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UC to play home-and-home with Mississippi State

The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will play a home-and-home series with Southeastern Conference member Mississippi State beginning in 2017-18, Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin has announced. (FILE, AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will play a home-and-home series with Southeastern Conference member Mississippi State beginning in 2017-18, Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin has announced.

Cincinnati will play host to Mississippi State on Dec. 12, 2017 at Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena. The following season, Mississippi State will play host to Cincinnati on Dec. 15, 2018 at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi.

Mississippi State finished 16-16 overall during the 2016-17 campaign, its second season under head coach Ben Howland. The Bulldogs return their top five scorers from last season. Guard Lamar Peters was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after averaging 10.7 points and 3.4 assists with a team-best 59 three-pointers.

“Mississippi State is a great series for us,” Cronin said. “Coach Howland is a friend and one of the best coaches in the country. He has his team poised for a great run the next few years and we are excited to have them on our schedule.”

The Cincinnati-Mississippi State series is tied 2-2 all-time with all four meetings coming at neutral sites. The Bearcats have won the last two meetings, including the most recent matchup, a 75-63 victory in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge on Dec. 18, 2008 at U.S. Bank Arena.

Cincinnati’s 2017-18 squad features the return of its top three scorers from last season’s team that posted the second-most wins in school history (30-6), tied the school mark for conference wins (16-2) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year.

The Bearcats will play their home games during the 2017-18 campaign at BB&T Arena while Fifth Third Arena undergoes an $87 million renovation before its scheduled reopening for the 2018-19 season.

// SERIES HISTORY: SERIES TIED 2-2

Date – Result

Nov. 30, 1979 – Mississippi State won 87-72 in the Babe McCarthy Tip-Off Tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Mar. 24, 1996 – Mississippi State won 73-63 in the NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional Final in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dec. 21, 2001 – Cincinnati won 90-56 in the Las Vegas Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dec. 18, 2008 – Cincinnati won 75-63 in the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Information courtesy UC Athletics

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