Too many links to save until tomorrow...so let's unload them now...
- 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
Around the Big 12
ESPN.com: Baylor 91, Oklahoma 60
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor men finally conquer Oklahoma, 91-60
Daily Oklahoman: Baylor romps to first Big 12 win over Oklahoma
Daily Oklahoman: Jeff Capel kicks OU basketball team out of locker room
Crimson and Cream Machine: Gonna Be a Long Season
ESPN.com: Oklahoma State 81, Texas Tech 52
Daily Oklahoman: Cowboys open Big 12 with huge win over No. 22 Texas Tech
Daily Oklahoman: James Anderson dazzles Raiders
ESPN.com: Texas 103, Colorado 86
Burnt Orange Nation: Texas Moves to 15-0 with 103-86 Win Over Colorado
ESPN.com: Iowa State 73, North Dakota State 71
Clone Chronicles: Boozer Plays Hard in a Close Victory
- ESPN.com: Texas A&M 64, Nebraska 53
- KC Star (Upon Further Review): Forget Big 12 Football: Big 12 Basketball is #1
- Big 12 Sports: Covering the Baseline: Could This Be the Best Ever?
- Big12Hoops.com: EA Sports NCAA Basketball 10 - Coaches Corner (hello, Coach Anderson!)
Oh, and Football
- SB Nation: Tommy Tuberville Agrees to Become Texas Tech's Next Head Coach
Double-T Nation: Tommy Tuberville to be Named Texas Tech Football Coach
Double-T Nation: Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville :: First Impressions
- Dallas Morning News (Chuck Carlton): Tuberville a solid choice to replace Leach at Texas Tech
- Dr. Saturday: Another look for Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech's new anti-Leach
NFL.com VIDEO: Maclin goes the distance
And one more...
The Trib: Rick McGuire intends for Halter to succeed him