COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri men’s basketball program announced Thursday that a two-year home-and-home series with Xavier will begin next season.

Missouri will host the Musketeers, who are led by new coach Travis Steele, on Dec. 18 to begin the series. The Tigers will then travel to Cincinnati for the return game Nov. 12, 2019.

“We’re always searching for ways to put together a non-conference slate that challenges us and helps spread the Mizzou brand, and this series will do that,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement. “The matchups will give us an opportunity to compete, improve and grow as a group heading into Southeastern Conference play.”

The teams have seen a lot of each other lately. Missouri and Xavier have played three times in the last four years. Xavier has won all three, including an 83-82 overtime win at the 2016 Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

Xavier holds the seven-game series lead 5-2, but Missouri is 1-1 at home.

December’s matchup will come one season after each team won 20-plus games and made the NCAA Tournament. The teams would have played in the second round of the NCAA Tournament if Missouri had defeated Florida State.

Xavier, like Missouri, will be replacing its top scorers next season, as Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura graduated and Kerem Kanter used his graduate transfer eligibility last season.

Tuesday's announcement sheds more light on Missouri's non-conference schedule for next season.

On May 10, the Tigers announced the bracket of the 2018 Paradise Jam. Missouri will begin the tournament, which will be held at the University of the Virgin Islands' Sports and Fitness Center, on Nov. 16 against Kennesaw State. The winner will play either Oregon State or Old Dominion. Other teams included in that tournament are Kansas State, Eastern Kentucky, Northern Iowa and Penn.