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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri men's basketball, Nash Vegas and the Niedermeyer

Sunday, March 17, 2013 | 6:35 p.m. CDT; updated 7:06 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 18, 2013
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers attempts a shot around Ole Miss forward Reginals Buckner during the Tigers' SEC tournament quarterfinal game against the Rebels Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball stories topped the charts this week as the Tigers entered Southeastern Conference Tournament play.

Here are the week's 10 most-read stories, according to Google Analytics:

1. The opening of a new honky-tonk bar in downtown Columbia was the week's most popular story. The country-themed bar, Nash Vegas, will offer a mash-up of live music, neon lights and a hometown vibe. (1,136 page views)

2. The 176-year-old Niedermeyer Building, named one of Columbia's Notable Historic Properties by the Historic Preservation Commission, has tentatively been saved from demolition. MU professor Nakhle Asmar is in negotiation with Collegiate Housing Partners, the current owners, to purchase and restore the building. (1,099 page views)

3. The Missouri men's basketball team is waiting to hear the fate of its postseason after a frustrating 64-62 loss to Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament. For the Tigers, the defeat was another in a string of last-minute losses. (1,053 page views)

4. The week's fourth most read story was a preview of the Missouri men's basketball team's Friday game against Ole Miss. In January, Missouri was blown out 64-49 against Ole Miss on the road, and a month later the Rebels traveled to Columbia only to get trounced by the Tigers 98-79. (1,036 page views)

5. Missouri defeated Texas A&M 62-50 in Missouri's first game of the SEC Tournament on Wednesday. The Tigers capitalized on the Aggie's poor shooting game, making 21-of-45 compared to Texas' 14-of-58. (935 page views)

6. Continuing the theme of tournament play, the week's sixth most read story was a preview of SEC bracket and the games to come for Missouri. The Tigers had a first-round bye thanks to their seed. (891 page views)

7. The Columbia School Board approved a new, three-tiered transportation plan Monday. The board is touting the plan as a way for students to have greater flexibility over their own schedules. (862 page views)

8. The Comet Pan-STARRS was visible to the naked eye Tuesday evening shortly after sunset. The Central Missouri Astronomical Association had binoculars and telescopes available for hopeful stargazers. (779 page views)

9. To prepare for the rigorous schedule and demanding nature of tournament play, Missouri men's basketball associate head coach Tim Fuller spent Sunday watching hours and hours of game tapes. Tigers players talked about keeping a "one-game-at-a-time" mentality to prepare for the postseason. (768 page views)

10. A series of late mistakes snatched the Tiger's second-half lead, leading to a  64-62 loss to Ole Miss in the SEC quarterfinals on Friday. “We didn’t finish the game how we wanted,” Missouri guard Phil Pressey said to explain the defeat. (729 page views)


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