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Video: I.J. Ready, Oliver Black

Mississippi State sophomore guard I.J. Ready talks about returning to the SEC Tournament to face Auburn while freshman forward Oliver Black speaks about his first postseason experience.

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Auburn preview

I.J. Ready tied a career-high with 18 points during the previous game with Auburn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Mississippi State will open the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena hoping to prolong its season. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs only hope of reaching the postseason is through an automatic bid by winning the SEC Tournament.

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State drops decision at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 10-0 run midway through the second half gave Vanderbilt new life and put an end to Mississippi State’s hopes at a road win. Vanderbilt shot 55.3 percent from the floor and continued its string of strong

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Vanderbilt preview

Senior guard Isaiah Butler and the Bulldogs are going for a season sweep against Vanderbilt. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State was able to snap a 16-game SEC losing streak with a 57-54 home win over Vanderbilt on Jan. 17. Rick Ray and the Bulldogs are hoping to end their most recent four-game skid traveling to Nashville to face

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State drops road contest at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Craig Sword led the way with 26 points but it was not enough for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team Saturday night as it dropped a 81-68 decision to South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena. MSU dropped its

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Kentucky preview

Mississippi State freshman guard Demetrius Houston will face Kentucky for the first time tonight. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Mississippi State has a tall task ahead taking on undefeated and No. 1 ranked Kentucky at 6 p.m. tonight on the SEC Network. However, Rick Ray‘s attention this week has not been on the 27-0 Wildcats. The third year coach

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Arkansas preview

Although the wounds are still fresh from Thursday night’s 71-65 home loss to Ole Miss, Mississippi State will have very little time to recover. The Bulldogs had only one day to get ready to host 18th-ranked Arkansas at 3 p.m.

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Postgame interviews: Alabama

Mississippi State fell 55-51 to Alabama at home Tuesday night. It was the second straight loss for the Bulldogs and fifth consecutive defeat at the hands of the Crimson Tide. Head coaches Rick Ray and Anthony Grant spoke after the

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Ray talks Crimson Tide

Mississippi State’s Rick Ray joined the rest of the league’s coaches on the SEC men’s basketball teleconference on Monday to discuss the Bulldogs recent performances and preview its match-ups this week. Here is a transcript of Ray’s time on the call… Opening

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MSU falls at Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Early offensive struggles proved too much for the Mississippi State men’s basketball team to overcome Saturday afternoon. Held to two field goals in the first half, MSU competed hard but still fell 61-41 in Southeastern Conference action

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Arkansas preview

Roquez Johnson had 11 points and nine rebounds against Arkansas last season. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Many had given up on Mississippi State after starting the year 7-9 with losses to the likes of Arkansas State, USC Upstate and McNeese State along the way. But Rick Ray‘s Bulldogs continued to persevere through the tough times and

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