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Iowa will test Tigers’ resolve

It probably didn’t bother the Missouri men’s basketball team when 2003 ended and 2004 began.

Recent on-court struggles as well as an NCAA investigation of the program have made it a forgettable year for the No. 23 Tigers (4-4). The Tigers get a chance to begin anew, to some degree, when they host Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Tigers focused on future

SHREVEPORT, La. – Before the Independence Bowl had ended, even before it had started, the Missouri football team found it hard not to think about the future.

Striving to be their best

Everyone makes resolutions for the new year, even the Missouri women’s basketball team.

The Tigers play Miami (Ohio) at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers (7-2) and the RedHawks (6-4).

Coaches tout worthy cause

Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, and Mike Davis, the Cougars’ women’s coach, love to win and hate to lose, but this weekend’s second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic is about more than wins and losses.

Burchard and Davis started the Classic last season because of a common concern. They both knew friends, family members and Columbia College faculty members who with cancer.

Miscues sink MU chances for win

SHREVEPORT, La. –- Gary Pinkel has made his name as a coach who preaches discipline and mistake-free football.

That’s why this one hurt so badly.

Razorbacks’ Cobb gets another MVP

SHREVEPORT, La. –- Cedric Cobbs started and finished his Arkansas career on top.

Cobbs, a senior tailback, rushed for 141 yards and one touchdown in Arkansas’ 27-14 victory against Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday.

Slow start hampers Smith

SHREVEPORT, La. -– The introduction to ESPN’s broadcast declared the Independence Bowl the beginning of Brad Smith’s Heisman Trophy campaign.

The campaign was a little slow getting off the ground, but senior wide receiver Darius Outlaw said it’s only getting started.

Momentum changes in a snap

SHREVEPORT, La. –- For Zach Strom, staying perfect turned out to be too good to be true.

Strom, Missouri’s junior deep snapper, had never made a game-day mistake before Wednesday. In the second quarter, Strom’s first miscue appeared to unleash Arkansas.

Special teams anything but for Missouri

SHREVEPORT, La. -– Special teams don’t need to be special for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, but they need to be reliable.

Missouri didn’t accomplish that Wednesday. The Tigers made numerous special-teams blunders in their 27-14 loss to Arkansas.

Slow start baffling Missouri

Missouri had prepared for Belmont.

The Tigers had watched film. They had reviewed scouting reports. They had practiced hard, but despite the preparatory homework, the Tigers were a confused bunch after their disappointing 71-67 home loss to the Bruins on Tuesday night.

5 Keys Answered: Independence Bowl

1 The Missouri defense has to flush Arkansas quarterback Ryan Sorahan out of the pocket and keep quarterback Matt Jones in it. Sorahan has a strong arm and Jones excels with his legs.

Sorahan was able to stand in and complete all three passes he attempted in his one series, and Jones was able to get out and run. Jones gained 74 yards on seven carries and was tough to bring down in the secondary.

Both sides’ runners sparkle

SHREVEPORT, La. -– As expected, Missouri and Arkansas did what they do best: They ran the ball. They ran it a lot.

The Razorbacks and Tigers, ranked seventh and eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game in the regular season, combined for 552 rushing yards, the most in Independence Bowl history.

3-for-all: Bruins shock Tigers

Preventing the open 3-pointer and avoiding defensive lapses at key times have plagued Missouri all season.

Those problems caused the Tigers to lose two straight heading into Tuesday’s game, and they continued.

Zeroed in on nine

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Independence Bowl doesn’t mean anything to the Missouri football team. It means everything.

The Tigers haven’t been to a bowl since the 1998 Insight.com Bowl, so it would make sense if they were just happy to be involved. They could have easily come to Shreveport, enjoyed the gifts the bowl gives them and taken in the sights.

Missouri’s defense key in win

Missouri’s first-half defense was the deciding factor against Iowa on Tuesday.

The Tigers kept the Hawkeyes’ offense off-balance throughout the first half with an energized defensive effort that guided Missouri to a 75-65 win at Hearnes Center.

Bowl Full of Fun

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Either Hannah Bowlin is trying to impress her fiancé or she has quickly taken to the Missouri Tigers.

Bowlin, 17, was one of about 150 fans who came to Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier City, La., on Monday afternoon to gather Tigers’ autographs. She was the only person getting her leg cast signed, though.

Home game should soothe Tigers

Take it from AJ: It’s not the coaching staff, offensive scheme or defensive difficulties that are responsible for Missouri’s lackluster first month.

It is much simpler than that.

Keeping up with Jones

SHREVEPORT, La. -– Comparing Arkansas’ Matt Jones and Missouri’s Brad Smith is easy. Two running quarterbacks.

It’s not so simple.

MU must shake off layoff rust

Missouri’s schedule is about to get a lot busier.

After playing one game in the past 19 days, the Tigers host Iowa at Hearnes Center today in the first of three games in six days.

Bruins’ defense stymies Cougars

LIBERTY — The Rock Bridge offense had a case of the Mondays after its bus left for the campus of William Jewell at 6:30 a.m.

It had enough, though, to defeat the Hickman Mills Cougars 36-27 on Monday morning in the consolation bracket of the Cardinal Division of the Bank Midwest/William Jewell Holiday Classic.

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