STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Fifth-ranked Kentucky nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead before holding on to defeat Mississippi State 88-81 on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (16-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) earned their 11th consecutive victory over the Bulldogs (12-5, 3-2). "We go into the AAU mode," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "When you're playing all freshmen and sophomores, there's a point in the game that they just think it's like, 'OK, watch this.' You're never going to be that team if that's what your mindset is." Calipari calls it a lack of discipline. The Wildcats committed 16 turnovers and permitted Mississippi State to shoot 54.2 percent. "I told them at halftime: 'I'm taking you
Maurice Watson Jr. “heard it pop.” And although postgame testing suggested otherwise, Watson’s initial instinct was, unfortunately, correct. An MRI showed Tuesday that Creighton’s senior point guard, the nation’s leader in assists, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first half of Monday’s win over Xavier. Watson announced the news on social media, and Creighton later confirmed it in a press release.
Nick Saban has found another athletic director with whom he can work. That's the first thought that comes to mind now that Alabama has hired Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne. The job Byrne is inheriting pales in comparison to the football coach he is inheriting. You shouldn't have to be told that -- like most schools -- everything flows from football at Alabama. Football success has bred campus-wide success. A $50 million capital campaign was exceeded by ... $52 million. Credit Saban -- and the incredible football momentum he created -- with a lot of that. Alabama football alone created $100 million in revenue most recently. That was more than the entire athletic budgets of all but 24 schools,