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Missouri and Kansas State rekindle basketball rivalry on Monday night in Kansas City

Here are today's Mizzou Links. (No football. We'll cover that later in the day.)

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Mizzou Tigers pennant What's On

A nugget from the past. @MizzouHoops Heads to Sprint Center for CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Mizzou Men's Basketball next travels to Kansas City for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic (Monday, Nov. 23-Tuesday, Nov. 24), its fifth overall appearance in the event since its establishment in 2001 as the NABC Guardians Classic.

The Trib: Anderson gives history lesson before Missouri meets Kansas State

The Trib (Steve Walentik): Some thoughts from Missouri's first three games

The Trib (Steve Walentik): Anderson hopes Tigers draw lessons from Xavier loss (and other notes)

My friend Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted Wednesday night that Puryear is the first Missouri freshman to reach double figures in scoring in his first three college games since freshmen became eligible. I haven’t been able to get ahold of the box scores to independently verify that yet, but it’s seems plausible, even though freshman eligibility was reinstated in 1972.

With Cullen VanLeer’s 13-point outing against Xavier, Puryear’s three classmates — VanLeer, Terrence Phillips and K.J. Walton — have already had at least one double-figure scoring game each. Phillips scored 13 points on Sunday against Maryland Eastern Shore, the same night Walton notched 11, all in the second half.

KC Star: Missouri, Kansas State set to rekindle long-standing rivalry at CBE Classic

"I did try to tell them that this is a rivalry game, this is kind of a special game, because some of the guys that don’t live around here don’t probably get that," Anderson said. "Next to Kansas, at least when I was here the past few years, Kansas State was your biggest rival. This will be a great atmosphere, hopefully, and a chance to play a rivalry game."

Missouri’s players may not understand the depth and context of rivalry, but there’s an acute of understanding of one aspect of it.

"From what I hear, it’s a pretty decent rivalry for Mizzou fans against anything Kansas," said MU sophomore guard Namon Wright, a Los Angeles native. "I guess no one at Mizzou likes anything Kansas. We’re going to go try to get that win."

Post-Dispatch: Puryear leads Tigers into his backyard

Anderson’s players are well aware of a potential showdown with UNC on Tuesday — the Tigers haven’t played the Tar Heels since the 2000 NCAA Tournament — but for now, Kansas State has MU’s undivided attention.

"They do a great job of pushing the basketball," Anderson said. "They run the floor really well. And, man, they rebound. Everybody rebounds. … When you watch them on tape they’re just relentless on the boards."

Post-Dispatch: Preview: Missouri vs. Kansas State

For obvious reasons, rebounds are my biggest concern regarding tonight. KSU is good at them, and Missouri is ... quite small.

The game tips at 6pm on ESPNU, for those not in the Kansas City area.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Holy smokes, Sophie

18 field goal attempts! She scored 42 points on 18 shots! She was 7-for-10 on 2-pointers, 6-for-8 on 3-pointers, and 10-for-12 on free throws! In her fourth college game! Good gracious. Sophie Cunningham Sets School Record With 42 Points in 94-81 @MizzouWBB Victory Over Wake Forest

The Trib: Cunningham's 42 points break program record, Tigers improve to 4-0

The Trib: Postgame: MU women 94, Wake Forest 81

Post-Dispatch: Cunningham sets Mizzou scoring record with 42 points

Mizzou Tigers pennant Excellent start for #TigerStyle @MizzouWrestling Starts Season with Dominant 36-7 Win Over SIUE @MizzouWrestling Grabs Five Championships at Joe Parisi Open

The highlight moment of the night came from redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Barlow McGhee (Rock Island, Ill.), who upset the No. 2-ranked Zeke Moisey from West Virginia by way of major decision, 14-4, to capture the 125 pound championship. Immediately following the win, teammates junior 197-pounder J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes (Mascoutah, Ill.) (who both won championships of their own), embraced McGhee on a group bear-hug, showing their excitement for the great win. The victory over Moisey capped an impressive day for McGhee, who won five matches on the day. McGhee recorded two technical falls and two major decisions in the five wins.

Majoring the No. 2 wrestler in your class is certainly one way to get noticed.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Elsewhere...

Volleyball rolls @MizzouVB Tallies 3-1 Victory At Ole Miss In Road Finale

Mizzou is now 13-3 in SEC play, just a game out of first place behind 14-2 Texas A&M. Let's see ... [checks schedule] ... OH HEY LOOK, A&M's coming to Columbia on Wednesday...

Swimming & Diving takes Knoxville @MizzouSwimDive Sets Five School Marks at Day Two of Tennessee Invite @MizzouSwimDive Claims Finishes of First, Second at Tennessee Invite