Governor Jay Nixon chats with Marcheita Anderson before Mizzou's win over Memphis in the Sweet 16.
Sept. 15, 2009
Columbia, Mo. - It's Homecoming on the Hardwood. Mizzou Basketball announced on Tuesday that it will host its annual Black & Gold Game on Oct. 23 (Homecoming Weekend) inside Mizzou Arena, the night before MU battles Texas on the gridiron.
Tip-time for the Black & Gold Game is slated for 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. The 2009-10 Tigers will be available for autographs and pictures on the concourse of Mizzou Arena, leading up to the 8 p.m. start.
Missouri's first formal scrimmage of the year comes exactly one week after the start of practice on Oct. 16. Tickets to the Black & Gold Game are just $5, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia. The event marks the kickoff of the Boys and Girls Club "Hope of 10,000" campaign. Mizzou Students will be admitted free with a student ID.
In another exciting note, Tiger Basketball is proud to announce that Missouri Alum Governor Jay Nixon and UM System President Gary Forsee will square off as honorary coaches in the event, tipping off Head Coach Mike Anderson's fourth season in Columbia.
"Wow, what a great weekend of football, homecoming and hoops," Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "Governor Nixon and President Forsee have been terrific supporters of Tiger Athletics and together with Chancellor (Brady) Deaton have provided great leadership to our university and state. I am so proud and honored to have them join us as we tip-off Missouri Basketball on Homecoming weekend."
As Coach Anderson alluded to, it will be an MU Athletics-filled homecoming weekend. In addition to the Black & Gold Game and the Saturday football contest against Texas, former Tiger All-Americans Jon Sundvold and Steve Stipanovich will serve as Grand Marshals for this year's Homecoming extravaganza. "Stipo" left MU as the school's all-time leading scorer in 1983 (1,836 points), while Sundvold set school and Big Eight records for minutes played. Of course the pair led the Tigers to four consecutive Big Eight titles and have their jerseys retired.
Missouri Basketball opens its 2009-10 campaign on Nov. 6 with an exhibition contest against Truman State at Mizzou Arena. Regular-season play begins on Nov. 17 against Tennessee-Martin.
For more information on Tiger Basketball, please visit our website at mutigers.com.
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