STARKVILLE - Ben Bracewell's comeback from labrum surgery will be completed with the redshirt sophomore getting the opening day pitching start Friday night. Mississippi State's right-handed pitcher will be the first to take the mound in the 2012 season when the Bulldogs open up with the first of a three-game series against Washington State at 6 p.m. Friday.
STARKVILLE -- Following the most disappointing performance of the 2011-12 season, Mississippi State Rick Stansbury knew exactly where to turn to steady the locker room. The 14-year head coach went straight to his senior point guard that happens to be a co-captain on this Bulldogs squad in Dee Bost.
STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson and Porsha Porter have been the engine that drives the Mississippi State University women's basketball team all season. When the senior guards are on, the Lady Bulldogs can compete with any team in the Southeastern Conference. When they struggle, MSU can get stuck in neutral and look like a team searching for answers.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury's body language after Saturday's upset loss at home to the University of Georgia told the story. The 14-year coaching veteran had no answer why his team had no energy and his players had no respect for a Georgia team that walked away from a stunned crowd of 7,610 at Humphrey Coliseum with a 70-68 overtime victory.
STARKVILLE -- With the exception of one game against the University of Mississippi, it was the same formula for the Mississippi State University men's basketball team but a different result Saturday. MSU, which had walked the tight rope in four straight Southeastern Conference home wins by five points or less, finally had its dangerous habit of allowing inferior opponents hang around catch up with it against a University of Georgia team that entered the game 11th in the 12-team league.
STARKVILLE -- With his image plastered on the side of Dudy Noble Field, Mississippi State University fans continue to wonder when the next Paul Maholm will take the mound in Starkville. With that question still unanswered, Maholm returned to Starkville on Saturday for MSU's First Pitch banquet, which signifies the start of the 2012 campaign.
OXFORD -- The Universty of Mississippi's Murphy Holloway, seeing his men's basketball team's postseason hopes in danger, picked the right time to have the most productive offensive outburst of his career. Holloway scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 14 consecutive second half points Saturday night to help Ole Miss defeat Auburn University 61-54 to enhance the Rebels' hopes for an NCAA tournament berth.
Sharon Fanning-Otis is waiting for the Mississippi State women's basketball team to take the next step. The veteran coach sees her team making progress, but she also knows time is running out. With five games remaining in the regular season, MSU (13-11, 3-8 Southeastern Conference) has little room for error as it prepares to play host to the University of Mississippi at 2:30 p.m. today (SportSouth) at Humphrey Coliseum.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU center Justin Hamilton was putting his uniform on Saturday night when he learned the Universty of Alabama men's basketball team had suspended top scorer and rebounder JaMychal Green and two other regulars. Moments later, Tigers coach Trent Johnson urged his players to remain focused on their game plan and not underestimate the remaining members of the Crimson Tide.
STARKVILLE -- The pair of teams arriving to Humphrey Coliseum are coming off their best performances in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3 in SEC play) will be less than 48 hours removed from an impressive 70-60 victory over in-state rival Ole Miss in a contest where the Bulldogs were up by as many as 18 in the second half.
JACKSON -- In an epic six-hour college tennis bout with 21st-ranked Ole Miss, the 14th-ranked Mississippi State men's tennis squad regained the River Hills Cup with an exciting 4-2 victory Thursday night at River Hills Club in a top 25 war.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Mississippi State senior Diamber Johnson joined the 1,000-point club Thursday night. However, the Lady Bulldogs could not do enough to make this special night lead to a victory. Rallying from down a point late, LSU scored eight straight points as the Lady Tigers knocked off the Lady Bulldogs 53-49 in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
STARKVILLE -- Once again, the in-state rival seemingly had absolutely no defensive answer for Mississippi State's 280-pound center. Renardo Sidney bruised his way to 14 points and seven rebounds in MSU's 70-60 victory over the Rebels leaving Ole Miss Andy Kennedy simply shaking head and feeling helpless on the sidelines.
STARKVILLE -- While there were some bright spots on offense for the University of Mississippi Thursday night, the Rebels could not overcome off shooting nights from Nick Williams and Terrance Henry. The duo was a combined 2-for-15 from the field and Ole Miss could never build enough offense to overtake Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE - Round two went to Mississippi State senior Dee Bost. In highly publicized feud between University of Mississippi forward Terrance Henry and the Bulldogs point guard, MSU's 6-foot-3 scorer took all the trash talk from the first game and transformed it into his best night of the 2011-12 season.
STARKVILLE -- Of the state's four men's basketball teams that have serious dreams of earning a bid to the NCAA tournament, two will meet tonight in Starkville The University of Mississippi will look to improve its at-large status by completing a regular-season sweep of Mississippi State University 6 tonight (ESPN2) at Humphrey Coliseum. Many of the bracket projections released this week have the Rebels (14-8, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) as a bubble team of the field. ESPN bracket expert Joe Lunardi has Ole Miss as the first team out of the tournament with a little more than a month until the field is selected.
STARKVILLE -- Enthusiasm. Passion. Intensity. Those words and many similar ones could be used to describe Mississippi State University's first-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman. Stuedeman, who makes her Division I head coaching debut tonight at South Alabama, comes to Starkville after 11 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama. Alabama is considered one of the nation's premier softball programs. The goal is to push MSU to that level.
STARKVILLE -- The number is imposing. Diamber Johnson doesn't remember the shot that helped her eclipse the 2,000-point mark in high school, but she knows it came in the "Big House," or the Mississippi Coliseum, in Jackson. Johnson also doesn't know where she will hit her next milestone.
STARKVILLE -- No matter the result, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will leave Humphrey Coliseum arm in arm with his wife, Meo. As he walks out the front door, the arm and hand that isn't wrapped around his wife likely will have a scouting report or a video of the University of Georgia basketball program in it. Less than 48 hours after No. 20 MSU (18-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) finishes its game against the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2), it will have to prepare for another SEC home matchup.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has been reluctant in the preseason to name a starting lineup. Don't look for that to change in her first season as head coach at MSU.