STARKVILLE, Miss. – Nearly a month after Mississippi State announced it will play Florida State and Oregon State this season in basketball, the Bulldogs have come to terms with Tulane for a two-game deal, beginning this year in New Orleans on Dec. 6.
This will mark the 93rd meeting between the two, with MSU holding a 54-38 advantage. The Bulldogs and Green Wave last met in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic on Dec. 27, 2003, with Mississippi State claiming a 72-50 victory.
“Tulane provides yet another high major opponent for us with their move to the American Athletic Conference,” MSU coach Rick Ray said. “The Green Wave will prove to be a great opponent for us and our fan base. Bulldog fans on the coast and in the New Orleans area will get a chance to see us play and hopefully provide a nice environment for us on the road.”
The Green Wave finished the 2014 campaign with a 17-17 ledger and an 8-8 mark in Conference USA. Tulane made an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational, where it lost a heartbreaker to Princeton, 56-55. Ed Conroy’s squad returns its leading scorer in Louis Dabney (15.2) as the Green Wave makes the transition to the American Athletic Conference.
The remainder of MSU’s non-conference slate is nearly complete, with an announcement expected shortly. In addition, the SEC portion of the schedule will be made public in August.
The Bulldogs return all five starters from a year ago, including leading scorer Craig Sword (13.7) and leading rebounder Gavin Ware (7.2).