Mississippi State's Hood has deep bone bruise

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — An evaluation on Wednesday revealed Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood has a deep bone bruise in his left knee.

The 6-foot-8 freshman guard was injured late in the first half of Mississippi State’s 73-64 loss to No. 1 Kentucky while fighting for position on a rebound. He didn’t return to the game, watching from the bench in the second half.

Though there is no structural damage to the knee, no return date has been set, according to MSU spokesman Gregg Ellis.

The loss of Hood for any length of time is a blow for the Bulldogs, who are already reeling from a four-game losing streak. Hood’s started all 28 games this season, averaging 11 points per game.

Mississippi State (19-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) travels to face Alabama (17-9, 6-6) on Saturday.