By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State basketball is coming to Tupelo next season.
The school announced this morning that Rick Ray‘s Bulldogs will take on Southeastern Louisiana at BancorpSouth Arena on Dec. 13. It’ll be the first time in 10 years that MSU has played in Tupelo; it beat New Orleans, 77-59, on Dec. 16, 2003. State is 3-0 at BSA, including wins over Northwestern in 1998 and UT-Martin in 1997.
MSU has traditionally played a non-conference game in Jackson every year, but it appears that Tupelo will be getting that game every other year.
“Tupelo has always been a supportive and very strong fan base for Mississippi State athletics, and we are glad that we are able to return the favor by playing a game for those fans in Tupelo,” Ray said in a statement. “My hope would be to alternate games every season between Tupelo and Jackson in order to reach out to Mississippi State supporters in both communities.”
BancorpSouth, which seats 8,000, is currently undergoing a $1.6 million renovation. It’s hosted a variety of sporting events in the past, including the Gulf South Conference basketball tournament and the MHSAA Grand Slam basketball tournament.