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).
The rough part is history. Now DeShuni Sanders can concentrate on playing softball. A little more than four months after having surgery on her right knee, the former New Hope High School softball standout is ready to start her sophomore season at East Mississippi Community College. EMCC will kick off the 2011 campaign at 2 p.m. today with a doubleheader against No. 12 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. in Perkinston.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday guard Ravern Johnson has been suspended indefinitely. The 6-foot-7 senior was suspended for MSU's game Saturday at LSU following a rant critical of the coaching staff on the social network Twitter, which came less than an hour after the Bulldogs' loss at the University of Alabama. Stansbury banned his players from having Twitter accounts the next day.
STARKVILLE -- For all the naysayers, Rick Stansbury wants you to look at his track record. The Mississippi State men's basketball coach wants those who question the lack of discipline in the program to look past Ravern Johnson's combined suspensions and Renardo Sidney's fight with Elgin Bailey.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's basketball program unveiled its newest -- and oldest -- crown jewel on Monday. A $16M renovation has given Foster Auditorium a face lift and a new life as home to Alabama's women's basketball and volleyball teams. The Crimson Tide showed off the historic facility Monday to media members, administrators, and fans. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Alabama will play its first game in the facility when it plays host to the University of Florida.
It's no coincidence why the University of Mississippi men's basketball team has won two games in a row: Reginald Buckner is playing at a high level. The sophomore forward has always been lauded for his shot-blocking ability, but the Rebels (15-8, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) haven't always gotten a complete, foul-free performance from him. Last week against the University of Kentucky, the light bulb came on.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Super Sunday turned out to be mighty super for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. MSU finally broke into the Southeastern Conference victory column Sunday afternoon with a 57-45 victory against Auburn University in the new AU Arena.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Dee Bost didn't have one of his better afternoons Saturday in the Mississippi State men's basketball team's 58-57 victory against LSU. But Bost made the necessary plays to give the Bulldogs a much-needed victory.
STARKVILLE -- The balance is where John Cohen wants it. The Mississippi State baseball coach believes he has the perfect mix of veterans and newcomers to get the Bulldogs back to postseason play.
STARKVILLE -- Sharon Fanning-Otis knows her team is improving. But the Mississippi State women's basketball team's rate of improvement hasn't been able to match the pace of the rest of the teams in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Chelsea Bramlett was the face of Mississippi State's softball team for the past four years. The catcher re-wrote MSU's record book and led the team in batting average (..536), stolen bases (61), hits (98), and runs (56) last season.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Andy Kennedy knows there's nothing his University of Mississippi men's basketball team can do about its four-game losing streak to open Southeastern Conference play. The Ole Miss coach knows it happened. It's not going away.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team is trying not to forget how it feels to lose while it's busy dominating the Southeastern Conference. Even as its offense struggled the Crimson Tide buckled down on defense and went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in overtime to beat Tennessee 65-60 on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Close doesn't mean anything to Diamber Johnson. It didn't after the second Southeastern Conference loss to Arkansas, and it meant even less Thursday night after yet another frustrating performance.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team thought point guard Dee Bost would be the talisman to help calm the rough waters of a difficult non-conference journey, but his presence hasn't been enough to keep off-the-court issues from hovering over the team.
Don't waste time with Chris Rose. If you do, the new East Mississippi Community College baseball coach will leave you behind, or at least start without you. If he has to go ahead and you're not there, he will let you know about it and make sure you're not late again.
Dudy Gras 5.5 begins today regardless of the weather. The parade, though, could be a game-time decision.
STARKVILLE -- A year makes all the difference. Last spring, the Mississippi State men's tennis team leaned on players who hadn't played at the top of the lineup.
1. Columbus boys beat Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Piper realizes life-long dream in athletics at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. SEC women's basketball squads off to strong starts COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bell, Bulldogs ready for Egg Bowl battle COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High ready for North State championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS