Posted: Aug 8, 2012 11:41 AM by Associated Press
COLUMBIA (AP) -- The Missouri men's basketball team is heading to Europe for a five-game exhibition tour.
The Tigers left on Wednesday to spend 10 days playing teams in Holland, Belgium and France. NCAA rules allow Division I teams to take preseason foreign tours once every four years.
Missouri returns just three players from a team that finished 30-5 and won the Big 12 Conference tournament title before losing to 15th-seeded Norfolk State in the NCAA tournament.
Two of those returning players - forward Laurence Bowers and point guard Phil Pressey - won't play in Europe while recovering from injuries.
Second-year head coach Frank Haith hopes the trip will help a team with five transfers and four freshmen gain game experience. A sixth transfer, Jordan Clarkson, will sit out the 2012-13 season after leaving Tulsa.