Those guy's spilled their guts on that floor tonight. If Rick's team last year worked half as hard as this team, they would have won the SEC or come close to doing it. It is being reported that an EMT had four of our players hooked up to IVs after this game because of cramping.
I tell you another thing. Rick Ray can flat out coach. Recruiting will be what determines his long term future here, but this guy can flat out coach and has a coaching staff that can coach. The way he mixed up the defenses against South Carolina tonight, even Frank Martin said that his team was not prepared to see the mix of man to man and zone, particularly the 1-3-1 zone. Rick Ray is squeezing juice from a turnip right now, and Mississippi State is sitting at 1-0 in the conference. This team will have its let downs, but these guys are getting better.
The transformation in Roquez Johnson's game from last year to this year has been amazing. If Craig Sword and Fred Thomas start hitting their jump shots, then this team may upset a few teams in the conference.