The 2015 conference slate is book-ended with home games against Eastern Division opponents, beginning January 7 with Tennessee and ending March 7 with Missouri. Over the two-month grind the Bulldogs will have all 18 contests televised by the various broadcast partners, including a full dozen games on the SEC Network.
Under the league’s rotation begun two seasons ago, Mississippi State has drawn five home-and-home series this time. Tennessee and Missouri are part of this list, as well East member Vanderbilt. From the West, the Bulldogs only get to see Arkansas twice as well as the permanent home-and-home with rival Ole Miss.
The single-game matchups to be played in Humphrey Coliseum this winter are with Georgia, LSU, Alabama, and Kentucky. The road trips are to Florida, Texas A&M, Auburn, and South Carolina.
The non-conference lineup was announced in July by Mississippi State, headlined by games with St. Louis in a tournament setting, at Oregon State, and against Florida State in the Hump.
”My hope is that by increasing our non-conference strength of schedule it will prepare us for more success in the SEC,” Ray said in a provided statement. “Our SEC schedule is challenging but any schedule in a power conference is going to be challenging. We now have experience players and depth which bodes well for us in our endeavors to climb the SEC ladder.”
BULLDOG BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
November: exh 6 Delta State; 14 Western Carolina; 17 Mississippi Valley State; 22 Utah State; 24 Clayton State; 28 St. Louis(&); 29 either TCU/Bradley(&)
December: 6 at Tulane; 13 at Oregon State; 17 Arkansas State; 20 South Carolina Upstate (Jackson); 23 Jacksonville; 30 McNeese State
January: 2 Florida State; 7 Tennessee; 10 at Florida; 13 at Texas A&M; 17 Vanderbilt; 21 at Auburn; 24 Georgia; 28 at Ole Miss; 31 Louisiana State
February: 3 at Tennessee; 7 at Arkansas; 10 Alabama; 14 at Missouri; 19 Ole Miss; 21 Arkansas; 25 Kentucky; 28 at South Carolina
March: 4 at Vanderbilt; 7 Missouri; 11-15 SEC Tournament, Nashville (& -- Corpus Christi Coastal Classic; Jackson – Mississippi Coliseum)