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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Missouri basketball: School announces dates for Blackout and Gold Rush games

As the Missouri Tigers basketball team gets ready to take on the Mississippi Bulldogs on the road Wednesday night, the focus is on whether the Tigers can pick up their first road victory in SEC play.

While Mizzou fans will be very excited if head coach Frank Haith's boys can pull off a victory, it will make a pair of future home games even more meaningful if Mizzou can still be in contention for a SEC title.

If Mizzou can win Wednesday, the annual "Blackout" and "Gold Rush" games should be that much more exciting.

The school announced on Tuesday that Mizzou's game on February 19th against the Florida Gators will serve as the "Blackout" game and a game against Arkansas on March 5th.

Both games will be televised nationally on ESPN and both offer interesting storylines.

Mizzou will look to avenge a bad loss on the road earlier this year against Florida and a win against the highly-ranked Gators could help the Tigers secure a more attractive seed in the NCAA Tournament.

As for Arkansas, the storyline is very clear. Former head coach Mike Anderson will return to Columbia for the first time since leaving Mizzou for Arkansas and should be welcomed by an interesting ovation to say the least.