Mizzou Basketball to face Kentucky twice in 2017-2018

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A year ago if Mizzou basketball learned they had to play Kentucky twice in a season, the reaction would have been pretty grim. Now, however, with the best recruitment class the Tigers have seen in years, bring on the Wildcats!

The Missouri Tigers released their SEC home and road opponents for the 2017-2018 season and MU fans are pretty pumped to say the least! The biggest school on the list is the home-and-home with the Kentucky Wildcats, a team that has dominated the SEC in basketball for awhile now.

Here are the match-ups for the Tigers, courtesy of Bill C. of Rock M Nation.

  • Home: Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M
  • Road: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M, UCF, Vanderbilt
  • Neutral

    : Illinois, three teams from an AdvoCare Invitational pool of Long Beach State, Marist, Nebraska, Oregon State, St. John’s and West Virginia.

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    The toughest games on that schedule will obviously be against Kentucky, but also against Iowa State, South Carolina on the road, and West Virginia at a neutral site. The rest of the schedule doesn’t look too scary, especially the neutral site teams.

    This is a huge season for Mizzou basketball. They’re coming off three terrible seasons and now they have a new coach who has shown he means business. He’s brought in some of the best recruits in the country and this is the year for the Tigers to do damage.

    If MU doesn’t make the NCAA Tournament, then 2017-2018 will be a huge disappointment. There’s no reason why a team with this much talent (Michael Porter Jr, Jontay Porter, Jeremiah Tillman, Blake Harris to name a few) in a weak basketball conference like the SEC can’t make it to the big dance known as March Madness.

    On the other hand, however, this is a new feeling for Tiger fans. After years of awful basketball, it’s unfair to put this much pressure on this current group. I think MU will be good, but I’m not on the “Final Four” train like a lot of Missouri fans are. If that happens, that’d be awesome for the school and for the fans.

    The games against Kentucky will be the telling factors in how Missouri handles the pressure. They’ve gotten shellacked by the Cats since joining the SEC, but this is a new squad lined up in CoMo. These Tigers can actually go toe to toe with the Wildcats of Kentucky and it’ll be fun to witness.

    The 2017-2018 season should prove to be a fun one for the Missouri Tigers and hopefully they can be competitive this season and give the fans something big to root for. This isn’t the entire schedule, but it is 24 out of 30ish games that have been announced, so we definitely have something to go off of now.

    What games are you looking forward to the most for the Tigers?