STARKVILLE --Rick Ray knows what he's going to see Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeNesha Stallworth's night started when she received a specially marked game ball recognizing her recently surpassing 1,000 career points. Stallworth capped it with a performance to remember, scoring a season high 25 points to help the No. 5 University of Kentucky women's basketball team defeat Mississippi State University 100-47 on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
Matthew Mitchell knew who to call when he wanted to talk abut defense. Mitchell spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky before becoming the head coach at Morehead State University in 2005. When Mitchell returned to the Southeastern Conference in 2007 to take over at Kentucky, he wanted to find a way to design an aggressive player-to-player pressure defense that was going to maximize the talents of his players. It was natural for him to reach out to Vic Schaefer, who was then associate head coach to Gary Blair at Texas A&M University.
STARKVILLE -- More than two weeks ago, the Mississippi State University men's basketball team suffered an embarrassing loss to Alabama A&M University, or how one member of the Bulldogs' staff put it, "Alabama with some stuff behind it." It took days for the players and everybody associated with the program to get over the Dec. 30 home loss. Sixteen days later, MSU experienced that same emotional feeling.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray had the sinking feeling every coach experiences when his team doesn't practice well. Given that feeling, Ray could have predicted the Mississippi State University men's basketball team was going to come up short Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Maybe the Mississippi State University men's basketball team's luck with injuries is starting to turn the other way. With MSU confident freshman guard Craig Sword will be able to play at 8 tonight (CSS) against the University of Alabama at Humphrey Coliseum, the Crimson Tide may not be as fortunate.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall Henderson saw nobody in front of him with time running out, so he heaved the ball at the basket, beating the buzzer to force overtime. Just as the University of Mississippi guard planned.
Tom Velek hoped last week he could return from a trip to Vicksburg with something to invigorate the city of Columbus. What happened at the Mississippi Soccer Association's annual meeting exceeded Velek's wildest dreams.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University guard Craig Sword wasn't aware Monday the Southeastern Conference had named him Freshman of the Week until he received a text message from team spokesperson Gregg Ellis.
STARKVILLE --Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen confirmed last week he had conversations with receiver Michael Carr about returning to the program.
STARKVILLE --Asked if he's surprised his team has bought in to his defensive, grind-it-out, and responsible style, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray shook his head and laughed.
STARKVILLE -- Change is something Dan Mullen thought had to happen. The Mississippi State University football coach looked at the way his team lost five of its last six games this season and felt it would have been passed by in the Southeastern Conference if it stayed on the course it was on.
ATHENS, Ga. -- After watching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope light up his team's zone defense in the first half, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray made a defensive switch. Ray used a man-to-man defense with Jalen Steele, who was assigned the task of guarding Caldwell-Pope in the second half and was told to switch off on screens.
OXFORD -- Murphy Holloway scored 22 points, Jarvis Summers added 12, and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team cruised to a 64-49 victory against No. 10 University of Missouri on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, Sharon Fanning-Otis emphasized the importance of doing the little things to make sure the Mississippi State University women's basketball team had success on as many possessions as possible.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford lifted the University of Alabama men's basketball team with a big spurt early in the second half and Andrew Steele supplied another one late. Releford and Trevor Lacey each scored 15 points and Steele sparked a key late run to lift the Crimson Tide to a 68-65 victory against the University of Tennessee on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner, and right tackle D.J. Fluker are entering the NFL draft after helping lead the Crimson Tide to a second straight national title.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team experienced a different degree of disappointment Thursday night. One week after suffering its worst loss in a Southeastern Conference opener, MSU showed tangible signs it is making progress.
STARKVILLE -- Fundamentally, Mississippi State University junior offensive guard Gabe Jackson made the same decision teammate Johnthan Banks made one year ago.
STARKVILLE -- From a scouting perspective, the beginning of the Southeastern Conference schedule couldn't have broken better for Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray. Ray, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Clemson University, has been uniquely qualified to evaluate his team's first two league foes: The University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia. MSU 6-7, 1-0 SEC) will put Ray's knowledge to the test for a second time at 12:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) when it plays at Georgia.
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2. Former MSU RB Robinson arrested LOCAL SPORTS
3. Running backs have chance to shine for EMCC COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Coaches excited to kick season off at jamboree HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Gay accepts invitation to All-American Bowl HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS