Mizzou Links, 2-24-14: Tight losses in basically every sport

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Hoops is close late, then falls to Alabama. Softball loses via walk-off to UCLA. Baseball loses via walk-off to Wake Forest, rallies against Cincinnati, then crumbles in the ninth. Women's Hoops comes up just short against Tennessee.

There have been better weekends. But hey, Gymnastics looked great...

1. That still stunk

MUtigers.com: Missouri Falls To Alabama, 80-73
The Trib: Defense fails Tigers in loss at Alabama
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou torched by Alabama reserve
KC Star: Missouri’s NCAA tourney hopes take a hit with 80-73 loss at Alabama
KC Star: Alabama coach praises Trevor Releford’s toughness
The Missourian: Missouri basketball reaches new depths in loss to Alabama
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME INTERVIEW: Frank Haith at Alabama Postgame Interview

Well ... no...
KC Star: Missouri and other tournament bubble teams can’t look too far ahead

2. SPRING FOOTBALL

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI POSITION PRIMER: Defensive Line
The Trib: Challenges are many for some coaches in SEC

3. Tight losses on the softball diamond

Mizzou 8, Fordham 0
Mizzou 11, San Diego State 2
MUtigers.com: Two Run-Rule Wins for No. 16 Mizzou Softball in California
The Missourian: No. 16 Missouri softball beats Fordham 8-0 in five innings
The Missourian: No. 16 Missouri softball defeats San Diego State in second game Friday

UCLA 4, Mizzou 3
MUtigers.com: No. 16 Mizzou Softball Falls on Game-Winner By No. 8 UCLA

4. Tight losses on the baseball diamond

Mizzou 15, Radford 3
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Moves to 3-1, Downs Radford 15-3
The Missourian: Offensive outburst keys Missouri baseball's 15-3 win

Wake Forest 1, Mizzou 0
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Falls in Walk-Off at Wake Forest, 1-0
The Missourian: Missouri baseball loses to Wake Forest in pitchers' duel

Cincinnati 11, Mizzou 5
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball Falls to Cincinnati, 11-5
The Missourian: Missouri baseball drops final game of weekend

5. Recruiting never stops

2015
PowerMizzou: 4-star DT Fletcher Adams likes Mizzou's NFL pipeline
PowerMizzou: 4-star TE Chris Clark plans to visit Mizzou
PowerMizzou: SEC offer is a 'dream come true' for TX safety Jameel Cook
PowerMizzou: Putting fandom aside

2014
PowerMizzou: Film Room: 2014 DL/LB

Bottom line: this class, like many of Mizzou's classes, is supremely underrated. The thing I've started to realize, doing this for a few years, is that the people that rate these recruits seem to put a premium on size, technique, and the quality of play that players are putting on tape right now. Mizzou seems to put a premium on players with superb athleticism that they can coach and strengthen, and while it may take a little longer than some of the 4 and 5 star recruits, their ceilings, in some cases are higher. ... [M]y top 5 prospects in this class in terms of their ceilings are: Lawrence Lee, Spencer Williams, Tavon Ross, Paul Adams, and Walter Brady (in no particular order). They're not the only ones that could become stars out of this class, but these were the 5 I saw with the most athleticism and potential to become truly great.

And some 2014 basketball recruiting, too
PowerMizzou: 3-star SG Patrick McCaw has one visit in mind

6. #TigerStyle

MUtigers.com: Tiger Style Closes Out Regular Season with 24-9 Win Over KSU

7. Another loss to another ranked team for the Fightin' Pingetons...

MUtigers.com: Kulas and Eye Shine as Lady Vols Narrowly Escape Tigers
The Trib: MU women come up just short in upset bid vs. No. 10 Tennessee
The Missourian: Missouri women's basketball team struggles to make shots in loss to Tennessee
KBIA Sports: Missouri women struggle with 3-point shooting, lose to Tennessee 56-50

8. WHATNOT

Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Tiger Men Advance Three to Championship Finals
MUtigers.com: Tiger Women Sit in Eighth After Day Four at SECs
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Posts Three Top-Three Finishes at Day Four of SECs
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Advances Three to Saturday A Finals
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Men Place Fifth, Women Ninth at SEC Championships

Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Record Book Marks Close Out Regular Season
The Missourian: Missouri field athletes break personal records
Mizzou Network: HIGHLIGHTS: Track and Field Missouri Collegiate Challenge

Gymnastics
MUtigers.com: Gymnastics Posts Banner Night Against George Washington
MUtigers.com: Updike And Bars Lineup Lead Mizzou To Tri-Meet Victory
The Trib: MU hits highest mark since '12, wins 4th straight
The Missourian: Missouri gymnastics achieves highest score of season
Mizzou Network: HIGHLIGHTS: Mizzou Downs George Washington

Tennis
MUtigers.com: South Florida Posts 6-1 Win over Mizzou Tennis
MUtigers.com: Tennis Claims 7-0 Sweep Over Oakland

Volleyball
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Volleyball to Be Recognized at State Capitol

Men's Golf
MUtigers.com: Men's Golf Begins Play in Puerto Rico

9. Just because

Wired.com: Watch Die Hard and Other Classics in 60 Seconds Flat

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