STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State has been hampered by injuries and attrition during Rick Ray's first two years as coach.
Now the Bulldogs finally hope they have a full roster that can compete in the Southeastern Conference.
A nucleus of three juniors - Craig Sword, Gavin Ware and Fred Thomas - will be the foundation of this year's Mississippi State team. Sword's 13.7 points per game last season led the Bulldogs, but the 6-foot-3 guard is battling a back injury and might not be ready for the beginning of the schedule.