Men's Basketball Announces 2010-11 Schedule

Aug. 26, 2010

OXFORD, Miss. - Headliner conference and non-conference matchups fill the 2010-11 Ole Miss men's basketball schedule, announced by head coach Andy Kennedy on Thursday.

Ole Miss' slate of opponents includes nine teams that advanced to postseason play and 10 teams that won at least 20 games last season. Among them are NCAA Elite Eight teams Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as NIT champion Dayton, all of which will be visiting Tad Smith Coliseum in 2010-11.

A minimum of five contests will be featured on national television, and at least 12 more are slated for live regional TV coverage. Every league game will be televised live.

The Rebels will host a total of 17 regular-season games in Oxford. Following a Nov. 5 exhibition game against Delta State, Ole Miss will open the season on Nov. 12 against former LSU coach John Brady and the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Marquee non-conference matchups at home include Murray State (Nov. 17), which won last year's Ohio Valley Conference title and nearly upset eventual NCAA runner-up Butler in the second round of the Big Dance, an NIT semifinals rematch with Dayton (Nov. 20), Penn State (Nov. 26) of the Big Ten and Southern Miss (Dec. 4, ESPNU).

Ole Miss will also be tested away from home with road games at ACC foe Miami (Nov. 30), UALR (Dec. 11) and SMU (Jan. 5). The team will be soaking in the sun over the holidays with an appearance in the inaugural Cancun Governor's Cup, hosted by ESPN in Cancun, Mexico. The Rebels will square off with Texas State there on Dec. 22 and then advance through a bracket-style format with two more games on Dec. 23 and 24.

"Our non-conference schedule will tell us a lot about the makeup of our team," Kennedy said. "We have a number of quality opponents set to come to Oxford this season, which I hope will excite our fans. This schedule will test our team and inevitably prepare us for the rigors of SEC play."

The Rebels open Southeastern Conference play at Florida on Jan. 8, which will mark the 10th time in the last 13 years for the Rebels to play their SEC opener on the road and the second time in three years against the Gators.

The 2011 SEC home schedule is filled with teams expected to be among the nation's best. The SEC home opener will be against in-state rival Mississippi State (Jan. 13, ESPN or ESPN2), followed by a matchup with up-start Georgia (Jan. 15). Other home games include Tennessee (Jan. 29), defending SEC champion Kentucky (Feb. 1, ESPNU), LSU (Feb. 9), Auburn (Feb. 16), Alabama (Feb. 26) and Arkansas (March 5).

Ole Miss will make in-conference visits to Vanderbilt (Jan. 19), LSU (Jan. 22), Arkansas (Feb. 5, ESPN or ESPN2), Alabama (Feb. 12), Mississippi State (Feb. 19), South Carolina (Feb. 22, ESPNU) and Auburn (March 2).

"The SEC is always a challenge," Kennedy said. "Loaded with quality coaches and players, there are no nights off in league play. I get excited thinking about the challenges that lie ahead."

In addition to the Rebels' national TV coverage, regionally syndicated games will be televised on the SEC Network as part of ESPN Regional Television (ERT). Other games will be shown on Fox Sports Net and CSS. The majority of games not televised nationally will be available as a part of ESPN Full Court, the pay subscription college basketball out-of-market service, and on ESPN3.com. In addition, ERT will produce and distribute a studio show each Saturday afternoon during conference play and at the SEC Tournament.

The SEC Basketball Tournament will be played March 10-13 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The semifinals and championship game will be broadcast on ESPN on ABC, while the first rounds will be shown on the SEC Network.

For ticket information for the 2010-11 hoops season, call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 662-915-7167.

 

 

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