MUtigers.com: SEC Announces 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule
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So sans a couple of exhibition games, Mizzou's 2013-14 schedule is complete.
|Nov. 8||SE Louisiana||13-18||281||226|
|Nov. 12||Southern Illinois||14-17||179||193|
|Nov. 16||vs. Hawaii||in Kansas City||17-15||215||210|
|Nov. 28||vs. Northwestern||in Las Vegas||13-19||130||168|
|Nov. 29||vs. Nevada||in Las Vegas||12-19||181||173|
|Dec. 5||West Virginia||13-19||125||147|
|Dec. 15||Western Michigan||22-13||147||129|
|Dec. 21||vs. Illinois||in St. Louis||23-13||39||40|
|Dec. 28||at N.C. State||24-11||38||33|
|Jan. 4||Long Beach State||19-14||178||115|
|Jan. 11||at Auburn||SEC||9-23||194||251|
|Jan. 16||at Vanderbilt||SEC||16-17||85||108|
|Jan. 21||at LSU||SEC||19-12||95||86|
|Jan. 25||South Carolina||SEC||14-18||212||227|
|Jan. 28||at Arkansas||SEC||19-13||71||95|
|Feb. 4||at Florida||SEC||29-8||2||8|
|Feb. 8||at Ole Miss||SEC||27-9||32||47|
|Feb. 22||at Alabama||SEC||23-13||57||60|
|Feb. 25||at Georgia||SEC||15-17||99||140|
|March 1||Mississippi State||SEC||10-22||259||231|
|March 5||Texas A&M||SEC||18-15||100||101|
|March 8||at Tennessee||SEC||20-13||75||59|
Some immediate thoughts:
- That stretch from January 28 to February 8 is rough. Kentucky's not going to be 48th again, and that's the only home game sandwiched between trips to Fayetteville, Gainesville, and Oxford? Yikes. Obviously there are some incredibly palatable stretches elsewhere on the schedule, but that one will be tough for morale.
- This year's repeat opponents in conference play: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas. You know how we complained about having a tougher conference schedule than other teams near the top of the standings last year? Granted, Tennessee might be pretty good, but … that's not a problem this year. For better or worse.
- The last time Mizzou opened a season with SE Louisiana, things went south. That's just poor planning right there. Fire Alden, etc.
- I like finishing the season with Tennessee again (though I'd obviously prefer the game to be in Columbia then). I like the idea of certain traditions within the scheduling … helps rivalries to form more quickly.
- This … really isn't that impressive a schedule. But it's unimpressive with a purpose: Only one non-conference opponent ranked worse than 226th last year, and only three ranked worse than 195th. Yes, seven opponents fell between 115th and 195th, which is incredibly lackluster, but as we've seen through the years, RPI punishes you for bad opponents almost more than it rewards you for good ones. And RPI still features heavily in the committee's decision-making process, whether it admits it or not. But yeah … not a lot to get jazzed up about here, other than that brutal road stretch in early February. Then again, you know what does get people jazzed up? Wins. This schedule should ensure that Mizzou starts relatively well in that regard.