DESTIN, Fla. – The Southeastern Conference announced a new men’s basketball scheduling format Thursday featuring three permanent opponents starting with the 2015-16 season.
LSU’s permanent opponents will be Texas A&M, Alabama and Arkansas, omitting Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Tigers will play those three teams home and home, as well as home and home games against two other rotating opponents to be determined, and one game against the remaining eight SEC teams.
Conference schedules were not announced.
“There’s always a lively discussion as to how permanent opponents may be assigned,” said Mark Whitworth, associate commissioner for men’s basketball. “We can see a great blend of traditional rivals and there’s an opportunity to create new rivals.”
SEC permanent opponents
LSU: Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas
Alabama: LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State
Arkansas: LSU, Texas A&M, Missouri
Auburn: Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia
Florida: Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt
Georgia: South Carolina, Florida, Auburn
Kentucky: Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Ole Miss: Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri
Missouri: Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss
South Carolina: Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State
Tennessee: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina
Texas A&M: LSU, Arkansas, Missouri
Vanderbilt: Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida