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Missouri schedules basketball series with Arizona

The Tigers will head to Tucson in 2015 with the Wildcats making the return trip in 2016.

Streeter Lecka

Two of this season's top teams won't be meeting in the regular season, at least this year, but they will in the future. The Missouri Tigers and Arizona Wildcats men's basketball teams will play a home-and-home series starting in 2015 with Missouri visiting Arizona. The Wildcats will play in Columbia the next season.

"This is a great series and will generate the type of national exposure fans and programs want early in the college basketball season," head coach Frank Haith said in a release. "I have so much respect for Sean (Miller) and the Arizona program and when you get two national brands playing in on-campus settings it's great for all of college basketball."

The No. 12 Missouri Tigers have met the Wildcats twice, once in the regular season and once in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers won the first match-up 76-73 at the Hawaii Pacific Invitational in 1984. The teams butted heads again in 1994 when the Wildcats beat the Tigers 92-72 in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight round in Los Angeles. The Wildcats would go on to lose to the eventual national champions, the Arkansas Razorbacks, in the Final Four.