TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Mississippi State freshman point guard I.J. Ready left Wednesday’s game with Alabama at the 9:12 mark of the first half.
Ready took a charge from Alabama’s 7-foot-1, 265-pound center Carl Engstrom and spent the remainder of the game on the Bulldogs bench.
“I don’t know if it’s a concussion or not but I’d imagine that’s what it is since he couldn’t come back in,” said MSU coach Rick Ray. “We need him out on the court because he’s a steadying influence on our team. He’s a guy who can make a shot and is also our best passer. Not having him … was a problem.”
Freshman football wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson made his basketball debut in his home state.
The former Alabama Mr. Basketball suited up and played during two different stints in the second half.
Wilson did not record any stats during his four minutes of action.
MSU has now lost six consecutive games at Alabama’s Coleman Coliseum. The Bulldogs last victory in Tuscaloosa came in 2008, 73-68.
State has now lost 13 of its last 17 visits there and are just 14-76 at Alabama.
The Tide have won four straight overall to improve their series lead to 118-73.
“We weren’t all in today. Nobody came prepared for this game. Coach said he could tell by the way we went through walk through that we weren’t prepared for this game and we showed that we weren’t.” – Mississippi State’s Craig Sword