STARKVILLE -- Jerica James has had her share of auditions this season. Some have been cameos -- one-minute appearances in which she has entered a game to give a teammate a break -- while others have stretched into double digits, including a performance in an overtime victory against the University of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Brittany Bell loves to play softball. An injury that forced her to miss almost all of the 2011 season severely strained that love. But Bell kept believing, hoping, praying, and rehabilitating. Now, she is ready to make up for lost time. Checking in with a team-best .550 batting average, the Brandon, Fla., native is going home this weekend. This time, she won't accept encouragement from friends back home to keep hoping. Instead, she wants to help the Mississippi State University softball team make an impact at the annual NFCA Leadoff Classic, which begins Friday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Earlier in the season, a big deficit might have spelled disaster for the University of Tennessee men's basketball team. Now that the Volunteers have had a chance to absorb coach Cuonzo Martin's unflappable attitude, it's nothing more than a challenge to overcome. Tennessee rallied from a 13-point deficit Wednesday night to beat the University of Mississippi 73-60 on to hang on to a share of fourth place in the Southeastern Conference with three games left in the regular season.
Van Chancellor understands the challenge that awaits the next Mississippi State University women's basketball coach.
STARKVILLE -- Three words were all Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needed to say to his coach when given the assignment of Dee Bost at halftime. "I said you got him and he said, 'I got it,' " University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari said. Kidd-Gilchrist's defensive performance was part of a second-half effort that helped top-ranked Kentucky rally and pull away for a 73-64 victory against Mississippi State University on Tuesday before an announced crowd of 10,213 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Another late-game situation, another missed opportunity for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. The result was a a fourth-straight loss that damaged the Bulldogs' push for a bid to the NCAA tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- JaMychal Green has already boosted the mood of the University of Alabama men's basketball team, even though the All-Southeastern Conference forward won't be allowed back on the court for at least one more game. Crimson Tide freshman Trevor Lacey said the suspension of Green and Tony Mitchell -- the team's two most experienced players -- cast a pall over practices for a while. Green returned Monday, while Mitchell is out for the rest of the season.
STARKVILLE -- After listening to Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury talk Monday about the top-ranked opponent his team will face tonight, you would think the 14-year veteran planned to carry a slingshot and pebble in his back pocket. Stansbury, who is from Campbellsville, Ky., knows the challenge and discussed the enormity of the task MSU will face at 8 tonight (ESPN) when it plays host to the No. 1 University of Kentucky (26-1, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) at Humphrey Coliseum.
Sharon Fanning-Otis always thought she would retire in her mid-50s. As one season turned into another and she slowly approached her 60th birthday, Fanning-Otis realized there probably never was going to be a perfect time to step away from the game she loved. On Monday, Fanning-Otis made a decision that has been years in the making when she announced she will retire as Mississippi State University's women's basketball coach at the end of this season.
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn University men's basketball players gathered on the court and vowed not to let this game slip away. Frankie Sullivan scored 16 points and Kenny Gabriel added 15 points and nine rebounds to help Auburn hold off a Mississippi State Univerity comeback attempt in a 65-55 victory on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Another loss, another positive comment for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Unfortunately, the comments the Lady Bulldogs are earning won't improve their record or they chances to keep their season alive after the Southeastern Conference tournament. MSU (14-12, 4-9 SEC) will try to rectify that problem at 2 p.m. today when it plays the University of Arkansas (19-6, 8-5) at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As motivation to keep the Rupp Arena crowd rowdy, University of Kentucky men's basketball coach coach John Calipari has said when the Wildcats lose home games, he won't stick around to sign autographs. Three years into his tenure, he's still signed after every home game. Terrence Jones had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 1 Kentucky to a 77-62 victory against the University of Mississippi on Saturday, the Wildcats' 50th consecutive win at home.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey scored 18 points and had four steals to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team to a 62-50 win against the University of Tennessee on Saturday. Trevor Releford had 13 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (17-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference), who ended Tennessee's four-game win streak. Andrew Steele had 10 points and seven assist.
STARKVILLE -- The concern heading into the 2012 baseball campaign in Starkville was the new-look Mississippi State University hitters. Those fears were quickly put a more of an ease during an opening night 6-2 victory over Washington State University in front of 3,449 at Dudy Noble Field Friday evening.
STARKVILLE -- The word of the day for this weekend's starting pitchers is efficiency. If you need two words: throw strikes. That's how every person that toes the rubber at Dudy Noble Field will be evaluated as they begin the 2012 campaign this weekend and will attempt to get their arms ready for a vigorous conference season.
STARKVILLE -- The last thing Rick Stansbury needed was more injury questions. The 14-year coach of Mississippi State University men's basketball has already lost back-to-back games to average teams and is struggling to maintain much consistency entering the critical portion of the 2011-12 campaign.
STARKVILLE -- Down to their last out, the Bulldogs finally ran out of late-inning magic, falling 5-4 to Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Friday night at the MSU Softball Stadium. The Bulldogs fell to 5-1 on the year, while the Cougars improved to 3-2.
STARKVILLE -- To his right and just above the desk in John Cohen's office sits a picture of one of coaching idols -- Hall of Fame and former University of Alabama football coach Paul W. Bryant. It isn't common to see a picture of a football coach in the office of most baseball coaches in America, but it helps explain the mind-set of Mississippi State University's fourth-year baseball coach.
STARKVILLE -- The color orange doesn't faze Kendra Grant. That's the good news, especially considering Grant is a freshman at Mississippi State University and has plenty of matchups remaining against the University of Tennessee women's basketball team. The bad news is Grant's hard work Thursday night couldn't end a streak that dates back to before she was born.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's basketball team rocketed to a huge halftime lead against the No. 7 University of Kentucky, then held on for dear life -- and a rare upset against a ranked team. Jasmine Robinson scored 17 points and the Crimson Tide held off a big rally for a 77-75 victory Thursday night, Alabama's first against a top-25 team in more than nine years.
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