The Tigers defeated the Bears 90-75 Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City for the Big 12 Conference Tournament championship title.
The Tigers want the respect that a No. 1-seed would symbolize, but the numbers don't necessarily add up in Missouri's favor.
Thirty-eight days have passed since Dorial Green-Beckham, the top football recruit in the nation, signed a letter of intent to play for Missouri. The overwhelming hysteria preceding that signature has abated.
Starter Rob Zastryzny struck out three in six innings of work and Dane Opel went 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in a run and scoring one in the first game of the double-header.
Chelsea Thomas threw eight strikeouts and shut out Boise State for the second day in a row as the Tigers won two more games at the DeMarini Invitational.
The rivalry between Missouri and Kansas in the Big 12 is over, as Baylor advances to the Big 12 championships after beating Kansas on Friday. Missouri will face Baylor at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Missouri advances to the Big 12 championship where the Tigers will face the Baylor Bears.
Four home runs, including one by freshman Kelsea Roth, propelled the Tigers to run-rule wins over Alcorn State and Boise State by scores of 14-1 and 8-0.
Missouri basketball fans can join the Tigers at Mizzou Arena on Sunday afternoon to discover the team's seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Parking, popcorn, and soda will all be free at the event.
While Dorial Green-Beckham, who will join the Missouri football team this summer, had highlights in the Hillcrest boys basketball team's victory in the Class 4 Semifinals on Friday, sophomore Juwan Johnson led the team, scoring eight consecutive points and finishing with 15 points.
The No. 5 Tigers have played their best basketball at the Sprint Center, winning each of their three games there by at least 18 points.
Mini-Mizzou, the Missouri men's basketball team's pep band, has a close relationship with the Tigers, especially seniors Steve Moore and Jarrett Sutton.
Missouri lost 70-59 to No. 2-seeded Oklahoma on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. Senior Christine Flores led the Tigers with 18 points.
Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III made all eight of his shots in the first half Thursday and wound up with a career-best 31 points while leading the hot-shooting Bears to a victory over the Kansas State Wildcats.
Elijah Johnson hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points Thursday, helping Kansas to an 83-66 rout of Texas A&M.
A 88-70 victory over the Cowboys was Missouri's first win in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament since 2009, when the Tigers won the tournament.
The Tigers nearly blew a 22-point lead but held on for a 72-68 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday in Kansas City.
The Missouri men's basketball team is focusing on fundamentals as it heads into postseason play. Tigers head coach Frank Haith said he thinks their guard-heavy lineup will be a benefit in tournament play.
The NCAA selection committee chairman all but handed out the first two No. 1 seeds to Kentucky and Syracuse, but the last two spots are up for grabs. Kansas and Missouri are in the mix with Duke, North Carolin, Ohio State and Michigan State.
In 1939, the same year the NCAA tournament started, a group called the Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively named Kansas the national champion for 1922 and 1923. But Missouri was named the 1922 national champion by a different retroactive poll conducted in 1993.