Andy Kennedy is in an unenviable position. His University of Mississippi men's basketball team lost five of its past six games following a 12-3 start. The Rebels lost to the University of Florida and Mississippi State by five before losing their next three by an average of 16 points.
STARKVILLE -- One step forward, one step back. As much as Porsha Porter has raised her level to meet the challenges of Southeastern Conference basketball, the junior guard admits she still has work to do. The same can be said the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Each day, Ryan Duffy wakes up ready to conquer the world. It's the same attitude that provided the foundation for a standout college baseball career at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Efforts to help former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy in his recovery from neck surgery will take a major step forward this year. A group of MSU fans and friends of Duffy will host a "Do it for Duffy" 5-Kilometer Walk/Run and silent auction Feb. 12 in conjunction with MSU's annual First Pitch Banquet.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team continued its undefeated status at home this season with a 70-46 victory against LSU in front of a sell-out crowd at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team has shown the ability to play the way coach Sharon Fanning-Otis wants. Now the Lady Bulldogs have to put two halves together.
STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost might be missing some teeth. He has found his legs, though. The junior, playing with his front teeth glued together after taking an elbow to the face earlier in the week, scored 24 points as the Mississippi State men's basketball team beat No. 24 Florida 71-64 on Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- Brian Williams scored 18 points and Scotty Hopson had 16 Saturday afternoon to lead the University of Tennessee men's basketball team to a 74-57 victory against the University of Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production, and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After playing its best first half of the season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't duplicate that feat and fell victim to an 18-0 run that buoyed the No. 5 University of Tennessee to an 81-55 Southeastern Conference victory Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.
GOODMAN -- Sophomore guard Deonte Alexander nailed a game-winning buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt Thursday night to give the No. 15 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team a 68-67 victory against Holmes C.C. at Frank Branch Coliseum.
OXFORD -- After committing just five turnovers in the first half, the University of Mississipi women's basketball team turned the ball over 18 times in the second half and went on to lose to No. 17 Kentucky 74-68 Thursday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Tierney Jenkins and freshman Kaneisha Horn combined for 35 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of Alabama women's basketball team fell to Florida 70-64 Thursday night at the O'Connell Center.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points against No. 19 Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, an eight-point second half lead was wasted before falling to their second-straight defeat, 81-74.
Pat Summitt knows what it means to be tough. Growing up, Summitt was bloodied, knocked down, battered and bruised playing basketball with her three older brothers. The lessons Summitt learned -- "You can't be a sissy and play this game" -- steeled her resolve and have helped her become the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, men or women, in any division.
It's crunch time for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. MSU will play host to No. 19 Vanderbilt tonight on ESPN2.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off a 2010 campaign in which the Mississippi State football team earned nine victories, another Egg Bowl win, and drubbed the University of Michigan in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, the Bulldogs will continue their momentum on National Signing Day on Feb. 2. Coach Dan Mullen and several assistants will travel to five locations to speak and to interact with supporters around the state of Mississippi.
When shooters are "on" their "stroke" makes them feel like they can hit any shot from any spot on the floor. To get to that point where a shot becomes second nature, players often have to shoot hundreds -- if not thousands -- of shots before and/or after practice to become a sniper. Natalie Tate is working toward that goal, but she admits she has to develop the consistency she and her coach desire.
C.J. Johnson is comfortably a Rebel. The Philadelphia High School linebacker, blue-chip recruit, and All-American is the state's top-rated defensive player. He was Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen's second commitment in the fall of 2009. But Tuesday he confirmed he'll sign with the University of Mississippi on National Signing Day Feb. 2.
The state's top-ranked defensive player is headed to Ole Miss. Philadelphia linebacker C.J. Johnson, a five-star recruit according to Rivals.com, announced today he was spurning Mississippi State in favor of the Rebels. Rod Walker of the Clarion-Ledger broke the story earlier this afternoon. Once a Mississippi State commit since his junior year, Johnson de-committed the day after former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz left to take the same position at Texas.
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