From the University of Missouri
Missouri Basketball released its 2012-13 non-conference schedule on Wednesday and the start of a home-and-home series with UCLA, the annual Busch Braggin' Rights clash with Illinois in St. Louis and this year's top preseason tournament, the Battle 4 Atlantis, highlight the schedule.
In addition, Missouri will begin its first season of play in the Southeastern Conference, which includes 18 regular-season games as the Tigers look to make their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In all, Missouri will have 19 home games, beginning with exhibition contests vs. Northwest Missouri State (Oct. 29) and Missouri Southern (Nov. 4). The Tigers will also host in-state foe Southeast Missouri State in a regular season game on Dec. 4.
Mizzou will have the opportunity to play a number of ranked opponents during non-conference play. UCLA welcomes the country's No. 1 recruiting class and the Bruins return to the renovated Pauley Pavilion this season. Head Coach Frank Haith's club will also face three difficult challenges in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving. That tournament field includes Missouri, Stanford, Louisville, Duke, Memphis, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and VCU. Each of those teams won at least 20 games a season ago and six of the eight teams, including Missouri, are ranked among CBS's Preseason Top 25 (courtesy Jeff Goodman). Louisville is ranked No. 3 in that early poll along with No. 12 Duke, No. 14 Memphis, No. 19 Missouri, No. 24 Minnesota and No. 25 VCU. Stanford, Missouri's opening opponent in the event, fell just outside those rankings, but won the 2012 Postseason NIT.
"This schedule will have some big time opportunities, including starting a home-and-home series with UCLA," Haith said. "There is no question that the Battle 4 Atlantis will be a big challenge for us, especially as we work in a number of new players early in the season.
"When you look at the 18-game league schedule on top of that and of course our annual game with Illinois, I like how our team will be tested early and often this year. Something that was also important was playing in games and tournaments that create national exposure. With our league schedule we will have 18 games on national TV this season."
As Haith mentioned, that national TV number is the highest in school history. Missouri had 16 regular-season games appear on national networks last year and official start time and national network information for the Dec. 22 Braggin' Rights Game will be announced at a later date. The remaining games will be aired on the Mizzou Sports Network and the SEC Network. Those games are typically carried on ESPN3.com as well, bolstering the club's national visibility.
Complete television/time information for the Mizzou Sports Network will be released at a later date. The Mizzou Sports Network games are aired on Fox Sports Midwest in St. Louis, Metro Sports in Kansas City and KOMU in Mid-Missouri.
Missouri concludes non-conference play against defending Patriot League regular season champion Bucknell on Jan. 5. The Bison finished 25-10 last year.
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2012-13 Mizzou Basketball Schedule
Date Day Opponent Location Time TV
Oct. 29 Monday Northwest Missouri State (Exh) Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Nov. 4 Sunday Missouri Southern (Exh) Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Nov. 10 Saturday Southern Illinois Edwardsville Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Nov. 13 Tuesday Alcorn State ^ Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Nov. 16 Friday Nicholls State Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 22-24, Missouri, Duke, Louisville, Memphis Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Stanford, VCU)
Nov. 22 Thursday vs. Stanford $ Nassau, Bahamas Noon AXS TV
Nov. 23 Friday vs. Louisville / Northern Iowa $ Nassau, Bahamas TBA TBA
Nov. 24 Saturday Game #3 $ Nassau, Bahamas TBA TBA
Dec. 1 Saturday Appalachian State Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Dec. 4 Tuesday Southeast Missouri State Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Dec. 8 Saturday Tennessee State Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Dec. 17 Monday South Carolina State Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
32nd Annual Busch Braggin' Rights Game (Scottrade Center)
Dec. 22 Saturday vs. Illinois % St. Louis, Mo. TBA TBA
Dec. 28 Friday at UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. 9 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 5 Saturday Bucknell Mizzou Arena TBA TBA
Jan. 8 Tuesday Alabama * Mizzou Arena 6 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 12 Saturday at Ole Miss * Oxford, Miss. 7 p.m. FSN
Jan. 16 Wednesday Georgia * Mizzou Arena 7 p.m. SEC Network
Jan. 19 Saturday at Florida * Gainesville, Fla. 1 p.m. ESPN
Jan. 22 Tuesday South Carolina * Mizzou Arena 6 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 26 Saturday Vanderbilt * Mizzou Arena 4 p.m. ESPNU
Jan. 30 Wednesday at LSU * Baton Rouge, La. 7 p.m. SEC Network
Feb. 2 Saturday Auburn * Mizzou Arena 12:30 p.m. SEC Network
Feb. 7 Thursday at Texas A&M * College Station, Texas 8 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 9 Saturday Ole Miss * Mizzou Arena Noon CBS
Feb. 13 Wednesday at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. 7 p.m. SEC Network
Feb. 16 Saturday at Arkansas * Fayetteville, Ark. 3 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 19 Tuesday Florida * Mizzou Arena 8 p.m. ESPN
Feb. 23 Saturday & at Kentucky * Lexington, Ky. 8 p.m. ESPN (GameDay)
Feb. 28 Thursday at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. 8 p.m. ESPN/2
March 2 Saturday LSU * Mizzou Arena 3 p.m. SEC Network
March 5 Tuesday Arkansas * Mizzou Arena 6 p.m. ESPN
March 9 Saturday at Tennessee * Knoxville, Tenn. 3 p.m. ESPN/2
^ Battle 4 Atlantis Exempt Game
$ Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, Paradise Island, Bahamas (Atlantis Resort)
% Busch Braggin' Rights Game, St. Louis, Mo.
* Southeastern Conference
All times listed as Central Time Zone