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Missouri 114, Missouri Southern 68: One State, One Spirit Classic A Success

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In a game where the actual game was secondary, Mizzou took out Missouri Southern in front of a packed house at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center in Joplin this evening.

We complain a lot about ESPN at times, but they executed a perfect production this evening, with reserved commentary from John Anderson, Fran Fraschilla and Dana O'Neil, strong interview clips and footage ... and simply the fact that ESPNU televised it (on HD, no less) at all. Very cool, even if the web streaming on ESPN3 was not available.

Life is more important than sports, but sports were used to accentuate life this evening in Joplin. A bully to all involved, especially Frank Haith, who evidently dreamed it up.

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Consider this your evening live thread. And if you happen to be watching Next Iron Chef ... well so am I! NEXT IRON CHEF LIVE THREAD! GO ANNE BURRELL.