STARKVILLE, Miss. – Just days after revealing a challenging non-conference slate, Mississippi State found out it will play on television 10 times during a 16-game SEC schedule that was announced Friday by the conference office.
Five of those televised contests come at Humphrey Coliseum. Vic Schaefer’s squad will appear on Fox Sports Net four times, while the other six games will be shown on the SEC Network.
“I’m excited for our kids to be on television 10 times this season. It’s a natural progression for our program, and it recognizes that we have a good basketball team and our program is receiving respect nationally,” Schaefer said. “For a national television audience to see us play is great for our players because they work harder than anyone in the country in my opinion.
“Having the SEC Network means a lot for our conference. The ability to put women’s basketball out there nationally in the best women’s basketball conference in the country is a tremendous benefit. It will help our sport grow, and it will shed a positive light on our game. Having an outlet like the SEC Network a great opportunity for our players to show what our program and Mississippi State University is all about.”
The Bulldogs open at Humphrey Coliseum against Georgia Jan. 2. It will be just the third time in the last 14 seasons Mississippi State has played the SEC opener at Humphrey Coliseum.
“We are excited to have the chance to play at home in our conference opener. After our non-conference slate, we feel like we will be ready to attack the tough SEC schedule,” Schaefer said. “We get four of our first six at home, so we need to take advantage of that and get some momentum early.”
The stretch of four of six at the Hump begins Jan. 8 against Arkansas on Fox Sports Net and includes contests against LSU (Jan. 15) and Alabama (Jan. 18). The matchup against Alabama will also be carried by FSN.
The opening two weeks also includes road trips to Missouri on Jan. 4 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 11 for the first of two meetings this season.
“You always like to play at home. Our first two home SEC games come before school starts back, so we need the Hump full,” Schaefer said. “We hope the home court advantage we developed last season will continue to evolve and make the Hump one of the toughest places to play in the country. It’s important for us to defend our home court.
“Nothing is easy in this league, and we have some monsters at home and on the road, so we just have to take it one game at a time.”
The Bulldogs head to Oxford Jan. 22 for an SEC Network contest that will be the first of two meetings against Ole Miss. The in-state rivals wrap the season March 1 in Starkville on Fox Sports Net.
Mississippi State heads to Auburn Monday, Jan. 26 for an SEC Network showdown against a Tigers squad it defeated in the WNIT Round of 16 last season. Following that trip, the team returns home Jan. 29 for the rematch against Vandy before embarking on a February stretch that includes four of six on the road, beginning with a trek to Tennessee on the 1st.
The contest in Knoxville also begins a stretch of four-straight games on the SEC Network. Fans across the nation will also have the opportunity to watch the Bulldogs host Texas A&M Feb. 8 and Florida on Feb. 15. In-between is an SEC Network contest at Kentucky on Feb. 12.
Mississippi State heads to Tuscaloosa for a Feb. 22 rematch against the Crimson Tide and Columbia on Feb. 26 for a Fox Sports Net game against South Carolina.
After wrapping the season March 1 against the Rebels in Starkville, the Bulldogs will head to North Little Rock, Ark., March 4-8 for the SEC Tournament.
The first 10 games of the tournament will be shown on the SEC Network, with the semifinals and final airing on ESPNU and ESPN, respectively.Fans can order season tickets by calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS or by visiting www.hailstate.com/tickets.