Mizzou Basketball announces 2012-13 schedule

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.

For more information about Missouri Basketball please visit our website, mutigers.com.

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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

Mizzou Sports Network games (and game times) will be announced at a later date