The Missouri basketball team took one step closer to earning a ticket to the big dance Tuesday night after defeating No. 10 seed Oklahoma State 75-52 in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
The victory avenges last year’s 56-54 upset loss, which knocked the Tigers out of tourney play.
Seven Tigers scored in the first half. Four went on to score double digits. Megan Roney led the Tigers with a career-high 15 points.
The Tigers (17-11, 7-9 Big 12) move on to face second-seeded Kansas State at 6 p.m. today at Reunion Arena in Dallas.
Kansas State (23-4, 14-2 Big 12) is the second-seeded team in the tournament. Kansas State won the previous two contests against the Tigers this year, including a 93-90 double-overtime loss Feb. 22 at the Hearnes Center.
— Missourian staff
It’s that time of year.
Like clockwork, the Missouri men’s basketball team habitually picks up the pace for postseason promise after a weary winter slump.
After an unexpected struggle this season, the Tigers (15-12, 9-7 Big 12) hope that tradition carries them through this weekend’s Big 12 Conference Tournament. Play begins Thursday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The conference’s bottom half takes the Darwinian approach to postseason fate Thursday as teams duke it out for postseason survival of the fittest in the Big 12 Tournament’s opening round.
The Tigers, seeded sixth, face 12th-seeded Texas A&M at 8:20 p.m. The Aggies (7-20, 0-16) have not won a conference game and went 7-20 on the season.
Eighth-seeded Iowa State (16-11, 7-9) and ninth-seeded Kansas State (14-13, 6-10) meet in the first game at 2 p.m. Seventh-seeded Oklahoma (18-9, 8-8), and 10th-seeded Nebraska (16-11, 6-10) meet at 6 p.m.
— Angela Stricker