LSU released the men’s basketball schedule Thursday, a slate featuring 15 home games and seven matchups against postseason teams from last season.
Season-ticket holders have until Aug. 31 to renew their season tickets and $50 deposits for new season tickets are being accepted now at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office and at LSUtix.net. Season-ticket holders will also have the first opportunity to purchase tickets in the LSU section at the SEC Tournament to be held at the New Orleans Arena in March.
“The entire non-conference and conference schedules are very challenging, but our team is ready to accept that challenge and move forward,” LSU coach Trent Johnson said in a statement.
The Tigers open the 2011-12 season at home against Nicholls State on Nov. 12 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The LSU football team hosts Western Kentucky for homecoming game at Tiger Stadium that same day. As a special promotion for the basketball game, all fans will be admitted to the LSU-Nicholls game for free.
LSU will open the 2012 SEC schedule on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 12:30 p.m. against Ole Miss at the PMAC.
Besides home games against each West Division foe, the Tigers will also entertain Kentucky (Jan. 28, 3 p.m.), Georgia (Feb. 22, 7 p.m.) and Tennessee (Feb. 29, 8 p.m.) from the East Division.
The non-conference schedule includes an appearance at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 17, 18 and 20. LSU opens vs. Northwestern at 2 p.m. The Tigers will travel to Rutgers on Dec. 3 as part of the new Big East/SEC Challenge. At home in non-conference play, LSU will also host South Alabama (Nov. 23), Boise State (Dec. 10), UC-Irvine (Dec. 15), Marquette (Dec. 19), Grambling State (Dec. 29) and Virginia (Jan. 2).
Every SEC game will be televised with LSU appearing three times on the ESPN family of networks, three times on Comcast/Cox Sports TV, twice on FSN and seven times on the over-the-air syndicated SEC Network and once on CBS – the final regular-season game on the schedule, March 3 at Auburn.
Non-conference game times and television games, including the early-season appearances on Cox Sports TV, will be announced later.
2011-12 LSU men’s basketball schedule
SAT. 12 NICHOLLS STATE, TBA
Tues. 15 at Coastal Carolina, TBA
Thurs. 17 vs. Northwestern (ESPNU)/2 p.m.
Fri. 18 vs. Tulsa or Western Kentucky/Noon or 2:30 p.m.
Sun. 20 opponent TBD
WED. 23 SOUTH Alabama, TBA
Tues. 29 at Houston, TBA
Big East/SEC Challenge
Sat. 3 at Rutgers (ESPNU), 6 p.m.
SAT. 10 BOISE STATE, TBA
THURS. 15 UC-IRVINE, TBA
MON. 19 MARQUETTE, TBA
Thurs. 22 at North Texas, TBA
THURS. 29 GRAMBLING STATE, TBA
MON. 2 VIRGINIA, TBA
SAT. 7 *OLE MISS (SEC Network), 12:30 p.m.
Wed. 11, *at Alabama (CSS/CST), 8 p.m.
Sat. 14 *at Arkansas (FSN), 8 p.m.
TUES. 17 *AUBURN (ESPNU), 6 p.m.
Sat. 21 *at Florida (FSN), 5 p.m.
Wed. 25 *at Miss. State (SEC Network), 7 p.m.
SAT. 28 *KENTUCKY (SEC Network), 3 p.m.
SAT. 4 *ARKANSAS (SEC Network), 12:30 p.m.
Wed. 8 *At Vanderbilt (CSS/CST), 8 p.m.
SAT. 11 *ALABAMA (ESPN2),TBA
TUE. 14 *MISS. STATE (ESPNU), 8 p.m.
Sat. 18 *at South Carolina (SEC Network), 12:30 p.m.
WED. 22 *GEORGIA (SEC Network), 7 p.m.
Sat. 25 *at Ole Miss (SEC Network), 12:30 p.m.
WED. 29 *TENNESSEE (CSS/CST), 8 p.m.
Sat. 3 *at Auburn (CBS Sports), 1 p.m.
8-11/SEC Tournament (New Orleans), TBA
HOME GAME IN ALL CAPS
* -- SEC GAMES
ALL TIMES CST