Mississippi State releases non-conference schedule

Mississippi State is hoping that Ben Howland will be able to help their team to a winning season, something they haven’t had since 2011. Howland will have the first chance to prove himself when his team opens against Eastern Washington at home on November 13.

The Bulldogs released their non-conference schedule today, featuring six home games, as well as games at Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic. They play Missouri-Kansas City and Florida State on the road. The Bulldogs game against Northern Colorado is at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mississippi State finished their 2014-2015 season with a record of 13-19, and 6-12 SEC record. Eastern Washington finished their season at 26-9, losing to Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Eagles are not an easy team to beat by any means, and Howland knows this.

“I’m excited about our schedule. Eastern Washington will be a tough opener. They were in the NCAA tournament last year and are very well coached. They have the core of their team returning, and they will prove to be a competitive start for us.” Howland said of the schedule and first opponent.

We will see Ben Howland and his team take on Fort Valley State, November 6 in an exhibition game. Before their season starts seven days later and Howland makes his coach debut for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

N6       Friday             Fort Valley State (EXB)
N13     Friday             Eastern Washington
N16     Monday          Southern University
N19     Thursday       Puerto Rico Classic
N20     Friday             Puerto Rico Classic
N22     Sunday           Puerto Rico Classic
N28     Saturday        UT Martin
D2       Wednesday    Texas Southern
D12     Saturday        at Missouri-Kansas City
D16     Wednesday    at Florida State
D19     Saturday        Tulane
D23     Wednesday    vs. Northern Colorado^
D31     Thursday       North Carolina Central

^Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Miss.

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