MSU Men’s Basketball draws Liberty in NCAA Tournament opener

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics) - Mississippi State captured the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since the 2008-09 season and will take on Liberty during its opening round game in San Jose as announced Sunday by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The Bulldogs, a No. 5 seed in the NCAA East Regional, were one of seven SEC schools among the NCAA’s Field of 68. MSU is joined by SEC regular season champion LSU, SEC Tournament champion Auburn along with Kentucky, Florida. Ole Miss and Tennessee. The No. 5 seed for MSU is the program’s highest in the NCAA Tournament when the Bulldogs were a No. 2 seed in 2004.

Mississippi State (23-10, 10-8 SEC) and Liberty (28-6, 14-2 Atlantic Sun) will meet in Friday’s NCAA Round of 64. Tip time is slated for 6:27 p.m. CT from the SAP Center in San Jose. The game will be televised by truTV and will be available online through the NCAA March Madness app.

No. 4 seed Virginia Tech (24-8, 12-6 ACC) and No. 13 seed Saint Louis (23-12, 10-8 Atlantic 10) will take the floor 30 minutes following the MSU-Liberty matchup. The two winners advance to Sunday’s NCAA Round of 32 with a tip time to be determined.