LSU hoops announces full 2015 conference schedule

Kent Lowe
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The new SEC Network highlighted its second day of operation Friday night by announcing the 18-game Southeastern Conference men’s basketball schedules for the 14-team league, including the list of dates and games for Coach Johnny Jones and his LSU Tigers.

The schedule is highlighted by a demanding three games in six-day homestand to start the month of February as LSU will host Auburn on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2; a Saturday, Feb. 7, home contest with Alabama on ESPN or ESPN2; and, the rematch of the “Ice Dome” game from last year on a wintry night in Baton Rouge as LSU again hosts Kentucky on ESPN in a “Super Tuesday” matchup at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10.

This year, the league schedule will put seven league contests on each Saturday of the season with games spaced out on weeknights as follows: Tuesday - 4 games (1 ESPN, 1 ESPNU, 2 SEC Network); Wednesday - 2 games (both SEC Network); and Thursday - 1 game (on ESPN or ESPN2).

On Saturdays, the SEC Network will have either two or three games with the rest split among ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, CBS and FSN.

Of the 18 games, LSU will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU a total of 10 times, with six on the SEC Network, one on CBS and one on FSN.

LSU’s game at the Maravich Center will be on CBS, on Saturday, Feb. 21, at noon. It will be the second-straight year that CBS has televised the Tigers and the Gators, but the first time CBS has televised an LSU men’s basketball home game since Feb. 24, 2007, when LSU upset the third-ranked Gators 66-56.

The Tigers open the 2015 SEC slate at Missouri as the Tigers will make their second trip there for a league game on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2. LSU’s SEC home opener is Saturday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. against the University of Georgia on ESPNU. LSU’s first contest on the SEC Network will be a road game at Ole Miss at 6 p.m., on Jan. 14.

Five of LSU’s six SEC Network games will be from road venues in the league.

LSU will play Texas A&M both home and away as usual in the present model of the 18-game schedule and in the third of three years of scheduling, the Tigers will also play home-and-home games with Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Next year, the league is expected to add two more permanent opponents, for a total of three, and two rotating spots that will be the five home-and-home contests each year.