The Missouri Tigers basketball program has had a lot of success over their history. They have made 26 trips to the NCAA Tournament with seven Sweet Sixteen appearances and five Elite Eights. Missouri has won their conference tournament eight times and been the conference regular season champions 15 times.
The Tigers have played in the NIT eight times, advancing to the second round twice. Some of the greats to play for Missouri include Jordan Clarkson, Steve Stipanovich, Larry Drew, Kareem Rush, Keyon Dooling, Jon Sundvold, Phil Pressey, Jabari Brown, Doug Smith, Derrick Chievous, Anthony Peeler, John Brown, and many more.
The Mizzou Arena opened in 2004 and seats over 15,000 fans. The Mizzou Arena is a lot like an NBA Arena with the modern amenities, fireworks for the pregame intros, the varied menu at the concessions stands. The fans are among the most passionate in the nation and stay into the game throughout.
Missouri has had to build new rivalries while saying goodbye to old ones. They were a big part of the Big 12 Conference for many years and had rivalries with schools like Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Now those games are gone and the Tigers are part of the SEC which means those teams have been replaced by Kentucky, LSU, Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Auburn.
While those are some great teams and the SEC is a great conference, the Tigers and their fans should be commended for staying enthused about the program despite losing their traditional rivals. Building new rivalries will take time as the new teams play each other. You have an opportunity to get in early on these rivalries forming.
Missouri basketball is already off to a great start in the SEC with some wins over Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Georgia, Mississippi State and South Carolina. When the Tigers finally beat Kentucky, they will then be part of the SEC family for good. Will this be the year they beat the Wildcats? Will this be the year they win their first SEC Tournament? Come out to Mizzou Arena and find out. Being led by Head Coach Kim Anderson, the Tigers will look to punch a ticket to the big dance.
The home schedule this season includes Wofford, UMES, Arkansas State, Northern Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha, NC State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Savannah State, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Florida.
With great games like these in a NBA style arena with a great fan base, you cannot do any better than the University of Missouri. Make plans to visit the Mizzou Arena this season as often as you can. Order your tickets today!
Courtesy of the University of Missouri