Mizzou to open hoops season Nov. 25

Coach Cuonzo Martin's Tigers face an 18-game SEC schedule and a smaller non-conference slate that is not yet complete.
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Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri Tigers plan to begin play just before Thanksgiving and commence Southeastern Conference action just before the new year, assuming the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t do to the start of basketball season what it did to last season’s conclusion.

The team released its tentative 2020-21 schedule Friday, months later than usual as the college basketball world prepares for a season amid a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on every sport this year. The 2019-20 season came to an abrupt halt in March when conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament were canceled.

Mizzou is scheduled to open non-conference play Nov. 25 at home against Oral Roberts, launching a non-conference schedule that could grow or be amended. The SEC slate, which begins Dec. 30, is considered set.

No game times are attached to the schedule released Friday.

Non-conference schedule (tentative)

Wednesday, November 25, vs. Oral Roberts

TBD multi-team event (TBD dates, opponents, location)

Sunday, December 6, at Wichita State

Wednesday, December 9, vs. Liberty

Tuesday, December 22, vs. Bradley

Saturday, January 30, vs. TCU (SEC/Big 12 Challenge)

SEC schedule

Wednesday, December 30, vs. Tennessee

Saturday, January 2, at Arkansas

Tuesday, January 5, at Mississippi State

Saturday, January 9, vs. LSU

Tuesday, January 12, vs. Vanderbilt

Saturday, January 16, at Texas A&M

Tuesday, January 19, vs. South Carolina

Saturday, January 23, at Tennessee

Tuesday, January 26, at Auburn

Tuesday, February 2, vs. Kentucky

Saturday, February 6, vs. Alabama

Wednesday, February 10, at Ole Miss

Saturday, February 13, vs. Arkansas

Tuesday, February 16, at Georgia

Saturday, February 20, at South Carolina

Tuesday, February 23, vs. Ole Miss

Saturday, February 27, vs. Texas A&M

Wednesday, March 3, at Florida