THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Football falls in SEC title game; Volleyball knocked out of tournament

Sunday, December 8, 2013 | 5:21 p.m. CST
Missouri quarterback James Franklin runs away from Auburn defensive lineman Angelo Blackson in the first quarter.

This week, the Missouri football team fell to Auburn in a high-scoring SEC Championship game, the volleyball team ended its previously undefeated season with a second-round NCAA tournament loss, and the men's basketball team picked up a two wins, including a victory over No. 18 UCLA. 

Missouri football ends regular season with 59-42 loss to Auburn in SEC Championship game

Missouri fans braved snowy travel conditions on the road to Atlanta to watch the Tigers play in their first-ever Southeastern Conference Championship game. Missouri's unexpectedly successful season ended in disappointment as the Tigers fell 59-42 to Auburn in the highest-scoring championship game of all time. Despite the loss, many Missouri fans remained positive after the 11-2 season. The loss dropped Missouri to No. 9 in the final AP poll of the season.

Auburn is likely bound for the National Championship Game, while Missouri is left wondering what could have been. The Tigers will find out their bowl fate on Sunday night, though the possibilities have been narrowed down.

Missouri volleyball season ends with loss in second round of NCAA tournament

After an undefeated regular season, the No. 4 Missouri volleyball team hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament at the Hearnes Center. The team won its first round match, sweeping IUPUI on Friday, but saw its dream season end in the second round at the hands of Purdue on Saturday. The four-set loss was Missouri's first of the season.

Missouri men's basketball beats West Virginia and UCLA

After a Thanksgiving tournament in Las Vegas, the Missouri men's basketball team returned to Columbia for two of its biggest home games so far. The Tigers beat West Virginia 80-71 on Thursday night, then faced a quick turnaround before a matchup with No. 18 UCLA on Saturday morning. Earnest Ross led the Tigers to the 80-71 upset as Missouri extended its national-best home court winning streak to 24 games. Missouri is now 9-0 and will play its next game on Dec. 15 against Western Michigan.

Missouri women's basketball picks up two wins, sets scoring record

The women's basketball team improved its record to 9-1 with two wins this week. The team relied on outside shooting to defeat Oral Roberts on Wednesday. The team's offense was efficient in a 126-55 rout of Bradley on Sunday. The 126 points represent a new school record, with seven players reaching double digits in scoring. The team is off until Dec. 16, when it will face Belmont at home.

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