MANHATTAN, Kansas -- The way Stefan Moody has scored this season, all Kansas State men's basketball coach Bruce Weber could hope for was to keep the Ole Miss senior guard in-check. His Wildcats did one better Saturday.
Ole Miss has been notified by the NCAA of rules violations involving the football, women's basketball, and track and field programs. Some of the allegations regarding the football program date back to previous coach Houston Nutt, but others involve current coach Hugh Freeze's tenure, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday. On Saturday, Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork provided more specifics about the NCAA allegations one day after initially saying the university couldn't comment further on the NCAA's Notice of Allegations against his athletics department.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Dak Prescott didn't want to let his Senior Bowl turn end quietly. The Mississippi State quarterback's first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory against the North on Saturday. "I came back the second series and realized that if I wanted to make something happen in this game, this was my only opportunity," Prescott said. "And it was a two-minute drive. I got the guys going. They rallied behind me, blocked well, made some good catches and we were able to get in the end zone."
STARKVILLE -- Chinwe Okorie has put the backboards at Humphrey Coliseum through a lot in the last two-and-a-half seasons. From First Deepwater of the Zenith League in her home country of Nigeria to Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Okorie's resume doesn't have the level of experience of many of her peers on the Mississippi State women's basketball team. As a result, the 6-foot-5 center had a bigger adjustment to make than her classmates when she arrived as a member of coach Vic Schaefer's first recruiting class in Starkville. Okorie's transition to Division I basketball stalled in her freshman season as NCAA questions about her eligibility forced her to sit out the season.
STARKVILLE -- Only those who truly know Vic Schaefer best can determine how set he is in his defensive principles. If the Mississippi State women's basketball team isn't playing player-to-player, it isn't playing defense. Schaefer has preached to his players about getting up the line and into passing lanes and getting up close and personal with their opponent on every possession to make every trip an ordeal. When you have had as much success as Schaefer has had using that style of defense at Arkansas, Texas A&M, and MSU, it's easy to see why he is so steadfast in his desire to rely on it. But Schaefer didn't think twice Thursday when forced into a situation to make a change.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland hopes the Mississippi State men's basketball team's victory against Ole Miss was the start of something. The Bulldogs' first-year head coach earned a win in his first meeting against the archrival Rebels in an 83-77 decision at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows all about the history of the Tennessee women's basketball programs. In more than 25 years in Division I basketball, Schaefer has witnessed many of Tennessee's 35 combined Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships, 18 NCAA tournament Final Fours, and eight NCAA national titles. He knows the power of the Orange and how quickly the sounds of "Rocky Top," the unofficial fight song for Tennessee, can wear on the ears of someone competing against the Lady Volunteers.
Holly Warlick insists she wasn't calling out fans of the Tennessee women's basketball team last week. Instead, the longtime assistant coach and fourth-year head coach of the Lady Volunteers wanted to stand up for her team after a 79-66 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame on Jan. 22. "We're hearing a lot of negativity from our fans and from people," Warlick said. "Hey, guys, give this group a break. They're playing as hard as they can. Are they playing great? Absolutely not, but they're putting it all out there." Since then, Tennessee has defeated Vanderbilt and lost to Kentucky to move to 12-7 and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference. It finds itself in a new situation as it prepares to take on Mississippi State (17-4, 4-3) at 8 tonight (SEC Network) at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy is a pop culture fan, especially when it comes to comparisons of comic book superheroes and point guards. "We got our Batman back. Everybody wants to be Batman, but Stefan Moody is Batman for us," said Kennedy, after Moody scored 24 points, 22 in the second half, as the Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak with an 80-63 victory against Auburn.
STARKVILLE -- Malik Newman and Quinndary Weatherspoon are making a huge impact. The Mississippi State freshmen were expected to be impact players from the beginning, but, like many freshmen, they endured their struggles. In Southeastern Conference play, though, Newman and Weatherspoon have combined to average 27 points per game. They hope to continue that play at 6 tonight (SEC Network) when MSU (8-10, 1-5 SEC) takes on South Carolina (17-2, 4-2) at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.
STARKVILLE -- The chances were there Sunday. Four years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine the Mississippi State women's basketball team could compete with the No. 2 team in the nation. A 51-point loss to Vanderbilt, a 53-point loss to Kentucky, and a 48-point loss to Texas A&M were some of the potholes Vic Schaefer and his coaching staff had to navigate en route to a 13-win season in their first year in Starkville. But MSU has left those disappointments in the rear-view mirror and slowly climbed back into relevance in the Southeastern Conference and in the national rankings. The latest step came with another record and pushed No. 10 MSU tantalizingly close to a victory against its highest-ranked opponent since 2000.
STARKVILLE -- Tiffany Mitchell made a case Sunday for a third-straight Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. You would be hard-pressed to find any one in the record crowd of 10,626 at Humphrey Coliseum to say Mitchell wasn't the best player on the floor in the No. 2 South Carolina women's basketball team's 57-51 victory against No. 10 Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Malik Newman needed a breakout game.
STARKVILLE -- Nathaniel Lowe is enjoying the transition.
Dawn Staley knows her team.
Vic Schaefer is concerned.
ATHENS, Ga. -- In a matchup of two very good defensive teams, Georgia's was just a little bit better than Mississippi State's to pull off the upset victory.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has been close.
STARKVILLE -- It doesn't matter where you look, the Mississippi State women's basketball team has climbed into the upper level of Division I. MSU is ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press and the USA Today national polls. It is all alone in second place in the Southeastern Conference, which is regarded as one of the nation's best leagues every season. The Bulldogs also are fifth in the country in turnovers forced (24.2 points per game) and third in Division I with a +9.6 turnover margin. Those statistical categories typically are ones MSU fourth-year head coach Vic Schaefer highlights after every game. To date, MSU has earned a lot of circles on the final stat sheets for all of the good things it has accomplished in building a 17-2 record and a 4-1 mark in the SEC.
Columbus High School first-year boys basketball coach Luther Riley expected some early season adversity. He also hoped his team would be clicking on a high level when the calendar turned to February. If Tuesday night was any indication, the Falcons might be on their way. Columbus scored the game's first 15 points and cruised to a 70-45 victory against West Point at the Falcon Lair.
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