Missouri basketball’s 2013-2014 schedule continues to come into focus.
By TEREZ PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
On Monday, Oklahoma City University announced that it will travel to Columbia to face the Tigers in an exhibition game scheduled for Oct. 25 at Mizzou Arena. Tip time for the game, which will be played the day before Missouri’s homecoming football game against South Carolina, has not been announced.
OCU, an NAIA school, went 17-11 last season and won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament before it lost in the first round of the NAIA Tournament to top-ranked Columbia College, which was undefeated at the time.
“We’re just excited to have the opportunity to play against a team like the University of Missouri,” OCU coach Dionne Phelps said in a statement. “Games like this one help our program in so many ways both on and off the court.”
Missouri released its non-conference schedule back in June. The schedule includes home games against UCLA, West Virginia and a road trip to North Carolina State, as well as inclusion in the Las Vegas Invitational, which pits the Tigers against Northwestern and Nevada. The Tigers will also face Illinois in their annual Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis.
Unlike those games, however, Missouri’s game against OCU won’t count toward its record. Missouri coach Frank Haith, who must replace four starters from last year’s 23-11 team, will get a chance to test various lineups against an OCU squad that isn’t that far removed from winning back-to-back NAIA Division I national championships in 2007 and 2008.
The Stars return their leading scorer, senior guard Terry Johnson, who averaged 14.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season.
The two schools have only met once, in 1975, when legendary coach Norm Stewart’s Tigers – who went 26-5 that season – beat OCU 85-68. OCU went 9-18 that season.