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Parts of Dennis Gates' first season in Columbia are starting to come together.
The SEC on Wednesday released the conference opponents Missouri men's basketball will play this season, totaling 18 games.
Ten games will be comprised of home-and-home series with Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
Missouri will also play Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt at home. The Tigers will play Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee on the road.
The times and dates for those contests will be announced at a later date.
Four of those home-and-home opponents are very familiar. Missouri played Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M each twice in SEC play last season. Missouri swept Ole Miss (and also beat the Rebels in the league tournament), split with the Aggies and got swept by both Arkansas and Mississippi State.
LSU will replace Alabama as Missouri's fifth home-and-home opponent. The Tigers split with Alabama last season, upsetting the Crimson Tide at Mizzou Arena.
LSU is in a similar place to Missouri with a first-year head coach in Matt McMahon, having had most of its roster leave through the transfer portal and having replaced most of those players with transfers.
Mizzou's nonconference opponents
Missouri has one nonconference game on the schedule with two more waiting in the wings.
Kansas announced its nonconference schedule Tuesday and has the Border War returning to Mizzou Arena on Dec. 10.
That's nearly a year to the day when the two programs revived the rivalry last season on Dec. 11, 2021.
The only other known nonconference games so far are Missouri's Braggin' Rights rivalry with Illinois and an SEC-Big 12 Challenge game against Iowa State.
Dates have not been announced for either game.
All three nonconference games are a chance for redemption, as Missouri lost to Kansas, Illinois and Iowa State by double figures in each contest last season.
Chris Kwiecinski is the sports editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, overseeing University of Missouri and Boone County sports coverage. Follow him on Twitter @OchoK_ and contact him at CKwiecinsk@gannett.com or 573-815-1857.
This article originally appeared on Columbia Daily Tribune: SEC announces Mizzou basketball conference games in 2022-23 schedule