STARKVILLE, Miss. – Eight home games, five against NCAA Tournament squads from a year ago, highlight Mississippi State’s 2013-14 Southeastern Conference basketball schedule that was announced by the league on Tuesday.
Second-year coach Vic Schaefer takes his team on the road to open league play, venturing to Gainesville for a Jan. 2 showdown with WNIT semifinalist Florida. For the Bulldogs, it will be the seventh time in the last eight seasons to start the SEC slate on the road.
“We open at Florida, which will not be an easy place to play for the first conference game of the year, and opening two of our first three on the road will be a challenge,” Schaefer said. “The home schedule will be equally as tough with five NCAA Tournament teams (Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee) coming to The Hump. It will be a tough schedule as it always is with a league that has the best players and coaches in the country. This schedule doesn’t disappoint in those terms.”
State begins the eight-game home slate three days later, hosting WNIT quarterfinalist Auburn in the first of two meetings this season.
Following an open date and a trip to Arkansas on Jan. 12, Schaefer’s squad returns to Humphrey Coliseum Jan. 16 for a meeting with a Tennessee squad that went to the Elite Eight in 2013.
Schaefer and his staff returns to Texas A&M for the first time on Jan. 19, and stay on the road the following Thursday for the first of two meetings at Ole Miss. The in-state rivals collide in Starkville on Feb. 23.
Mississippi State wraps the opening month of league play with a home contest against Missouri (Jan. 26) and a road trip to LSU (Jan. 30).
February opens with a battle of the Bulldogs as NCAA Elite Eight participant Georgia comes to Humphrey Coliseum for the first of two regular-season meetings. It will be the second-straight showdown in Starkville after MSU upset an 11th-ranked Georgia squad 50-38 to wrap the 2012-13 home slate.
The teams meet again in Athens in the March 2 regular-season finale.
MSU stays at home Feb. 6 to meet another NCAA Tournament squad in South Carolina.
Following a Feb. 9 trip to Auburn and the season’s final open date, the Bulldogs return home to face Vanderbilt on Feb. 16 before heading to Tuscaloosa for a Feb. 20 contest against the Crimson Tide.
The Bulldogs wrap the home slate against Ole Miss and Elite Eight participant, Kentucky on Feb. 27.
The 2013-14 SEC Tournament returns to Duluth, Ga., March 5-9.
2013-14 MISSISSIPPI STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEC SCHEDULE
Date Day Opponent Time
Jan. 2 Thurs. * at Florida 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 Sun. * Auburn 2 p.m.
Jan. 12 Sun. * at Arkansas 2 p.m.
Jan. 16 Thurs. * Tennessee 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 Sun. * at Texas A&M 2 p.m.
Jan. 23 Thurs. * at Ole Miss 7 p.m.
Jan. 26 Sun. * Missouri 2 p.m.
Jan. 30 Thurs. * at LSU 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 Sun. * Georgia 2 p.m.
Feb. 6 Thurs. * South Carolina 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 Sun. * at Auburn 2 p.m.
Feb. 16 Sun. * Vanderbilt 2 p.m.
Feb. 20 Thurs. * at Alabama 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 Sun. * Ole Miss 2 p.m.
Feb. 27 Thurs. * Kentucky 7 p.m.
Mar. 2 Sun. * at Georgia 1 p.m.
March 5-9 SEC Tournament (Duluth, Ga.)
- All Times Are CST and Subject To Change