Mississippi State opens Southeastern Conference play against Texas A&M at home on Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.
It will pit new men’s basketball coach Ben Howland against former Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury, who is now an assistant for the Aggies.
MSU will hit the road for its next two games at Arkansas (Jan. 9) and Kentucky (Jan. 12).
“It’s both a very challenging and exciting schedule in the SEC,” Howland said. “We have five different home-and-homes with extremely strong programs, and the other eight games are equally as tough. I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge of competing against the best teams in the SEC.”
The Bulldogs welcome Tennessee (Jan. 16), Ole Miss (Jan. 23), Alabama (Feb. 2), Arkansas (Feb. 9), Georgia (Feb. 13), Vanderbilt (Feb. 16), South Carolina (Feb. 27) and Auburn (Mar. 5) to Humphrey Coliseum this season.
State will travel to Florida (Jan. 19), South Carolina (Jan. 26), Missouri (Jan. 30), LSU (Feb. 6), Alabama (Feb. 20), Texas A&M (Feb. 24) and Ole Miss (Mar. 2).
The SEC Tournament is in Nashville for the second straight year in Bridgetone Arena from March 9-13. The Bulldogs were 6-12 in SEC play last season under Rick Ray.
Mississippi State hits the floor for the first time in exhibition action versus Fort Valley State in Starkville on Nov. 6 and tip-off the season Nov. 13 against Eastern Washington.