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It’s been 1,108 days since Missouri’s last road win (but the Tigers played pretty well last night)

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

There’s not a lot of use for moral victories when you’re 6-17, but Mizzou acquitted itself pretty well in College Station last night. The Tigers still lost by three, of course, and have now lost 32 consecutive road games. A lot has happened since that 2014 win in Fayetteville.

When your last road loss was a 39-point destruction, a three-point loss almost feels like a win. But the disappointment was still obvious in this one considering where the game stood with about five minutes left.

[Mizzou] rallied to pull even at 65-65 when Jordan Barnett made a 3-pointer with 5:32 remaining.

“It’s tough because we were so close,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. “We were there. We did like we’ve done a lot. We fought. We’ve got to learn to win on the road.”

Turnovers and rebounds hurt the Tigers during the last five minutes. A&M (13-10, 5-6) answered Barnett’s tying basket with a second-chance hoop by D.J. Hogg, and then a bad pass by Mizzou’s Jordan Geist ignited an Aggie fast break that resulted in a dunk by Robert Williams.

Barnett hit a jumper to get the Tigers within 69-67, but Mizzou missed its next three shots while A&M extended the lead to 76-68.

More from The Trib, The Missourian, and PowerMizzou. And there were actually some highlights!

Next up: a semi-winnable home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Commodores are 50th in KenPom and have won three of five, and Pomeroy projections say Mizzou has a 28% chance.

The Tigers are given a 32% chance at home against Alabama on Wednesday and a 35% chance of beating A&M at home on February 28. Odds are good that they’ll win one of those three. Two ... might be a stretch. Meanwhile, per Pomeroy odds, there’s still about a 31% chance that Mizzou wins one of its three final road games. If not, then the road drought will be at nearly 1,400 days the next time Mizzou gets a chance.

(Can they schedule a road game at Alabama A&M or Longwood or Presbyterian to start next season?)

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