In hopes of making another NCAA Tournament run, Mississippi State has set forth a challenging non-conference schedule.
The Bulldogs will square off against six teams that advanced to the postseason including four that reached the NCAA Tournament.
“We feel like we have put together a challenging non-conference schedule,” said MSU coach Vic Schaefer. “We took to heart some of the concerns the NCAA Tournament selection committee had about our schedule a year ago.”
MSU hosts Mississippi College in exhibition action on Nov. 10 before tipping off the season against Samford. The Nov. 13 opener versus Samford will be part of a doubleheader at Humphrey Coliseum along the men’s debut against Eastern Washington.
Schaefer’s squad will also host Grambling (Nov. 21), Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 24), Norfolk State (Nov. 27), Savannah State (Nov. 29), Tennessee State (Dec. 6), Southern Miss (Dec. 16) and Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 28).
The Bulldogs have road dates against Sweet 16 foe Texas on Dec. 2, Louisiana Tech on Dec. 13 and South Florida on Dec. 30 in a game played in Jacksonville.
State will also participate in the Puerto Rico Classic Dec. 19-21 facing Florida Gulf Coast, Western Michigan and SMU.
The SEC slate is expected to be released later this month.
Mississippi State Women’s Basketball
2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 10 Tues. MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE (Exh.) 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 Fri. SAMFORD TBA
Nov. 21 Sat. GRAMBLING TBA
Nov. 24 Tues. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 Fri. NORFOLK STATE 6 p.m.
Nov. 29 Sun. SAVANNAH STATE 2 p.m.
Dec. 2 Wed. at Texas TBA
Dec. 6 Sun. TENNESSEE STATE 2 p.m.
Dec. 13 Sun. at Louisiana Tech 3 p.m.
Dec. 16 Wed. SOUTHERN MISS 7 p.m.
Dec. 19 Sat. # vs. Florida Gulf Coast 10 a.m.
Dec. 20 Sun. # vs. Western Michigan 12:15 p.m.
Dec. 21 Mon. # vs. SMU 12:15 p.m.
Dec. 28 Mon. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Wed. % vs. South Florida TBA