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MU, Xavier schedule hoops series

Missouri will host Xavier during the 2018-2019 basketball season. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG13)

COLUMBIA -- The defending Big East basketball champions will visit Mizzou Arena later this year.

Missouri will host Xavier on Dec. 18, the school announced today. The home-and-home series will conclude when the Tigers visit Xavier on Nov. 12, 2019.

"We're always searching for ways to put together a nonconference slate that challenges us and helps spread the Mizzou brand, and this series will do that," Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "The matchups will give us an opportunity to compete, improve and grow as a group heading in Southeastern Conference play."

The Tigers and Musketeers nearly played in this year's NCAA Tournament, but Missouri dropped 67-54 decision to Florida State in the first round. The Seminoles eliminated Xavier in the second round.

Xavier leads the all-time series between the teams 5-2.

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