STARKVILLE -- It's easy to look at the rosters for the Mississippi State University and the University of Kentucky men's basketball team and see the different in depth and talent. While MSU's injuries and suspensions likely will make it difficult for Rick Ray and the Bulldogs to beat Kentucky at 7 tonight (WCBI), the first-year MSU head coach may want to look at the recruiting success coach John Calipari has had in recent years to help the Wildcats reload. According to Scout.com, Kentucky has had the top ranked recruiting class in the country each season since Calipari took over for the fired Billy Gillespie in 2009. Kentucky is projected to repeat that feat with its 2013 recruiting haul.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The first half had a familiar feel for the University of Alabama and Auburn University: Good defense, scant offense. This time, Trevor Releford and the Crimson Tide broke out of the scoring funk without letting up defensively after halftime, en route to a 61-43 victory Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- The X-rays for Hunter Renfroe delivered good and bad news for the Mississippi State University baseball program. MSU coach John Cohen revealed the bad news is the junior outfielder has "a very, very small fracture" in his throwing hand. Renfroe suffered the injury Saturday afternoon after he was hit in the hand with a pitch in a 8-2 victory against Samford University. He stayed in the game and also played in the nightcap of the doubleheader against Purdue University.
STARKVILLE -- Of the nation's 347 Division I men's college basketball programs, Mississippi State University is 329th in experience. This statistic, created by basketball sabermatrician Ken Pomeroy and his website kenpom.com, isn't lost on MSU coach Rick Ray.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is trying to climb to the top of the Southeastern Conference. Auburn University is scrambling to avoid a descent to the bottom.
STARKVILLE -- Local fans know Will Cox can be effective as a thrower. The college baseball world is getting acquainted with Will Cox the pitcher.
STARKVILLE -- If Mississippi State University junior guard Tyson Cunningham needs a post-graduate recommendation, he only needs to ask MSU coach Rick Ray.
COLUMBIA, S.C. --The Mississippi State University women's basketball team made more strides Sunday afternoon against one of the elite teams in the Southeastern Conference. However, turnovers continued to plague the Bulldogs and an early deficit proved too much to overcome.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- As fate would have it, LSU chose this weekend to honor its 1978 men's basketball team, which memorably outlasted then-No. 1 University of Kentucky in a thrilling overtime upset despite all five Tigers starters fouling out. LSU coach Johnny Jones thought such an example of perseverance would make an appropriate subject for a pregame speech before his team played host to the University of Alabama on Saturday. He sure looks clairvoyant now.
OXFORD -- University of Mississippi men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy decided the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer could use a change of scenery, so Marshall Henderson started Saturday's game on the bench. A few minutes later, the 6-foot-2 guard's exile was over. And boy, did he make up for lost time.
STARKVILLE -- Over the last three years of recruiting and development of power arms, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen and his staff are able to do what they love -- tinker.
STARKVILLE - Statistically it was an average home game at Humphrey Coliseum Saturday afternoon for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program - another blowout loss. Coming into the contest against one of the bottom Southeastern Conference programs, MSU's average margin of defeat at home was 23.2 points and that included single digit losses to Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University. The Bulldogs nearly doubled that margin Saturday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 4,087 but many of whom found the exits quickly.
STARKVILLE -- Thursday was an effort in redemption for Martha Alwal. Coming off her second scoreless game of the season, the 6-foot-4 sophomore center wanted to make a statement against the University of Alabama. Alwal delivered with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance in a 75-51 victory at Humphrey Coliseum that helped the Bulldogs snap a two-game losing streak.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Down by six with five minutes left, the University of South Carolina men's basketball team found something that has been missing during a six-game losing streak -- confidence.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --The script is familiar. Jalen Steele returns after being inactive for several games and the Mississippi State University men's basketball loses to a school from the state of Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows the Mississippi State women's basketball team has a lot left to do this season. Although it will be a challenge to close the season on a winning streak to get back to .500, Schaefer wants to see his Bulldogs continue to improve so they can establish a better foundation for the 2013-14 season.
STARKVILLE -- Sophomore right-hander Brandon Woodruff opened his season on a strong note Tuesday to lead the No. 5 Mississippi State University baseball team to a 2-0 victory against Grambling State at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE - Roquez Johnson has become the fifth different player to be suspended or dismissed by Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray since the summer preseason.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University baseball coaching staff has one promise for sophomore starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff - he'll get more mound time than last week.
STARKVILLE -- Every time the bullpen door opened at Dudy Noble Field this weekend, a new problem arose for the University of Portland baseball team.
1. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New Hope's Crosson has successful summer on links HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Top teams face off in Week 2 LOCAL COLUMNS