September 10, 2019 2:41:57 PM
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State men's basketball team learned its 2019-2020 Southeastern Conference schedule Tuesday afternoon.
MSU's 18-game conference grind features at least one matchup against the league's other 13 teams. The Bulldogs have home-and-home dates with five opponents, including in-state rival Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri and South Carolina.
MSU opens its SEC slate by hosting Final Four participant Auburn Jan. 4, then goes on the road to face Alabama (Jan. 8) and LSU (Jan. 11). The Bulldogs then have three straight home contests against Missouri (Jan. 14), Georgia (Jan. 19) and Arkansas (Jan. 22).
After taking a break from conference play to face Oklahoma Jan. 25 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, MSU takes on Florida in Gainesville Jan. 28 then returns home to clash with Tennessee on Feb. 1. A trip to Kentucky's acclaimed Rupp Arena awaits the Bulldogs on Feb. 4, then MSU will host a Vanderbilt team that went winless in SEC play last year on Feb. 11.
The first of two contests with rival Ole Miss is on on Feb. 11 in Oxford, then MSU stays on the road by facing the new-look Arkansas Razorbacks on Feb. 15.
After a brief stay in Starkville to play South Carolina Feb. 19, the Bulldogs travel to College Station and play Texas A&M Feb. 22.
MSU closes with two road contests against Missouri (Feb. 29) and South Carolina (March 3) before hosting Ole Miss on March 7 in the regular season finale.
The Bulldogs are hoping for their second straight NCAA tournament appearance after a 23-11 (10-8 SEC) season a year ago.