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Banged-up Bulldogs look to get back on court

February 24, 2014

Mississippi State's Trivante Bloodman (4) hopes to be healthy enough to contribute in Wednesday night's game against Tennessee. (Photos by Lee Adams)

Trivante Bloodman and I.J. Ready have been an essential part of the Mississippi State basketball team this season.
In the last 19 seconds of a 73-69 loss to Arkansas on Saturday, both point guards were on the bench.
The Bulldogs fumbled the basketball around and walk-on Tevin Moore got off a last second shot that didn't go, but it didn't matter in the four-point loss.
True freshman Ready left with 19 seconds left after getting hit in the face. His eye took most of the damage.
"I.J. was checked out by an eye doctor immediately after the game," MSU head coach Rick Ray said on Monday's Southeastern Conference teleconference. "There was no sort of scratch or anything on his eye or retina." 
Junior Bloodman left with 13 minutes remaining after suffering cramps. He never returned. 
"He's in a boot right now," Ray said. "It was cramping because he had a calf strain."
Bloodman will not practice at all before Wednesday's game against Tennessee, but  Ray expects Bloodman to play. 
He also expects Ready to play against the Volunteers. 

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