wildcats' vice president for athletics, will take over March 1. Bill Battle announced his retirement as Alabama's athletic director Sunday night.
STARKVILLE -- Staying humble is important to Vic Schaefer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland began his opening statement giving a general quote about the game.
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