Missouri basketball announces 2013-14 non-conference schedule

Missouri basketball unveiled its 2013-14 Menâ??s Basketball non-conference schedule.

A return to Sprint Center on Nov. 16 vs. Hawaii, the annual Bud Light Bragginâ?? Rights Game vs. Illinois in St. Louis and home games against UCLA and West Virginia highlight a challenging slate.

Mizzou also begins a home-and-home series with North Carolina State on Dec. 28 in Raleigh, N.C., and hosts games vs. postseason qualifiers Western Michigan and Long Beach State.

â??We have a little bit of everything on our schedule for next season and I believe it will get our team ready for play in the SEC,â?? Head Coach Frank Haith said.

â??It was really important for us to get that home schedule attractive for our fans, not only for this year, but for years to come, so the series with North Carolina State made a lot of sense

â??Games our fans will immediately recognize are the Bud Light Bragginâ?? Rights Game vs. Illinois and home games against UCLA and West Virginia,â?? Haith continued.

â??But Western Michigan won 20 games last year, Long Beach State has become a perennial power on the West Coast and our fans are well aware of Southern Illinoisâ?? tradition, so this is a balanced, competitive schedule.

â??Another major focus was to get back to Kansas City,â?? Haith added. â??We have tremendous support in KC and that was very evident during my first year when we played games in the CBE and the Big 12 Tournament. Hawaii will be a good team and I think everyone expects them to challenge Long Beach State for that leagueâ??s title next season.

They have three or four starters back, have some transfers becoming eligible and our fans will remember Christian Standhardinger, who was very good his first two years at Nebraska, so it will be an important game for us with so many new faces.â??

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