Hoops: MSU Opens SEC Play with Kentucky; Schedule Released

Mississippi State’s basketball team will open SEC play on Jan. 8 at Kentucky, a team it must play twice next season. That was announced along with the rest of the SEC schedule this morning.

The Bulldogs, who went 10-22 last season under new coach Rick Ray, will play an 18-game schedule that includes nine road games. The first of two meetings with rival Ole Miss is Jan. 11 in Starkville (3 p.m., ESPNU), with the rematch in Oxford set for Jan. 25 (3 p.m., SEC Network).

Besides Kentucky and Ole Miss, the Bulldogs also face off twice against Texas A&M, Auburn and Georgia. MSU will play every other SEC team once. This marks the first time in 22 years that State will face Kentucky twice in the regular season, the last occurrence being the year before the SEC expanded to 12 teams and split into divisions.

So here now is MSU’s entire 31-game 2013-14 basketball schedule:

Non-conference schedule

Nov. 8, Prairie View A&M

Nov. 14, Kennesaw State

Nov. 19, Mississippi Valley State

Nov. 23, at Utah State

Nov. 27, Jackson State

Dec. 1, Loyola

Dec. 5, TCU (Big 12/SEC Challenge), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Dec. 13, Southeastern Louisiana (Tupelo)

Dec. 17, Florida A&M

Dec. 19, Florida Gulf Coast

Dec. 22, South Florida (Las Vegas Classic)

Dec. 23, UNLV or Santa Clara (Las Vegas Classic)

Jan. 2, Maryland Eastern Shore

SEC schedule

Jan. 8, at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

Jan. 11, Ole Miss, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

Jan. 15, at Alabama, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

Jan. 18, Texas A&M, 12:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Jan. 22, Auburn, TBD (ESPN3)

Jan. 25, at Ole Miss, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

Jan. 30, Florida, 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

Feb. 1, at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. (FSN)

Feb. 5, at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. (CSS)

Feb. 8, Kentucky, 12:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Feb. 12, Georgia, 8 p.m. (FSN)

Feb. 15, at Auburn, 12:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Feb. 19, at LSU, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

Feb. 22, Arkansas, 3 p.m. (SEC Network)

Feb. 26, Tennessee, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)

March 1, at Missouri, 12:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

March 5, at Georgia, 6 p.m. (CSS)

March 8, South Carolina, 3 p.m., SEC Network

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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