THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: More basketball wins, preparation for Independence Bowl

Sunday, December 11, 2011 | 6:31 p.m. CST; updated 6:54 p.m. CST, Monday, December 12, 2011

The Missouri football team still has a couple of weeks to prepare for the Independence Bowl, and the Missouri basketball teams and wrestling team are off to strong starts.

Missouri basketball teams collect more wins

The Missouri men's basketball team is now 9-0 for the first time since 2006, after beating Navy 84-59 on Saturday.

Missouri picked up an 81-71 win over Villanova in front of a national audience on Tuesday. The game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

Missouri football tight end Andrew Jones has been practicing with the basketball team and saw his first game action in the Saturday win against Navy.

The Missouri women's basketball team also picked up two wins this week. The Tigers scraped past Eastern Illinois on Wednesday and dominated North Dakota on Saturday. They are now 7-1.

Missouri wrestling dominates ranked opponent

The No. 12 Missouri wrestling team is also off to a strong start. The Tigers beat No. 20 Kent State 34-12 in Kent, Ohio, on Friday, as reported by InterMat in its play-by-play.

Missouri is now 4-1 in dual meets this season. The only loss was a 19-18 loss to No. 11 Oklahoma last month without No. 5-ranked 125-pounder Alan Waters.

Preparing for the Independence Bowl

The Missouri football team will play North Carolina in the Independence Bowl at 4 p.m. on Dec. 26 in Shreveport, La.

The Tigers will start preparing for that game next week, but this week is devoted to working with the program's young players.

"We have the veteran players back off in several of the periods, and we just focus on coaching those young players," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "And they don’t get the coaching like that when they’re on scout team. That’s really the benefit you get from it.”

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