Aug. 7, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Even though Missouri State's 2013-14 men's basketball schedule is still being finalized, a portion of the Bears' non-conference slate was revealed Wednesday (Aug. 7) with the announcement of the pairings for the Corpus Christi Challenge by event organizers and the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The inaugural tournament will begin with games on campus sites, Nov. 24 and 26, with two additional games to be played for each of the eight teams at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Nov. 29-30.
Missouri State will open the event by hosting Hampton University at JQH Arena on Sunday, Nov. 24 before a visit from Liberty University two days later. The Bears will then move on to a third-round matchup with Texas A&M on Friday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. in Corpus Christi. The winner of that game will play the winner of the Virginia-SMU game the next night at 8 p.m., while the third-round losers will square off on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.
Both of MSU's games in Corpus Christi will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
In addition to MSU, Texas A&M, Virginia, SMU, Hampton and Liberty, the tournament also includes Sam Houston State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk returns four starters and eight lettermen as he begins his third season directing the Bears. He inherited a program that was coming off its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title in 2011, and Lusk spent much of last season rebuilding the program tradition with a solid crop of freshmen. MSU’s six freshmen accounted for 43.5 percent of the team’s scoring in 2012-13, including Valley Freshman of the Year Marcus Marshall (6-3, G, St. Paul, Minn., 11.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg) who broke the club’s freshman scoring mark with 368 points. The Bears have added three more freshmen and a pair of transfers to their arsenal this winter and also will see the return of 2012 starter Jarmar Gulley (6-5, F, Beaumont, Texas, 10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg) who missed last season with a torn ACL.
Tickets for the final rounds in Corpus Christi can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by phone by dialing 1-800-745-3000. For ADA seating please call (361) 826-4170. Missouri State season ticket information is available by calling (417) 836-7678 or visiting the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena during regular box office hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.