BATON ROUGE, La. -- Aric Holman scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Mississippi State defeated LSU 95-78 in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.
Finding a comfort level and building confidence take time.
STARKVILLE -- Xavian Stapleton rotated his body 180 degrees in the air and dunked on Missouri-Kansas City last month. There was a discussion between media members whether it was a 360- or 180-degree dunk. When Stapleton was asked he said, "I just call those dunks. That's for y'all to decide." Stapleton had two dunks against UMKC and had a reverse dunk against Alabama on Tuesday. Although the Mississippi State sophomore guard has been sidelined for a year and a half, Stapleton's dunks have been electric, but not as electric as he thinks they could be.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Vic Schaefer hasn't been happy with how the Mississippi State women's basketball team has practiced in recent days, despite the Bulldogs' undefeated record to start the season. The Mississippi State coach finally saw that lack of focus -- along with perhaps a dash of pressure -- show itself in a game, a 59-51 victory at Arkansas on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
STARKVILLE -- It's easier to "live it" when you have been through the grind. After two seasons of building and waiting for two of his recruiting classes to mature, Vic Schaefer and the rest of his coaching staff are reaping the rewards of the Mississippi State women's basketball team's experience. It's evident in multiple ways -- in a program-best No. 4 ranking in The Associated Press and USA Today polls, as well as a 15-0 record.
STARKVILLE -- The MRI on the left knee of Mississippi State men's basketball sophomore guard Xavian Stapleton was negative, a team spokesperson said Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team gave itself a chance to win in the second half. After struggling to make shots in the first 20 minutes, the Bulldogs regrouped and erased a 12-point halftime deficit to tie the game midway through the second half. But Alabama pushed back each time and held on for a 68-58 victory Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland decided to make a change. Instead of starting freshman guard Tyson Carter, Howland started sophomore Xavian Stapleton on Tuesday against Alabama because he wanted a bigger defensive lineup. But the second-year MSU coach felt the move was a mistake after his team trailed by double digits for the second part of the first half.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Canyon Barry spent the last few weeks staying late after practice, knowing it was the only way he was going to get out his shooting slump. The extra work paid off against Ole Miss. Barry tied a season high with 20 points, while KeVaughn Allen added 14 to lead the No. 24 Florida men's basketball team to a 70-63 victory against Ole Miss on Tuesday night.
While football players are coached to focus on one week at a time, East Mississippi Community College sophomore defensive back Alexander Lipscomb couldn't help but think ahead. As EMCC continued to win games and closed in on winning a fifth Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State championship, Lipscomb's heart sank a little lower each week.
STARKVILLE -- Part of having a veteran team is not being surprised. You can hear the confidence every time Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer talks. A year ago, words like "youth" and "young" were regularly used in news conferences, and justifiably so. Even though juniors like Dominique Dillingham, Breanna Richardson, Ketara Chapel, and Chinwe Okorie were key contributors, the Bulldogs had only one senior -- Sherise Williams -- and relied on a core of sophomores, led by point guard Morgan William and guard Victoria Vivians, to shoulder big roles. Many times, the Bulldogs played older than their years. There were times, though, Schaefer wasn't sure how the Bulldogs were going to react in tough environments or what kind of effort he was going to get. An added year of experience has changed the script this season.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said last week he felt his young team was taking steps in the right direction. Although Howland said he wants the Bulldogs to improve on their rebounding and to get to the free-throw line, he is happy with how his team had meshed together.
Andy Kennedy has known Michael White for some time. The Ole Miss men's basketball coach employed White as an assistant coach from 2006-11 before White left to become head coach at Louisiana Tech in 2011.
STARKVILLE -- Victoria Vivians looked surprised.
STARKVILLE -- Ketara Chapel was back in her comfort zone.
STARKVILLE -- It's a familiar refrain, but it's one Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer will say a lot In January and February.
The Dispatch asked members of the media who voted in the Southeastern Conference women's basketball preseason poll to give their thoughts about how the league's 14 teams fared in non-conference play and how they think those teams will fare in conference play, which begins today. The Dispatch thanks all of the media members for their participation in a busy holiday and bowl season. The media member's name and affiliation is listed above the questions and answers.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon grabbed a towel and sat down softly.
STARKVILLE -- Control has been an elusive intangible for Breanna Richardson in her time in Starkville.
As Ben Howland has slowly built the Mississippi State men's basketball program, it has become apparent that Quinndary Weatherspoon will be a key building block.
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