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Here are today’s Mizzou links.

Say what you will about Missouri’s loss to Georgia on Saturday, at least they showed some fighting spirit.

All jokes aside, it was nice to see some fire from the team. Even if that fire was very small and ultimately extinguished by a small breeze. You have to take what you can get this season, I suppose.

Recaps: The Trib, Post-Dispatch, KC Star, The Missourian

Highlights:

From The Trib:

The Tigers led by six points after a sloppy first half in which they scored 14 points off 12 Georgia turnovers. MU’s Jordan Barnett missed a late 3-pointer, and Georgia’s Yante Maten pulled down the rebound and held the ball as the buzzer sounded. Missouri’s Jordan Geist tried to yank the ball away from Maten, which prompted two Bulldogs to bump Geist on their way to the locker room.

Heated words were exchanged. Georgia director of basketball operations Kent Davison put his hands on Missouri guard Trevor Glassman as he tried to keep the Tigers away from the Bulldogs. Missouri assistant coach Steve Shields objected to that and tried to forcefully remove Davison from the Missouri contingent. Eventually, another Georgia assistant picked Davison up and carried him out of the way.

When something like this happens, the game can go one of two ways afterwards. Either Mizzou parlays the excitement into a winning effort, or Georgia gets fired up and turns things around. You, uh, probably know which route this game took.

From the Post-Dispatch:

“We knew they’d make a run,” Anderson said. “Of course, they did.”

In their sixth straight loss, the Tigers (5-9, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) went ahead by a point with 7:20 left, but Georgia (10-5, 2-1) stormed back with a 12-0 run and never lost control. The Tigers were ahead on the scoreboard for nearly 20 minutes — more than the victorious Bulldogs — but remain winless in true road games under Anderson, now in his third season at MU.

The end result might not have been great, but I can’t say that I didn’t like seeing the team fired up like that. The next step is directing that excitement towards making more baskets as opposed to the faces of the opposition.


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