Mizzou hoops releases non-conference schedule

A return to Kansas City and home games against UCLA and West Virginia highlight Missouri basketball's 2013-2014 non-conference schedule.

The Tigers will face Hawaii at the Sprint Center on Nov. 16. Missouri will make its first appearance in Kansas City since winning the 2012 Big 12 Tournament.

Missouri opens the season Nov. 8 against Southeastern Louisiana. The Tigers will host Southern Illinois on Nov. 12 before facing Hawaii in KC.

The Tigers will take part in the Las Vegas Invitational and will host opening round games on Nov. 23 and 25. Missouri will then travel to Las Vegas to face Nevada and Northwestern on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.

The Tigers open a three-game homestand on Dec. 5 when they take on West Virginia as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. UCLA will visit Mizzou Arena two days later in a rematch of last year's overtime thriller won by the Bruins. The Tigers also host Western Michigan (Dec. 15) and Long Beach State (Jan. 4) in non-conference action.

Missouri and Illinois will meet Dec. 21 in St. Louis in the annual Braggin' Rights game. The Tigers will play only one true road game in the non-conference schedule, a Dec. 28 meeting with North Carolina State.