Bulldog fighting numbers game on court
Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray directs his team during a game this season. (Photo by Lee Adams)
Mississippi State has dropped seven-straight games after a 3-2 start 3-2 in Southeastern Conference play,
The Bulldogs turned in arguably their worst game of the season in the past week by losing a 20-point decision at home to Georgia.
"At this point in time, itâ€™s hard to hold guys accountable for their errors on the court when we donâ€™t have a substitution pattern and more so than anything, you donâ€™t have competition for those minutes,â€ť MSU head coach Rick Ray said on Monday's SEC teleconference.
The Bulldogs have just eight scholarship players to work with. There are also a couple of walk ons who have been getting playing time as of late.
Ray is redshirting two big men this season. Junior college transfer Travis Daniels and true freshman center Fallou Ndoye are sitting out and will be able to help the team next season.
MSU is also bringing in three players in this year's recruiting class, so Ray feels confident about where the program is headed.
"I like where weâ€™re going,â€ť Ray said. â€śItâ€™s frustrating losing some ballgames, but youâ€™ve got to find a way to continue to get better as the season goes along and our guys somehow have to get confidence back in themselves.â€ť
The Bulldogs (13-12, 3-9) try to get things headed in the right direction Wednesday when they travel to Baton Rouge, La. to take on the LSU Tigers (15-9, 6-6).Â
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