STARKVILLE – Mississippi State freshman point guard I.J. Ready returned to the starting lineup Thursday night against Florida.
Ready missed two games after suffering a first half concussion against Alabama on Jan. 15 and returned to action off the bench last weekend at Ole Miss.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder finished with 10 points against the Gators on 5 of 11 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and a turnover in 32 minutes.
“Coach has been on me about being aggressive now,” Ready said. “That’s kind of my mindset now, to be aggressive not just scoring but to be aggressive period to help my teammates and myself.”
The Bulldogs lost its first Southeastern Conference game inside Humphrey Coliseum after beginning the league slate 3-0 at home.
It was also the first time MSU has dropped consecutive games this year. The Bulldogs scored a season-low 51 points and did not have a single blocked shot on the defensive end.
MSU coach Rick Ray remains winless against ranked opponents at 0-6 during his tenure in Starkville.
The Bulldogs are 0-2 against ranked foes this season.
“I think Rick’s got a really good nucleus. Those guys have obviously gotten a lot better. I know he’d probably like to see his team play better on the road but that’s progress those guys will make over time. They are a much better team than they were a year ago.” – Florida coach Billy Donovan on Mississippi State.