Mizzou Basketball: SEC games announced for 2017-2018 season

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Mizzou basketball now knows all of its opponents for the regular season of the 2017-2018 academic year. The SEC schedule was announced on Thursday and the Tigers will have some tough match-ups on the agenda.

The hype is through the roof for Mizzou basketball this year, and for good reason. The Tigers locked down one of the best recruits in the country in Michael Porter Jr. and also landed Porter’s younger brother Jontay Porter. Throw in nice recruits like Blake Harris and Jeremiah Tillman and this could be one of the best MU basketball teams that Columbia has seen in a long time.

The excitement level is even higher now, as Tiger fans now have a complete schedule for their team for the 2017-2018 season, as the SEC part of the schedule was released on Thursday.

Conference play for Missouri will begin on January 3rd, 2018 when they head to South Carolina to face off against the Gamecocks. South Carolina made it to the Final Four last year under head coach Frank Martin, but fell short of the National Championship Game.

After that, MU will host the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs on the sixth and the tenth of January before hitting the road again to square off against Arkansas. None of those games are too terrifying, though Florida should be fairly competitive in the SEC this year.

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The biggest eye grabber, however, is that Missouri will play the Kentucky Wildcats twice in 2017-2018. The first match-up will come on Saturday, February 3rd in Columbia and the second game will be on Kentucky’s home court on Saturday, February 24th. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Tigers were ranked nationally for both of those games, which had anyone said that a year ago, they would have been punched in the face.

This year’s Mizzou team is different though and they have a high ceiling. It’s only the first year under head coach Cuonzo Martin, but bringing in the Porter brothers, Evans, and Tillman could make this a legitimate team to push for a high-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Missouri could be the Cinderella team in the tournament this year, after having so many horrendous seasons lately.

Missouri’s first game of the season will be against an old Big 12 rival in the Iowa State Cyclones, but it’ll be in the confines of Columbia. That’ll take place on Friday, November 10th, and if the Tigers win that one, good vibes will be flowing, as the Cyclones are a good force in the college basketball realm.

Here is the complete Mizzou basketball schedule, including both non-conference games and SEC games, courtesy of The Kansas City Star.