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THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's and women's basketball enter final stretch of season

Sunday, March 3, 2013 | 6:33 p.m. CST
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers shoots a 3-pointer during Missouri's 89-76 win over LSU on Saturday. Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

As the calendar turns to March, the Missouri men's and women's basketball teams move into the final stretch of the season. The men's team will wrap up its season Saturday before heading to the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn. The women finished their regular season Sunday and now will travel to Duluth, Ga., for the SEC tournament.

Men's basketball wins two games

The Missouri men's basketball team bounced back from its overtime loss at Kentucky to win two games this week. Missouri men, which had only one road win coming into the game, put road woes behind them in their 90-68 win over South Carolina on Thursday. Frank Haith won his 50th game as Missouri's head coach, becoming the fastest coach in Missouri history to win 50 games.

Missouri's momentum continued in its 89-76 victory over LSU on Saturday. Laurence Bowers led Missouri with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Missouri heads into the final week of the regular season with a 21-8 record overall and a 10-6 mark in SEC play.

While Haith and the Tigers try to not focus on the upcoming NCAA tournament, both Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com see the Tigers making the tournament and being a No. 8 seed.

Women's basketball upsets No. 14 South Carolina

The Missouri women's basketball team's lone game of the week was a 65-58 upset victory over No. 14 South Carolina. Junior Bri Kulas scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Tigers 16th win on the season. The Tigers (16-13 overall) have their best record since the 2006-07 season.

Baseball and softball snowed out

After Columbia was hit with nearly 10 more inches of snow early in the week, both the Missouri baseball and softball teams lost games to Mother Nature over the weekend.

After shoveling snow off the field Wednesday, the Missouri baseball team had its home-opener series against Northwestern canceled because of snow.

The No. 6 ranked softball team suffered the same fate as its weekend tournament at SEMO was also called off.


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