Mississippi State Men’s Basketball unveil 2018-19 Schedule

Mississippi State Men’s Basketball unveil 2018-19 Schedule

STARKVILLE, MS (WLBT) - Press release from MSU.

The Mississippi State men's basketball program and fourth-year head coach Ben Howland revealed its 2018-19 schedule on Friday which features a potential of 18 games versus opponents who reached the 20-win mark last season.

Howland wanted to challenge his talented roster that is coming off a 2018 NIT Semifinals berth, and the rigorous non-conference schedule is highlighted by nine teams who captured postseason berths coupled with top three conference finishes a season ago.

"Our non-conference schedule is going to be very challenging and a difficult one this year," Howland said. "It will be great preparation for the SEC which also is going to be incredibly challenging and competitive. I'm excited to get really good games against outstanding competition. It will be a great opportunity night in and night out for our team to improve and get better."

A MSU squad fueled by all five starters returning from last season’s 25-12 team welcomes Austin Peay (Nov. 9) for its season opener to Humphrey Coliseum. The three-game opening homestand concludes with Hartford (Nov. 11) and Long Beach State (Nov 16), respectively.
Howland’s squad hits the road for the first time and travels to the MGM Resorts Main Event hosted at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Dawgs meet NCAA Tournament participant Arizona State (Nov. 19) followed by either Utah State or Saint Mary’s (Nov. 21) two days later. The Gaels ripped off a 30-win campaign and a NIT appearance last season. 
A trip to Dayton (Nov 30) comes between home contests against Alcorn State (Nov. 26) and McNeese State (Dec. 4).
Then, MSU faces a challenge close to the non-conference docket sparked by five consecutive teams coming off postseason berths who racked up a combined 126 victories in 2017-18.
The five-game stretch opens with back-to-back matchups versus Top 15 foes from last season’s final USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs take on NCAA Sweet 16 participant Clemson (Dec. 8) as part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark, New Jersey followed by a rematch a week later when defending American Athletic Conference champions Cincinnati (Dec. 15) ventures to the Hump.
Prior to the holiday break, MSU squares off with Wofford (Dec. 19) before a matchup with Wright State (Dec. 22) in Jackson at the Mississippi Coliseum. The Bulldogs face off with BYU (Dec. 29) to conclude the non-conference ledger at the Hump.
MSU begins its 18-game SEC schedule with a trip to South Carolina (Jan. 8). The Bulldogs play host to Ole Miss (Jan. 12) in its SEC home opener followed by home tilts against Florida (Jan. 15) and defending SEC regular season co-champion Auburn (Jan. 26). MSU also travels to Vanderbilt (Jan. 19), four-time defending SEC Tournament champion Kentucky (Jan. 22) and Alabama (Jan. 29) in January.
February’s schedule features a three-game homestand versus LSU (Feb. 6), Kentucky (Feb. 9) and Alabama (Feb. 12), in addition to home dates with South Carolina (Feb. 23) and Missouri (Feb. 26). The Bulldogs have a return trip to Ole Miss (Feb. 2) along with road meetings against Arkansas (Feb. 16) and Georgia (Feb. 20) in February. 
MSU wraps up the regular season versus Texas A&M (March 9) after consecutive road matchups with last season’s SEC regular co-champions Auburn (March 2) and Tennessee (March 5). The SEC Tournament is set for March 13-17 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. 
All game times and TV network designations will be announced by the SEC and its television partners at a later date.

2018-19 Mississippi State Men's Basketball Schedule

November – Day, Date, Opponent

Fri., Nov. 9, Austin Peay

Sun., Nov. 11, Hartford

Fri., Nov. 16, Long Beach State

Mon., Nov. 19, vs. Arizona State [1]

Wed., Nov. 21, vs. Saint Mary's/Utah State [1]

Mon., Nov. 26, Alcorn State

Fri., Nov. 30, at Dayton

December – Day, Date, Opponent

Tue., Dec. 4, McNeese State

Sat., Dec. 8, vs. Clemson [2]

Sat., Dec. 15, Cincinnati

Wed., Dec. 19, Wofford

Sat., Dec. 22, vs. Wright State [3]

Sat., Dec. 29, BYU

January – Day, Date, Opponent

Tue., Jan. 8, at South Carolina [SEC]

Sat., Jan. 12, Ole Miss [SEC]

Tue., Jan. 15, Florida [SEC]

Sat., Jan. 19, at Vanderbilt [SEC]

Tue., Jan. 22, at Kentucky [SEC]

Sat., Jan. 26, Auburn [SEC]

Tue., Jan. 29, at Alabama [SEC]

February – Day, Date, Opponent

Sat., Feb. 2, at Ole Miss [SEC]

Wed., Feb. 6, LSU [SEC]

Sat., Feb. 9, Kentucky [SEC]

Tue., Feb. 12, Alabama [SEC]

Sat., Feb. 16, at Arkansas [SEC]

Wed., Feb. 20, at Georgia [SEC]

Sat., Feb. 23, South Carolina [SEC]

Tue., Feb. 26, Missouri [SEC]

March – Day, Date, Opponent

Sat., March 2, at Auburn [SEC]

Tue., March 5, at Tennessee [SEC]

Sat., March 9, Texas A&M [SEC]

Notes

Home games are bolded and played at Humphrey Coliseum

[1] MGM Resorts Main Event [Las Vegas, Nevada]

[2] Never Forget Tribute Classic [Newark, New Jersey]

[3] Game played at Mississippi Coliseum [Jackson, Mississippi]

[SEC] Southeastern Conference game

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