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The Ben Howland Era at Mississippi State will officially open no November 13

STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

Ben Howland and his Mississippi State Bulldogs will tip-off the 2015-16 season November 13, a date with Eastern Washington inside Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville.

Howland said, "I'm excited about our schedule.  Eastern Washington will be a tough opener.  They were in the NCAA tournament last year and are very well coached. They have the core of their team returning and they will prove to be a competitive start for us."

The Eagles netted a 26-9 record a year ago and lost to Georgetown in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. George Washington were regular-season Big Sky co-champions and won the conference tournament to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

Mississippi State's non-conference lineup of 12 games, include six home games in Starkville.  Coach Howland and his Bulldogs will play at the Puerto Rick Tip-Off Classic, two on the road at Missouri-Kansas City on December 12 and Florida State on December 16, and a December 23 clash in Jackson, Mississippi against Northern Colorado.

Bulldog fans will get an early look at Howland's team on November 6 against Fort Valley State in an exhibition game.

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