SCOOBA -- For Kiki Patterson, the basketball journey has been a long one. After a standout career at Columbus High School, Patterson signed with Mississippi State. After a brief stint with MSU's women's basketball program, Patterson left the team. Now she is at East Mississippi Community College.
While Saturday was a tough night for the Ole Miss football program, the Rebels returned to work Monday determined to make the most of their final three games. A chance to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division championship and an opportunity to beat a team that could be ranked No. 1 in the nation remain. But a 35-31 loss to then-No. 4 Auburn at home Saturday night effectively took Ole Miss out of the discussion for the national championship. At 11 a.m. Saturday, No. 12 Ole Miss will play host to Presbyterian at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in its final non-conference game.
STARKVILLE -- Confidence isn't a problem for Mississippi State guard Fred Thomas. Days after opening preseason practice for the 2014-15 men's basketball season, Thomas was asked what he thought about MSU coach Rick Ray saying he "should be an All-SEC Defensive player this season." Thomas, a 6-foot-7 junior guard from Jackson, agreed.
STARKVILLE -- Bret Bielema was frustrated. Bielema, the second-year Arkansas football coach, had just watched his Razorbacks dictate tempo, dominate time of possession, and hit every mark on the coaching staff's checklist to beat No. 1 Mississippi State on Saturday night. It still wasn't enough.
OXFORD -- The No. 7 Ole Miss football team trailed No. 3 Auburn 35-31 with less than two minutes to play Saturday night when senior quarterback Bo Wallace hit sophomore wide receiver Laquon Treadwell with a slip screen pass at the Auburn 20-yard line. Treadwell took the pass, broke two tackles, and streaked to the end zone for what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown with 1 minute, 30 seconds left on the clock. Most of the 62,090 fans at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium were coiled to explode.
OXFORD -- Cassanova McKinzy won the scramble for the ball and Auburn emerged from a playoff pileup to survive and advance. McKinzy recovered a fumble in the end zone to preserve the fourth-ranked Tigers' 35-31 victory against No. 7 Ole Miss on Saturday night in what amounted to the first College Football Playoff knockout game. That roller-coaster play proved to be the decisive blow.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen was right. Following No. 1 Mississippi State's 45-31 win against Kentucky a week ago, MSU's sixth-year coach praised his offense but predicted great things for his defense, saying "One of these games, it's going to be low scoring, and our defense is going to win the game for us."
STARKVILLE -- To Dak Prescott, it was far from a Heisman moment. To Fred Ross, it was a second chance. For Mississippi State's football team, it was a game-winner.
SCOOBA -- Adversity. The second-ranked East Mississippi Community College football team hadn't faced any this season. However, when the Lions found themselves in a struggle, it took the heart of a Lion to bail the team out.
STARKVILLE - Victoria Vivians gathered in the pass, took a deep breath and let a shot fly from the corner in the first half of Mississippi State's women's basketball maroon-white scrimmage Thursday night.
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STARKVILLE - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen noticed it. So did Bulldogs' defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
STARKVILLE -- "Inconsistent at best." That's how Mississippi State women's basketball Vic Schaefer described the shooting form of Dominique Dillingham in the 2013-14 season.
STARKVILLE -- It's easy to notice Beniquez Brown before the ball is snapped. Watch any defensive possession for the No. 1 Mississippi State football team and you'll see Brown, a redshirt sophomore linebacker from Florence, Alabama, clapping, yelling, and/or pointing before the offense snaps the ball.
When East Mississippi Community College football players report to the video room to break down Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C., it is safe to assume a big game has arrived.
STARKVILLE -- No member of Mississippi State's unbeaten football team gets a reaction quite like Josh Robinson.
From grade school to middle school to high school, Todd Mays always played quarterback.
STARKVILLE - An incredible season of firsts continues for Mississippi State's football program.
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STARKVILLE -- Technically, Kendra Grant's shooting form ranks with the best players in the Southeastern Conference.
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