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Missouri will be a great addition to the basketball schedule
Missouri begins its first season as a member of the SEC in 2012-13, and it is expected to be a great addition to the conference. The Tigers have always had a strong basketball program, and they bring that tradition, along with a passionate fanbase, to a conference that has badly needed more marquee basketball programs.
For years, the only two challengers for the conference title have been Kentucky and Florida. Missouri will fit right in with those two schools and pose an immediate and exciting challenge to those schools for the SEC crown this season.
Last season was one of the best in Missouri history, as it was consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the polls and won the 2012 Big 12 Conference Tournament. It entered the NCAA tournament as a two-seed, but it was upset in the first round by Norfolk State.
Despite the setback, Missouri is expected to field a very strong team this upcoming season. It returns star player Phil Pressey, who might be the best point guard in the conference. The team also added senior forward Alex Oriakhi, who transferred from Connecticut and started for the Huskies team that won the 2011 national championship.
The Tigers will be a difficult matchup for Kentucky, largely because of their experience and front court size. With that being said, this game will be played in the comfortable confines of Rupp Arena, and the players will be ready to secure a signature win during conference play.