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Bulldogs Tipping Off Ray Era At Troy

Winning an exhibition was one thing. Playing a game that counts? "Yeah, Friday is going to be a test to see where we're at, and where we're going to be at," Jalen Steele said.

Where Mississippi State is at to tip off this season is Troy, Alabama. The Bulldogs open their year and the Rick Ray era as well against the Trojans in their brand-new arena. This is the first time State has begun with a genuine road-floor game since 2001 at California. Ray ran the Bulldogs through their final tune-up Sunday afternoon, with a 80-74 win over William Carey. The narrow margin... Recommended Stories