The 2019-20 basketball schedule for the LSU Tigers is starting to get filled up and on Thursday, the SEC-Big 12 Challenge pairings were released and there will be a teacher versus student matchup when LSU squares off with the Texas Longhorns.
This will be the first time that LSU will have been part of the yearly inter-conference event and will travel to Austin to take on the Longhorns on January 25th, 2020. This will see Shaka Smart take on one of his former assistants at VCU in Will Wade.
The Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic is expected to announce its schedule soon but LSU is expected to play Utah State (28 wins, NCAA Tournament) in that two-game event Nov. 22 and 24.
The defending SEC Champions will open the 2019-20 season on Friday, Nov. 8, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center against Bowling Green, a team that won 22 games a season ago.
The first road test will be in the second game of the season on Nov. 13 at VCU, a program that is expected to make waves this season after a 25-win season last year.
The remainder of LSU’s home schedule in November will have LSU hosting Nicholls on Nov. 16, Maryland-Baltimore County, and Missouri State on Nov. 29. The Nicholls and UMBC games are
part of the games scheduled on the mainland as part of the Jamaica Classic.
The December home schedule will have the Tigers playing UNO on the third and Northwestern State the eighth before the break for final exams. The Tigers will then host East Tennessee State on the 18th and conclude the December schedule on the 29th against Liberty, a team that had 29 wins and an NCAA Tournament win a season ago.
LSU will also take part in an already announced Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame doubleheader on Dec. 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against USC.
The Tigers will also have an exhibition matchup against Louisiana Tech on November 2nd in Ruston for the tornado recovery efforts. Tickets for that game can be purchased at LATechSports.com/Tickets.