This week in Missouri sports, the football team defeated Texas A&M and punched its ticket to the SEC Championship game, and the volleyball team completed a perfect regular season.
Missouri football clinches SEC East title against Texas A&M
The No. 5 Missouri football team reserved a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game with a 28-21 win over Texas A&M on Saturday night. The Tigers contained reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, stifling the Aggies' offense for just 1 yard on its final three drives. With the win, the Tigers finished the regular season with an 11-1 record and won the SEC East title in their second year in the league. Missouri will face Auburn on Saturday in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
Volleyball finishes regular season with 34-0 record, awaits NCAA fate
After clinching the SEC Championship on Nov. 22, No. 4 Missouri volleyball picked up one more win this week when the team defeated Arkansas on Wednesday. Before the game, Missouri seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning reflected on their time with the team. The Tigers are guaranteed a spot in the NCAA tournament and will find out their first opponent on Sunday night.
Men's basketball adds two wins at Las Vegas Invitational
The Missouri men's basketball team regained its head coach, Frank Haith, who returned from a five-game suspension and picked up two wins at the Las Vegas Invitational to improve to 7-0. The Tigers defeated Northwestern 78-67 on Thanksgiving and beat Nevada 83-70 on Friday. The Tigers will return to Columbia for games against West Virginia on Thursday and No. 19 UCLA on Saturday.
Women's basketball goes 1-1 at University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament
The women's basketball team headed south for Thanksgiving and split two games at the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. The Tigers beat Hartford on Friday for coach Robin Pingeton's 50th win at Missouri but fell to Miami in the tournament's championship game. The Tigers are now 7-1 and will face Oral Roberts and Bradley this week.