Mizzou Links, 2-17-14: Big wins for Mizzou hoops, opening weekend on the diamond

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Mizzou Basketball scored a couple of key wins last week, both the Softball and Baseball teams started the season reasonably well, and Wrestling coach Brian Smith nabbed his 200th career win on Senior Day at Hearnes.

1. It was a good time for a 2-0 week

MUtigers.com: Frontcourt Powers Mizzou Men to 75-70 Win over Vols
MUtigers.com: Mizzou vs. Tennessee Post-Game Notes
MUtigers.com: Mizzou vs. Tennessee Post Game Quotes

Missouri Head Coach, Frank Haith

Opening Statement...

"It was a great win for us. Quick turnaround playing a team that I think is an NCAA tournament caliber team. We had to bring it. Their physicality in the paint area was tremendous. We got great production on all of our post guys. Every one of those guys that played gave us something positive. It was great to see and we need that as we take a move forward."

On giving up 16 offensive rebounds...

"We were down six on the board. We knew they were a really good offensive rebounding team. They were very, very aggressive and that's what they do. We knew that going in. Jarnell Stokes is getting 4.5 offensive rebounds per game but tonight he only got three, so we should be proud of that."

On the difference between the middle of the game and the way they played during that stretch...

"We shot 57-percent tonight. I thought we were taking good shots and running good offense. Jabari (Brown) isn't going to just force shots because that's what he does. He's a mature player. He's very patient in what he does. We ran some plays for him and he made some big shots. We want to make sure we run good offense and I thought our guys brought good offense. We shared the ball and we got good production out of a lot of guys."

On the guys coming out with such intensity today...

"We challenge our guys. We had one-day prep. We had such an intense game on Thursday night against Arkansas so we couldn't do a whole lot except really prepare mentally and talk about what we were going to have to go up against [the physicality of the game] and not be surprised when those guys shove you up against the basket. Those guys shove you because they're just moving. It's not like they're pushing. They're 270 pounds and they're just walking and moving you. I thought our guys really prepared understanding that and did the best they could. We wanted them to play defense, and we wanted them to run the court. They're big athletes so we wanted to try to get some things in transition and hopefully have some positive things that way."

The Trib: Tigers escape with victory over Volunteers
The Trib: Tigers get unlikely but welcome lift from forwards in win over UT
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou edges Tennessee in another nail-biter
Post-Dispatch: Big men finally play large role for Mizzou
The Missourian: Late defensive stops seal Missouri men's basketball victory against Tennessee
The Missourian: Missouri men's basketball finally gets "big" spark
KC Star: Missouri uses team effort to hold off Tennessee 75-70
PowerMizzou: Not Just the Big Three
PowerMizzou: The Baseline View
KBIA Sports: Team Effort Produces Another Critical Win For Missouri Against Tennessee
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME INTERVIEW: Jabari Brown after scoring 24 vs UT

2. Junior Day

PowerMizzou: Junior Day Notebook
PowerMizzou: Something New
PowerMizzou: Moore talks Missouri offer

And a bit more on 2014 recruiting
KC Star: Mizzou recruit Marvin Zanders helped lure others from his hometown
KC Star: Tigers’ two running back recruits are good ones for Mizzou
KC Star: Guard Andy Bauer is prized recruit on offensive line for Mizzou

3. Moving forward with the Menu Courey investigation

The Missourian: UM curators hire St. Louis law firm to investigate Menu Courey case
KC Star: Missouri curators hire law firm to investigate MU’s handling of Menu Courey allegations

4. Not QUITE a perfect start for #Stubble

Mizzou 8, UAB 1
Mizzou 2, Iowa 1 (8)
MUtigers.com: No. 14 Mizzou Softball Wins Two on Opening Day

Mizzou 8, Lipscomb 0
Mizzou 9, Drake 0
MUtigers.com: Another 2-0 Day in Waco for No. 14 Mizzou Softball

Baylor 2, Mizzou 1
MUtigers.com: No. 14 Mizzou Softball Outlasted by No. 16 Baylor, 2-1
The Missourian: Missouri softball suffers first loss of season

5. Hello, bullpen

Mizzou 4, Southern Miss 2
McNeese State 3, Mizzou 2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Rallies to Win Season Opener, 4-2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball Drops Nightcap to McNeese State, 3-2
The Missourian: Missouri baseball splits pair of games to open season

Mizzou 6, Chicago State 3
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Bullpen Continues to Dazzle in 6-3 Win
The Missourian: Missouri baseball takes third game of weekend series
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball: The Extra Nine

6. Win No. 200

Mizzou 21, Old Dominion 9
MUtigers.com: Coach Brian Smith Picks Up 200th Win in 21-9 Victory over ODU
The Trib: MU wrestling team thrives in close matches to beat Old Dominion
The Missourian: No. 10 Missouri racks up ninth win of season over Old Dominion on Senior Night
KBIA Sports: Toal and Eblen return as Mizzou wrestling defeats Old Dominion 21-9
Mizzou Network: HIGHLIGHTS: Mizzou Downs Old Dominion on Senior Day

A #MizzouStyle alum ends Jordan Burroughs' long win streak
Flowrestling.com: 74kg Jordan Burroughs vs Nick Marable

7. Let's try this "start fast" thing more often

Mizzou 68, Auburn 58
MUtigers.com: Hot Start Leads Tigers to Win over Auburn, 68-58
The Missourian: Dominant first half leads Missouri women's basketball to win at Auburn

8. WHATNOT

Gymnastics
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Takes Home First At The Family Arena
The Missourian: Missouri gymnastics wins meet in St. Charles

Track & Field
MUtigers.com: All-Time Top Ten Performances on Day One of Tyson Invitational
MUtigers.com: Woodson, Peoples Close Tyson With New School Records
The Trib: Missouri pentathlete can't limit her interests

Cross Country
MUtigers.com: Tigers Cross Country, Kaitlyn Fischer Named USTFCCCA All-Academic

Tennis
MUtigers.com: Tennis Falls to Wichita State, 6-1

Women's Golf
MUtigers.com: Women's Golf Finishes Day One in Puerto Rico

NERRRRRDS
MUtigers.com: Mosley, Spivak Earn SEC Community Service Recognition

9. MIZ-SOCHI

The Missourian: Missouri's Emily Scott crashes, takes fifth in 1,500m race
The Missourian: Missouri curling teams gain popularity because of Olympics

10. IN THE ZONE

Boston Globe: The ‘hot hand’ might be real after all

11. YES, PLEASE

The Verge: Watch Bill Murray talk about his life in comedy in this hour-long interview

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