HATTIESBURG -- Brock Zylstra's fifth 3-pointer of the first half swished through the net and BYU's bench broke out in wild cheers. The 6-foot-6 guard is usually an afterthought in the Cougars' prolific offense, but he was impossible to miss on Wednesday, helping BYU easily beat Southern Miss 79-62 in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team navigated a miserable December, dealt with a couple of key injuries and lacked a consistent scoring threat in the post. Still, the Crimson Tide managed to win 23 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament while losing only one senior and no starters for next season.
STARKVILLE -- After 18 years as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level, Phil Cunningham is ready to make that critical move one chair over.
STARKVILLE -- In a 13-5 victory over a quality mid-major opponent Tuesday night, Mississippi State University baseball got some answers.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Levi Randolph and Retin Obasohan are two of the biggest reasons Alabama is still playing this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University has decided to rework its weekend pitching rotation in the search of finding a third weekend option with better command.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If anyone says the La Salle University men's basketball team is making its first trip to the round of 16 in a very, very long time, don't believe it. The last time the upstart Explorers got this far, the NCAA tournament didn't even have a round of 16. But now it does and the little school from Philadelphia is there.
STARKVILLE -- In the midst of the revolving staff changes among the Mississippi State University football program, head coach Dan Mullen decided to make one more subtle switch to the offense.
STARKVILLE -- From afar, the head coaches who will meet in a Southeastern Conference three-game series this weekend in Lexington, Ky., seem like polar opposites. A deeper look reveals Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen and University of Kentucky coach Gary Henderson might have more in common than just a professional respect for each other after having worked side by side for five seasons. Cohen will bring his No. 19 MSU (20-4, 1-2 SEC) team to Cliff Hagan Stadium for the first time since he left Kentucky to take the job at his alma mater to face Henderson and the No. 10 Wildcats (16-4, 2-1).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It won't be the tortoise and the hare, but today's second-round NCAA matchup between flamboyant University of Mississippi and wary University of Wisconsin will feature a big difference in styles. After all, the 12th-seeded Rebels (26-8) have been known to stop for breath every once in a while and play some half-court offense while averaging nearly 80 points. And the button-downed Badgers (23-11) did score 87 once.
Dispatch sports writer Matt Stevens examines five questions for the Mississippi State University football team as spring practice begins:
East Mississippi Community College rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich felt like a proud parent Wednesday night. A dream four years ago becomes reality later today when EMCC plays host to an Ozark Region spring rodeo. The three-day event runs through Saturday at West Point's Eagle Ranch.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama Athletic Director Mal Moore is stepping down to become special assistant to the president because of health problems after a lengthy reign at his alma mater that ended with the Crimson Tide's football program back on top nationally. The university announced the move Wednesday. The 73-year-old Moore, who played and coached for Paul "Bear" Bryant" and then hired football coach Nick Saban, has been hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center since March 13 with pulmonary problems.
HATTIESBURG -- Jonathan Mills tried to put away the Charleston Southern University men's basketball team. So did Neil Watson. Neither could do it. Instead, it was four points in the final 20 seconds from unheralded Rashard McGill that gave the University of Southern Mississippi a 78-71 victory against Charleston Southern in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University strength coach Matt Balis expects a much less dramatic spring session for wide receiver Michael Carr than in his first tour of duty with the football program.
STARKVILLE -- It wasn't how anybody associated with Mississippi State University baseball program planned it but the result was effective.
STARKVILLE -- Scott Sallach is essentially returning to a spot and place he never left. When Dan Mullen and Tim Brewster talked last month about the importance of Scott Sallach to the Mississippi State University football staff, they had no idea how correct they were. MSU announced Monday afternoon that Sallach would return to the field to coach this spring.
STARKVILLE -- The 2012-13 season was a numbers game for the Mississippi State University men's basketball program. Unfortunately, on most occasions, those numbers weren't very appealing.
OXFORD -- The Marshall Henderson road show has at least one more stop. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's polarizing and high-scoring guard averaged more than 23 points per game in the Rebels' run to a Southeastern Conference title. Along the way, he dumped 27 points on the University of Missouri, flummoxed Vanderbilt University's defense, and mocked the University of Florida's crowd by doing the school's gator chomp after making a big 3-pointer in the championship game.
STARKVILLE -- According to an old saying, shame on Mississippi State University baseball. LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz fooled MSU again for a home run after hitting two Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. Katz took a first-inning fastball from starting pitcher Evan Mitchell deep over the trailers in the left-field lounge to get No. 7 LSU started on the way to a 7-1 victory against No. 13 MSU on Saturday night.