OXFORD • Ole Miss will play basketball at Wichita State on Jan. 4, the SEC has announced.
The Rebels will be among four SEC teams to face four teams from the American Athletic Conference in a home-and-home series for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.
The effort is to create more quality games during non-conference play, the SEC wrote in its news release.
“Men’s basketball in the SEC has been on the rise and this scheduling alliance will help to continue the growth of the sport,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. “This will provide four high quality games for both leagues during non-conference play.”
Wichita State went 22-15 last season, 10-8 in conference play. The Shockers were 11-4 at home.
Ole Miss went 20-13, 10-8 in SEC play, and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 in its first season under coach Kermit Davis.
Other matchups include Houston at South Carolina on Dec. 8 plus Georgia at Memphis and SMU at Vanderbilt on Jan. 4.
The move finalizes the non-conference portion of the Rebels’ schedule.
Other highlights include a return to Oxford by former player and coach Rod Barnes as Cal-State Bakersfield visits on Dec. 7 and short trip to Memphis on Nov. 23.
The Rebels will compete in the NIT Tip-off in Brooklyn. Oklahoma State, Penn State and Syracuse will join Ole Miss in the field. Pairings have yet to be announced.
Davis will face his former school, Middle Tennessee State, for the second time, the first time in Oxford. Ole Miss defeated Middle Tennessee 74-56 last Dec. 21 on a neutral floor in Nashville.
Barnes, a Satartia native and All-SEC guard at Ole Miss in the late 1980s, was an assistant coach under Rob Evans before being promoted to head coach for the 1998-1999 season. He was 141-109 in eight seasons as coach.
Barnes is 136-122 in six seasons at Bakersfield. His teams have reached postseason in three of the last four years, including the NCAA Tournament in 2016.