This week, Parrish and Logan talk about the beginning of basketball post season and the Rebel and Bulldog baseball teams. They also touch on a little bit of spring football.
Welcome to crossover season.
Basketball’s regular season is in the home stretch, baseball has begun, and now it’s time for spring football. Ole Miss opened spring drills this week (2:03) and began the process of installing new systems on both sides of the ball. Offensively, new coordinator Rich Rodriguez will emphasize the run game, and he’ll have several options at running back.
On the basketball court, MSU is on a roll (8:00), and coach Ben Howland believes its nine SEC wins are enough to secure a berth in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs have been winning without Nick Weatherspoon, who remains indefinitely suspended, and Tyson Carter has filled in nicely. Two tough games are coming up, though, with road trips to Auburn and Tennessee.
Speaking of the Volunteers, Ole Miss suffered a heartbreaking loss to the country’s No. 7-ranked team on Wednesday (13:26). The Rebels are 9-6 in SEC play and probably need to get to 10 wins to assure an NCAA bid.
Both baseball teams have started strong. Ole Miss is 5-2 but has experienced a few pitching issues (17:45). This weekend, Long Beach State – which is off to an uncharacteristically bad start – visits Oxford. MSU, meanwhile, is 8-1 after taking two of three from Southern Miss and then earning a pair of blowout midweek wins (22:14). Pitcher Ethan Small is off to a roaring start, and he’ll lead the Bulldogs into this weekend’s Frisco Classic in Texas.
‘Tis the season for solidifying NCAA tournament résumés, and that’s the big topic tackled today by Parrish and Logan (5:41).
Ole Miss needs at least two more SEC wins, and maybe three, to find itself on the right side of the NCAA bubble. But there are no gimmes on the remaining schedule. As for MSU, all it has to to is avoid a late-season collapse. The Bulldogs dodged a bullet at Georgia on Wednesday (2:52), when a stuffed bulldog played a role in the game’s finish. Quinndary Weatherspoon scored a career-high 31 points in the win.
On the women’s side, Ole Miss and State meet tonight in Oxford (15:40). The Rebels will try to take a page from Missouri’s playbook and limit Teaira McCowan, something that’s easier said than done.
Baseball season began last weekend, with MSU breaking in its renovated stadium against Youngstown State (19:18). There was a lot of offense for the Bulldogs, who were led by Tanner Allen. The pitching was also strong, with Ethan Small and J.T. Ginn turning in quality starts.
Ole Miss is 2-1 after a win over Arkansas State on Wednesday (23:00). Freshman phenom Gunnar Hugland had a shaky debut, but Parrish noted that two innings is a small sample size for someone who will be part of the weekend starting rotation.
The Mississippi State and Ole Miss men’s basketball teams both moved a little closer to earning NCAA tournament bids with big wins this past week.
Logan recaps MSU’s win against Alabama (8:37), which had beaten the Bulldogs in the teams’ previous meeting. Quinndary Weatherspoon had another big outing, and coach Ben Howland said it was the most complete game his team has played during his tenure.
Ole Miss beat Auburn for a second time (12:13), with the defense coming up huge. Parrish says the Rebels, currently 5-4 in SEC play, need to go 11-7 to solidify their postseason résumé.
While basketball season enters the stretch run, baseball season cranks up this weekend. MSU hosts Youngstown State, and it will be the debut of new coach Chris Lemonis as well as the newly renovated Dudy Noble Field (16:08). Ole Miss, meanwhile, opens at home against Wright State (20:26).
Also today, Parrish looks at what he calls the NCAA’s “toothless punishment” of the Ole Miss football program, which had to vacate several wins from the past few years (2:18).
Ole Miss and Mississippi State wrapped up their 2019 football signing classes on Wednesday. While most signees inked back in December, both teams got some big pick-ups this week.
Ole Miss bolstered its defense with players like LeDarrius Cox – a former Tennessee
MSU, meanwhile, had a pretty quiet day with no real surprises (11:06). The Bulldogs signed eight, including four-star defensive tackle Nathan Pickering.
On the basketball court, MSU lost a tough one in overtime to LSU on Wednesday (16:41), despite strong play from Quinndary Weatherspoon and Reggie Perry. Ole Miss broke out of a slump by beating Texas A&M (22:10), which certainly boosts the Rebels’ NCAA tournament hopes.
There’s a big rematch in Oxford on Saturday.
The MSU and Ole Miss men meet again (11:56), with the Bulldogs seeking revenge for a loss at home the first go-round. Both teams have stumbled of late, with MSU struggling to make 3-pointers on the road. A possible culprit: The ball. Bigger issues, perhaps, include the recent disappearing act by big man Abdul Ado and a knee injury to starting guard Nick Weatherspoon.
Ole Miss has lost four of its last five thanks in large part to its defensive struggles. That’ll need to be improved come Saturday, and it would help if Blake Hinson turned in the kind of performance he had in Starkville; he’s been very quiet since that game.
Parrish and Logan also take a trip down memory lane today. Inspired by the much-maligned no-call in the NFC championship game, the guys look back at some of the controversial calls they’ve seen while covering their respective football programs (2:53).
They also talk a bit of baseball. Logan looks at the Bulldogs’ weekend pitching rotation (24:05), while Parrish examines the Rebels’ second baseman competition (24:56).
The Mississippi State and Ole Miss men’s basketball teams are both coming off tough road losses.
On this episode, Logan looks at what went wrong for the Bulldogs at Kentucky (1:42). The 3-pointers wouldn’t fall, and Aric Holman’s struggles in the post continued. Up next is a big home game versus Auburn (12:12). The Rebels, meanwhile, weren’t very competitive at Alabama (6:54), and they will try to bounce back Saturday against Iowa State.
On the women’s side, MSU was off Sunday and shouldn’t have much trouble with its next two opponents, Florida and Ole Miss (19:56), although the Rebels are playing much better lately (21:07).
Spring football is right around the corner, as Ole Miss is set to start drills Feb. 28, with the Grove Bowl set for April 6 (14:23). Parrish examines the running back situation, with Eric Swinney looking to leave. As for MSU, it lost a couple of assistant coaches and has a couple of players in the NCAA transfer portal (17:31).
The Rebel Rags defamation lawsuit will move forward, and Parrish has the latest on that case in this week’s episode (1:35). And Logan has a strong take on the merits of the case.
From that court, the guys move to the basketball court to recap some big wins by both schools from the past week. The Ole Miss men got a statement win for first-year coach Kermit Davis by beating MSU on the road (12:24). The Rebels then lost to LSU at home and have Arkansas up next.
MSU bounced back by beating Florida for its first SEC victory (17:21). The road gets no easier, as four of the Bulldogs’ next five games will be played away from Humphrey Coliseum, including Vanderbilt on Saturday and Kentucky on Tuesday.
On the women’s side, MSU won a showdown with South Carolina (21:20) despite losing forward Chloe Bibby to an injury early in the contest. And the Ole Miss women scored an upset by beating Kentucky for its first SEC win (23:06).
Double Coverage is back from its hiatus.
On this episode, Parrish and Logan preview Saturday’s big basketball game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State (:55). MSU is having a fine season but dropped its SEC opener at South Carolina. Ole Miss is also doing well, especially after beating No. 11 Auburn on Wednesday.
Logan examines how well MSU will match up with the Rebels in the post (10:23), while Parrish looks at the Ole Miss bench depth and offensive efficiency (12:25).
On the football front, the Rebels have hired coordinators for both sides of the ball (18:05). Rich Rodriguez and Mike MacIntyre are both former Pac-12 coaches of the year.
Coaching moves continue to happen for Ole Miss and MSU.
On this episode, Parrish looks at the Rebels’ hire of Mike MacIntyre as defensive coordinator and ponders who might fill the open offensive coordinator position (7:35). He says one coach to keep an eye on is Will Hall, an Amory native.
MSU saw Mark Hudspeth leave to take the head coaching job at Austin Peay, but Tony Hughes returned to the staff after being fired as Jackson State head coach (18:40). Logan said Hughes was in great demand after losing his job because of his ability to recruit.
On the basketball court, MSU’s women won a thriller over Marquette (2:55), while the men beat Clemson thanks to a bunch of made 3-pointers (5:00).
The Ole Miss men continue to play well (22:39). The Rebels are coming off a win over Southeastern Louisiana and face Chattanooga next. After that, first-year coach Kermit Davis faces his old team, Middle Tennessee State, next Friday.