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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's basketball rolls; Grand Prix comes to Columbia

Sunday, February 12, 2012 | 7:07 p.m. CST; updated 7:31 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 12, 2012

COLUMBIA -- The Missouri men's basketball team won twice, and several Olympians came to Columbia to swim in the Missouri Grand Prix.

Men's basketball team beats Oklahoma, Baylor

After an exhilarating week that culminated in beating rival Kansas, the No. 4 Missouri men's basketball team had a quick turnaround when it traveled to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners on Monday night. Missouri edged out Oklahoma 71-68, after Sooner's guard Romero Osby's missed a last-second three-point attempt. Marcus Denmon, who was named Big 12 Player of the Week after his stellar performance against Kansas, led the team again with 25 points.

The Tigers' schedule allowed a few days off before facing No. 6 Baylor on Saturday. The Bears fell to No. 7 Kansas on Wednesday to leave Missouri and Kansas tied atop the Big 12 standings.

Missouri used a 17-3 second half run to defeat Baylor 72-57. ESPN's Dana O'Neil highlighted a drill the Missouri guards use that made Saturday's game look like shooting practice for the Tigers.

During a timeout in the first half, injured forward Laurence Bowers was recognized with 38 other students for their service to the community and university, academic achievement and leadership.

Following the win, ESPN's Joe Lunardi seeded Missouri as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region of his latest Bracketology. The Midwest regional will be played in St. Louis this year.

Olympians shine at Missouri Grand Prix, in and out of the water

Four Olympic gold-medal winners headlined the swim meet that lasted Friday through Sunday.

In addition to current Olympians, many Olympic hopefuls are using the Grand Prix as a step of training toward the summer games in London. Two teammates from Auburn placed first and second in the 100-meter butterfly, but know qualifying for the Olympics will be tougher once Michael Phelps is also in the race.

Olympian Matt Grevers won the 100-meter backstroke on Saturday, but perhaps his biggest victory came after the race. After receiving his gold medal, Grevers got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend and fellow Olympic swimmer, Annie Chandler. A YouTube video of the proposal began circulating on social media shortly after it happened.

Tiger Town planned for SEC football games

In an attempt to capitalize on Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference, several Columbia businessmen are planning a tailgating area for gamedays called Tiger Town near the intersection of Eighth and Elm streets. The SEC requires nearly three times as many reserved tickets for away fans as the Big 12 Conference, and many Columbia hotels are already booked for next season's game days.

Missouri gymnasts continue to roll

Missouri freshman Rachel Updike continued her dominance of the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award. Updike set a Big 12 Conference record by winning the award for the fifth consecutive week. Senior Mary Burke was also named Gymnast of the Week and followed up her all-around title in last week's meet with another first-place finish Friday in Chicago.


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