Missouri is scheduled to play in the Las Vegas Invitational, an 8-team tournament/event Nov. 29-30.
The way this tournament works is there are four hosts and four "visitors". The four hosts are mid majors or high majors, with the four visitors usually being cupcakes. Each of the four hosts plays a game in its home arena against two of the visitors. Those "home games" have no bearing on the bracket in Vegas, but they do count as part of the four games you can exempt as part of the event.
Then, all eight teams head to Las Vegas in two four-team brackets -- the hosts and the visitors. Winners play winners and losers play losers in each bracket.
The four hosts, currently, for the 2013 event are Missouri, Nevada, Northwestern and UCLA. The same UCLA we are scheduled to play a home game against, as well. The four cupcake "visitors" haven't been announced yet.
If that field remains as is, the only way we would avoid playing UCLA is if we were matched up against the other two hosts in the semifinals and then either Mizzou or UCLA lost, of course.
Note: I corrected the headline as someone has posted in PowerMizzou that the format, at least for this year, would be changed so Missouri and UCLA would not play each other. That would involve not having a four-team bracket, as I illustrated, but simply by having Missouri and UCLA both play Nevada and Northwestern, but not each other. In my view, that makes the event totally lame, but thought I'd pass it along.