STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Rick Ray hopes a maturing roster, combined with a new point guard, will provide more wins during his second season.
The Bulldogs are coming off a rough season that ended with a 10-22 record, including a 4-14 mark in the Southeastern Conference. It was a roster comprised of nearly all first-year players and the result was plenty of lopsided losses.
But Mississippi State provided some hope for the future by winning of three of its last five — including an emotional victory over rival Mississippi. Now a young nucleus returns.
Ray has emphasized defense from day one at Mississippi State, but it's the offense that must improve. The Bulldogs barely shot 40 percent from the floor last season, including just 28.4 percent from 3-point range.