Mississippi State has released its entire non-conference schedule for the upcoming men's basketball season. The 12-game slate includes only five games at Humphrey Coliseum and road trips to Troy and Providence, plus the Maui Invitational. There's also the game at Loyola-Chicago, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the teams' notable NCAA tournament meeting.
MSU had nine non-conference games at home last season. The five this year are the fewest since the 2004-05 season, when State also had just five non-conference home dates.
"Looking at the schedule, there's no question it's going to be challenging," first-year head coach Rick Ray said in a news release. "We play a lot of games early on the road, but I think that will present an invaluable opportunity for this team to bond and will help us prepare for SEC play."
Here's the schedule.
Nov. 9, at Troy
Nov. 13, vs. Florida Atlantic
Nov. 19, vs. North Carolina#
Nov. 20, vs. Marquette or Butler#
Nov. 21, vs. TBA#
Nov. 27, vs. Alcorn State
Dec. 1, vs. at Providence*
Dec. 4, vs. Texas-San Antonio
Dec. 15, at Loyola-Chicago
Dec. 22, vs. Central Arkansas (Jackson)
Dec. 30, vs. Alabama A&M
Jan. 3, vs. New Orleans
#–Maui Invitational; *–SEC/Big East Challenge