STARKVILLE -- After a topsy-turvy week filled with multiple arrests and a nationally publicized incident involving quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State's football players went back to work Tuesday. They looked right at home.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph had 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists Tuesday night to help the Alabama men's basketball team rout Illinois 79-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama (19-14) played its first game without coach Anthony Grant, who was fired Sunday afternoon and replaced by interim coach John Brannen.
STARKVILLE -- Senior left-hander Lucas Laster threw Mississippi State's second complete game in three games Tuesday night to lead MSU to a 5-2 victory against Eastern Illinois at Dudy Noble Field. Laster (3-0), who threw his first career complete game, allowed eight hits and two runs (both earned) while matching a season high with seven strikeouts and no walks. The Bulldogs have recorded three quality starts in their past four games.
A day after the Mississippi State women's basketball team celebrated its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010, Vic Schaefer was named The Associated Press' Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, while freshman Victoria Vivians was named second-team All-SEC. Ole Miss senior forward Tia Faleru also was named first-team All-SEC. She was the only unanimous pick for the first team.
Matt Insell thought it would take four years to reverse the fortunes of the Ole Miss women's basketball program. Judging from the fact that Ole Miss will return to the postseason tonight for the first time since the 2009-10 season, Insell's rebuilding efforts are ahead of schedule. Ole Miss (17-13) will take that first step at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tennessee-Martin (22-10) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
STARKVILLE -- The disappointment didn't last long. With all the Mississippi State women's basketball team has accomplished in a record-breaking season, the announcement Monday that MSU was heading back to the NCAA tournament was plenty of reason to celebrate for coach Vic Schaefer, his coaching staff, his players, and the fans at Dawg House Sports Grill.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen admitted in the offseason it would be hard for the Bulldogs to replace bullpen stalwarts Jonathan Holder and Jacob Lindgren. Cohen didn't know it would be this hard.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman had a surprise visitor to her office Sunday morning. Sophomore pitcher Alexis Silkwood dropped by and admitted a few gaps in her mental outlook Saturday in a loss to No. 19 Texas A&M. "She told me she was too focused on the end result and lost track of the process," Stuedeman said. "She told me she was ready to pitch again (Sunday) and that she would be ready to deliver a stronger performance because she was going to focus on the process."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team will learn its destination tonight when it plays host to an NCAA Selection Show watch party at Dawg House Sports Grill at 217 E. Main St. in downtown Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- It happened again. And John Cohen could barely hide his disgust. Cohen, Mississippi State's seventh-year baseball coach, talked to media after an 8-4 loss to Alabama on Sunday, a loss that once again featured a meltdown by the normally reliable bullpen. In the finale of the three-game series, MSU relievers failed again to get the job done in the eighth inning, allowing four runs to turn a nip-and-tuck game into a runaway for the Crimson Tide. The implosion came 24 hours after the bullpen yielded eight runs in the eighth in a 10-5 loss.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama has fired men's basketball coach Anthony Grant, who led the Crimson Tide to one NCAA tournament berth in six seasons amid growing discontent among fans. Athletic director Bill Battle said he informed Grant of his decision on Sunday, three days after the Tide's loss to Florida in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The road to redemption continues for Justin Cox.
STARKVILLE - Austin Sexton was aware of how Mississippi State lost Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Alabama.
With all of the acronyms -- RPI and SOS -- flying around at this time of the year, three words might mean more to help turn things in favor of the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A night that was mostly a statistical disaster for South Carolina somehow ended happily because Tyrone Johnson executed a final play just as Gamecocks coach Frank Martin envisioned.
STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State's Katie Anne Bailey stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, she only wanted one thing.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State first baseman Wes Rea admits that his team has been struggling lately.
STARKVILLE - According to Wes Rea, the biggest factor contributing to Mississippi State's current slump is baseball is an inability to get big hits in key situations.
STARKVILLE - John Holland had been struggling. So had Mississippi State's baseball team. In the bottom of the 10th inning of Tuesday night's home game against Western Kentucky, both Holland and the Bulldogs broke through at the same time.
STARKVILLE - All season long, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray has wondered aloud what might have been in Bulldogs' guard Craig Sword had been healthy all season.
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