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Mizzou men’s and women’s basketball teams put together their non-conference schedules for the 2024-25 season

COLUMBIA, Missouri – Mizzou Arena is almost sold out.

With only four full months left until the college basketball season, Missouri’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the process of putting together their non-league schedules that will fill their calendars for the first few months.

On the men’s side, that means setting dates for already-agreed series with big-name schools and arranging for some smaller programs to visit Columbia in exchange for a check and the chance to pull off an upset — look at what Jackson State did last year.

Contracts with other athletic departments obtained by the Post-Dispatch through a public records request call for four nonleague games for Mizzou’s men and nine – plus one tournament – for the women.

On the men’s side, MU will open its season on the road against Memphis on Monday, November 4, according to a signed agreement. The two schools met in Columbia early last season and agreed to play several games. The only question that remains is finding a suitable date for this season.

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The last time Missouri opened its season with a road game was in the 2003–2004 season, when the Tigers hosted Oakland in Detroit, Michigan for their most recent March Madness appearance.

A week later – which suggests room for a game or two in between – Mizzou hosts Eastern Washington on November 11.

The Tigers and Eagles have only met once before on a basketball court, in 1988. MU will pay Eastern Washington $100,000 to participate in this game.

Just a few days later, on Thursday, November 14, Mississippi Valley State will visit Missouri. MU will again pay the visitors $100,000, but the host university will also have to cover two nights’ accommodations in 15 hotel rooms for this game, as well as some travel and meal expenses.

It will be the Delta Devils’ third trip to Columbia, having last faced the Tigers in 2022 in one of Dennis Gates’ first games as Mizzou coach.

The only other “buy game” on Missouri’s schedule is currently MU’s game against Lindenwood on Wednesday, November 27 – the day before Thanksgiving. MU will also pay visitors $100,000 for that occasion, but will not cover lodging or travel.

As a newer DI school, Lindenwood has only played Mizzou once before, also in 2022.

From this point in the season, the quality of the Tigers’ opponents will increase until December.

Atlantic Coast Conference newcomer California will travel to Columbia for the ACC-SEC Challenge on Tuesday, December 3rd.

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Missouri and Kansas will play their final rivalry game on Sunday, December 8, in Columbia.

The annual Braggin’ Rights game between Mizzou and Illinois will take place on Sunday, December 22nd at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

What is not included in the contracted non-conference games is the rematch of MU’s series against Minnesota. The Tigers hosted the Golden Gophers last season and were scheduled to host them this time, but no date has been set for that game.

The announced games against Pacific and Washington State as well as participation in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City were not in the contract and were not announced.

The Mizzou women already have the majority of their non-conference schedule firmly in place.

Southern, Norfolk State and Tulane will be the first three opponents to come to Columbia, playing on November 7, 10 and 12.

Southern will be the most expensive buyout, with MU paying $32,000 and providing hotel rooms. Norfolk State will receive $25,000 and less hotel rooms. Mizzou and Tulane will play each other again in 2025 in New Orleans and will not exchange money for either matchup.

Neither team will pay for Missouri’s game against St. Louis, which is scheduled for Nov. 20. The two same-state rivals have played each other in most seasons since 2011, alternating as hosts.

Mizzou will begin a two-year series with Arkansas-Little Rock at home on Friday, Nov. 22, and seek revenge on the road next season.

The Tigers will participate in the Emerald Coast Classic just before Thanksgiving, paying $35,000 to participate in that tournament, which will be played at Northwest Florida State College, where MU will face Syracuse and either Creighton or Wichita State.

After the holiday, Mizzou will host Jacksonville State on Sunday, December 1st, providing $25,000 and some hotel rooms.

Another newer ACC team, Southern Methodist, will visit on Thursday, December 5, for the Women’s ACC-SEC Challenge.

Northern Illinois, Lipscomb and Oral Roberts round out the month of December, with games scheduled for December 7, 15 and 18. The first two teams will receive $30,000 each, while Oral Roberts will receive $25,000.

Not among the Mizzou women’s scheduled games is a Braggin’ Rights clash with Illinois, which would likely take place in mid-December in Columbia.


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