STARKVILLE — Mississippi State junior center Jarvis Varnado has earned double billing. For the second consecutive year, Varnado was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-foot-9 center also earned a spot on the All-SEC first team.
The second season begins today. All season, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has talked about living up to its expectations and potential and earning a return trip to the NCAA tournament. Starting at 9 tonight, sixth-seeded MSU can take the first step toward guaranteeing its goal when it takes on 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.
Hawaii won’t be all fun and games for the Mississippi State Bulldogs if they don’t playing good baseball. MSU coach John Cohen wants his team to have a good time, but he hopes it takes the baseball side of the trip seriously when it plays a four-game series against the University of Hawaii.
Mississippi State defensive back Maurice Langston will have to wait a little longer to make a difference on the football field. MSU football coach Dan Mullen has suspended Langston indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The move comes on the heels of Langston’s arrest Saturday night in Hattiesburg.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team needed an emotional effort Wednesday night. After MSU coach Rick Stansbury said his team played “with no passion” for the first time this season in a loss to Auburn on Saturday, he was satisfied with his team’s performance Wednesday night in an 80-71 victory against the Florida Gators at Humphrey Coliseum.
University of Mississippi men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy knows his team would not be where it is if not for freshman point guard Terrico White. White’s emergence has helped the Rebels overcome three season-ending injuries and has kept them out of the bottom of the Southeastern Conference Western Division instead of Arkansas, tonight’s opponent at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
When Russ Boyd was a freshman at Millsaps College, he contemplated playing basketball and not baseball. The only problem was he was recruited to Millsaps to play baseball. Boyd, a 2005 graduate of New Hope High School, played basketball and baseball that first season at Millsaps, but he since has focused on baseball.
STARKVILLE –– Mississippi State freshman point guard Dee Bost will have his defensive skills tested again tonight. Bost has chased some of the best point guards in the Southeastern Conference this season, including South Carolina’s Devan Downey and Arkansas’ Courtney Fortson. Another one comes along at 7 tonight when MSU plays host to Nick Calathes and the Florida Gators in a SEC game at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning smiles as she flips through her players’ goal sheets. The pages bring back memories of what players have listed as their team and individual goals and how they want to realize those dreams. Going back nearly three years, Fanning comes to a sheet for then freshman Alexis Rack dated Sept. 11, 2006.
The Auburn men’s basketball team has moved into second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division standings. With two games left in the regular season, the Tigers still have to look over their shoulder at the rival Alabama Crimson Tide.
This is the time of the year when the phrase “on the bubble” is used quite a bit in college basketball. Teams are trying to move into the best position possible to make the NCAA tournament in a couple of weeks.
STARKVILLE — Can a baseball game be declared “snowed out” even when most of the white stuff had melted by the scheduled start time? Apparently, the Nicholls State Colonels thought so, and the NCAA agreed.
1. Bulldogs ready to forget past, focus on Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Ole Miss overlooks hype, readies for No. 1 Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU gets good grades for first four games COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Unbeaten MSU receives high marks on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Defense delivers dominating effort for Rebels COLLEGE SPORTS