Mizzou 86 - Arkansas 64. Wow! What a difference a year and a coach makes.
For the record, this is the first time since I've been a Mizzou fan that Mizzou has beaten Arkansas.
Update: Here's the KC Star:
Missouri trailed 15-12 when the Tigers — fueled by that 40 Minutes of Hell defense that Nolan Richardson taught and Missouri coach Mike Anderson learned as an assistant coach at Arkansas — ripped off an 18-5 run that put MU up 30-20 on a Keon Lawrence layup with 7:59 left in the opening half.
The Tigers closed the half on a 12-0 run. Arkansas missed its final seven shots.
“We wanted to kind of give them a gut check, kind of punch them,” said Matt Lawrence, who hit all five of his baskets from three-point range on the way to 19 points.
A basketball team with a killer instinct? I haven't seen that in awhile from the Tigers. It's also nice to see that the following plays have been taken out of the offensive playbook:
- Pass the ball around the perimeter right and stand around.
- Pass the ball around the perimeter left and stand around.
- Dribble the ball at the top of the key and stand around.
- Stand around and let someone jack up a deep three (especially useful against the zone defense).