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First Basketball Practice Day Pleases Ray

He intends to coach everybody up, make no mistake. Things are ultimately organized. At the same time, Rick Ray wants a little creativity from his Bulldogs in practice just as in games. A lot of creativity, in fact. "And it's kind of got to be chaotic," the coach said.

Chaos with a purpose though. As Mississippi State opened preseason, Ray wants to see returning players take what they learned in year-one of his motion-based offensive schemes and immediately apply them to practices. If that results in a little creative chaos, so much the better. "You want guys to try to figure some things out on their own without you explaining every single time," said Ray...

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