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In case you hadn’t heard, Mizzou Hoops is ranked for the first time in almost 7 years

Mizzou Links for Tuesday, December 15

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Hey, you. Yeah, you over there. Start spreading the news, if you haven’t already.

Mizzou Basketball is BACK, baby.

It’s been a non-stop love fest from the national media ever since Mizzou’s 81-78 win over Illinois on Saturday night, with the Tigers getting shout outs from Jeff Goodman, Seth Davis, and more college basketball talking heads.

Cuonzo Martin and the Tigers, however, haven’t been shy about what they want — a spot in the Top 25. After about 36 hours of waiting, the AP obliged, debuting the Tigers not only in the Top 25... but at No. 16.

Missouri slots in three spots behind Illinois (boooooooooooo) and one spot behind Florida State, while ranking ahead of powerhouses like Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. Crazy, right? As Sam noted yesterday, it’s the first time since January 2014 — almost 7 years, y’all — that the Tigers have been ranked.

Before the ranking was officially announced, NCAA reporter Andy Katz also gave the Tigers some love, ranking them as his team of the week. That’s what happens when you beat your Top 10 rival (and an ASUN powerhouse) all in one week.

Not to be cast aside, the Tigers also picked up their second consecutive player of the week award. After Mark Smith snatched up the SEC Player of the Week last Monday, his partner in law, Dru, followed in his footsteps.

Smith averaged 16 points per game last week and picked up the defensive assignment against Ayo Dosunmu — a potential National Player of the Year candidate — down the stretch of Braggin’ Rights.

Yep, everything’s coming up Mizzou Hoops right now. Let’s not stop, shall we?

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