Mizzou Basketball 2015 SEC Schedule
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Basketball's 2015 Southeastern Conference Schedule was released by the league office and unveiled on the SEC Network tonight and the Missouri Tigers will open league play for the first time under Kim Anderson with a home date against LSU on Jan. 8. The game will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2.
The SEC Network was launched on Thursday night and became the most successful new cable network launch in history. The Network, which is already available in more than 90 million homes, gives Mizzou Basketball a record number of full-national TV games.
Missouri will host six games in league play against teams that qualified for postseason competition a year ago. In addition to LSU, which advanced to the National Invitation Tournament last season, the Tigers will also host NCAA Final Four qualifiers Kentucky (Jan. 29) and Florida (Feb. 24), as well as NCAA Sweet 16 advancer, Tennessee ( Jan. 17).
"That's a fantastic home schedule for our fans and a very challenging schedule for our young team," Head Coach Kim Anderson said. "The Southeastern Conference is on the rise and you look at the coaches we have in our league and the players returning across this conference, you are going to see some battle-tested SEC teams heading into postseason play next March."
Missouri will also host Arkansas (Jan. 24) again this season. The Tigers swept the series with the Razorbacks in 2013-14 and have won three consecutive meetings overall. Arkansas, like Missouri, played in the 2014 NIT. The sixth postseason qualifier on Mizzou's home SEC schedule is Texas A&M (Feb. 7). The Aggies participated in the 2014 College Basketball Invitational.
The final three home SEC games feature Ole Miss (Jan. 31), Mississippi State (Feb. 14) and Auburn (March 3). Ole Miss comes to Mizzou Arena for the first time since 2013 and Mississippi State, coached by Kansas City native Rick Ray, comes to Columbia for the second consecutive year. Auburn is the home finale for Mizzou. Auburn is under the direction of first year head coach Bruce Pearl.
Missouri's nine road dates in SEC action include: Auburn (Jan. 10), Kentucky (Jan. 13), Texas A&M (Jan. 21), Alabama (Feb. 4), South Carolina (Feb. 10), Arkansas (Feb. 18), Vanderbilt (Feb. 21), Georgia (Feb. 28) and Mississippi State (March 7).
Game times for all Saturday SEC Network and Fox Sports Network games will be announced by the league office later this summer.
Mizzou's non-conference schedule will also be announced in the near future.
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Mizzou's 2015 SEC Schedule Breakdown:
Play Home and Home: Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas A&M
Play Home Only: Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee
Play Road Only: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt
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