IRVING, Texas — West Virginia will visit Missouri on Dec. 5 as part of the Big 12-SEC basketball challenge announced Tuesday.

The matchup adds another intriguing component to the Mountaineers’ already strong nonconference schedule, which includes home games against Gonzaga and Purdue, a road game at Virginia Tech and a Cancun tournament field that includes Wisconsin and Saint Louis.

Typically these series flip the host teams from season to season, meaning WVU would host an SEC challenge opponent in 2014-15.

“The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “It will add more quality opponents to our schools’ annually strong non-conference schedules and provide an additional avenue to showcase some outstanding intersectional matchups.”

Most of the games are scheduled for Dec. 2-6, with three taking place outside the four-day window because of scheduling conflicts. Conference officials expect the challenge to be contained across consecutive days in future years.

The leagues and networks have yet to finalize tip times and broadcast information.

Missouri was 23-11 last season — going 12-8 in SEC games — and lost its NCAA tournament opener to Colorado State 84-72.

Mizzou lost four starters, including junior point guard Phil Pressey (11.7 points, 7.1 assists) to the NBA draft’s early-entree wave and senior center Alex Oriakhi, the UConn transfer who averaged 11.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. But the Tigers will add dynamic junior guard Jordan Clarkson, a transfer who sat out last year after scoring 16.5 points per game at Tulsa.

Coach Frank Haith brought in the nation’s 16th-ranked recruiting class according to Rivals.


Thursday, Nov. 14
Texas Tech at Alabama
Monday, Dec. 2
Vanderbilt at Texas
Auburn at Iowa State
Thursday, Dec. 5
Mississippi at Kansas State
West Virginia at Missouri
TCU at Mississippi State
Friday, Dec. 6
South Carolina at Oklahoma State
Baylor vs. Kentucky (at Arlington, Texas)
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Kansas at Florida
Saturday, Dec. 21
Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (at Houston)
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  • Big Larry

    Another beat down......

    • hailey

      I think "big larry and big tom" could be a married couple they always seem to think a like. Have you two guys recently visited Minnesota?

      • Habib Haddad

        No, they are happily living in Maryland as husband and husband.

        • Wemakerain

          Habib Haddad for the win

  • cutty77

    Huggs plays anybody that is any good. He Dodges know one,I must admit. I bet alot of Teams want to play Huggs Now.

  • j

    I am so tired of Big Tom's criticism and pessimistic views. Is it possible to keep him from posting? I don't think anyone would miss him

  • Hop'sHip

    We have a bunch of Huggins critics here, but you have to give him this. He doesn't load up the schedule with a lot of patsies.

    • wvman75

      He knows that to get to where you want to go, you have to be able to beat anyone.

  • big tom

    another heartbreaking loss

    • Wemakerain

      Mizzou may not even be any good, I honestly can't name a single player on their team without cheating. So don't assume and keep playing the only stupid game the Huggins bashers can seem to handle

    • Bottom Feeder

      How do you know that this is going to be a loss?...a heart-breaker? Does the bargain bin at the Dollar Tree have anymore crystal balls like yours? Suggest you quit reading the Metro News Sports, you are starting to sound like ellen, helen and let's not forget rosie!!

      • hailey

        leave big trollin tom alone, he knows all