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Mizzou Links: SEC/Big 12 Challenge, JW3 transfer options, Tremendous Stubble today

Baseball drops game 1 to Kentucky, Softball's NCAA Tournament run begins, and Basketball's got expectations.

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The Softball team begins NCAA Tournament Play Today against Indiana State, Mizzou Network has a preview

Mizzou gets shutout in it's opener with Kentucky, the SEC Network brings you "highlights"

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The Mizzou Eagles

How are you feeling about that Corey Tate?

SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Power Mizzou looks at Year 2 of the Kim Anderson era and what expectations we should have

So back to the question we still haven't answered: What's a reasonable expectation? I think the pie-in-the-sky expectation is that this is a tournament team. Could it happen? Sure. Should we view it as likely? Probably not. But this team needs to be playing for something in March. If the Tigers can go to the conference tournament with realistic NIT hopes, that's a decent year. It's not great. No year that ends with Missouri outisde the Field of 68 (I think that's how many they invite these days) is a great year. But given where they're coming from, playing in the NIT would show vast improvement.

The Big 12/SEC Tournament will not include Missouri because that would make too much sense

"It didn't surprise me," Coach Kim Anderson said. "Obviously, there's 14 SEC teams, and there's 10 Big 12 teams. ... I didn't anticipate being in it just because of where we finished, and I know there's three other teams that aren't in it either. Hopefully, it will be motivation for our guys for the future, and maybe we can get back there in a couple years."

Matter talks Big 12/SEC Challenge as well

Missouri is contracted for at least six nonconference games for next season, all against teams from the high-major conferences. The Tigers will take part in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 23-24 and will play two games against Kansas State, North Carolina or Northwestern. Mizzou plays at Arizona on Dec. 13. The Tigers are also contracted to play at Xavier and host North Carolina State, in addition to the Braggin' Rights Game against Illinois in St. Louis.

Johnathan Williams III

JW3 is thinking...Kansas? Keep it classy Tiger fans...

Johnathan Williams III, the former Missouri power forward, confirmed on Thursday that he is now considering Kansas among a list of possible transfer destinations. Williams III, who requested a release from Missouri in late March, told The Star that he had recently heard from Kansas coach Bill Self, who reached out to the former Mizzou big man.

"They just said they were interested in me," Williams III said on Thursday.

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Mizzou gets shut out in it's series opener against Kentucky

In the opener of a crucial series between two NCAA bubble teams, Kentucky (29-23, 13-14 SEC) climbed within half a game of Missouri (28-25, 14-14) in the conference standings. Since clobbering Ole Miss 18-1 on May 2, the Tigers have lost six straight games by a combined 17 runs. With their NCAA hopes fading, the Tigers have lost 11 of their last 13 heading into the second game of the series, set for 6 p.m. Friday. This is the final regular-season series before next week's SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala.

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Stubble's got depth on the Pitching Staff

Tenth-seeded Missouri (39-14) is hosting a regional for the seventh straight season. MU will play Indiana State (26-29) in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Friday at University Field, following a 4 p.m. game between Kansas and Louisville.

The makeup of Missouri's pitching staff is unique for the Earleywine era. Finucane is 19-8 with a 3.00 ERA. Freshman Lowary is 18-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Never before in Earleywine's nine-year tenure have two pitchers won at least 18 games in the same season.

The Trib Previews the Columbia Regional

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Mizzou's Track Team is breaking records and taking titles

Missouri track and field athletes use tiles to share their goals with their teammates. At the start of the season, each athlete writes their goal on a tile. When they achieve it, they break their tile in front of the team and announce their next target.

Adewole has a new set of goals to smash at the Southeastern Conference Championships, which began Thursday in Starkville, Mississippi. She is scheduled to race in the 400-meter dash preliminaries at 5:35 p.m. Friday with hopes of advancing to the finals Saturday.