STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Coach Rick Ray's first season at Mississippi State keeps getting worse.
Not only are the Bulldogs mired in a 10-game losing streak that's lasted more than a month, but Ray suspended sophomore forward Roquez Johnson indefinitely on Monday for breaking team rules. That leaves just five scholarship players and two walk-ons remaining as Mississippi State (7-17, 2-10 Southeastern Conference) prepares to face Alabama (17-8, 9-3) on Wednesday.
It's the latest setback in a season full of suspensions, injuries and just plain bad basketball. The Bulldogs have seven games remaining, and if they lose them all, they'll be the first team since the SEC started in the 1930s to lose 24 games.
But Ray has made it clear that discipline will be achieved, even if it means losing more games.