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Mizzou snatched a moral victory from the jaws of defeat, falling to Xavier 83-82 in overtime

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's on

Mizzou lost, but they looked way better than anyone expected them to. That's good for a moral victory, which is a nice baby step toward an actual victory.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Hey, uh, watching a basketball game was kinda fun.

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou falls to No. 11 Xavier in OT on last-second free throw

"It’s a learning experience for us," Missouri guard Frankie Hughes said by phone after scoring a game-high 24 points. "Knowing that we’re young, we’ve got to be patient and see how we bounce back in tomorrow’s game. We fought extremely hard, knowing Xavier was a tough team and well coached. We just have to bounce back from it and take this as a positive not a negative."

Post-Dispatch: Phillips drives Mizzou upset bid - but he dashes it in OT

This game was a better indicator of potential than the competitive scrimmage against Creighton, the narrow victory over Division II powerhouse Central Missouri in a tune-up exhibition or the 99-44 demolition of undermanned Alabama A&M.

The Tigers were vulnerable inside, particularly after getting into foul trouble. But their guard play was strong and their competitive level remained high throughout the game.

And remember, University of Texas transfer Jordan Barnett didn't play in the game. We won't get to assess his potential at forward until Dec. 17, when he will be eligible to play against Eastern Illinois.

KC Star: Mizzou takes No. 11 Xavier to overtime before falling 83-82

"You always teach your kids to be aggressive," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "I think he (Phillips) was just being aggressive. I’m sure he’d love to take it back, but you know what? He made a lot of great plays to get us to where we were. If it wasn’t for that, it wouldn’t have come down to that play. You know how that goes."

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Now what?

Well alright then.

Mizzou Tigers pennant The basketball team almost beat their top 25 opponent, can the football team go one step further?


Post-Dispatch: Riddled with injuries, Vols still loaded with talent ahead of Mizzou matchup

"They’re still athletic on all levels," said Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who had the same job at Oklahoma two years ago when the Sooners shredded the Vols for 454 yards in a 34-10 win. "They’ve got speed on the back end. They’ve got speed in the middle and speed up front. If you get in third down, third and long, shoot, they make it really hard. They can get after the quarterback. They can do it just rushing four. They can bring pressures, too."

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KC Star: Three minute preview: Missouri at Tennessee

As good as senior quarterback Josh Dobbs has been during a sterling four-year career at Tennessee, he’s never had much luck against Missouri. During three previous meetings, Dobbs has completed 66 of 103 passes for 524 yards (a 5.1-yard average) with one touchdown and three interceptions. He’s only managed 34 carries for 112 yards (a 3.3-yard average) with one touchdown rushing during that span.

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Black and Gold Illustrated: Missouri-Tennessee by the numbers

The Missouri Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Vanderbilt last Saturday. Now the Tigers will travel to Tennessee looking for their first Southeastern Conference road win of the season.

Missouri’s 26-17 win against visiting Vanderbilt snapped an 11-game losing streak in SEC play. Tennessee has won two straight games, including a 49-36 win against visiting Kentucky on Saturday.

Here’s a look at the matchup by the numbers…

Mizzou Tigers pennant Women's basketball couldn't pull off the upset either

The Trib: UW's offense too much for MU women's basketball to handle

The Missouri women's basketball team authored easily its best offensive performance of the early season, but Washington had more than enough firepower to make that a moot point.

The 17th-ranked Huskies drained 15 3-pointers, Kelsey Plum netted 32 points and the 25th-ranked Tigers lost 79-66 during Thursday's semifinal game of the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Washington.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Catching up with the rest of the crew

I can't help but think this didn't make for a very conducive environment to studying

The Missourian: Missouri wrestling takes over MU Student Center for open practice

Hundreds of students filled the MU Student Center Wednesday afternoon. Some were studying, some were conversing and some were grabbing a slice of pepperoni pizza from Pomodoro.

In the middle of it all, the No. 5 Missouri wrestling team was practicing.

"I do some crazy things," head coach Brian Smith said.

Hopefully the smell of The Shack's immaculate buffalo sauce was enough to drown out what I'm sure was a strong musk.

Anyway, while we're on the subject let's check in on J'den.

KC Star: Mizzou wrestler and Olympic medalist J'den Cox has his sights set on another goal

J’den Cox wants to win the Dan Hodge Trophy.

"It’s my primary goal," Cox said after an open practice in Missouri’s Student Center on Wednesday held to generate awareness about Sunday’s matchup against No. 5 Virginia Tech. "I’m just going to have to do everything in my power to get (it)."

Last week, in Norfolk, Va., Cox’s campaign for the award termed "the Heisman Trophy for amateur wrestling" began as the Missouri wrestling team faced off against Mid-American Conference foe Old Dominion.

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At this point, I'm not sure anything is out of J'den's reach.

Swimming and Diving is on a roll. A water roll. A wave? Mizzou Swimming and Diving sets four school records during day one at Mizzou Invite

The Mizzou men's and women's swimming and diving teams combined to win 11 events during day one action at the Mizzou Invite Thursday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. During day one competition, the Tigers set four school records and recorded three NCAA 'A' qualifying times.

Both men's and women's programs sit in first-place after one day of competition. The men have 518 points to lead Drury (221), Wyoming (208.5) and UNLV (145.5), while the women notched 491 points on Thursday to lead Illinois (225), Wyoming (206), Drury (169) and UNLV (96).

Cross Country is running, running. And running, running. Mizzou Cross Country to make first NCAA appearance since 2004

The Tigers return to the national meet after a 12 year hiatus thanks to a first place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Nov. 11, its first regional championships since 2004. Four Tigers earned All-Midwest Regional honors, led by junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa), who won the regional meet for her fourth meet victory of the season. Schweizer was joined on the All-Midwest Regional team by junior Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.), senior Nicole Mello (Columbia, Mo.) and senior Teylar Adelsberger (O'Fallon, Mo.), who finished 5th, 20th and 21st, respectively.

Hooray, competitive exercise!