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Mizzou finalizes basketball schedule for upcoming season

The Missouri men’s basketball team is gearing up for an exciting 2023-24 season as the Southeastern Conference (SEC) revealed its conference schedule. The Tigers are set to play an intense 18-game SEC slate, featuring both home-and-home series with five opponents.

Their journey towards a potential SEC title tips off on January 6th, with Georgia visiting Columbia for the SEC opener. Mizzou fans can anticipate home matchups against South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Auburn throughout league play at a renovated Mizzou Arena.

On the road, the Tigers will face tough challenges against Kentucky, Alabama, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, and a season finale at LSU on March 9th.   The contest at Kentucky on January 9th will be televised on ESPN at 6 PM.  A February 24th trip to Arkansas will air at 11 AM on either ESPN or ESPN2.  The Tigers host Florida on January 20th, with tip-time to be determined, as the game will be aired on either ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.

Texas A&M will visit Columbia on February 7th at 8 PM on ESPN2.  Saturday’s prime-time 7:30 window will be occupied by Mizzou four times, with home games against Mississippi State (February 10), a road game at Ole Miss (February 17th), a home game with Ole Miss (March 2nd), and the regular season finale at LSU on March 9th.

The Tigers will play the Border War at Kansas on ESPN at 4:15 on December 9th.  The Tigers will battle Seton Hall in Kansas City at 4 PM on December 17th, and host Wichita State on December 3rd at 2 PM, with both games on ESPN2.  Missouri’s game at Pitt in the SEC/ACC Challenge on November 28th will air at 6:30 PM on ESPNU.  Games with Memphis (November 10th at 8 PM) and Central Arkansas (December 30th at 2 PM) will air on the SEC Network.

Missouri’s game at Big Ten member Minnesota will air on the Big Ten Network at 8 PM on Thursday, November 16th, with the Braggin’ Rights game with Illinois on Friday, December 22nd airing on Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM.

Missouri’s schedule includes a total of 31 games, featuring 17 home games and encounters with teams from the nation’s top seven conferences. Notably, they will face six NCAA Tournament-qualified schools at the Mizzou Arena, promising high-stakes and exciting basketball action.

Most of the MU action will take place on the SEC Network, with 14 such broadcast for the Tigers, tied for the third-most in the conference.

After a standout season in 2022-23, where the Tigers achieved their highest win count in over a decade, the team, under the leadership of second-year Head Coach Dennis Gates, is eager to build on their success.