A blowout would have been easier on the nerves. An 80-74 exhibition win over William Carey could be…
Bulldogs Tipping Off Ray Era At Troy
Where Mississippi State is at to tip off this season is Troy, Alabama. The Bulldogs open their year and the Rick Ray era as well against the Trojans in their brand-new arena. This is the first time State has begun with a genuine road-floor game since 2001 at California. Ray ran the Bulldogs through their final tune-up Sunday afternoon, with a 80-74 win over William Carey. The narrow margin confirmed some concerns from the preseason that needed addressing. "This week we've been working on the little things we messed up the exhibition game," said Steele. "We put emphasis on defense and rebounding, once the game comes Friday we'll see where we are with that." What everyone will see in the opener is a Bulldog roster even shorter than before after another season-ending injury. The latest casualty is DeAndre Applewhite, who sat out Sunday's exhibition pending examination of a hurting knee. The Monday MRI showed a torn ligament and meniscus, putting the wing guard on the bench before the...
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