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Mizzou Arena was Mizzou Arena again for one night, but Missouri still fell to Kentucky

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

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.

It had dunks! It had a tight game late! It had kids making shots at halftime!

It had “Cal, you suck”...

It had ... Red Panda!

It was pretty much a perfect night at Mizzou Arena ... at least it was time for the game to actually be decided.

  • @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
NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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.



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