Mississippi State head coach Rick feels like early-season tournaments are the thing to do in college basketball.
He got his wish for next season.
It was announced Thursday that the Bulldogs will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-off next season.
“You always want to be able to show to your recruits that you’re going to elite basketball tournaments,” Ray said. “These exempt tournaments I think have become a really big deal.
“You want to take your guys in your program to nice exotic locations. I think it’s a good cultural experience for our team to go places like that as well, but it’s also a recruiting tool.”
The Bulldogs join Butler, Miami, Temple, Texas Tech, Utah, Minnesota and Missouri State. The tournament will be held Nov. 19, 20 and 22 in San Juan. The games will be broadcasted on ESPN’s family of networks.
The Bulldogs played in the Maui Classic in Ray’s first year. They played in the Las Vegas Classic last year and will play in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge next week.