For the first time in school history, the Mississippi State men’s basketball program will play outside a United States territory.
The Bulldogs have agreed in principle to play Virginia Tech at the Atlantis resort, hotel and casino on the Nassau islands of The Bahamas. The date for the tentatively set for December 18.
The contract for the matchup hasn’t been signed but officials are telling The SDN Bulldog Blog that barring a quick change of plans it is expected very soon.
This news was first reported on the blog of ESPN college basketball analyst Andy Katz.
Virginia Tech was 25-8 during the 2009-10 season and was one of the final at-large candidates left out of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Hokies made it to the third round of the National Invitational Tournament.
MSU had previously made three overseas trips to the United States territory of Puerto Rico.
This trip to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will proceed its trip to the Diamond Head Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is projected that then-sophomore center Renardo Sidney will be eligible for both events.
The other game in The Bahamas will be Georgia Tech vs. Richmond.
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