COLUMBIA — Missouri released its nonconference basketball schedule Wednesday, completing the Tigers 2012-13 slate.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Two games a Dec. 28 road test at UCLA and a Dec. 22 annual Braggin Rights showdown against rival Illinois at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis highlight the nonconference schedule. The Tigers schedule does not include a game at the Sprint Center, marking the first time Mizzou will not play in Kansas City since the 2008-09 season.
The game against UCLA will mark the beginning of a home-and-home series that will see the Bruins make a return to Mizzou Arena in the near future. Missouri will also participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 22-24 in the Bahamas along with Duke, Stanford, Louisville, Memphis and Minnesota.
This schedule will have some big time opportunities, including starting a home-and-home series with UCLA, MU coach Frank Haith said in a statement. 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.
Missouri, which will play 19 home games, opens its season Oct. 29 with a home exhibition against Northwest Missouri State. Missouris first regular-season game is Nov. 10 against Alcorn State at Mizzou Arena.
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