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Missouri men’s basketball draws A&M, Arkansas, Mississippi as permanent series opponents

The Missouri and Arkansas men’s basketball teams will do battle twice each year starting with the 2015-16 season.
The Missouri and Arkansas men’s basketball teams will do battle twice each year starting with the 2015-16 season. The Associated Press

The Southeastern Conference is changing the scheduling format for men’s basketball, introducing three permanent home-and-away opponents for each member school.

Beginning with the 2015-16 season, Missouri will play Arkansas, Texas A&M and Mississippi twice each year.

The SEC made announcement Thursday during its annual spring meetings in Destin, Fla.

The Tigers also will play a home-and-away series with two other SEC teams on a rotating basis and will play the conference’s other eight teams once each season.

The complete SEC men’s basketball schedule will be announced in August.

Here are the new permanent opponents for each SEC school:

▪ Alabama: Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU

▪ Arkansas: Missouri, Texas A&M, LSU

▪ Auburn: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia

▪ Florida: Kentucky, Georgia, Vanderbilt

▪ Georgia: South Carolina, Florida, Auburn

▪ Kentucky: Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

▪ LSU: Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas

▪ Mississippi: Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri

▪ Mississippi State: Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina

▪ Missouri: Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi

▪ South Carolina: Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi State

▪ Tennessee: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina

▪ Texas A&M: LSU, Arkansas, Missouri

▪ Vanderbilt: Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida

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