The 2016 slate sends Mississippi State to Arkansas, Kentucky, and Florida among the first five matchups. At least Ben Howland does get to make his SEC debut on the Humphrey Coliseum court, as Texas A&M has drawn that assignement.
Under the SEC’s altered permanent opponent rotation, the home-and-home series with cross-border neighbor Alabama resumes. One of the more intense rivalries of past years, both programs have new head coaches for 2015-16. State hosts the Tide on February 2 and returns the game on February 20.
Mississippi State will also double-up against A&M, Arkansas, and South Carolina under this scheme. And, of course, play the arch-rivalry of the state as usual home-and-home. This season, the Bulldogs will be home first on January 23 before their March 2 trip to Oxford.
The SEC Tournament remains in Nashville for another year, at Bridgestone Arena on March 9-13.
Mississippi State announced its non-conference schedule last month, which begins November 13 with a visit by Eastern Washington. This will serve as nightcap on a double-header debut for both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs who will host Samford earlier in the evening. Game times have not been set for the Friday, which precedes the Saturday showdown of Mississippi State and Alabama on Scott Field.
November: exh N6 Fort Valley State 7:00; N13 Eastern Washington tba; N16 Southern University 7:00; N19 Miami (FL) @Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic tba; N20 Texas Tech/Utah tba; N22 tba; N28 Tennessee-Martin tba.
December: D2 Texas Southern 7:00; D12 @Missouri-Kansas City tba; D16 @Florida State tba; D19 Tulane tba; D23 Northern Colorado (Jackson) tba; D31 North Carolina Central 1:00.
January: J6 Texas A&M 8:00; J9 @Arkansas 2:30; J12 @Kentucky 6:00; J16 Tennessee 2:30; J19 @Florida 6:00; J23 Ole Miss 1:00; J26 @South Carolina 6:00; J30 @Missouri 7:30
February: F2 Alabama 8:00; F6 @Louisiana State 5:00; F9 Arkansas 8:00; F13 Georgia 7:00; F16 Vanderbilt 8:00; F20 @Alabama 1:30; F24 @Texas A&M 6:00; F27 South Carolina 1:30
March: M2 @Ole Miss 6:00; M5 Auburn 1:30; M9-13 SEC Tournament, Nashville.