Dayton and Mississippi State to begin home-and-home series

March 12, 2015: Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant talks with his players on the court during the Florida Gators game versus the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2015 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.
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Dayton and Mississippi State will begin a home-and-home series next season in Starkville, multiple sources told FanRag Sports.

Official dates and times are yet to be determined.

There will be a return game in Ohio during the 2018-19 season.

The Bulldogs are entering year three under Ben Howland. Mississippi State is coming off a solid, if unspectacular, 2016-17 season. By the time it was all said and done, the Bulldogs had an overall record of 16-16.

Earlier in the offseason, FanRag Sports reported that Mississippi State transfer Mario Kegler went on to join the Baylor Bears. During his lone season with Mississippi State, Kegler averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. He also shot 42 percent from the floor and a solid 35 percent from beyond the arc.

Newly minted Dayton head coach Anthony Grant was formerly the head coach of Alabama from 2009-15.

Grant replaces Archie Miller, who left the Flyers’ program to accept the head coaching vacancy at Indiana after Tom Crean was fired from that same position.

While he’s spent the previous few seasons as an assistant under Billy Donovan with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Grant was previously the head coach of both Alabama and VCU.

He played for Dayton from 1983 to 1987.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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