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The Missouri basketball schedule for next season continues to come together, including a game in Kansas City.

Missouri announced more of its non-conference schedule Monday that features a game against Hawaii at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Nov. 16.

“We have tremendous support in K.C. and that was very evident during my first year when we played games in the CBE and the Big 12 Tournament,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

Other games of note include a home game Dec. 5 against West Virginia followed two days later with a home game against UCLA. The Tigers also will host Western Michigan (Dec. 15), Long Beach State (Jan. 4), Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 8) and Southern Illinois (Nov. 12).

Missouri will take on Illinois in the annual Braggin’ Rights game Dec. 21 in St. Louis and will open up a home-and home series Dec. 28 at N.C. State.

It was already announced the Tigers will play in the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 28 and 29. The Tigers will also play a pair of home games for the Invitational. Opponents for those games will be announced at a later date, as will a pair of exhibition games.

Missouri seems to have delivered on its promise of bringing bigger names to Mizzou Arena after two years with no non-conference home games against schools from the “Big 6 conferences.”

“We have a little bit of everything on our schedule for next season and I believe it will get our team ready for play in the SEC,” Haith said. “It was really important for us to get that home schedule attractive for our fans, not only for this year, but for years to come, so the series with North Carolina State made a lot of sense.”

III

Numerous media outlets reported Monday assistant coach Rick Carter has left the team.

Carter spent one season with the Tigers, after coming to Columbia from Western Michigan. It is not clear who will replace Carter.

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