There's plenty of Madness that goes on outside the NCAA tournament. The trick to enjoying it is not getting caught up in the fact you're not playing in the "Big Dance" and that you still have a chance to win a championship. Tierney Jenkins isn't about to let her first -- and last -- chance to play following the Southeastern Conference tournament end. The senior forward will lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team against the Toledo Rockets in the Sweet 16 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at 7 tonight at the John F. Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama football team opened spring practice trying to replace three stars who left early for the NFL and quarterback Greg McElroy while also dealing with off-the-field issues involving two safeties. The Crimson Tide held its first practice Monday, a day after the arrest of All-American and team captain Mark Barron on a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Releford's speedy drives, Tony Mitchell's high-flying dunks, and an effective dose of full-court pressure kept the University of Alabama men's basketball team alive in the National Invitation Tournament. Mitchell scored 23 points and Releford matched his career-high with 20 to lead the Crimson Tide to a 74-67 win against the University of New Mexico on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's boys track team will lean heavily on its distance group this season after a solid performance last weekend at the Paul W. Bryant Stampede Invitational. The Yellow Jackets' second-place finish at their first meet of the season was powered by distance standouts Kamau Bostic and Joseph MacGown, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run.
STARKVILLE -- Courtney Nesbit hit a two-run double, and three pitchers allowed one hit in the Mississippi State softball team's 2-0 win against the University of Arkansas on Saturday at the MSU Softball Field. The Bulldogs (14-14, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) clinched the three-game series and shut out the Razorbacks (9-19, 0-7) for the second straight day. MSU won 3-0 Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Artem Ilyushin hasn't always been the most level-headed, even-keeled player. His temperament hindered his ability to respond to adversity the right way, which held back his game and ultimately kept the Mississippi State men's tennis team from reaching its full potential. Lately, Ilyushin's ability to channel his emotions and his improved service game have been major assets in MSU's current run.
A year older, Mississippi State's baseball team enters conference play with more tools and experience than it did last season.
STARKVILLE -- James Harris was already well known in track and field before he arrived at Mississippi State. But Harris' reputation didn't earn him special consideration from the judges at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State golfer Axel Boasson ended the fall semester as a promising freshman the Bulldogs thought they would rely on in the spring. Consistency had been lacking from his game, though he'd flashed the ability to fire sub-par rounds in the fall.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Battling from behind the entire contest for the second straight game, the No. 12 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team saw its season end Thursday in a 74-56 loss to Western Wyoming in consolation action of the NJCAA Division I Championship at the Sports Arena.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help the Univerity of California, Berkeley men's basketball team hold off the University of Mississippi 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. Allen Crabbe had 20 points and Harper Kamp added 11, including a key basket down the stretch, one day after receiving IV treatments due to the flu.
The 2010-11 season was a step forward in so many ways for the University of Alabama women's basketball team. The Crimson Tide (16-14) snapped a string of eight consecutive losing seasons and recorded their most overall and Southeastern Conference victories (five) in a campaign since 2001-02. That season is a great reference point because until this season it marked the last time Alabama had played after the SEC tournament. At 7:06 tonight, Alabama will change that when it takes on the University of Memphis (21-12) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team played from behind throughout its opening-round contest of the NJCAA Division I Championship on the way to a 76-66 loss to Southeastern Community College (Iowa) on Tuesday at the Sports Arena.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team wasn't sure how the University of Alabama would react two days after being shut out of the NCAA tournament. Tony Mitchell, Charvez Davis and Trevor Releford all scored 12 points and the Crimson Tide brushed off that disappointment in a 68-44 victory against the Chanticleers on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
SCOOBA -- The hype was tempting. Mark White heard people talk all season about how his East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team had the potential to get back to the NJCAA Championship for a second year in a row. But a season-ending injury to Joe McCoy, the team's second-leading scorer, in the first part of the season clouded that equation.
STARKVILLE -- Vanderbilt University men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings apologized Monday for critical comments he made about Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury.
The biggest news Sunday for the Mississippi State men's basketball team didn't involve a postseason tournament. Several hours before its chances of making the National Invitational Tournament ended, sophomore forward Renardo Sidney announced on his Facebook page he would return for his junior season at MSU.
STARKVILLE -- Each year, hundreds of walk-ons join college football teams hoping to make their dreams come true. Some do it for the love of the game and relish the opportunity to be on a college team. Others shun the chance to be on scholarship or to have playing time at a lower level in an attempt to earn their way onto the field. Three Mississippi State walk-ons just want to wear the colors of their favorite college team and to play close to home.
ATLANTA -- The bizarre fortune that saw Mississippi State's front court depleted by foul trouble actually produced a bright spot in its 87-81 loss to Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs' bench, which had been under fire at times this season for not producing enough, came through with quality minutes in the first half when forwards Renardo Sidney and Kodi Augustus each drew fouls and sat the majority of the period. MSU's post depth was so depleted, Stansbury had no choice but to piece together a lineup to make it to halftime.
ATLANTA -- In the end, John Jenkins was too much for Mississippi State to defend. The Vanderbilt two-guard scored 29 points, including seven of the Commodores' last nine to lift his team to an 87-81 win over Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday.
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