Mizzou Links, 2-14-14: Tigers beat Hogs (again), Michael Sam's dad talks some more

For some reason, there are no photos from last night in our photo tool at the moment, so instead, here's an anthropomorphic Valentine. - Wikimedia Commons

This one is for all you lovers out there...

1. I KNEW WE HAD IT ALL ALONG

It certainly gets old always hearing or talking about the budding Arkansas rivalry in the future tense. This is going to become a big rivalry! This is going to be huge! We're definitely going to hate these guys! The biggest problem with the SEC move has been the transition period. Most of our (sports) hate has been relegated to the future, and there's nothing fun about that. That said...

...Mizzou and Arkansas have played four games as conference rivals. One was an intense "SCREW YOU, MIKE" home blowout, and the other three were last-second nail-biters. If rivalries are basically about moments and reasons to hate, Mizzou-Arkansas has already stocked up on quite a few of both.

MUtigers.com: Clarkson, Brown, Free Throws Lead Mizzou to 86-85 Thriller
MUtigers.com: Mizzou vs. Arkansas Post Game Quotes

Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith:

Opening statement...

"It was a high level game. Give Arkansas a lot of credit; they played their butts off. I thought our guys made some big plays. We had two big stops down the stretch and Jabari's (Brown) shot was huge. I felt like it was a game where we really needed to shore up some things on defense and down the stretch it was good to see us make some plays."

End of the game...

"On the initial ball screen action, Johnathan (Williams) did a great job of cupping. He did a great job of forcing him one way and it allowed Jordan (Clarkson) to jump on his right hand right away."

Emphasis on defense...

"We have to get better defensively. We're a pretty good offensive team, but we need to be consistent on the defensive end. They've been shooting the three very well and we took that away in the second half. That was something we talked about at halftime."

Free throws...

"We had the right guys going to the line tonight. We work at that and I thing we're one of the better free throw shooting teams in the league (knock on wood). We're a good three-point shooting team, but we can also drive the ball. When we have games that we don't get to the free throw line, that's quite unusual. We get to the line and attack off the bounce; that's who we are."

MUtigers.com: Mizzou vs. Arkansas Post Game Notes
The Trib: Brown delivers as Missouri edges Arkansas
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou outlasts Arkansas, ends losing skid
KC Star: Jabari Brown’s shot allows Missouri to hold off Arkansas, 86-85
KC Star: MU notes: Plenty of tweets on court
The Missourian: Free-throw prowess aids Missouri men's basketball victory
The Missourian: Suspense surges in last minute of Missouri-Arkansas men's basketball game
KBIA Sports: Missouri Holds On To Beat Arkansas 86-85
PowerMizzou: Tigers survive and advance
PowerMizzou: Mizzou/Arkansas hoops photos
Fox Sports MW: Brown delivers late to help Mizzou end losing streak
Arkansas Fight: Missouri Tigers 86, Arkansas Razorbacks 85: Anthracite Not Enough
Mizzou Network: HIGHLIGHTS: Mizzou Gets Late Heroics from Brown, Beats Arkansas
Mizzou Network: INTERVIEW: Jordan Clarkson Arkansas Postgame 1 on 1
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME: Frank Haith Arkansas Postgame 1 on 1

Avert Your Eyes (and ignore Shane Rector, apparently)
The Missourian: Class in session: Assessing the contributions of Missouri basketball's freshmen

2. Michael Sam Watch, Day 6

I'd love to think that Mike's dad really was misquoted. Maybe he was, and maybe this isn't a spinning reaction to backlash.

CBS Sports: Michael Sam's dad claims he was 'terribly misquoted' by NY Times
The Classical: Michael Sam, Out Of Missouri
MMQB: Michael Sam grades as late-round NFL draft prospect after film study
The Missourian: Michael Sam's news draws support, annoyance — and some yawns
The Missourian: Other areas of mid-Missouri react to Michael Sam announcement
KBIA Sports: Michael Sam: This is what courage looks like

3. PLAY BALL

MUtigers.com: No. 14 Mizzou Softball Heads to Baylor's Getterman Classic
The Missourian: California native Kirsten Mack adjusts to winter weather, new swing

4. PLAY BALL (Part II)

MUtigers.com: Baseball Changes Weekend Slate, Heads to McNeese St.
The Trib: Missouri baseball hopes to start on right foot
The Missourian: Missouri baseball finds series for opening weekend
The Missourian: Missouri baseball looks to add more speed this season
KBIA Sports: Missouri baseball season to begin Friday
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball Games vs. Arkansas to Air on Cox Cable

5. Still talking about the 2014 class

KC Star: Brandon Lee headlines otherwise thin recruiting class of Mizzou linebackers

6. WHATNOT

MIZ-SKATING
The Missourian: Missouri's Olympic speedskater comes up short in 500m, looks forward to next race

Swimming & Diving
The Trib: MU swimmers won't rest before SEC Championships

Gymnastics
MUtigers.com: Tigers Gymnastics Late Addition To GymQuarters Invitational

Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Women's Golf Swings into Action This Weekend

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