STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Fresh off its 25-win season that concluded with an NIT semifinal appearance in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden, Mississippi State announced on Tuesday a one-game deal with BYU.
The game is set for Dec. 29 at Humphrey Coliseum. Tip time and TV will be announced at a later date.
The two teams have met just twice — 1995 and 1996.
The first meeting in Provo, Utah, resulted in the Cougars claiming a 74-68 overtime win. The following year in Starkville, the Bulldogs rallied for a 79-74 victory
BYU finished the 2018 campaign with a 24-11 ledger and an 11-7 mark in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars have advanced to the postseason 13-straight years, including this past season’s NIT berth that ended with a loss to Stanford in the opening round.
MSU will also play host to Cincinnati on Dec. 15 and travel to Dayton on Nov. 30. The remaining non-conference schedule will be announced later this summer.
The Bulldogs posted a 25-11 record under third-year coach Ben Howland, who will see his top six scorers return in Quinndary Weatherspoon, Aric Holman, Nick Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters, Tyson Carter and Abdul Ado.
Quinndary Weatherspoon was named second-team All-SEC, while his brother Nick earned SEC All-Freshman honors.