STARKVILLE -- The hard part might be over for Michael Smith. Smith, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound speedster who transferred from Walters State (Tenn.) Community College, admits his first few months as a member of the Mississippi State baseball team was a struggle. But Smith has figured it out.
STARKVILLE -- First things first, Savannah Carter tried to call timeout with the Mississippi State women's basketball team nursing a one-point lead against Texas A&M in overtime Sunday. But you never know when you're going to have an equipment malfunction, or when your mouthpiece is going to get stuck in your mouth and render it impossible for you to say the word -- TIMEOUT -- everyone wants you to deliver before you commit a turnover with the game on the line.
STARKVILLE -- It was a no-doubter. For Reid Humphreys, Mississippi State's sophomore left-fielder to be, the team's Jan. 31 scrimmage was a showcase. Stepping to the plate on a mild, windy day, Humphreys opened the scoring with a mammoth solo home run to left field. The blast landed steps away from a building the houses restrooms far behind the Left Field Lounge at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State's men's basketball team has followed each step forward with a step in the opposite direction. That was the case Saturday in a 61-41 loss at Arkansas in which MSU scored nine first-half points. For a team that had won four if its past six games, the stumble was disheartening.
STARKVILLE -- Each member of Mississippi State's baseball team expected the Bulldogs' starting lineup to feature a little more thump this season, as a mix of newcomers and talented returning players figured to boost the power numbers. On Monday morning, though, those hopes took a big hit when MSU coach John Cohen announced sophomore catcher Gavin Collins, the team's best returning hitter, is expected to miss three to five weeks due to an injury to his hand.
STARKVILLE -- Welcome to the NCAA tournament, Mississippi State. Gary Blair isn't on the NCAA tournament selection committee, but the Texas A&M women's basketball coach took the liberty Sunday to dispel any notion MSU will suffer any drama as March Madness approaches. No. 17 MSU can thank Victoria Vivians for helping it punch its proverbial ticket because it was her 3-pointer from the left corner with 55 seconds remaining that propelled it to a 63-61 overtime victory against No. 14 Texas A&M before a crowd of 4,651 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Matt Sykes admits baseball was one of the first things he thought of when he received an email from one of the William Carey University men's soccer coaches. Sykes, who played baseball at Heritage Academy in Columbus, knew William Carey was strong in the sport, but he didn't know very much about its men's soccer program or about the school, which is in Hattiesburg.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU men's basketball coach Johnny Jones promised some changes following his team's home loss against Auburn last Thursday. Jones juggled his lineup with the result being a wire-to-wire 71-60 victory against Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Jerica James laughs when she is asked about what she remembers about recent games against Texas A&M. As one of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's three four-year seniors, James doesn't want to have anything to do with MSU's 81-33 loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 24, 2013. She also winces at the thought of the Bulldogs' 73-35 loss to the Aggies on Jan. 19, 2014. The feeling is different this time.
STARKVILLE -- Ross Mitchell knows to expect the unexpected. With less than a week remaining until Mississippi State's baseball team opens its 125th season, Mitchell, MSU's do-everything pitcher for the past three seasons, knows he will figure prominently into the team's plans on the mound. He just doesn't know what those plans are.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Arkansas men's basketball team took its new-found defensive pressure to an entirely new level on Saturday. The result was a frustrated and flustered Mississippi State, which scored just nine points during a first half in which it hit 2 of 21 shots (9.5 percent) on the way to a 61-41 win by the Razorbacks.
AUBURN, Ala. -- LaDarius White, Stefan Moody, and Jarvis Summers were lukewarm in the first half and red hot in the second. White scored 20 points, Moody had 15 and Summers 13 -- most of it after the half -- to lead the Ole Miss men's basketball team to an 86-79 victory against Auburn on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman has made her name nationally known as a pitching expert. When Stuedeman was hired four seasons ago to revitalize the program, it was easy to assume going to the next level would involve getting a game-changing pitcher.
Minutes after East Mississippi Community College won the Mississippi Bowl and captured its third National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in football, coach Buddy Stephens was looking ahead to the 2015 season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State softball players feel like they will be a part of a much better offensive team this season. So far, so good.
The Southeastern Conference is off to a good start in trying to get back to winning national titles. The league's talent haul on Wednesday included top defensive linemen Trenton Thompson (Georgia), Byron Cowart (Auburn) and Kahlil MacKenzie (Tennessee) and blue-chip prospects at every other position as well, notably including a restocking of talent at quarterback.
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OXFORD -- The Ole Miss men's basketball team continued its string of impressive Southeastern Conference play thanks to something it's not usually known for -- defense. Ole Miss won its fourth-straight game Wednesday night, beating Texas A&M 69-59 at Tad Smith Coliseum in a disjointed game that featured plenty of missed shots, turnovers, and empty possessions.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has never been shy about chasing some of the nation's top prospects, no matter what other big-name programs are in pursuit. That approach helped the Rebels grab arguably the school's best class ever in 2013. It didn't work out quite as well Wednesday.
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