Mississippi State (23-9, 11-8) vs. No. 3 seed Tennessee (27-4, 15-3)
Southeastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Friday, 8:30 p.m....
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi's Kermit Davis is coach of the year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference coaches have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams as the league's player of the year for a second straight season.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon won the Howell Trophy and Teaira McCowan took home the Gillom Trophy as the Bulldogs completed another sweep of the state's top...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters had 21 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon added 20 as Mississippi State defeated Texas A&M 92-81 on Saturday.
Texas A&M (13-16, 6-11) vs. Mississippi State (21-9, 9-8)
Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Savion Flagg...
Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7) vs. No. 5 Tennessee (26-3, 14-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Tennessee presents a tough challenge...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Brown took one dribble from the corner nearest his bench, rose up and buried a 3-pointer, all but icing a massive win for Auburn's NCAA Tournament...
Mississippi State (21-7, 9-6) vs. Auburn (19-9, 8-7)
Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State looks for its sixth straight conference win...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tyson Carter came to Mississippi State two years ago as a super-skinny shooter who coach Ben Howland hoped would grow — literally and figuratively — into a larger role on...
Missouri (12-14, 3-11) vs. Mississippi State (20-7, 8-6)
Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State looks for its fourth straight...
South Carolina (14-12, 9-4) vs. Mississippi State (19-7, 7-6)
Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina goes for the season sweep...
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A small stuffed bulldog toy tossed onto the court with the game tied and 0.5 seconds remaining was just the break Quinndary Weatherspoon and Mississippi State...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters embraces the role of the point guard and loves to be the guy who sets up the offense, distributes the basketball and plays great defense.
Scoring is secondary. But if the shots are there, he's happy to take them.
Peters scored 22 points, Quinndary Weatherspoon added 20 and Mississippi State beat Alabama 81-62 on Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had one of his best games of the season when Mississippi State had to have it, tying a season high with 27 points in the No. 22 Bulldogs' 92-84 victory over No. 16 Auburn on Saturday night.
But the senior didn't want to talk about his performance, focusing instead on the team's overall stats like 51 percent shooting and 20 assists on 28 field goals.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Memorial Gym is not a pleasant place for most opponents to visit, something the Mississippi State Bulldogs know only too well.
That makes leaving with only the program's 10th victory in 57 games at the Southeastern Conference's oldest gym very special.
Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 17 points and No. 24 Mississippi State never trailed in routing struggling Vanderbilt 71-55 on Saturday night.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — In need of a key bucket, No. 24 Mississippi State went to old reliable — Quinndary Weatherspoon in crunch time.
Weatherspoon converted a three-point play with 3.4 seconds left to lift the Bulldogs over Florida 71-68 on Tuesday night.
It was the sixth time in his career that Weatherspoon sank the winning shot. He drove the lane and was fouled by Kevarrius Hayes while dropping in the winning layup. Weatherspoon finished with nine points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Ben Howland emphasized beefing up the nonconference schedule this season to boost his team's NCAA Tournament resume. It's a strategy that's been a huge success, and the Bulldogs earned another quality win on Saturday heading into league play.
Aric Holman scored a career-high 28 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 27, leading No. 19 Mississippi State past BYU 103-81 for the Bulldogs' ninth straight victory.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State was thrown off by Wright State's small-ball lineup, and a comfortable matchup with a .500 team turned into a battle.
Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 14 points and Mississippi State went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final minute as the 17th-ranked Bulldogs held off Wright State 67-63 on Saturday night for their eighth straight victory.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters is making 3-point range look like a layup drill.
Peters made five more 3s and scored 19 points, helping No. 17 Mississippi State beat Wofford 98-87 on Wednesday night for its seventh consecutive win.
Aric Holman also had 19 points for the Bulldogs (10-1), who rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second half. Quinndary Weatherspoon made 14 of 15 foul shots on his way to 18 points, and Nick Weatherspoon and Reggie Perry each had 12 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State made some beautiful passes, clutch 3-pointers and spectacular dunks during Saturday night's impressive 70-59 victory over Cincinnati.
But there was an ugly, disjointed play during the second half where maroon and white jerseys were flying all around the floor that really got the attention of Bulldogs' coach Ben Howland.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mississippi State planted the seeds for its school record of 19 made 3-pointers with some hard work over the summer.
"Our guys, I'm telling you right now, I've never had a team collectively work harder at shooting than our guys did this last offseason," coach Ben Howland said.
Lamar Peters scored 28 points and was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, leading No. 22 Mississippi State to a wire-to-wire 82-71 win over Clemson in the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's night turned sour after just 29 seconds when starting guard Nick Weatherspoon was rolling around on the floor, wincing in pain while clutching his sprained left ankle.
The Bulldogs looked shaken, falling behind early against a team they were supposed to beat easily. Thanks to Weatherspoon's replacement, things got better in a hurry.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon continued his hot start to the season, scoring a season-high 22 points to lead No. 18 Mississippi State to a 77-59 victory over Hartford on Sunday.
Tyson Carter added 14 points for Mississippi State (2-0), and Aric Holman had 12 points and eight rebounds. Nick Weatherspoon had 10 points.
Jason Dunne led Hartford (0-3) with 17 points, and John Carroll added 16.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has added a lot of talent around Quinndary Weatherspoon during his four seasons on the roster, so the Bulldogs don't need him to be the star every single night.
But in the first game of his senior year, the 6-foot-4 guard proved he's still more than capable of being the No. 1 option.
Weatherspoon scored 21 points, younger brother Nick Weatherspoon added 19 and No. 18 Mississippi State beat Austin Peay 95-67 in the Bulldogs' season opener Friday night.
No. 18 Mississippi State
Last season: 25-12, lost 75-60 to Penn State in the semifinals of the NIT.
Coach: Ben Howland
Who's gone: Guard Eli Wright (transfer), guard/forward Xavian Stapleton (transfer)
It's been nearly a decade since there have been such high expectations for a Mississippi State basketball team.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 18 in the preseason Top 25, which is the first time they've been ranked to start the season since 2009, when they were also No. 18.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Mississippi State advanced to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York with a 79-56 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night.
Mississippi State (25-11) will face Penn State (24-13) on March 27.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon got a friendly bounce off the rim on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Mississippi State over Baylor 78-77 on Sunday in the second round of the NIT.
Aric Holman's blocked shot led to a fast break and Weatherspoon sank a 3-pointer to pull to 71-70. Terry Maston answered with a baseline jumper and banked in a shot on Baylor's next possession to make it 75-72.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Aric Holman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, Lamar Peters was four assists shy of a NIT record with a career-high 14 and Mississippi State won its first post-season game since 2010 with a 66-59 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in the first round.
Mississippi State (23-11) is in the postseason for the first time since a 101-96 double-overtime loss to UMass in the 2012 NIT.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — SEC coaches have selected Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Southeastern Conference player of the year and Volunteers coach Rick Barnes is the coach of the year.
The coaches also named Alabama's Collin Sexton and Kentucky's Kevin Knox as co-freshmen of the year. South Carolina's Chris Silva and Texas A&M's Robert Williams were co-defensive players of the year.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Vic Schaefer's message to Victoria Vivians more than four years ago was that if she would come play basketball at Mississippi State, the wins would follow.
Turns out the awards did, too.
Vivians won the Gillom Trophy for an unprecedented fourth straight season on Monday after leading No. 4 Mississippi State to a 32-1 record heading into the NCAA Tournament later this month. The Gillom Trophy is given to Mississippi's top women's college basketball player.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tennessee stayed in the hunt for a Southeastern Conference title thanks to a stellar second-half performance on the road.
Admiral Schofield had 24 points, Lamonte Turner added 12 and the 16th-ranked Volunteers pulled away for a 76-54 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.
Schofield also had seven rebounds and shot 9 of 18 from the field for the Volunteers (22-7, 12-5 SEC), who made 13 of their final 15 field goal attempts.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters had 19 points, including five in overtime, to lead Mississippi State past South Carolina 72-68 on Saturday.
Tyson Carter and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 13 points apiece for Mississippi State (21-8, 9-7 SEC). Nick Weatherspoon also had 10 points for the Bulldogs before fouling out in the second half. Quinndary Weatherspoon hit two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in overtime to clinch the win for Mississippi State.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon got down to the basics of why Mississippi State overwhelmed Texas A&M on Tuesday night.
"We were just quicker than them, and we used that to our advantage on the defensive end," Weatherspoon said.
MSU's quickness came in handy on the offensive end, too, in its stunning 93-81 road victory. Abdul Ado led the way with 19 points and five Bulldogs scored in double figures.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 79-62 victory over Mississippi on Saturday night.
Nick Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter added 15 points apiece for the Bulldogs (19-8, 7-7 Southeastern Conference). Xavian Stapleton chipped in 10 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Weatherspoon had 18 points and his brother Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 13 to lead Mississippi State past Alabama 67-63 on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State (18-6, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak to Alabama and had lost 10 of the previous 11 meetings entering Tuesday's contest.
Collin Sexton led Alabama (15-9, 6-5) with 18 points, while Daniel Giddens and Braxton Key each scored 11.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Lamar Peters scored a season-high 20 points to lead Mississippi State to a 72-57 win over Georgia on Saturday night.
Quinndary Weatherspoon and his brother Nick Weatherspoon added 14 points for Mississippi State while Aric Holman chipped in 12 points, all of which came in the second half. The Bulldogs (17-6, 5-5 SEC) have now won three straight SEC games.
Georgia (13-9, 5-5) received 13 points from Yante Maten and Tyree Crump while Pape Diatta added 12 points.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Mississippi State needed help at South Carolina, there was always a Weatherspoon there to provide it.
Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half while young brother Nick Weatherspoon scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 81-76 victory at South Carolina on Wednesday night.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored a team-high 20 points as Mississippi State defeated Missouri 74-62 on Saturday night.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (15-6, 3-5 SEC). Abdul Ado and Nick Weatherspoon each had 12 points for Mississippi State while Tyson Carter added 10 points.
Kassius Robertson had 20 points to lead Missouri (13-8, 3-5) while Kevin Puryear added 10 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon had 19 points and Aric Holman added 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to an 80-62 win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (14-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) also received 10 points from Lamar Peters.
Vanderbilt (6-12, 1-5) was led by Ejike Obinna's 14 points. Jeff Roberson added 10 points for the Commodores, who have dropped four straight.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Junior Quinndary Weatherspoon joined Mississippi State a couple of years ago and was a big reason for the program's push toward respectability in the Southeastern Conference.
His brother Nick Weatherspoon came in this year, and now the Bulldogs look poised for even better things.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Aric Holman had 23 points to help Mississippi State pull away in the second half for a 109-81 win over North Florida on Saturday.
Holman was one of five Mississippi State players in double figures and the Bulldogs shot a season-best 62 percent from the field. The Bulldogs (12-1) also got 18 points from Quinndary Weatherspoon and Xavian Stapleton had 16 points, including 12 in the second half. Tyson Carter and Nick Weatherspoon each had 11 points for Mississippi State.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Xavian Stapleton scored 12 points on four 3-pointers as Mississippi State held off Southern Miss 70-64 in the second annual Capital City Showdown at the Mississippi Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs have now four in a row over Southern Miss and are off to their first 11-1 start since the 2011-2012 season.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points and surpassed 1,000 points to lead Mississippi State to a 64-48 win over Little Rock on Wednesday night.
Aric Holman added 10 points for Mississippi State (10-1) while Abdul Ado had a career-high 13 rebounds.
Little Rock (3-10) did not have any player in double figures and had 21 turnovers that were turned into 27 points. Damir Hadzic led the Trojans with 9 points.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Aric Holman had career highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 92-61 victory over UT Martin on Saturday.
Quinndary Weatherspoon also had 21 points for Mississippi State (9-1) and Nick Weatherspoon added 11 to aid a balanced scoring attack. The Bulldogs also received nine points apiece from Lamar Peters, Eli Wright and Xavian Stapleton.
Matthew Butler had a game-high 22 points for UT Martin (3-8) and Delfincko Bogan added 10 points.