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Things fell apart quickly for Missouri basketball at Arkansas

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. A great start gave way to a disaster of a finish in Missouri’s loss to Arkansas.

First, let’s remember the good times. The game was young, we had some pep in our step. The world was our oyster, dammit!

<SMASH CUT to Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland, a group of survivors stagger toward the camera, clothes in tatters, looking more dead than alive>

Yes, what was at one point a 17-4 lead turned into a 72-60 loss to Arkansas on Wednesday night in Fayetteville. Missouri trailed by one point with 3:57 remaining — and was outscored 12-1 over the rest of the game, resulting in that 12 point loss.

And, yes, you also may have guessed that turnovers played a huge role in that outcome.

Arkansas turned Missouri over 23 times, scoring 27 points off said turnovers. Mark Smith was the lone bright spot for Missouri, scoring 22 points in 37 minutes, but he was the only Tiger to score in double-figures as they fell to 1-4 in the conference and 10-7 overall.

At least things can’t get worse, right?

Oh God, no. Smith injured his left leg — looked like he turned his ankle badly — but as of press time, there wasn’t an update on the outlook for the injury.

2. Missouri women look to rebound on Thursday against Kentucky.

After a disappointing loss at South Carolina on Monday, the Missouri women head to Lexington to face No. 15 Kentucky on Thursday.

Check out the preview for the game here (via

Time: 5:30 p.m. CT

Date: Thursday, Jan. 24

Location: Lexington, Ky.

TV: SEC Network

3. More Senior Bowl, Drew Lock news and notes

We really could just lead each links article this week with Drew Lock updates from Mobile, Ala., but for the sake of the sanity of those readers who claim we don’t cover other sports, I’ll just compile the daily stories about Lock — and other potential first-round quarterbacks — here.

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