Mizzou Links, 1-10-10

Too many links to save until tomorrow...so let's unload them now...

30 Straight!

  • ESPN.com: Mizzou 74, Kansas State 68
  • MUtigers.com (blog): "It" Shows Itself Again
    It is obvious when a player has command of crunch time (think MJ, Ray Allen, and (gulp) Mario Chalmers), and painful when he does not (think Chris Webber, not only for The Timeout but also the '02 NBA Western Conference Finals when he spent the second half playing hot potato and visibly hoping the ball didn't come to him). Any basketball fan can see in a player's body language whether they want the moment or not. It's a smoothness in the jumper, and that unmistakable look of determination in their eyes.

    More than any skill a player may have, I believe it's what they lack that makes them clutch.  Fear of failure never crossed Zaire's mind prior to his three.  It didn't matter that he was three feet behind the arc, or the defenders in his face. Despite the pressure both from the defense and from the situation, Zaire let launch with complete confidence. He knew the ball was in the net long before any fans knew it was even getting shot.
  • The Trib: Tigers knock off No. 11 K-State in Big 12 opener
    The Trib: Taylor knows no ... um ... fear in the clutch
  • The Missourian: Missouri outmuscles Kansas State
    The Missourian: More heroics from Taylor in Missouri victory
    The Missourian: slideshow
  • KC Star: MU upsets K-State in Big 12 opener
    KC Star: Zaire Taylor comes up big at end in upset of K-State
    KC Star: Wildcats let road game slip away
    KC Star (Upon Further Review): M-Claws vs K-Claws
  • Post-Dispatch: MU bumps off K-State
    Post-Dispatch (Bryan Burwell): Tigers are still a force nationally
    The pressure kept building and K-State never really had control of the game, even when it rallied for a 56-52 lead with 5:22 left and the Tigers couldn't make a field goal or a free throw. By the end of the game, that turnover total jumped up to 21, and despite making only three field goals in the final four minutes, Mizzou outscored K-State 18-8, and Martin's worst fear had come true: the Tigers were forcing the tempo to be too quick and making his players throw the ball away with bad passes that went right into the hands of Mizzou players.

    And now you have to say that MU no longer looks like a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 team as the preseason predictions slotted them. When you add up impressive dismantlings of Georgia, Oregon and Illinois with this tough-minded victory over the Wildcats, Missouri must be considered a team that needs to be taken very seriously on the college basketball landscape once again.
  • PowerMizzou: PMTV: Mr. Big Shot
    PowerMizzou: PMTV: Finishing Strong
    PowerMizzou: Battle tested
    PowerMizzou: photo gallery
  • Topeka Capital-Journal: Cats crumble in Columbia
    Topeka Capital-Journal: Cats dejected, not devastated
    Topeka Capital-Journal: Merriewether has memorable day
    Topeka Capital-Journal: Martin apologizes for incident

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And one more...

  • The Trib: Rick McGuire intends for Halter to succeed him

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