NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They’ve done it all before, already faced off in a Game of the Century.
Some remember that first meeting as a defensive slugfest. Others complain it was an offensive snorefest.
Well, put it out of your mind.
This is the one that really counts.
Call it the Rematch of the Century.
Top-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama will meet for the second time in a little over two months Monday night at the Superdome. Their first encounter, it turns out, was just a warm-up for the BCS championship game.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish’s ankle was hurting. Even worse, Arkansas State led by 13.
Martel Moore caught eight passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, and Northern Illinois rallied for a 38-20 victory over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday night.
The Huskies’ 9-game winning streak is second only to LSU, which plays for the national championship against Alabama tonight.
Coming into the game, NIU’s streak had been built on overcoming bad situations just like this one, said their coach.
It required a lot of piecework, and they’re not going to enter it in any state fairs, but the Lyon College women’s basketball team knitted together a 60-57 basketball victory over the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs in Becknell Gym on Thursday night.
“In the first half, we just never seemed to get into a flow on offense,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “I just didn’t think our execution was very sharp.”
Offensively, things didn’t improve in the second half.
With a little help from several Pioneers, Batesville got by the Paragould Rams for a 42-37 high school basketball victory in Pioneer Gymnasium on Thursday night.
Wesley Rudd led with nine points, Tanner Ring, Joe Mourer and Kaleb McMahan added eight apiece, and Chris Elms provided seven points as the Pioneers fended off the Rams in a back-and-forth, 5A-East District opener.
“That’s something we’ve got to have — not someone with 17 points and then a mix of player with two points,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
SOUTHSIDE — Melbourne’s junior girls won two of three nonconference basketball games here Thursday.
In the varsity nightcap, the Junior Lady Bearkatz won 48-38 as Kennedy Cooper scored 15 points and Kelley Cooper added 14.
For the 8-4 Junior Lady Southerners, Kenzie Batterton scored 15 points and McKenzie King contributed 10.
Melbourne’s eighth-graders won 20-19 as Bailey Sharp and Allexus Scott scored six points apiece.
Lupita Rayez scored six points in a losing cause.
Southside’s seventh-graders won 19-14 as Caylee McGuire scored six points.
JONESBORO — The Nettleton Junior Raiders roughed up the teams from Batesville here Thursday night in 5A-East District play.
The Junior Lady Raiders led off with a 37-16 win and the Junior Raiders capped the evening with a 50-15 shellacking of the Junior Pioneers.
“We just didn’t play well, all the way around,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Tim Palmer said. “It looked like we were still on break.”
Nettleton led 22-2, 27-5 and 33-8 at the quarter breaks.
Kyra Wright scored 10 points to lead the winners.
DeKALB, Ill. (AP) — A rookie coach and a depleted defense left Northern Illinois with uncertain prospects entering the season.
Yet the Huskies barely missed a beat.
Entering the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday against Arkansas State (10-2) in Mobile, Ala., the Mid-American Conference champion Huskies (10-3) have won eight straight and are looking for back-to-back bowl wins.
ARLINGTON, Texas — For Coach Bill Snyder’s second Wildcat turnaround and 11th-ranked Kansas State’s surprising season, the Cotton Bowl is an appropriate ending.
When the Wildcats first played in the Cotton Bowl 15 years ago, that New Year’s Day game was a watershed moment for a program that had evolved from consecutive winless seasons just before Snyder arrived. They went again at the end of the 2000 season, during a stretch of six 11-win seasons in seven years before the coach’s brief retirement.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 tonight in the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room to discuss plans for the 2012 tournament season, said Billy Littleton, spokesman.
“This is an important meeting since we will be nominating and electing officers,” he said. “We would like all current members and anyone interested in joining to please attend.”
Twenty-four members qualified to compete in the 2011 season-ending Batesville Bass-
masters Classic on Lake Dardan-elle in October, Littleton said.
Paragould Lady Rams (9-4) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (2-9), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
Savannah Walker and Sydney Layrock top the scoring statistics for the Lady Rams, the 5A-East District’s defending champions and contenders to win it again. “We’ve played a really, really competitive schedule and feel like we’re battle tested,” Paragould Coach Jay Cook said. All but one of Paragould’s losses came at the hands of Class 7A schools Cabot, Fort Smith Southside and Rogers. The other was to Central Arkansas Christian.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brandon Triche scored 16 points, including three straight 3-pointers early in the second half, and No. 1 Syracuse pulled away from Providence for an 87-73 victory Wednesday night.
It is the second straight season the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) have opened with 16 straight wins. Last season’s team went 18-0 before its first loss.
Scoop Jardine added 10 points and 11 assists for Syracuse.
MIAMI (AP) — As the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrated their first Orange Bowl victory, safety Darwin Cook shared a hug with the game’s mascot, Obie.
They had run into each other earlier in the end zone when Cook scored the night’s pivotal touchdown, then leaped on the smiling orange. Only after the game did he learn a woman was wearing the Obie outfit.
“I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told her. “I apologize.”