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Mizzou Links, 3-17-14: Hoops is NITing, and the diamond sports follow a familiar path

Mizzou accepts a bid to play Davidson in the NIT, and both the Softball and Baseball teams follow a familiar path: win with the ace on Friday, then drop the two remaining series games in frustrating fashion.

Kevin C. Cox

1. National motIvation Tournament Mizzou Basketball Accepts Bid To The National Invitation Tournament
The Trib: Missouri misses NCAA Tourney, will play Davidson in NIT
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou left off NCAA bracket, faces Davidson in NIT
KC Star: Missouri’s NCAA streak ends at five, will play Davidson in NIT
The Missourian: Missouri recieves NIT berth, hosts Davidson on Tuesday
The Missourian: Haith says SEC is disrespected, wants players to embrace NIT opportunity
PowerMizzou: What went wrong? 2014 NIT Bracket

2. Softball: Win Friday, lose the next two

Mizzou 7, Kentucky 2 No. 16 Mizzou Softball Takes Care of No. 9 Kentucky, 7-2
The Trib: Randazzo has a blast for Tigers
The Missourian: Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane just misses shutout in Missouri softball's first home game

Kentucky 3, Mizzou 2
Kentucky 8, Mizzou 7 No. 9 Kentucky Narrowly Tops No. 16 Mizzou to Take Series
The Trib: Missouri falls twice to Kentucky
The Missourian: Adjustments not enough as No. 16 Missouri softball falls to No. 9 Kentucky

Missouri now has seven losses on the season -- all seven were to ranked teams, and six were by one run. VERY, VERY CLOSE.

3. Baseball: Win Friday, lose the next two

Mizzou 5, Tennessee 2 Late Push Helps Tigers Top No. 17 Tennessee, 5-2
The Trib: Missouri wins SEC opener against No. 17 Tennessee
The Trib: Ring steals the show as Tigers win
The Missourian: Missouri baseball claims win in conference opener

Tennessee 4, Mizzou 1
Tennessee 5, Mizzou 1 Tigers Swept in Doubleheader by No. 17 Tennessee
The Trib: Missouri swept by Vols in SEC doubleheader
The Missourian: Missouri baseball swept in doubleheader against Tennessee

KBIA Sports: Instant replay to be used in SEC conference tourney in May


Gymnastics Floor Lineup Leads Missouri Gymnastics On Senior Night
The Trib: Missouri gymnasts take a hit
The Missourian: Missouri gymnastics loses to No. 3 Florida

Tennis Tennis Drops 6-1 Home Match to LSU Mizzou Suffers Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss to Arkansas Drake Posts 4-3 Win Over Tiger Tennis

Track & Field Peoples Starts NCAA Championships With All-American Performance Peoples, Rushin Close NCAA Championships as All-Americans

Women's Basketball
KC Star: Missouri women hopeful of getting WNIT bid