By NEMS Daily Journal
Last year, Mississippi State didn’t have its schedule nailed down until late October.
It appears as if the Bulldogs are getting a good jump on scheduling this season.
Mississippi State confirmed a three-game deal with Utah State beginning this year at Humphrey Coliseum on Dec. 31. MSU will then travel to Utah State in 2013 and conclude the series in Starkville in 2014. Utah State was 30-4 last year and Western Athletic Conference champions. The Aggies lost to Kansas State in the NCAA tournament 73-68.
“This is shaping up to be one of the best non-conference schedules we have played in a while,” team spokesman Gregg Ellis said. “It will be a schedule that will excite our fans.”
Also confirmed on the non-conference schedule is a Dec. 3 date with West Virginia in the SEC/Big East Challenge. The Bulldogs will also travel to New York on Nov. 17-18 for the 2K Classic and will play two games against either St. John’s, Texas Aamp&M or Arizona.
Also on Thursday, CBS Sports reported that the Bulldogs are in the field for the 2012 Maui Invitational that includes North Carolina, Texas, Butler, Marquette, Illinois, Southern Cal and Chaminade. Ellis said a contract has not been signed for that event yet.
The Bulldogs return two starters from last year’s squad in Dee Bost and Renardo Sidney. According to Ellis, the projected starting lineup for next season will include Arnett Moultrie, a 6-foot-11 power forward from UTEP. Also expected to start is senior Bryan Bryant and incoming true freshman Rodney Hood. If Hood starts the season opener, he would be the first true freshman to start the season since Jamont Gordon in 2006.