PHOTO GALLERY: Rain doesn't dampen MU students' spirit

Friday, February 3, 2012 | 5:07 p.m. CST; updated 3:45 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 4, 2012

MU students began camping outside Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night in anticipation for ESPN's "College GameDay" and the men's basketball game against Kansas on Saturday.

Students were setting up tents and trying to stay dry in the rain Friday. But even the rain didn't dampen their Missouri spirit.

Jude Ogo and Austin Tinnes try to keep electronics in their tent out of the rain while camping outside of Mizzou Arena on Friday. The two hope to participate in ESPN's "College GameDay" and had set their tent up the previous afternoon.
Trevor Mallard (in chair) watches as Jake Kraus, Eddie Kraus, Anders Aarhus and Brandon Weiss set up their tent near Mizzou Arena on Friday. The students join the ranks of others who have been camping as early as Wednesday night.
Wade Proffitt passes time on his phone in a tent in front of Mizzou Arena on Friday. Proffitt, a senior, has camped out for the last three Missouri vs. Kansas basketball games. He said that this was the most miserable of all the campouts, since it was not just cold but also wet.
Walt Scher sits outside of his tent on Friday. The tent was filled with his and his friends' belongings, and there was not enough room for anyone else inside. Scher had been waiting in line since 7 p.m. Thursday and was the 89th person in line for ESPN's "College GameDay."
MU students keep warm during a break in the rain after three hours of thunderstorms on Friday outside Mizzou Arena. Students were waiting in line as early as Thursday morning to get into ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast Saturday morning and the Missouri men's basketball game against Kansas on Saturday night.
Trash litters the pavement of Mizzou Arena on Friday as campers try to stay out of the rain waiting for ESPN College GameDay. Students began camping out as early as Wednesday night.
Brian Hayes and Vince Van Haute talk to other campers outside of Mizzou Arena on Friday. A Kansas Jayhawk dangles from a nearby light post, showing the school-spirited atmosphere among the MU students camping out for the game against KU on Saturday night.

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