New-Look Mizzou Heads to Europe for Summer Tour

6 years 3 months 1 week ago Wednesday, August 08 2012 Aug 8, 2012 Wednesday, August 08, 2012 10:41:58 AM CDT August 08, 2012 in Tiger Talk
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.

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