STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State women’s basketball team isn’t 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 Ladner’s Ole Miss women’s 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 — Jarvis Varnado had a career night Wednesday for the Mississippi State men’s 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 Alabama’s JaMychal Green and Ole Miss’ Terrico White.
STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Bulldogs take great pride in being back-to-back Southeastern Conference Western Division champions. Mississippi State’s 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.
Mississippi State senior forward Robin Porter is living up to her words. Last October at the Southeastern Conference Media Basketball Media Days in Birmingham, Ala., Porter talked about how Mississippi State senior guard Marneshia Richard kept her motivated.
STARKVILLE –– How does a team know it has a pretty good shooting team? When it sets a school record for 3-point field goals in a game.
STARKVILLE –– To a man who has given much to Mississippi State University for 50 years after his college basketball career ended, the school returned the favor to Bailey Howell on Saturday. Howell’s No. 52 jersey was retired at halftime of Mississippi State’s game against Arkansas. He is the first player in school history to have his jersey retired.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said the challenges of recruiting in the Southeastern Conference are real. Mullen, who was the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida before coming to MSU, said it is not easy to be one of the league’s 12 programs competing for the nation’s best prep and junior college prospects.
STARKVILLE — On a night in the Southeastern Conference when a coach and a player reached 1,000, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team was more than happy to finish No. 17. Alexis Rack scored a team-high 14 points and MSU made 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch Thursday to beat No. 20 Vanderbilt 66-61 before a crowd of 672 at Humphrey Coliseum.
Arkansas men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey knows it will take an outstanding effort out of his team at 2 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) to beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum. Pelphrey has already witnessed what the Bulldogs can do when they’re not at their best. Mississippi State beat Arkansas 70-56 on Jan 10 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Delynn and Sue Burkhalter, of Columbus, wanted an improved view of the Mississippi State football games, so they decided to tackle a huge project.
STARKVILLE — Chelsea Bramlett already is in elite company. When you walk into the Mississippi State softball team’s indoor facility, the numbers of the program’s best players lead you up the stairs to the second floor.
The University of Alabama men’s basketball team may have to stay in a zone. It wasn’t a hot offense but the team’s defense that Alabama interim head coach Philip Pearson said helped his team get its latest victory, a 75-70 decision against Georgia.
STARKVILLE — One step is all Alexis Rack needs to change a game. For most players, that step would take them closer to the basket But Rack’s most dangerous step might be in reverse. How can one step mean so much?
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Every National Signing Day announcement didn’t go his way, but when the sun had set, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban had reeled in another top 5 recruiting class. “It’s a great blend of good athletes, some size players, and some guys who meet a need for us in the future,” Saban. “I thought it was really important we get some big players with long arms.”