February 11, 2013

Tough stretch for Ray, Bulldogs

Mississippi State is in the midst of a season-long eight game losing streak, its longest since 1987.

The Bulldogs are also trying to push through the toughest portion of its schedule battling three of the top five teams in the Southeastern Conference in a row.

MSU lost back-to-back road games to Ole Miss 93-75 and Florida 83-58 last week.

"We're coming off a difficult week where we played two road games against the two top teams in the SEC," said MSU head coach Rick Ray. "I was a little disappointed with the way we started off our game at Ole Miss with it being a rivalry game. I thought our guys did very well in the second half, we just dug ourself too deep of a hole in that first half. Our starting center, Gavin Ware, only played four minutes in that first half and had three fouls. We have to do a better job with our post guys guarding without fouling.

"Then we went into Florida and obviously they are playing really well and doing a good job on their home court and defending that. I thought our guys calmed down a little bit there in the second half and played better. We are just doing some things to continually beat ourselves and when you play quality ball clubs like Ole Miss and Florida you have to make sure you're doing things to eliminate mistakes that gives you a chance to be competitive and win a ball game."

Up next for the Bulldogs is a home outing against Missouri on Wednesday. The Tigers are 17-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play and are coming off a 98-79 home win over Ole Miss on Saturday.

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