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Mizzou Links, 1-13-08

Game stories from yesterday's win over Texas: Take That, Texas (Trib), Anderson finds strength in numbers (Trib), MU men's basketball team's win overdue for Brown, Horton (Missourian), Scoring shows MU men's basketball team's depth (Missourian), Missouri shocks No. 12 Texas 97-84 (KC Star), Big ups for the up and down Tigers (KC Star), Tigers step up in 2nd half (Post-Dispatch), and Mizzou topples #12 Texas (PowerMizzou).

Here's a little bit more about the Tigers' win, courtesy of a Vahe Gregorian column.

Before 13,085 in the 15,061-seat arena — the first home crowd above 8,000 this season — MU thumped No. 12 Texas 97-84.

That's the same Texas that beat then-No. 2 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, as well as then-No. 7 Tennessee, and entered the game 13-2. And the same Texas program that had beaten MU nine straight times since legendary MU coach Norm Stewart's last career victory on Feb. 27, 1999.

If the victory doesn't necessarily wake up echoes of the Stewart years, it at least is an indicator that the Tigers have traction — and that they're worth coming to see.

"We've got to give them a reason to come," Anderson said, adding, "They have the tickets; now they just need to show up."

To be sure, the fans had an impact Saturday.

"It kind of gives you that second push," said MU senior forward Marshall Brown, who had a season-high 14 points.

Then again, the Tigers earned the nudge with a stellar effort against a team that appeared athletically superior. Or, as Anderson put it, any advantage MU had wasn't going to be "five on five."

With Anderson alertly adjusting defenses and nimbly manipulating personnel with big men Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carroll in early foul trouble, in fact, the Tigers got significant contributions from no fewer than nine players.

Quite an unpredictable first day of the Big 12 season.  Pretty sure everybody in the Rock M Roundtable not only picked Texas > Mizzou but also Texas Tech > OSU.  Well...OSU 74, Tech 55.  Gallagher-Iba still has some magic.  KSU 84, Oklahoma 82.  Pretty fun, frantic ending to this one.  Baylor 74, Iowa State 67.  Closer than I thought it'd be...not sure if that says more about Baylor or Iowa State...guess we might find out in Ames this coming week.  A&M 86, Colorado 69.  According to the Sportscenter highlights I saw, every A&M basket in this one was a dunk.  Kansas 79, Nebraska 58.  KU's starting guards: 43 points; NU's starting guards: 17.

Mizzou Women's Basketball 68, Texas Tech 59.  Nice upset win over a 12-4 Red Raider team.  The Tigers were down 9 with 13 minutes left before making a run, taking the lead with 5 minutes left, and closing the deal down the stretch.  Alyssa Hollins went off, with 25 points.  The Trib, Missourian, KC Star,

Here are the recaps for Mizzou's three wrestling duels yesterday.  Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern.  The Beef already told you everything you need to know about those matches, but...just in case you need to know a little more.

And finally...because we can't keep from talking about football...Gary Pinkel talks about raised expectations with both The Trib and PowerMizzou.  Dave Matter has more football notes on his blog.

For the first time, Pinkel didn’t sound hopeful that tailback Tony Temple will be granted a fifth year of eligibility. He said the NCAA appeals process is still underway.

"We’ve already exhausted it through the Big 12, and now it’s through the NCAA," Pinkel said. "I’m not real optimistic. That’s why Tony and I talked at the beginning of the year. He said it to me and I dittoed it that, ‘You’ve got to treat this like it’s your senior year.’ I think he’s taken that approach. If we got lucky that’d be nice."

Pinkel said he hasn’t talked to Temple about participating in the team’s offseason workouts but he said he’d be very doubtful he will. (Let’s face it, readers, No. 22 is done playing for the Tigers.)

As is defensive tackle Charles Gaines, whom Pinkel confirmed will not be back for 2008. There was some speculation that Gaines could receive a fifth year of eligibility based on his several transfers.

That's not at all surprising about Temple, but honestly I'm very surprised about Gaines.  Knowing what I knew about Gaines' case (which obviously wasn't much), I thought his odds were pretty good.  Shows what I know.