Missouri basketball tips off the season Saturday

      Alex Oriakhi celebrated a national championship with UConn in 2011

      Now, the forward is ready to do his part for No. 15 Missouri.

      The Tigers were a 30-win team and No. 2 NCAA regional seed in coach Frank Haith's first season. Hopes are high for the second season that begins Saturday against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville despite a radically remade roster.

      Oriakhi is among a group of heralded additions to a team that has just one returning starter, preseason SEC player of the year Phil Pressey, but also has dynamic forward Laurence Bowers back

      after missing last season with a knee injury.

      Missouri opens the season without guard Michael Dixon, perhaps the nation's top sixth man last season, because he violated team rules.