STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the announcement of the SEC slate on Tuesday, Mississippi State’s 2013-14 basketball schedule is now complete.
The Bulldogs, under the direction of second-year coach Rick Ray, open league play on Jan. 8 at Kentucky (SEC Network) before returning home to face in-state rival Ole Miss on ESPNU.
The Wildcats and Rebels are two of the five teams MSU will place twice this season, along with Auburn, Georgia and Texas A&M.
“We are opening up SEC play in style with our game at Kentucky,” said, whose team returns all five starters from a year ago. “We will see very early if our guys are prepared for SEC play with our first three games being at Kentucky, against our rival Ole Miss, and then at Alabama.”
The month of January continues with a Jan. 15 matchup at Alabama (SEC Network), followed by back-to-back home dates with Texas A&M (SEC Network) and Auburn (ESPN3). To close out the month, the Bulldogs face the Rebels for the second time in four games, this time in Oxford for a 3 p.m. showdown on the SEC Network, before welcoming the Florida Gators to Humphrey Coliseum for a 6 p.m. battle on either ESPN or ESPN2.
February tips off with road games at Vanderbilt (FSN) and Texas A&M (CSS) on Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, respectively, before retuning to the friendly confines of the Hump to face Kentucky (SEC Network) on Feb. 8 and Georgia (FSN) on Feb. 12.
MSU then returns to the road for SEC Networks games at Auburn on Feb. 15 and at LSU on Feb. 19.
The final two games of the month are against Arkansas (SEC Network) on Feb. 22 and Tennessee (SEC Network) on Feb. 26.
In March, the Bulldogs travel to Missouri (SEC Network) on March 1 and Georgia (CSS) on March 5 before wrapping up the regular season at home against South Carolina (SEC Network).
“I am looking forward to playing in some great SEC venues that I have not had the pleasure of visiting yet, like Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, and Missouri,” Ray said. “If you are a member of the SEC, your schedule will never be easy.”
The SEC Tournament will be held in Atlanta March 12-16.