Stansbury Confirms Slater Out With Injury

Thursday morning Coach Rick Stansbury updated the health situations of several injured and ill Bulldogs as Mississippi State prepares for Saturday's homecourt and regular-season finale.

The coach said guard Dietric Slater has having an MRI today on the knee injured early in the Arkansas game Wednesday night in Fayetteville. But he only expects that the initial diagnosis of a partially-torn ligament will be confirmed, and that the junior will be unable to play. "He's lost for the season," Stansbury repeated Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, backup center Vernon Goodridge remains questionable for the weekend. The freshman missed the Arkansas trip with illness and Stansbury was not certain how soon Goodridge will be back to full-strength. "We just don't know if he'll be able to play Saturday."

Also, senior guard Jamall Edmondson is definitely out for this weekend. In fact he is currently at home in Montgomery, Ala., recovering from pneumonia. Edmondson has missed the last two games and was already in poor shape with a season-long groin injury.

Stansbury hopes Edmondson can be back on campus Saturday to participate in Senior Day ceremonies prior to the MSU-Alabama game (4:00 start). And the coach said both center Wesley Morgan and guard Michael Boler will be recognized on this Senior Day, though both still have the option of appealing to the NCAA for another college season if they wish.

With Slater, the hottest perimeter player on the team these last two weeks, out the lineup for Saturday will have to adjust. Stansbury could start Boler if he wants to replace Slater with another guard, but with Alabama's lineup strongly biased to the frontcourt it is more likely junior Piotr Stelmach or freshman Bernard Rimmer would open at forward.

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