By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State’s starting frontcourt is banged up, but coach Rick Stansbury is hopeful of their speedy return.
Forward Arnett Moultrie is “probable” for Saturday’s game at Auburn after suffering a
shoulder injury against LSU on Tuesday.
Stansbury said there was some swelling on the 6-foot-11 Moultrie’s left (non-shooting) shoulder, but MRI tests came back negative.
Moultrie, who’s averaging 16.5 points and an SEC-leading 10.8 rebounds per game, was limited in Thursday’s practice.
“He’s a tough kid, and he wants to play, so he’ll push through a little bit of pain. I couldn’t say that for everybody,” Stansbury said.
Renardo Sidney sat out Thursday’s practice with back spasms, which he also experienced prior to the LSU game.
Stansbury said the 6-foot-10 Sidney, who’s averaging 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, received an injection on Wednesday.
“We’ll see where he is. I don’t know (if he’ll play) right now,” Stansbury said.
MSU (19-7, 6-5 SEC) has lost two in a row. Tipoff against Auburn (13-12, 3-8) is 7 p.m.