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Auburn's Bruce Pearl compliments Missouri's defense ahead of Saturday's vital contest

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Here are today's Mizzou Links.

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Women beat Georgia

Mizzou bounces back, beats Georgia : Dave Matter

The Tigers trailed by five early in the fourth quarter but the Bulldogs imploded down the stretch, going scoreless for 6:22. Cierra Porter’s layup put the Tigers in front 44-43 with 3:57 left, followed by back-to-back Jordan Frericks’ baskets. After a Georgia 3-pointer cut Mizzou’s lead to 50-48, the Tigers clinched the win from the free throw line in the final 17 seconds. Porter and Frericks each scored 11 points to lead the Tigers. Sierra Michaelis added eight points.

No. 20 Missouri women's basketball team relies on defense to beat Georgia - Columbia Daily Tribune

"We bent there a little bit in the third quarter," Missouri Coach Robin Pingeton said during her postgame radio interview on KTGR. "It would’ve been easy for us to kind of unravel completely. We did a little bit, but we hung in there, and we stayed the course and got a big win for our team."

University of Missouri Athletics - #20 @MizzouWBB Wins Road Contest at Georgia, 54-48

Mizzou went on a 10-0 run in the middle of the fourth quarter as the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 16-8 over the final 10 minutes. Porter put Mizzou ahead for good at 44-43 with a layup at the 3:57 mark.

No. 20 Missouri edges by Georgia

Missouri edges by Georgia - ESPN Video

Missouri women's basketball improves to 14-1 after a 54-48 win over Georgia.

Watching the highlight clip above, one of Georgia's best players tried to trip Sophie Cunningham near the end of the game and was called for a technical foul that helped Mizzou seal the game.

Offensive struggles hinder Lady Bulldogs in second straight SEC loss | Online Athens

Men aim for bounce back vs Auburn

I'm just including this photo because I always really enjoy these shots.

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Auburn's New Williams to miss Saturday's game at Missouri | AL.com

Other Auburn injuries include Tahj Shamsid-Deen, whose dislocated shoulder has him sidelined indefinitely and T.J. Dunans, who is out for multiple weeks while he nurses a bruised knee. Fellow guard Danjel Purifoy remains academically ineligible.

Apparently Auburn actually has a player named "New Williams."

Auburn ready to run with Missouri

"It’s an important game, two teams picked in the lower half," said Pearl, referring to the SEC preseason media poll, which saw Auburn predicted to finish 10th while Missouri was projected to finish in the conference cellar at 14th. "These are the kind of games where we’ll have an opportunity." Pearl said picking up a win at Mizzou Arena would mean even more when placed in the context of last season's game. In that contest, Auburn led 61-54 with 3:04 remaining before Missouri finished the game on a 9-0 run to take a 63-61 victory.

Bruce Pearl believes Mizzou will run vs. Auburn

"I think it’s more not as much in styles because Missouri likes to run, they’re good in transition but it’s just their scores have been down because they’re so good defensively that...teams will get deep in the shot clock against Missouri because they’re solid defensively," Pearl said Thursday.

Heupel mic'd up

A video from Utah State's YouTube gives us a brief glimpse of Mizzou's new OC coaches up the QBs. He focuses a lot of form and technique, specifically the QB's feet which I thought might have been Drew Lock (and Maty Mauk's) biggest problem last year.

And let's all hope that Josh "Juggernaut" Augusta works his way into NFL 1st round shape

Pro Tigers

Cardinals' Golden lands on Mel Kiper's All-Rookie Team

Golden played in 15 games (six starts) and racked up 31 total tackles, four sacks and forced two fumbles. He also led the team and ranked 15th in the league with 24 quarterback hurries. His rookie season has been recognized. Mel Kiper of ESPN named Golden as one of the starting outside linebackers on his All-Rookie Team, released Thursday in an Insider piece.