Bulldogs look toward future in basketball
Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray, right, instructs I.J. Ready, left and Fred Thomas during the Southeastern Conference Tournament. (Photo by Steve Helber, AP)
Mississippi State head men's basketball coach Rick Ray is excited about what the future holds for his program.
In Ray's first two seasons, the Bulldogs struggled and had 13-game losing streaks in Southeastern Conference play in both seasons. Ray has had to work with a decimated roster as well.
Since taking over the program in 2012, Ray has seen six players depart from his roster for various reasons. The roster for the 2014-15 season is expected to be full.
"The fact that we'll have a full roster and not just a full roster, but a full talented roster," Ray said when asked what MSU fans should be excited about for next season.Â
Entering the SEC Tournament in Atlanta, the Bulldogs had lost 13-straight ballgames.
It didn't seem to bother MSU as it took care of business and knocked off Vanderbilt 82-68 in the first round.
It was the best game of the season for the Bulldogs as they shot 59.3 percent (32-of-54) from the field and quashed a second-half run for the Commodores to hang on for the victory.
State's season ended the next day with a 78-66 loss to in-state rival Ole Miss, but it's something for the Bulldogs to build on.
"Now what we have to do, though, is we've got to make sure that we move forward from here and take this positive experience that we had in the SEC Tournament and turn it into a positive experience the next season," Ray said after the loss to the Rebels.
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