OXFORD -- Zach Graham has spent the majority of his career as a complementary player, content to knock down a few shots, play tough defense and do the things that usually go unnoticed in a box score or by the casual observer.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant doesn't want to talk about the Crimson Tide threatening to run away with a division basketball title. He also isn't particularly interested in addressing the turnaround the Alabama has made in his second season, because it's not over yet.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari had seen enough. The University of Kentucky men's basketball coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a full-court press.
STARKVILLE -- The only solace Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury can take in trying to rebound from a loss at the University of Kentucky is the Wildcats' current run of form. Losers of three of their last four games, Kentucky (17-7, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) will play host to MSU (13-11, 5-5) at 6 tonight (ESPN) in a rematch of last year's SEC tournament title game.
Andy Kennedy and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team are in a familiar position. At this point in each of Kennedy's five years in Oxford, the Rebels have been in the middle of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division.
STARKVILLE -- The focus and toughness to win in the Southeastern Conference was on display Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. Unfortunately, the Mississippi State women's basketball team had to watch as South Carolina played with the poise and tenacity it takes to contend in one of the nation's toughest conferences.
STARKVILLE -- Approximately $30,000 dollars was raised Saturday in support of former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy. The "Do It For Duffy" committee raised close to $15,000 in a 5-Kilometer run Saturday morning and another $15,000 from a silent/live auction at MSU's First Pitch/Meet the Team event.
OXFORD -- After leading the majority of the game, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team saw the No. 24 University of Georgia take the lead with 9 minutes, 55 seconds remaining en route to a 61-56 victory in a Southeastern Conference game at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior forward Tierney Jenkins scored a game-high 18 points Sunday afternoon to lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team to a 64-59 win against the University of Florida in its first game at newly renovated Foster Auditorium. Junior guard Ericka Russell and freshman forward Kaneisha Horn each scored 12 points as the Crimson Tide notched their first victory in the historic building since last playing here Dec. 3, 1981.
AUBURN, Ala. -- A Kodi Augustus dunk gave Mississippi State its biggest lead of the day in the second half against Auburn on Saturday night. But an Augustus technical later in the half seemed to breathe life into a Tigers squad that looked to be limping its way to yet another Southeastern Conference loss.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team responded following a short turnaround from a difficult road loss by racing to a big lead, drilling 3-pointers and scoring on quick drives to the basket. Tony Mitchell scored 20 points and the Crimson Tide sprinted to a 20-point halftime lead before holding off the University of Mississippi's comeback attempt in a 74-64 victory Saturday.
OXFORD -- The building blocks are coming more regularly and for longer stretches of time for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. The nagging problem, though, remains how to shake the scoring lulls from the team's system.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen reluctantly relied on freshman pitchers. He had no choice in his second year of overhauling the MSU roster, and he hopes a season of being "punched in the face" helps his pitching staff take a major step forward this year.
OXFORD -- There's vertical and then there's the veer. Mary Kathryn Govero doesn't mind which one she uses because both are just as deadly.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost made one thing clear following his team's win against the University of Arkansas: The Bulldogs are thinking beyond winning the Southeastern Conference's Western Division. While MSU might seem like a long shot given its off-the-court struggles and 13-10 record, it is just two and a half games behind Southeastern Conference overall leader Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's men's golf team's fall standouts will make the trip Saturday for the Gator Invitational. Chad Ramey, the Bulldogs' low-scorer from the fall, and third low-scorer Brad Mason have struggled through five rounds of team qualifying, coach Clay Homan said Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- At this point of the season, it's perhaps fitting the Mississippi State men's basketball team has to deal with a new piece of adversity each day. Against LSU, Dee Bost was limited with a strained Achilles' tendon and the Bulldogs played without senior Ravern Johnson (suspension).
Catina Bett is getting close. As much as playing in 41 games at the University of Kentucky gave her a taste for life in the Southeastern Conference, the 2010-11 season has been one of adjustments.
STARKVILLE -- At this point of the season, it's perhaps fitting Mississippi State's men's basketball team deal with a new piece of adversity each day. Against LSU, it was Dee Bost being limited with a strained Achilles' tendon and the beginning of Ravern Johnson's suspension. Both issues lingered Wednesday for MSU's home game against Arkansas. But thrown on top of was senior guard Riley Benock's questionable status due to an ailing shoulder picked up in a collision during practice Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Amid the off-the-court distractions, Mississippi State's men's basketball team can lean on its recent success against the University of Arkansas. The Bulldogs (12-10, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) have beaten the Razorbacks (14-8, 4-5) 10 straight times at Humphrey Coliseum. They will try to make it 11 in a row at 7 tonight (WCBI).