Kansas State 78, Missouri 68: Physical Wildcats Catch Fire, Drop Tigers For Second Time

COLUMBIA, MO - FEBRUARY 21: Head coach Frank Haith of the Missouri Tigers reacts from the bench during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on February 21, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Heading into the season, we feared Mizzou could be done in by foul trouble and minimal size. Only Kansas State has made them pay for their obvious deficiencies, but tonight at Mizzou Arena, they did it for the second time. The Wildcats dominated the interior in the first half on their way to a 10-point halftime lead, and in the second half, with Mizzou taking more chances defensively, they were able to pass their way to a series of good looks from 3-point land. They were 6-for-9 from long range on the night.

Mizzou made things interesting late, cutting KSU's lead to just three points, but every time they had a shot to come all the way back, the rims were unkind. K-State made just enough free throws late to keep their distance, and they pulled their second upset of a Top 10 team in just four days.

Mizzou falls to 25-3 on this blessed season and can still claim a share of the Big 12 title with an admittedly unlikely win at Lawrence this Saturday. Consider this your cute babies and puppies thread and get ready for Saturday.

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