Mississippi State, Tulane to meet in basketball Dec. 6

FROM STAFF REPORTSJuly 14, 2014 

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PAUL BEATY/ASSOCIATED PRESSMississippi State head coach Rick Ray and his Bulldog team will play Tulane in a two-game series, starting this season in New Orleans.

PAUL BEATY — AP

Mississippi State and Tulane finalized a two-game basketball deal, beginning this year as the two teams meet in a game in New Orleans on Dec. 6.

The announcement comes a month after Mississippi State announced it will play Florida State and Oregon State this season in basketball,

This will mark the 93rd meeting between the two schools, with MSU holding a 54-38 advantage. The Bulldogs and Green Wave last met in the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic on Dec. 27, 2003, with Mississippi State claiming a 72-50 victory.

"Tulane provides yet another high major opponent for us with their move to the American Athletic Conference," MSU coach Rick Ray said. "The Green Wave will prove to be a great opponent for us and our fan base. Bulldog fans on the Coast and in the New Orleans area will get a chance to see us play and hopefully provide a nice environment for us on the road."

The Green Wave finished the 2014 campaign with a 17-17 record and an 8-8 mark in Conference USA. Tulane made an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational, where it lost a heartbreaker to Princeton, 56-55. Ed Conroy's squad returns its leading scorer in Louis Dabney (15.2) as the Green Wave makes the transition to the American Athletic Conference.

The Bulldogs return all five starters from a year ago, including leading scorer Craig Sword (13.7 points per game) and leading rebounder Gavin Ware (7.2 rebounds a game).

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