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Mizzou Volleyball wins second SEC title, prepares to host NCAA regionals

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Here are today's Mizzou Links. We'll circle back to football later in the day. For now, we've got another champ to talk about.

Mizzou Tigers pennant SEC title [ x ], NCAA Tourney [   ]

Mizzou has won two SEC titles since joining the conference in 2012. They're both in volleyball. After thumping Florida a week ago, the Tigers closed things out by walloping Tennessee.

MUtigers.com: #22 @MizzouVB Topples Tennessee, Claims 2016 SEC Championship

The Trib: Back on top step of SEC ladder: MU volleyball claims share of title
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou captures SEC volleyball title
The Missourian: Missouri volleyball wins second SEC Championship
KC Star: Missouri sweeps Tennessee, clinches a share of SEC volleyball title

NIU in the first round ... aw crap maybe Purdue in the second again??

MUtigers.com: @MizzouVB Receives #15 National Seed in NCAA Tournament, Will Host 1st and 2nd Rounds at Hearnes

Northern Illinois is up first on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm CT. With a win, the Tigers would play the winner of Iowa State-Purdue at 6:00 pm CT on Friday. And yes, Purdue is the team that wrecked Mizzou's perfect season the last time the Tigers won the SEC. Good karma there.

The Trib: MU volleyball lands No. 15 national seed in NCAA Tournament
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou volleyball earns No. 15 NCAA seed, hosts first two rounds
KC Star: Mizzou volleyball earns No. 15 seed, set to host NCAA tourney Thursday

Mizzou Tigers pennant Next up for hoops: NCCU at 7 pm CT tonight

I was actually in NCCU's gym, watching the Eagles play Jackson State the night before the A&T-Central game I wrote about. They were missing their best post man (6'7 Kyle Benton) and had to rely more on 3-pointers, but the 3s fell. Benton's a bull in the rebounding department, but it's unclear whether he'll play. They have a very experienced backcourt -- Patrick Cole had 26 in NCCU's near-upset of Ohio State -- but I'm thinking the Tigers should be comfortable here unless Benton's around to bully the boards.

MUtigers.com: Walton and @MizzouHoops Outrun Northwestern State, 84-60
MUtigers.com: @MizzouHoops vs. North Carolina Central Up Next at Mizzou Arena on Monday
The Trib: Missouri men handle Northwestern State
KC Star: Mizzou men rough up Northwestern State 84-60

KJ's finding himself

The Trib: Missouri hopes to build consistency in sparkplug Walton
Post-Dispatch: Walton thrives in reserve role for Tigers
The Missourian: K.J. Walton embraces coming off the bench for Missouri men's basketball

Puryear's a different player (for better or worse?)

KC Star: Leaner, meaner Kevin Puryear serves as catalyst for Missouri basketball

Mizzou Tigers pennant Women's hoops: 4-2

MUtigers.com: Porter, Smith Steer @MizzouWBB to 72-63 Win Over Creighton in Junkanoo Jam
MUtigers.com: Georgia Tech Edges @MizzouWBB, 72-70, in Junkanoo Jam Finale