STARKVILLE – Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready missed Saturday’s game against Kentucky due to flu-like symptoms.
The true freshman has started 14 games for the Bulldogs but has now missed seven games. Ready missed four games due to a hamstring injury and two more from a concussion.
“I don’t know if it’s the flu for sure,” Ray said. “He’s got a fever and once the fever got above a certain (temperature) it wasn’t good for him to play. He didn’t practice (Friday) so it did pop up right after that road trip.”
Junior Trivante Bloodman started in Ready’s absence scoring 12 points.
Back to the line
The Bulldogs have struggled getting to the free throw line in the last four games while mostly facing zone defenses.
MSU made just 19 combined free throws in the last four outings but went 22 of 28 from the line against Kentucky’s man-to-man defense on Saturday.
The Bulldogs lost their fifth straight game on Saturday, which was their seventh straight loss to a ranked opponent.
State is 0-11 in the month of February under Rick Ray.
“Their whole lives they’ve been told they poop ice cream and we’re slowly starting to change that.” – UK coach John Calipari on changing the work ethic of his blue-chip freshmen.