SEC Sets Schedule; LSU League Opener Jan. 8 vs. Alabama

by Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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SEC Sets Schedule; LSU League Opener Jan. 8 vs. Alabama

BATON ROUGE – The Southeastern Conference announced its 2019 126-game men’s basketball league schedule Friday and the Tigers will open their 18-game league schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 8, against Alabama.

After a bye on the opening league playing date of Jan. 5, LSU will play two games each week with contests either on Tuesday or Wednesday early in the week with another game on Saturday. There are four playing dates on Tuesday (2 home, 2 away), five on Wednesday (2 home, 3 away) and nine on Saturday (5 home, 4 away).

Season ticket requests for the 2018-19 campaign, including the eight non-conference games in Baton Rouge already announced, are being taken online at or at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office at 225-578-2184.

Teams in the SEC will play eight teams one time, three permanent opponents home and away, along with two yearly rotating teams also on a home-away schedule to make up the 18-game conference schedule. LSU’s permanent home-away opponents are Arkansas, Alabama and Texas A&M, with Georgia and Florida the two rotating opponents in 2019.

LSU may have on paper a favorable schedule in the beginning and end of the conference season, playing three of its first five league games at home (Alabama, Jan. 8, South Carolina, Jan. 19, Georgia, Jan. 23) and four-of-the-last-six in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center including three-straight in late February (Florida, Feb. 20; Tennessee, Feb. 23; Texas A&M, Feb. 26). The Tigers close the regular season with a March 9 finale against Vanderbilt.

The Southeastern Conference Tournament is again set for Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, March 13-17, 2019.

LSU ranked fourth in the 247sports composite recruiting rankings for the upcoming 2018-19 season with Kentucky the only team in the league ranked higher (2). Also ranked in the composite top 25 from the SEC were: Vanderbilt (13), Mississippi State (16), Florida (19) and Alabama (24).

The SEC had 10 teams advance to postseason play in 2018, including a league-record eight teams that received NCAA Tournament bids. The Tigers, in Coach Will Wade‘s first season as head coach, posted 18 wins and advanced to the second round of the NIT in LSU’s first post-season trip since 2015. LSU posted its first post-season victory in the opening round of the NIT since 2014.

The Tigers open the regular season as part of a season-opening doubleheader with the LSU women’s basketball team on Tuesday, Nov. 6. LSU will face Southeastern Louisiana in the 7:30 p.m. nightcap with the Lady Tigers hosting Sam Houston at 5:30 p.m.

The television and streaming broadcast schedule is still to be announced by the SEC Network, ESPN and CBS. Game times will be announced at that time.

Here is the now completed schedule for LSU Basketball for the 2018-19 season:

Day, Date/Opponent/Location
Tues. 6/SOUTHEASTERN LA./Baton Rouge
Fri. 9/UNC GREENSBORO/Baton Rouge
Tues. 13/MEMPHIS/Baton Rouge
Fri. 16/LOUISIANA TECH/Baton Rouge
AdvoCare Invitational
Thur. 22/vs. Charleston/Orlando, Florida
Fri. 23/ vs. Florida St. or UAB/Orlando, Florida
Sun. 25/TBD/Orlando, Florida

Day, Date/Opponent/Location
Sat. 1/GRAMBLING/Baton Rouge
Sun. 9/INCARNATE WORD/Baton Rouge
Wed. 12/At Houston/Houston, Texas
MGM Resorts Showcase
Sat. 15/Saint Mary’s/Las Vegas, Nevada
Fri. 21/FURMAN/Baton Rouge
Fri. 28/ULM/Baton Rouge

Day, Date/Opponent/Location
**Tues. 8/ALABAMA/Baton Rouge
**Sat. 12/At Arkansas/Fayetteville, Arkansas
**Tues. 15/At Ole Miss/Oxford, Mississippi
**Sat. 19/SOUTH CAROLINA/Baton Rouge
**Wed. 23/GEORGIA/Baton Rouge
**Sat. 26/At Missouri/Columbia, Missouri
**Wed. 30/At Texas A&M/College Station, Texas

Day, Date/Opponent/Location
**Sat. 2/ARKANSAS/Baton Rouge
**Wed. 6/At Miss. State/Starkville, Mississippi
**Sat. 9/AUBURN/Baton Rouge
**Tues. 12/At Kentucky/Lexington, Kentucky
**Sat. 16/At Georgia/Athens, Georgia
**Wed. 20/FLORIDA/Baton Rouge
**Sat. 23/TENNESSEE/Baton Rouge
**Tues. 26/TEXAS A&M/Baton Rouge

Day, Date/Opponent/Location
**Sat. 2/At Alabama/Tuscaloosa, Alabama
**Wed. 6/At Florida/Gainesville, Florida
**Sat. 9/VANDERBILT/Baton Rouge
13-17/SEC Tournament/Nashville, Tennessee