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January 13th, 2012
There are no more divisions for Southeastern Conference basketball.
That doesn't mean that today's game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Crimson Tide, old SEC Western Division rivals, is any less important. The game tips at 3 p.m.
The Tide (13-3 overall, 2-0 SEC) enter Humphrey Coliseum riding a five-game win streak and fresh off a 69-53 dismantling of LSU on Wednesday night.
In that outing super sophomore, Trevor Releford, led Alabama with 20 points while Tony Mitchell picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Dee Bost now has 167 steals in his Mississippi State career.
The 167th was a pretty important one on Thursday night.
Bost stole a pass with 6 seconds and converted a slam dunk on the other end to help the Bulldogs preserve a 62-58 win over the Tennessee Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference home opener.
Tennessee inbounded the basketball in the frontcourt with 11 seconds remaining down by two when Bost took the ball from Trea Golden, the hottest Vol on the floor, and capped the scoring with his dunk with 4 seconds remaining.
It was a turn of 180 degrees for the Mississippi State defense Thursday night in Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs only allowed Tennessee to score 58 points in a 62-58 victory, which was better than the 98 points the Arkansas Razorbacks scored on them Saturday night in Fayetteville.
"Our defense didn't cross the Mississippi (River) going to Arkansas," MSU head coach Rick Stansbury said. "But I didn't panic because they were the only ones to score more than 75 against us. We did better tonight."
The Volunteers came in averaging 74.5 percent points per game. It was pretty obvious by halftime that UT was not going to reach its season average. They scored only 27 points in the first half.
Jenirro Bush knows it's important for him to be a leader for the Jackson State men's basketball team.
As the only senior for the Tigers, the former East Oktibbeha player understands how much responsibility comes with it.
"I've got to do more of the tough stuff like rebounding, trying to lead more by example and calm some of the younger guys down," Bush said. "For a couple of them, it's their first time playing Division I basketball so I try to keep them poised on the court, slow them down a little bit and try to teach them some of the things that upperclassmen taught me."
Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said Bush has been valuable as a senior.
Starkville Christian boys basketball coach Mark Horstmeyer knew he had a reason to be proud of Thursday's night game against Winston Academy.
After seeing the statistics, he could see why his Cougars were so successful in beating the visiting Patriots 62-35 at the Cougar Cave.
Starkville Christian only had 13 turnovers, its lowest total of the season, made a season-best 10-of-12 free throws and five Cougars had at least six rebounds.
Horstmeyer likes the way SCS is coming together as a team.
"They feel good about (winning) and they should," Horstmeyer said. "Part of the goal is to understand that it's having success as a team.
Danny Carlisle welcomes one more year of doing what he loves doing most and that's influencing young people.
Even though he has won over 500 games in his 27 seasons as the head baseball coach at Starkville High School, it has always been about teaching the players lessons that will benefit them later in life.
The Starkville School District granted Carlisle the chance to coach the 2012 season at Tuesday night's board meeting.
Carlisle enters his 28th and final season with much anticipation and gratitude.
"I thank the administration and school board for giving me the opportunity to finish out with this group because it's a good group," Carlisle said. "I'm excited about it. My deal is do it for the kids and make a difference with them in a positive way."
Searching for a way to bounce back from a tough loss at Arkansas, the Mississippi State Bulldogs welcome the Tennessee Volunteers to the Humphrey Coliseum tonight for the Southeastern Conference home opener.
Mississippi State (13-3, 0-1) is 11-2 in SEC home openers under coach Rick Stansbury.Â The Bulldogs face a Volunteer (8-7) team that is riding high after their upset win over the Florida Gators.
âFirst off, they are very good," Stansbury said. "Anytime you do to Florida what they did to Florida, you know you are very good. Theyâve got a good balance inside and outside. Theyâve got some veterans, some guys that have been around. They are going to get after you defensively. Theyâll play extremely hard.âÂ
The Bulldogs gave up a season-high 98 points to the Razorbacks the last time out but Stansbury didnât see that as an issue going forward. The sub-par defense was simply an aberration.
Two Southeastern Conference women's basketball teams needing a win play each other tonight in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
There are just 36 days remaining until Mississippi State returns to the baseball diamond as the Bulldogs open the 2012 season against Washington State University on Friday, Feb. 17.
Mississippi State fans must be prepared to make a difficult decision come Saturday afternoon.Â The beloved New Orleans Saints travel west to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
It just so happens that one of the most praised Bulldogs to those who bleed maroon, Anthony Dixon, plays for San Francisco, leaving the choice, who to cheer for?
The beloved former Bulldog will take the field with the 49ers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.Â In doing so Dixon, who is in his second NFL season, will take the field in the postseason for the first time.
âMan, Iâm excited. You know, coming up as a youngâun this is what you dream of,â said Dixon, who has four career touchdowns in the NFL. âI watched all those games on NFL Saturday and NFL Sunday. I know me personally I always said, âman Iâd love to be a part of that action. Iâd like to see what that whole ride is about.â To do this is really going to be a dream come true, you know.â