Mississippi St. Rumors & News

  • Malik Newman to withdraw from NBA draft, may look to transfer

    Clarion Ledger "Malik Newman removed his name from the NBA draft on Wednesday his father told The Clarion-Ledger. The return to college may not mean a second season at Mississippi State, though. A source told The Clarion-Ledger that Newman could potentially seek to transfer. When asked about the possibility,..." May 25

  • MSU's Stapleton tears ACL again, undergoes surgery

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State guard Xavian Stapleton tore the same anterior cruciate ligament that kept him out of practice last year, a source told The Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday. Stapleton underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the tear in his left knee. The injury occurred on March 20, nearly..." March 31

  • Rick Stansbury leaning toward Western Kentucky job

    ESPN "Former Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury is the front-runner for the Western Kentucky job, sources told ESPN. "If he wants it, it's his," one source told ESPN. Another source told ESPN that Stansbury is leaning toward taking the job." March 25

  • Malik Newman to declare for NBA Draft, won't hire agent

    The Clarion-Ledger "Malik Newman will declare for the NBA draft on Tuesday, sources confirmed to The Clarion-Ledger. The Jackson native will not hire an agent, though, which leaves an opportunity for the freshman to return to school. WAPT-TV reported the news first. Newman will hold a press conference at 3 p.m...." March 22

  • Georgia 79, Mississippi State 69

    The Sports Xchange "On a spectacular day for guards at the Southeastern Conference tournament, Georgia's J.J. Frazier was as good as any of them. The sophomore poured in 28 points, dished out four assists and added a pair of steals, as Georgia beat Mississippi State 79-69 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday..." March 11

  • Mississippi State 79, Auburn 66

    The Sports Xchange "Mississippi State freshmen guards Quinndary Weatherspoon and Malik Newman combined for 33 points, leading the Bulldogs past Auburn 79-66 on Saturday in Starkville, Miss. Newman had a big first half and finished with 17 points, and Weatherspoon added 16 points for the Bulldogs, who built a..." March 05

  • Ole Miss 86, Mississippi State 78

    The Sports Xchange "Mississippi guard Stefan Moody put on a show in his final home game, pouring in a career-high 43 points and leading the Rebels to an 86-78 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday at the Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. Moody joins LSU freshman Ben Simmons as the only Southeastern..." March 02

  • Mississippi State 68, South Carolina 58

    The Sports Xchange "Mississippi State scored the first five points of the game and never looked back to score a 68-58 win over South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. Forward Gavin Ware recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (13-15,..." February 27

  • Late foul shots save No. 21 Texas A&M

    The Sports Xchange "COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- When it matters most, House is home at the free-throw line. Guard Danuel House, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, hit a pair of free throws with 2.1 seconds to enable No. 14 Texas A&M to eke out a 68-66 Southeastern Conference basketball victory..." February 24

  • Mississippi State 67, Alabama 61

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman guard Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 15 points and Mississippi State halted a six-game losing streak against Alabama by producing a 67-61 victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday in Southeastern Conference play at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Senior guard Craig Sword added 13 points for the..." February 20

  • Mississippi State 75, Vanderbilt 74

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman guard Quinndary Weatherspoon drained a 3-pointer as time expired and scored 24 points to lead Mississippi State to a stunning 75-74 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday in SEC play at Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs recovered from a 17-point second-half deficit and their only lead had..." February 17

  • Mississippi State's Elijah Staley to Focus only on Football, Quits Basketball

    For Whom The Cowbell Tolls "Mississippi State's Elijah Staley has decided to focus solely on his football career and his opportunity to battle for the quarterback position according to an announcement from the school on Monday. Staley, who had played both football and basketball during his time in Starkville, had only..." January 18

  • Mississippi State's Demetrius Houston suspended for season; will seek transfer

    The Clarion-Ledger "Demetrius Houston is no longer with Mississippi State, coach Ben Howland announced on Thursday. "I've made a final decesion that Demetrius Houston will no longer be with us for the remainder of this year and is going to transfer," Howland said. The sophomore had been suspended since the..." December 10

  • MSU's Demetrius Houston suspended indefinitely

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State suspended Demetrius Houston indefinitely on Tuesday for conduct detrimental to the team. The sophomore won't travel to Puerto Rico for MSU's three-game tournament in San Juan. Houston didn't play in MSU's loss to Southern on Monday. He logged six minutes and two points in the..." November 18

  • Hamilton Heights' Ado commits to Mississippi State

    Times Free Press "Hamilton Heights senior Abdulhakim Ado announced his commitment to Mississippi State on Monday evening after a scrimmage at McCallie. The 6-foot-11 Ado chose the Bulldogs over Auburn, LSU and Penn State. He becomes the fifth four-star prospect of head coach Ben Howland's first full recruiting..." November 17

  • Four-star small forward Mario Kegler picks Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "Ben Howland's dedication to landing top in-state talent was further demonstrated on National Signing Day. On Wednesday afternoon, four-star small forward Mario Kegler, the No. 1 ranked player from Mississippi, committed and signed with the Bulldogs. "I mean, it's home," Kegler said. "Every..." November 12

  • Four-star center Schnider Herard commits to Mississippi State

    Scout "2016 center Schnider Herard verbally committed to Mississippi State, he told Scout. “The reason why I chose the school was first of all when I went there for a visit everything I saw was pretty good,” Herard said. “The second thing is I’m going to play right away because the only big they..." November 05

  • Tyson Carter commits to Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State's 2016 recruiting class cracked the top 25 rankings on Tuesday after picking up a commitment from four-star Starkville product Tyson Carter. The 6-foot-4, 165 pound point guard announced his decision in his high school's library in front of his teammates, coaches and family...." October 28

  • Aric Holman to have knee surgery, out up to four months

    The Clarion-Ledger "Incoming freshman Aric Holman will have knee surgery on Wednesday and will miss three to four months, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland told the Clarion-Ledger. The micro fracture surgery is to repair a patellofemoral disorder that causes pain in the front of the knee. It's a result of..." September 14

  • Mississippi State Lands Commitment From 4-Star Guard Eli Wright

    College Spun "Alabama and Auburn basketball landed big-time recruits over the past two days, and it was Mississippi State’s turn moments ago. The Bulldogs have secured a commitment from four-star shooting guard Eli Wright, according to multiple reports. " August 18

  • Louisiana Tech transfer Stapleton headed to Mississippi State

    CBS Sports "Louisiana Tech transfer Xavian Stapleton has committed to Mississippi State, sources said Sunday. The 6-foot-6 wing, who averaged 6.7 ppg last season, will have three years of eligibility remaining but must sit out next season per NCAA rules." July 05

  • Mississippi State lands first 2016 commitment

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State got on a jump start on its 2016 recruiting class with a commitment from four-star point guard Lamar Peters on Saturday night. Peters, a New Orleans native, planned to announce his commitment by July. The 6-foot, 165-pound guard was visiting Starkville with his New Orleans..." June 08

  • Aric Holman to sign with Miss. State, coach says

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Owensboro High School senior power forward Aric Holman, who had previously announced he would reclassify to 2016 and attend prep school for a year, now plans to sign Thursday with Mississippi State, Owensboro coach Roderick Drake said Thursday morning. The 6-foot-9 Holman, who helped the Red..." May 21

  • Mississippi State gets commitment from elite recruit Malik Newman

    CBS Sports "Class of 2015 standout Malik Newman on Friday publicly committed to play college basketball at Mississippi State in a development that gives Ben Howland a five-star recruit just one month after agreeing to become the Bulldogs' head coach. Newman is from Jackson, Miss. His father, Horatio..." April 25

  • Five-star recruit Malik Newman plans to commit to Mississippi State

    CBS Sports "Class of 2015 star Malik Newman is planning to publicly commit later this week to play basketball at Mississippi State, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. The announcement is expected Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Granted, this is high-stakes recruiting, and Newman could ultimately..." April 22

  • MSU's Johnny Zuppardo arrested for suspended license

    The Clarion-Ledger "Mississippi State forward Johnny Zuppardo was arrested Sunday night for driving with a suspended license after he ran a red light on campus. The incident occurred at 8:17 p.m. behind McKee Hall on MSU's campus. Zuppardo's license had been suspended due to a previous incident that involved..." April 20

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    Ben Howland has reached a verbal agreement to become the Mississippi State coach, sources told ESPN. He is en route to Starkville now.

  • Mississippi State expected to finalize deal to make Ben Howland coach

    CBS Sports "Mississippi State and former UCLA head coach Ben Howland are putting the finishing touches on a deal that would make the 57-year old the Bulldogs' next head basketball coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. The deal is expected to be officially completed by Monday barring any last-minute..." March 23

  • Sources: Howland, Miss. State agree to deal

    ESPN "Ben Howland has agreed to become Mississippi State's head coach, multiple sources told ESPN. Howland was en route to Starkville, Mississippi, on Monday morning, a source said. An official announcement is expected later this week." March 23

  • Gainesville guard D'Marcus Simonds decommits from Mississippi State after coach's firing

    Gainesville Times "Gainesville junior guard D'Marcus Simonds has decided to reconsider his college options after Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray was fired Saturday afternoon. Simonds, who led the Red Elephants (25-5, 12-1 Region 8-AAAAA) to a second-round appearance in the Class AAAAA playoffs this season,..." March 22

  • Mississippi State fires Rick Ray

    ESPN "Mississippi State has parted ways with coach Rick Ray after just three seasons. Ray, 44, went 37-60 in three seasons at Mississippi State after replacing Rick Stansbury in 2012. The Bulldogs went 13-19 this season, including 6-12 in SEC play. Mississippi State athletic director Scott..." March 22

  • Bulldogs shaken up after plane scare

    ESPN "Mississippi State's chartered Embraer 145 twin engine jet had to make an emergency landing in St. Louis after losing power in its right engine, 20 minutes after takeoff from Columbia, Missouri, sports information director Gregg Ellis told ESPN by phone from St. Louis on Saturday night. The..." February 15

  • Darius Hicks commits to Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "Two days after Mississippi State men's basketball added the first member to its 2016 recruiting class, Rick Ray strikes again. Quitman's Darius Hicks committed to the Bulldogs Friday morning, joining three-star shooting guard D'Marcus Simonds from Georgia as Mississippi State's two 2016..." November 21

  • Mississippi State’s leading scorer out 4-6 weeks, JuCo transfer done for season

    College Basketball Talk "All is well with the Mississippi State football program in mid-October as the nation’s new No. 1 team. The men’s basketball team, however, is off to a bit of a rough start in the first few weeks of practice. The school announced on Monday that last season’s top scorer Craig Sword will need to..." October 15

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Quinndary Weatherspoon commits to Mississippi State

    The Clarion-Ledger "Velma Jackson shooting guard Quinndary Weatherspoon has committed to Mississippi State. The 6-foot-5, 170 pound prospect chose the Bulldogs over offers from Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and Wake Forest. A Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection as a junior, Weatherspoon led the Falcons..." July 31

  • Mississippi 78, Mississippi St. 66

    ProSportsDaily "Marshall Henderson scored 21 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the Rebels rallied to down the Bulldogs in the second round of the SEC tournament in Atlanta. Jarvis Summers also added 21 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds for Mississippi (19-13), which erased a 13-point..." March 14

  • South Carolina 74, Mississippi St. 62

    ProSportsDaily "Brenton Williams scored a game-high 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, as the visiting Gamecocks heaped more misery on the Bulldogs. Sindarius Thornwell added 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for South Carolina (12-19, 5-13 SEC), which snapped an 18-game road losing streak dating..." March 09

  • Gamecocks Conclude Regular Season at Mississippi State On Saturday

    GamecocksOnline.com "South Carolina wraps up the regular season Saturday afternoon at Mississippi State in the only meeting this season between the two teams. The two sides split last year’s regular season meetings, but the Bulldogs defeated the Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament, 70-59, on March 13, 2013 at Bridgestone..." March 07

  • Georgia 66, Mississippi St. 45

    ProSportsDaily "Kenny Gaines scored 14 points and the host Bulldogs ended the first half on a 29-8 run to win for the seventh time in nine games. Marcus Thornton added 13 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for Georgia (17-12, 11-6 SEC), which continued its late-season surge and moved into position to..." March 06

  • Missouri 85, Mississippi St. 66

    ProSportsDaily "Jabari Brown had 21 points as the Tigers kept their NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a one-sided win over the visiting Bulldogs. Brown hit a pair of 3-pointers while adding five rebounds and five assists for Missouri (20-9, 8-8 SEC), which shot 62.3 percent from the floor to hand Mississippi..." March 02

  • Arkansas 73, Mississippi St. 69

    ProSportsDaily "Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and Michael Qualls added 15 as the visiting Razorbacks held off the Bulldogs. Bobby Portis collected 13 points and seven rebounds for Arkansas (18-9, 7-7 SEC), which has won five of its last six to move back to .500 in the SEC. Coty..." February 23

  • Full-Court Press: Mississippi State at Auburn

    The Clarion-Ledger "It’s been a while since Mississippi State last won a game. It came against the same opponent it plays today — Auburn. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers at home on Jan. 22. This time MSU tries to do it on the road even though the Bulldogs have lost 14 straight road games. Their last win away from..." February 15

  • Losses leave Mississippi State coach Rick Ray at a loss for words

    The Clarion-Ledger "Rick Ray didn’t want to talk about it. The second-year coach was terse when addressing his team’s loss against Georgia on Wednesday. Of course, he didn’t need to say much. Mississippi State’s performance also spoke for itself. “We just simply haven’t or won’t accept who we are,” Ray said...." February 14

  • Georgia’s men’s basketball team forced to drive to Starkville for Wednesday’s game

    Clarion-Ledger "Rain, sleet or snow the Georgia men’s basketball team will get to Starkville, just not via airplane. Due to winter weather conditions in Georgia and Mississippi, the team elected to leave Athens on Tuesday and drive to Starkville, according to The Telegraph. “Even if we have to hitch-hike,..." February 11

  • Kentucky basketball defeats Mississippi State 69-59

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Sometimes you need to look beyond the usual suspects. With his team as listless as a tortoise in molasses Saturday afternoon, coach John Calipari went deep into his bench. Little-used reserves Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson helped the foul-plagued University of Kentucky men’s basketball team escape..." February 09

  • 'Sense of urgency' propels Aggies to first win in six games, 72-52 victory over Miss. State

    Dallas Morning News "Texas A&M, in citing a "sense of urgency" the Aggies said they repeated in every huddle, snapped a five-game losing streak with a 72-52 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night before 4,626 fans in Reed Arena. Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 20 points and fellow forward Kourtney..." February 06

  • Prather's 16 points power No. 3 Gators to 62-51 win at Mississippi State

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Senior forward Casey Prather scored 16 points, lifting No. 3 Florida to a 62-51 win over Mississippi State on Thursday night in Starkville, Miss. Florida (18-2, 7-0 SEC) won its 12th straight game, continuing its longest in-season winning streak since running off 17 victories in a row to start..." January 31

  • SEC won't punish Mississippi State coach for comments to Marshall Henderson

    USA Today "The Southeastern Conference will not discipline Mississippi State coach Rick Ray following his actions at the end of Saturday's game against Ole Miss, the league office told the Clarion-Ledger on Monday. Ray spoke with SEC commissioner Mike Slive on Monday morning regarding the head coach using..." January 27