There is a competitive race at the top of the Southeastern Conferenceís Eastern Division. At 7-3, Kentucky and Tennessee were expected to compete for an Eastern Division title. But first-year coach Darrin Horn has helped South Carolina (7-3) become the surprise of the league.
The Mississippi State menís basketball team hasnít had the kind of start to the second half of the Southeastern Conference season it wanted. MSU opened SEC play with victories against Arkansas, Alabama, and Vanderbilt and finished the first half of the league slate 6-2. The second eight hasnít started so great for the Bulldogs.
A minor issue that kept Mississippi State signee Chad Bumphis from being eligible for nearly two months has been resolved. MSU asked the NCAA to reinstate Bumphis, a four-star wide receiver from Tupelo, after he was involved in a secondary rules violation with former football coach Sylvester Croom.
It is a diverse group. The Mississippi State womenís tennis team has players from Slovakia, Russia, Namibia, and Eupora. That melting pot of talent is 4-0 for the second consecutive season. The Lady Bulldogs have gotten off to that start seven times.
STARKVILLE ó On the cusp of breaking into the NCAA Division I Top 25 softball rankings after a weekend of three consecutive victories in the Bulldog Round Robin, Mississippi State seemed poised to continue its winning ways Wednesday against the University of Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles had different plans.
STARKVILLE ó The Mississippi State womenís basketball team isnít the only squad feeling the urgency as February counts down to March. If MSU feels a tinge of anxiety being on the bubble for the NCAA tournament, coach Renee Ladnerís Ole Miss womenís basketball team has a host of butterflies as it enters the stretch run. The Rebels can quiet some of that uneasiness at 8 tonight (Fox Sports Net South) when they play host to Mississippi State at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE ó Jarvis Varnado had a career night Wednesday for the Mississippi State menís basketball team. It was nothing compared to what Tasmin Mitchell did for LSU. Varnado scored a career-high 31 points, but Mitchell had a career-high 41 to lead the Tigers to a 97-94 victory in double overtime in front of a crowd of 9,021 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State point guard Dee Bost moved into elite status Monday. Bost learned from MSU officials he had become the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. He becomes the third second-time honoree of the award, joining Alabamaís JaMychal Green and Ole Missí Terrico White.
STARKVILLE ó The Mississippi State Bulldogs take great pride in being back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western Division champions. Mississippi Stateís 2008-09 basketball poster features junior guard Barry Stewart and junior center Jarvis Varnado holding the past two SEC Western Division championship trophies.
The Alabama Crimson Tide want to be able to deliver a knockout blow. It did not happen Thursday when Alabama lost to Vanderbilt 79-74 in Nashville, Tenn. After pulling to within 76-74 after a 3-point field goal by Andrew Steele with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game, the Crimson Tide let the Commodores off the hook. Alabama (13-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) gets another opportunity for a road victory at noon today (WCBI) at LSU, and interim coach Philip Pearson wants his team to be ready in case another tight game develops.
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