STARKVILLE -- Pitching wins are often based on run support as much as they are pitching prowess. Konnor Pilkington and Ethan Small learned it firsthand this weekend.
STARKVILLE -- DoBee Plaisance doesn't swear. The Nicholls women's basketball coach burns with an intensity that allows her to deliver a message louder and more effectively without profanity.
STARKVILLE -- The answers come easily for Teaira McCowan, Morgan William, and Victoria Vivians, even if their responses are different. When each player was asked Friday what was the loudest they remember hearing it in Humphrey Coliseum, the players looked at each other for a moment before McCowan seized the opportunity.
STARKVILLE -- Every team goes through some kind of lull, especially in the marathon that is the college basketball season. When you're in a conference like the Big 12, those lulls can become extended doldrums pretty quickly.
STARKVILLE -- Quentin Hillsman says his dreams scare him. It's not because the Syracuse women's basketball coach is a fan of horror movies. Hillsman's dreams scare him because his goal every year is to win every game and to win a national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball players filed into their first team meeting with interim head coach Gary Henderson on Feb. 21 and faced a blank whiteboard.
If you want to get fired up, just listen to DoBee Plaisance talk about defense. "Defense takes a little talent and it is all about toughness and intangibles," Plaisance said. "You play tough defense, you rebound the ball, and defense travels."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's tennis rallied after losing the doubles point to upset No. 2 Vanderbilt 4-3 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. The victory helped MSU (11-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) earn its highest-ranked win in the history of the school's men's and women's tennis programs.
The preliminaries are out of the way for the No. 21 Mississippi State softball team. Now, it's time to get down to the business of league play.
PITTSBURGH -- Avery Johnson has spent plenty of time trying to convince Alabama freshman Collin Sexton to take ownership of his play and the men's basketball team, a message the coach has repeated frequently during the Crimson Tide's uneven season. The fact it took Sexton to embrace Johnson's message until March hardly matters.
STARKVILLE -- There is a lot to remember from the loss that ended the Mississippi State men's basketball team's hopes of making the NCAA tournament. There was the corner 3-pointer Xavian Stapleton had that could have changed the game. There also was the injury to Nick Weatherspoon that changed the game.
OXFORD -- After leading the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team to conference championships and NCAA tournament runs, Kermit Davis is returning to his home state as the 22nd head coach of the Ole Miss basketball program, as announced today by Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State practices have a familiar look this season. A year after being part of what was the winningest senior class in the history of the women's basketball program, Dominique Dillingham is in a new role as student assistant coach. Among the many roles Dillingham carries out, she occasionally takes part in MSU practices. When Dillingham does, she usually elicits a typical reaction from MSU coach Vic Schaefer.
STARKVILLE -- Chemistry is vital to Johnnie Harris. As important as that quality is to building and maintaining a successful coaching staff, Harris reserves the right to agree to disagree with Vic Schaefer, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett, and Carly Thibault-DuDonis. That's part of why she feels the Mississippi State women's basketball coaches work so well together.
BILOXI -- Kyle Schimpf had a double, home run, and four RBIs Wednesdya night to help push the Southeastern Louisiana baseball team to an 11-5 victory against Mississippi State at MGM Park.
STARKVILLE -- Statistically, Aric Holman entered the Mississippi State men's basketball team's against Nebraska on Wednesday as the Bulldogs' best 3-point shooter.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Morgan Bell's second grand slam of the season set the tone Wednesday night for the No. 21 Mississippi State softball team in a 7-1 victory against Memphis at the Tiger Softball Complex.
STARKVILLE -- The time for answering questions has nearly expired.
STARKVILLE -- The National Invitation Tournament used to be a relatively good predictor of NCAA tournament success to come; that link has begun die down in recent seasons, but a close tie between the NIT and the men's college basketball season that follows remains strong in another area.
STARKVILLE -- Teaira McCowan is used to shouldering a bull's eye. At 6-foot-7, McCowan is one of the tallest players in Division I basketball. A season that has featured a single-season record 23 double-doubles has helped the bull's eye on her back grow even bigger.
1. Patriots' Berry returns from injury with vengeance HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Skinner wins at Magnolia Motor Speedway LOCAL SPORTS
3. Littell talks about coaching journey, Budke COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU's James feeling stronger with each outing COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Tempo will be key for No. 1 MSU vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State COLLEGE SPORTS