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

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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

MUtigers.com: 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?
PBS.com: 2014 NIT Bracket

2. Softball: Win Friday, lose the next two

Mizzou 7, Kentucky 2
MUtigers.com: 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
MUtigers.com: 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
MUtigers.com: 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
MUtigers.com: 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

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

4. WHATNOT

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

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

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