Rebels on the road again to open SEC hoops

BY LOGAN LOWERY
DAILY JOURNAL
Football may be on the horizon but the Southeastern Conference managed to work in some hoops news late Friday afternoon with the release of the men’s basketball league schedule.
Ole Miss will begin conference play on the road for the 13th time in the last 17 years as the Rebels travel to Kentucky on Jan. 6 for a game on the SEC Network at 6 p.m. Mississippi State tips off SEC play the following day, hosting Tennessee at 8 p.m. That’s also on the SEC Network.
Ole Miss and MSU will clash in Oxford on Tuesday, Jan. 28, with the return game in Starkville on Thursday, Feb. 19.
The two teams split the regular season series last year and Ole Miss ended the Bulldogs season with a 78-66 win in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
The Rebels also have home-and-home meetings with LSU, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida while the Bulldogs meet Tennessee, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Arkansas twice.
Home and away
Ole Miss hosts South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Vanderbilt in Tad Smith Coliseum and also travels to Missouri, Auburn and Alabama.
State welcomes Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Alabama and Kentucky to Starkville and also makes road treks to Florida, Auburn and South Carolina.
The Rebels are coming off a 19-14 season under Andy Kennedy and went 9-9 inside the SEC. Ole Miss opens the 2014-15 campaign on Nov. 14 at home against Charleston Southern.
The Bulldogs went 14-19 last year including a 3-15 league mark. They’ll open Rick Ray’s third season Nov. 14 at home against Western Carolina.
logan.lowery@journalinc.com