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Mississippi State, Memphis agree to home-and-home in men’s basketball

The last time Mississippi State and Memphis played was during the NIT Finals in 2021. The two teams have not squared off in the regular season since 1984. (Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)

For the first time this century, the Mississippi State men’s basketball team is set to play the University of Memphis during the regular season.

According to a report by Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today, the two programs have agreed to a home-and-home series which will begin next season at the FedExForum. During the 2025-26 season, the teams will meet up at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville.

While the two teams haven’t met in the regular season since 1984, Memphis defeated Mississippi State 77-74 in the 2021 NIT Finals. In 2008, the Tigers also got the best of the Bulldogs but in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 77-74.

This next season’s matchup should be an exciting one as Chris Jans looks to get Mississippi State to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year, a feat that hasn’t been achieved in Starkville since a four-year run from 2002-05. Penny Hardaway, going into his seventh season at his alma mater, will vie to get the Tigers back to the Big Dance after falling short in 2024.

Overall, Memphis holds a 14-11 lead over the Bulldogs in a series that goes all the way back to 1947.

Memphis and Ole Miss also agreed to a home-and-home series with the Tigers set to host the Rebels this coming season and vice versa in the following season.

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