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Mizzou Links: On Arkansas, packing the Zou, and Wes Clark's post-Purdue comments

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Kim Anderson calls the loss to Purdue "embarrassing" and Wes Clark says they underestimated Purdue. Mizzou vs Arkansas is fast approaching and rivalry or not, this game means something.

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Pack the Zou

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Hoops loses to Purdue

Purdue pounds Missouri in Maui Invitational - Steve Walentik

"I don’t think we came out with the same intensity level that we had yesterday, which is disappointing because Purdue is a great basketball program and it’s a good team and Matt Painter does a great job," Anderson said. "They came out more inspired than we did, and that shouldn’t happen, especially when you’re playing in this type of situation."

The Tigers did outscore the Boilermakers 37-21 over the final 14 minutes of the game, but that was no consolation.

"Come on, guys, let’s be honest. They were up 34 points, so everybody was just hooping," Anderson said.

VIDEO: Web extra: Mizzou interviews after Purdue blowout loss | ABC17 News

Kim Anderson, Wes Clark and Johnathan Williams III say their loss to "Purdue" was embarrassing.

Purdue pummels Tigers in Maui : Dave Matter

"We weren’t all the way prepared," Missouri guard Wes Clark added. "We thought that since they lost yesterday, I guess, we weren’t going to have to bring as much effort as we should have. We underestimated them." That’s not a statement you’d expect from a team that lost to UMKC just 12 days ago.

The Tigers play their Maui finale Wednesday in the seventh-place game at 1:30 p.m. (St. Louis time). Mizzou will try to salvage a win here against Chaminade, the tournament’s Division II host. The Silverswords lost to BYU 121-85 on Tuesday. MU is 3-0 all-time against Chaminade.

#SECBasketballFever

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FULL GAME: Missouri Tigers vs Arizona Wildcats - YouTube

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Mizzou vs Arkansas

Forging a Rivalry: Missouri vs. Arkansas > insideSTL.com

Bret Bielema:

"Dave Steckel and I have been friends for 15-20 years. I just admire and respect what he does," he explained. "Defensively they remind me a little bit of Mississippi State and Ole Miss. They're very fast, very athletic, very aggressive in their demeanor and attitude."

MU, Arkansas hope to make something of new rivalry - David Morrison

Arkansas vs. Missouri Advanced Stats Preview: Rivalry Begins - Arkansas Fight

It's FEAST TIME for the Hog defense. Once again, the defense needs a big game for Arkansas to win, considering that the Hog offense is facing yet another quality defense. Mizzou has been plagued by long periods of total offensive ineptitude, from turnovers galore (Georgia) to bad passing (South Carolina, Vanderbilt) to bad rushing (Kentucky). To their credit, they frequently have just enough in the tank to push through for a victory, namely in the last two games against Texas A&M and Tennessee.

Arkansas Razorbacks-Missouri Tigers game deserves respect - Edward Aschoff | ESPN

Last season, we admired the Tigers' explosive offense and dominating defense. This year, we're just wondering how the cardiac cats continue to win. The offense isn't exciting, but that defense has been spectacular in conference play. Missouri's games can weigh heavy on your eyelids, but winning ugly is still winning, folks.

Missouri is 9-2 in its third season in the SEC. Last year, the new kids on the block tortured SEC traditionalists with their trip to Atlanta. Now, they've broken them with the potential of back-to-back trips. The majority of SEC followers looked down on Mizzou when it first arrived. Well, now the Tigers are looking down on the rest of the league and smirking with an emphatic Hi, hater!

Planning for success: Arkansas Razorbacks - ESPN

A week after ruining Ole Miss' chances of winning the West and possibly making the playoff, the Razorbacks have a chance to play spoiler again this week when they travel to Missouri. A Missouri win and the Tigers are headed back to the SEC title game. But if Arkansas wins, it will be Georgia who represents the East in Atlanta.

Looks like you can already bookmark the link to watch the game on CBS:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/video/sec-live

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Recruiting Updates

Always nice to hear a Texas player recognize what's Coach Kul is doing way up here in Missouri.

Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Roy has two on top, eyes championship

"My leaders right now are Mizzou and Baylor," Roy said. "First off coach Kul at Mizzou brings out the best in the d-line. All the d-lines he has had these past year went pro and he knows how to produce d-line. Baylor, I just like the coaching staff and the enthusiasm down there."

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Mizzou moves up the rankings

Missouri up 3 spots to No. 17 in CFP rankings - David Morrison

I think that does it for Mizzou's playoff chances, regardless of who we play if we win out. Regardless, I get to use this GIF again:

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Wrestling TigerStyle

MU wrestling team in MAC driver's seat after win at Old Dominion - Blake Toppmeyer

The Missouri wrestling team won the Mid-American Conference Tournament in each of its first two seasons in the conference, but the Tigers still seek their first MAC regular-season title. MU’s 24-10 win at Old Dominion on Sunday reaffirmed this might be the year it gets that championship.

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MISC

Maybe this interests only me, but speaking of athletes saying real things in press conferences, Richard Sherman gave a pretty scathing retort to Roger Goodell and the NFL.

Read more about it here