It’s been pretty easy to talk wistfully about days of yore, when Mizzou Arena actually had a pulse. Well, last night, Mizzou Arena had a damn pulse.
From the opening tip, it felt different inside Mizzou Arena. It was the most charged atmosphere this building has seen in five years. It offered--if nothing else--a glimpse of what things can be like in Columbia if the Tigers drag themselves off the mat and back to respectability.
Loudest Mizzou Arena has been in 3.5 years and it isn't even close— Ryan Rosburg (@RyRos44) February 22, 2017
It had dunks! It had a tight game late! It had kids making shots at halftime!
Dude makes a $5,000 halfcourt shot in front of Mizzou Arena's rowdiest crowd of the season. It's just MU's night.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) February 22, 2017
It had “Cal, you suck”...
Here it is. Coach Cal was not a fan of that question. pic.twitter.com/lDdGPSeZrK— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 22, 2017
Red Panda and J'den Cox. Ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/ju3fjDC3MC— Austin Kim (@AustinKKim) February 22, 2017
Mizzou's J'Mon Moore mesmerized by Red Panda pic.twitter.com/dRYmWnHOPd— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 22, 2017
Acrotbat flips 5 bowls on her head then guy hits half court shot for 5k.... how do we not win this game now.— Ryan Rosburg (@RyRos44) February 22, 2017
It was pretty much a perfect night at Mizzou Arena ... at least it was time for the game to actually be decided.
- MUtigers.com: @MizzouHoops Outlasted by No. 11 Kentucky in Battle at Mizzou Arena
- The Trib: Missouri falls to Kentucky despite spirited home performance
- Post-Dispatch: Tigers roar but come up short
- KC Star: Mizzou makes a game of it in 72-62 loss to No. 11 Kentucky
- KC Star: Kentucky’s John Calipari gives MU high-praise following Wildcats’ win
- The Missourian: Missouri's effort not enough in loss to Kentucky
- The Maneater: For one night, Missouri made fans forget about their struggles
UGH, this one was winnable. Terrence Phillips and Jordan Geist were 10-for-10 from the free throw line, but everybody else was, somehow, 4-for-13. Kevin Puryear grabbed eight tough boards and had zero turnovers, but he went 1-for-11 from the field and 2-for-7 from the line. Mizzou forced turnovers and bad shots from Kentucky and was still close or even into the final rounds, but they missed opportunities when they had them, and Kentucky scored a 10th-round knockout.
It was loss No. 20 for this Missouri team, which seems to have settled into the 160s in the Ken Pomeroy rankings. Last year’s team ranked 160th.
Mizzou is the first team in SEC history to have 3 straight seasons of 20+ losses.— Jeff Parles (@jeffparles) February 22, 2017
MU only had two 20-loss seasons in its first 108 years before last three seasons. https://t.co/JzPlcZqsfq— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) February 22, 2017
- 2018 star recruit Trevor Trout talked to PowerMizzou about what it might take for Mizzou to get a commitment from both him and the other in-state stars: “some camaraderie and some wins.”
- *Yawn* Another day, another national award for Sophie Cunningham. And an SEC award, too, just for good measure. And Mizzou Network took another look at Sunday’s big win.
- Mizzou Softball is off to California for the Mary Nutter Classic. From Thursday to Saturday, the Tigers will play Notre Dame, Texas, No. 7 Washington, Nebraska, and UCSB. Impressive.