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Mizzou Links, 4-16-12

Photo via Bill Carter.
Photo via Bill Carter.

Programming note: you've got a few different posts to look forward to over (hopefully) the next day or two -- a photo gallery from the actual Black & Gold Game (not just the halftime festivities), a B&G reflections piece, and a How's Recruiting Going? piece. So I'll refrain from any serious analysis on those topics below, choosing instead to insert this teaser.

Mizzou Football Links

Other Football Links

Mizzou Basketball Links

So it was a good weekend for Mizzou Basketball, eh? They signed the perfect complement to Laurence Bowers -- now Bowers gets to play the 4, go for block shots, and in theory, drift away from the basket a bit on offense -- and two of this year's seniors acquitted themselves well at the Portsmouth Invitational.

  • Oriakhi
    The Trib: Former UConn forward Alex Oriakhi chooses Missouri
    KC Star: Former Connecticut center will transfer to Missouri
    KC Star (Campus Corner): More on Oriakhi's commitment to Missouri
    Post-Dispatch: UConn's Oriakhi headed to MU
    PowerMizzou: Eye on the Tigers
    KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou lands UConn transfer Oriakhi
  • Portsmouth
    The Trib: Kim English shines at Portsmouth Portsmouth Day 3: Mizzou's English showcases NBA-ready shot Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn gains MVP honors, but Kecoughtan graduate Ricardo Ratliffe's team takes title

Mizzou Softball Links

A devastating pair of losses for Mizzou this weekend, at least as far as the conference title race goes. Texas A&M did take a game from Oklahoma, so technically Mizzou could have handled only winning the series (as opposed to sweeping), but they couldn't pull that off. Now, here are the standings atop the Big 12:

1. Oklahoma (11-3)
2. Texas (9-3, 1 game back)
3. Missouri (10-5, 1.5 games back)
4. Texas A&M (9-5, 2 games back)

Mizzou has three series remaining -- at Oklahoma, at Iowa State and Oklahoma State at home. Technically they could stay alive by taking two of three in Norman this coming weekend, but really, they probably have to sweep. And that's probably not going to happen.

Mizzou Baseball Links

Tough stretch for Mizzou Baseball, which now stands at 18-17 overall, 7-8 in conference. The Tigers have been perfectly competitive this season, but they have now lost their last five close (decided by one or two runs) games in conference play -- 7-6 to Texas A&M, 3-1 and 5-3 to Baylor, 6-5 and 5-4 to Oklahoma. Win three of those five (a tall task against three good teams, obviously), and Mizzou's 21-14, 10-5 in conference. Instead, they're looking at a third straight postseason at home.

(It wasn't the best weekend on the diamond, huh?)

  • Oklahoma 6, Mizzou 5 Baseball Falls in Walk-Off Fashion at OU, 6-5
    The Trib: Missouri blows lead, loses in 10th
    The Missourian: Missouri loses to Oklahoma after tornado delays game HI NOTES: Sooner game finishes later
  • Oklahoma 8, Mizzou 4 Baseball Falls at Oklahoma, 8-4 HI NOTES: Unitards, Heartbreak Kids, Major Progress, Proof Positive
  • Oklahoma 5, Mizzou 4 Tigers Drop Series Finale at Oklahoma, 5-4

Other Mizzou Links

That's right, with their Tennis win, Mizzou now leads Kansas 24-4 in this year's Border Showdown. Good lord, KU, you're not even trying.

  • Mizzou Tennis No. 45 Mizzou Defeats Kansas, 4-3, For Fifth Consecutive Win
    The Trib: MU tennis christen outdoor courts with win over Kansas
    The Maneater: Missouri takes Border Showdown, 4-3
    KBIA Sports Extra: New courts, new direction for Mizzou tennis No. 45 Tigers Fall to Wildcats, 4-3
  • Mizzou Track & Field Tigers have strong showing at Tom Botts Invitational
    The Missourian: Freshman shines for Missouri at Tom Botts Invitational
  • Mizzou Wrestling
    KBIA Sports Extra: Tigers' Dom Bradley just days away from Olympic trials