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Missouri men’s basketball’s nonconference schedule takes shape

Missouri hasn’t formally released its men’s basketball schedule for 2015-16 yet, but some of the nonconference schedule for coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers is coming into focus, thanks to announcements from opposing teams.
Missouri hasn’t formally released its men’s basketball schedule for 2015-16 yet, but some of the nonconference schedule for coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers is coming into focus, thanks to announcements from opposing teams. The Associated Press

Missouri hasn’t formally released its basketball schedule for 2015-16 yet, but some of the nonconference schedule is coming into focus, thanks to announcements from opposing teams.

▪ North Carolina State recently announced its nonconference schedule, which includes a game Dec. 19 at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers rallied past the Wolfpack in Raleigh for a 68-64 comeback win Dec. 28, 2013, behind current Lakers Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown.

The return leg of the home-and-home series was pushed back from last season and instead will be played as one of the signature home nonconference games in MU coach Kim Anderson’s second season.

North Carolina State finished 22-14 last season, reaching the Sweet 16 with an upset of top-seeded Villanova during the NCAA Tournament.

▪ The Tigers’ annual Braggin’ Rights Game against Illinois will be Dec. 23 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Missouri lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer last season against Illinois, which will be without point guard Tracy Abrams once again. Abrams missed last season because of a torn ACL. He recovered from that, but subsequently tore his left Achilles’ tendon Monday in practice before the Fighting Illini’s scheduled European exhibition tour.

▪ The Tigers are set to open the CBE Hall of Fame Classic against Wofford on Nov. 13 at Mizzou Arena. MU’s other CBE opponent is expected to be Maryland-Eastern Shore, but the date for that game has yet to be announced.

▪ During the main thrust of the CBE Classic, Missouri will face Kansas State on Nov. 23 in the semifinals at the Sprint Center. The Tigers also will face either Northwestern or North Carolina, depending on the semifinals results, on Nov. 24 at the Sprint Center.

▪ Missouri will play the return game of a home-and-home with Xavier on Nov. 17 in Cincinnati, a game the Musketeers announced in May.

▪ The Tigers also kick off a home-and-home series with Arizona on Dec. 13 in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats are expected to play at Missouri during the 2016-17 season.

▪ The Southeastern Conference schedule hasn’t been announced, but, because of a scheduling format change, the Tigers are guaranteed home and away games against Arkansas, Texas A&M and Mississippi.

Missouri was not selected for the Big 12/SEC Challenge, which is set for Jan. 30, and will not participate in the event for at least the next two seasons.

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