If you were up sorta late last night, you might've seen some news on the recruiting front. Basketball coach Rick Ray, who's been busting his tail trying to put together a decent 2012 signing class, is already working ahead. According to the recruiting sites, MSU has its first hoops commitment for 2013: I.J. Ready, a point guard from Little Rock.
Ready is a former Nebraska commitment, which means he's already familiar with MSU assistant coach Wes Flanigan, who was a part of that staff until Doc Sadler was fired after last season. The connection runs even deeper, as Ready plays high school ball for Flanigan's father, Al Flanigan, at Parkview High School.
According to BulldawgJunction.com, Ready averaged 20 points and six assists his junior season. He also plays AAU ball for the Arkansas Hawks, where he averaged 25 points and six assists last year.
Ray has signed two point guards for the 2012 class – Trivante Bloodman and Jacoby Davis – so he's stocking up nicely at that position.
• On to baseball matters, you can find a story in today's Journal about MSU's offensive struggles (CLICK HERE). I broke down some numbers, but not nearly all of them made it in the story. So check out these figures on MSU's offensive production in SEC play (12 games at home, 12 away).
• Game 1s: 61-255 (.239), 40 runs, 35 BBs, 8 HBP, 60 Ks
• Game 2s: 50-248 (.202), 27 runs, 37 BBs, 13 HBP, 53 Ks
• Game 3s: 65-280 (.232), 40 runs, 31 BBs, 16 HBP, 48 Ks
• On road: 94-397 (.237), 51 runs, 33 BBs, 12 HBP, 78 Ks
• At home: 82-386 (.212), 56 runs, 70 BBs, 25 HBP, 83 Ks
Some interesting numbers there, especially the road vs. home comparison. A lower average at home but more runs scored? Well, check the walks and HBPs. As far as Game 2s, that low average is due to hitting below .200 in four of the eight Game 2s. State's had four sub-.200 outings in Games 1 and 3 combined.
• The SEC announced yesterday that baseball coach John Cohen is suspended for Friday's opener at Florida (CLICK HERE). A lot of fans aren't happy with it, but apparently he violated the league's sportsmanship policy.
• Back to recruiting, MSU's track and field squad picked up a commitment recently. Pretty interesting back story on Strymar Livingston, who hails from New York City (CLICK HERE).