STARKVILLE -- Fred Thomas is trying to harken back to the days where he seemingly was an unstoppable scoring force in the state of Mississippi. So far, Mississippi State freshman point guard IJ Ready's plan is working. Ready's new nickname for Thomas -- "Jim Hill" -- is designed to give the 6-foot-5 swingman a confidence boost.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Willie Cauley-Stein seemed to be emerging from his slump a couple of games ago before slipping back over the next two contests and realizing that he might have been trying too hard. Kentucky's 7-foot sophomore came out more relaxed Tuesday night and produced an impressive effort reminiscent of his dominant first half of the season, one he hopes to perform consistently from now on. Cauley-Stein broke out of his skid with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 18 Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half for an 80-64 victory against Ole Miss.
"Doormats." Dawn Staley doesn't mince words when she talks about her first season as women's basketball coach at South Carolina in 2008-09.
SCOOBA -- Chase Reeves now knows how much playing baseball means to him. The former Hamilton High School standout has spent a majority of the past two baseball seasons on the injured reserved list. Now the East Mississippi Community College sophomore is fully healthy and ready to go.
STARKVILLE - Rick Ray simply is a big picture type of coach.
SCOOBA -- For East Mississippi Community College softball coach Kyndall White, things are so much easier the second time around.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State senior catcher/infielder Sam Lenahan enjoys being surrounded by talented players.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team will continue to limit its starting pitchers to pitch counts in the opening month of the season for the third-straight season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team had all of the answers Sunday.
STARKVILLE -- Three recruiting targets delivered the news the Mississippi State football coaching staff wanted to hear this weekend. Three days prior to National Signing Day, MSU received verbal commitments from Holmes Community College defensive back Tee Shepard and Clarksdale High School prospects J.T. Gray and Elgton Jenkins.
STARKVILLE --Through his 36-year life, Roy Oswalt has played for many professional teams, but only one label has fit: He's a Weir, Miss., guy.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- One big 3-pointer by Cierra Burdick got the No. 10 Tennessee women's basketball team rolling and Alabama couldn't find any way to slow it down.
STARKVILLE -- Logan Foulks and Alison Owen have played in their fair share of big softball games.
OXFORD -- For about seven minutes, the Ole Miss men's basketball team played the best it has all season. It couldn't have come at a better time.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking to secure a few uncommitted prospects to complete a quiet and relatively uneventful final month before National Signing Day.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Slow down the game by using up as much of the shot clock each possession as possible or playing zone on defense, the Vanderbilt Commodores are willing to do whatever it takes. Now they're starting to string together some victories.
Thanks to a talk with coach Vic Schaefer, Ketara Chapel intends to make the most of her opportunities.
STARKVILLE -- Patric Young gave Gavin Ware a lesson on what it means to be a big man in a power conference Thursday night. Despite being listed as 22 pounds lighter than Mississippi State's sophomore center, Florida's senior center scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked three shots to lead the No. 3 Florida men's basketball team to a 62-51 victory at Humphrey Coliseum.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Denson, KT Harrell, and the Auburn men's basketball team don't have to talk about the streak any more. Denson scored a career-high 32 points, Harrell added 23 and Auburn snapped a 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak with a 74-55 victory against Alabama on Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan likes the development of Mississippi State's program. Donovan is 3-0 against MSU second-year coach Rick Ray, but his team struggled for about 25 minutes en route to a 62-51 victory Thursday night. The margin of victory was significantly less than last season, when Florida beat MSU by an average of 30 points in its two meetings.
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