Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri announced its 2008-09 Men's Basketball schedule on Thursday and Head Coach Mike Anderson's squad will face another daunting slate of games, complete with 12 games against teams that competed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
"This is certainly another challenging schedule for our team, one that will get us prepared for Big 12 play and hopefully have us playing some of our best basketball at the end of the season," Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "There are obviously some tremendous tests on this schedule, but with a number of home games, our fans will have a chance to come see this team develop and mature throughout the year."
Missouri opens regular-season action with two games in three days, hosting Prairie View A&M on Nov. 15 and UT-Chattanooga on Nov. 17. While the game vs. Chattanooga is played at Mizzou Arena, it will actually serve as an opening-round contest in the 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Tigers will then depart Columbia the next day for San Juan, P.R. Missouri will enjoy three games in four days on the islands, starting with a Nov. 20 contest against 2008 Elite Eight qualifier Xavier. Missouri and Xavier are matched in the eight-team bracket with Virginia Tech and Fairfield. The other side of the bracket includes Chattanooga vs. Memphis and Seton Hall vs. Southern California. Each of Missouri's first two contests in Puerto Rico will be televised live on ESPNU. The tourney field will have a day off on Nov. 22, but will return to action on Nov. 23. The finals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be televised on ESPN. All other consolation games will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Missouri returns home for a five-game homestand starting on Nov. 30 vs. NCAA Tournament qualifier Oral Roberts. ORU finished 24-9 last season and ran away with the Summit League crown sporting a 16-2 league mark. The Golden Eagles are paced by the return of leading scorer Robert Jarvis, who was a first team All-Summit League performer averaging 16.1 points on 41 percent shooting from three-point range.
Following a home game with Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 2, Missouri hosts the Cal Bears and new head coach Mike Montgomery on Dec. 7. The contest vs. Cal is a return match-up in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Bears topped the Tigers 86-72 last season in Berkeley, Calif.
Murray State then comes calling to Mizzou Arena on Dec. 13. Head Coach Billy Kennedy's club went 18-13 last season and have enjoyed winning records on the hardwood for 21 consecutive years.
A Dec. 20 contest against Stetson leads the Tigers into the holiday season and another Busch Braggin' Rights match-up with Illinois on Dec. 23. This year's edition of the Braggin' Rights Game will be televised live on ESPN2, with tip-off slated for 6:30 p.m.
After a short break for the holidays, Missouri returns to action on Dec. 27 and Dec. 30 with games against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Centenary. SIU-Edwardsville is a provisional Division I program and will join the Ohio Valley Conference as a full member for the 2011-12 season, while Centenary is a member of the Summit League and earned a 70-66 win over Texas Tech last season.
A trip to Athens, Ga., on Jan. 3 gives Anderson's young Tiger squad some quality road experience. Georgia won the SEC Tournament title last season under some unique circumstances and looks to build in Dennis Felton's sixth season.
The team then closes out non-conference action on Jan. 6 at home vs. Coppin State. The Tigers and Eagles have met each of the past two seasons and Missouri has won the two games by an average margin of 27.5 points. Give the Eagles credit however, as they rallied late in the 2008 campaign to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament crown to advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Missouri opens Big 12 play on the road at Nebraska on Jan. 10 on ESPN2. The Tigers then enjoy back-to-back home games against Colorado and Iowa State, before traveling to Stillwater, Okla., for an 8 p.m. contest with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The Mizzou Sports Network will release its television schedule at a later date. Game times and dates are subject to change to make broadcast accommodations for MSN.
While not a part of Mizzou's "official" 2008-09 schedule, the Tigers actually open action this weekend with a three-game exhibition tour in Ontario, Canada. Mizzou opens action on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. CT vs. the Ontario All-Stars. Sunday's game pits the Tigers vs. 2008 Canadian National Champion Brock University at 1 p.m. CT and Monday's finale is against the Southern Ontario All-Stars at 9 a.m. CT.
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2008-09 Missouri Basketball Schedule Notes
- At a minimum, Missouri will play 32 regular-season games during the 2008-09 season, including the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. With two exhibition games, Missouri will have a 20-game home schedule.
- Missouri is guaranteed to play teams from 12 different conferences in non-conference play. The Tigers have scheduled games vs. teams from the: Atlantic 10 (Xavier), Atlantic Sun (Stetson), Big 10 (Illinois), Great Lakes Valley Conference (SIU-Edwardsville), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (Coppin State), Ohio Valley (Murray State), Pac-10 (California), Southeastern Conference (Georgia), Summit (Centenary and Oral Roberts), Southern Conference (UT-Chattanooga) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (Prairie View A&M and Arkansas-Pine Bluff).
- Missouri could also play games vs. the ACC (Virginia Tech), Big East (Seton Hall), Conference-USA (Memphis), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Fairfield) and a second game vs. the Pac-10 (Southern Cal) in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
- Missouri will have a minimum of 12 games vs. teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last year. Those teams include Xavier, Oral Roberts, Georgia, Coppin State, Kansas State (twice), Baylor, Texas, Kansas (twice), Oklahoma and Texas A&M. The Tigers could also face NCAA participants Memphis and USC in Puerto Rico.
- Missouri will venture into SEC territory for the second consecutive season. Missouri will open a home-and-home series with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2008-09. The Tigers traveled to Mississippi State last year. Georgia is slated to return to Columbia next season.
- This season's contest with California is a return match-up in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Missouri played at Cal last year. The tournament will re-organize opponents in 2009-10.
- Missouri will have 12 games televised nationally in 2008-09. Missouri will appear on the ESPN family of networks 11 times and CBS once (at Kansas on March 1).
- A full television schedule, complete with Mizzou Sports Network television listings will be available at a later date.
-Missouri has four neutral-site games in non-conference play this season. Three of those games will come in San Juan, P.R. and the fourth will be the annual Busch Braggin' Rights Game vs. Illinois in St. Louis.
- The trip to Puerto Rico is the first for Missouri since Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 1996. Ironically, the Tigers opened the San Juan Shootout vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga.
- Each of Missouri exhibition contests feature teams from the state of Missouri. The Tigers will face Lincoln University and Missouri Southern State University in the preseason.