TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --As the final seconds of what could have been an upset road win ticked by, Lamar Peters, for the first time in the second half, was the spectator.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer knows what it is like to play the underdog.
STARKVILLE -- Darren Rizzi was 38 years old and established as a college football coach when he took over the Rhode Island Rams in 2008.
STARKVILLE -- Offensive efficiency has been the Mississippi State women's basketball team's calling card this season.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer is proud of what he and his staff have accomplished at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Quinndary Weatherspoon was asked to score. The rebounding he contributed was a bonus from the Mississippi State guard, but there was no secret his No. 1 job was to score.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Florida softball team, the three-time reigning Southeastern Conference regular-season champion, has been selected as the preseason favorite for the 2018 season after a vote of the 13 SEC head coaches in the annual preseason poll. The Gators, who received 11 first-place votes, will vie for their eighth overall regular-season title after posting a 20-3 record in the SEC last season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- When the Alabama men's basketball team needed him most, freshman John Petty became an unstoppable scorer against Auburn. Petty had 27 points, Dazon Ingram added 16, and short-handed Alabama defeated No. 17 Auburn 76-71 on Wednesday night.
Four-pass possessions typically don't generate a lot of buzz. But an otherwise ordinary trip early in the then-No. 4 Mississippi State women's basketball team's game against Alabama on Sunday epitomizes how the Bulldogs have become one of the nation's best teams.
STARKVILLE -- The numbers tell you to play zone against the Mississippi State men's basketball team. MSU's 29.7-percent mark from 3-point range entering its game against Vanderbilt on Tuesday was last in the Southeastern Conference and 336th out of 351 teams nationally. Vanderbilt obliged and started the game in a zone. By the final minute of the first half, MSU led by double digits and had forced Vanderbilt to abandon the strategy. After going 3-for-13 from 3-point range in the first half, MSU went 5-for-7 in the second to pull away and beat Vanderbilt 80-62 at Humphrey Coliseum.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M men's basketball coach Billy Kennedy offered a concise invocation when Ole Miss' Breein Tyree tossed up a 3-pointer from the left of the top of the key late Tuesday night in Reed Arena. "I was praying it would bounce out," Kennedy said. "God blessed us with the right bounce."
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland had a duel in his head on the way back from Florida. Mississippi State's men's basketball coach knew he had a team coming off two hard days of practice and a 71-54 loss on Wednesday in Gainesville, Florida. He also feels his players can benefit from every second on the practice floor.
STARKVILLE -- The slightest thing can set a scorer off. Whether it's a pump fake, the feel of a basketball's seams, or a nifty pass from a teammate, Victoria Vivians has used them all to become one of the nation's most dangerous scorers. Vivians is even more dangerous when she gets a full head of steam.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer's head went down and he trudged toward the huddle. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach had just watched Alabama's Quanetria Bolton grab an open rebound on the weak side and lay it in just before the end of the first quarter.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer wants his reserves to be all-purpose, fix-it players. If nothing is broken and the Mississippi State women's basketball team is playing well, Schaefer hopes his substitutes have been paying attention to what has been going right so they can keep it going when they enter the game.
STARKVILLE -- A week ago Saturday, the Mississippi State men's basketball team took to the road to face Ole Miss. MSU coach Ben Howland saw a team that had yet to learn how to make the key plays down the stretch fail to close out a game. One week later, the Bulldogs still haven't learned those lessons.
STARKVILLE -- It wasn't part of the plan for the construction crews at Dudy Noble Field to get a two-week break around the turn of the new year, but the weather gave one to them anyway. After it all, David Bryant -- the project manager for JESCO, Inc., the company overseeing the renovation -- feels good about the timeline.
OXFORD -- Deandre Burnett had beaten the Florida men's basketball team before in his college career, but each time after is just as sweet to him. Bruce Stevens scored 22 points, Burnett added 20, and Ole Miss held off Florida for a 78-72 win on Saturday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Note to crew members for the SEC Network: Sit at courtside at your own peril because you might get hit by a basketball that has been swatted by Teaira McCowan.
Tatjana Matthews couldn't wait to swing a fungo bat for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Before the Mississippi University for Women softball coach could do that, though, she had to navigate a morning filled with inquiries from family members who, like her, were anxiously awaiting the program's initial practice in The W's return to intercollegiate athletics.
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