Once a "chunky monkey," Shane Ray took a while to grow into the 6-foot-3, 245-pound monster on Missouri's defensive line.
The Tigers (16-17, 7-11 SEC) won the first two sets on Senior Night, but Alabama seized the momentum in the third set. The Crimson Tide took the third and fourth sets and forced a decisive fifth frame.
Missouri's defense did not live up to coach Kim Anderson's standards Tuesday and allowed Purdue to shoot 43 free throws in the 82-61 loss.
Missouri (2-3) had no answer for Purdue's physical, aggressive defense in the first half while falling into a big hole. The Tigers played better over the game's final 10 minutes, but had no chance of finishing off the comeback from a deficit that climbed to 34 points in the second half.
Missouri, ranked No. 17 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, will close out its regular season schedule on Friday against Arkansas with a spot in the SEC championship on the line. How could things shape up further down the road?
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points, helping No. 3 Arizona wear down Missouri for a 72-53 victory in the opening round the Maui Invitational on Monday.
The No. 17 Tigers (9-2, 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference) prepare for a short week and large Arkansas offensive line.
Missouri plays Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Friday. MU residence halls typically open on Sunday after an academic break.
The Missouri women's basketball team suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of No. 14 California in Honolulu on Sunday.
Purdue, Missouri now set to meet in Maui consolation semifinal.
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The Tigers are ranked No. 17 in The Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls after winning 29-21 at Tennessee.
A gritty offensive performance and a defense that always gives its team a chance to win helped the Tigers overcome penalties and miscues in their 29-21 win over the Vols.
It wasn't always pretty, but a program-record 10th-straight win on the road has the Tigers one game away from returning to the SEC championship in Atlanta.
On a night when the Tigers needed a win to keep their SEC title hopes alive, Markus Golden and the Missouri defense made the right plays at the right time.
"We'll sing it as long as we're behind. And then we'll sing it when we're ahead."
Through three games, redshirt senior Keith Shamburger has been a rock for Missouri men's basketball coach Kim Anderson.
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West Virginia freshman Alex Obendorf had an uncertain future in diving a year ago, but Friday, he earned an NCAA postseason berth with his performance at the Mizzou Invitational.
While it wasn't always pretty, the Missouri Tigers defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 29-21, Saturday night. We collected fan reactions from social media from Knoxville to Columbia and everywhere in between.