THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Missouri's Big 12 Tournament championship and a Columbia dog show

Sunday, March 11, 2012 | 6:23 p.m. CDT; updated 6:48 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 11, 2012

Images of the Missouri men's basketball team's victory in the Big 12 Tournament Championship, the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show and a Hindu celebration marking the beginning of spring were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.

Sam Gause took this photo of 1-year-old London Waldock on Tuesday at Flat Branch Park. Columbia residents took advantage of warm temperatures, which reached as high as 75 degrees, by visiting local parks.  

Sgt. Rodney Blackwell, on a leave from Qatar, surprised his 12-year-old son, Jostin Prior, by picking him up from school. Timmy Huynh photographed Blackwell, who has been deployed with the Missouri National Guard since Sept. 1.  

Elizabeth Pierson photographed participants in the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday. In this photo, Le Hedstrom of Lenxa, Kan., practices with 23-month-old Afghan hound Eli. Hedstrom shows Afghan hounds with his wife, Carol. 

Rohini Puri smears colored powder on Sumitrra Ganguli's face during a Hindu celebration Saturday. Leah Beane photographed the Holi festival celebration, which welcomes spring.

In this photograph by Andrew Mitchell, Steve Moore kisses the Big 12 Tournament Championship trophy after Missouri defeated Baylor 90-75 Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. This is the second time in the past four years that Missouri has defeated Baylor to win the title. 

Michael Dixon greets fans outside Mizzou Arena following the Missouri men's basketball team's victory in the Big 12 Tournament championship game Saturday. Alyssa Goodman photographed the team's return to Columbia. Fans lined up outside the arena following the game. 

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