(Missouri Basketball App) -- I'd like to say it was an incredible effort. I'd like to say we showed resolve and courage and an unwillingness to accept defeat. All those things are true, but I can't say that's the story of the game.
That was our game. We were up by 19, and we had no business losing this game in overtime. In complete acceptance of sounding like a homer, that game was mostly stolen from Mizzou. Kansas was in the bonus with nearly half the second half to go. At one point, Big Steve set up, built a house, made lemonade, and then sat down and waited to take a charge, at was called for a block. Phil Pressey fouled out for essentially watching Tyshawn Taylor take 5 steps on a drive.
It was robbery. It was unfair, and unfortunately, it was expected. Missouri went into Lawrence, blew the doors off, and got dragged back into the loss column because they were the away team. Whether you agree or not, if you watched the game, you can't confidently say Missouri lost; and it's hard to swallow.
Nonetheless, can we all just agree on something? Marcus Denmon might be the most dominant player in the country. Every single time he got the ball, he put it in the basket. I screamed at the television every time the ball touched hands that weren't from Kansas City. He had so much swagger, so much adrenaline, and so much wild desperation that I couldn't imagine he would let us fall. But in the end, we fell prey to the situation.
If Flip doesn't foul out, he runs that ball up the floor. Denmon has the ball in the final moments, and, sure as you're born, he makes it. Instead, Mike tried to relive Texas, and realized too late that this wasn't the same ball game.
But we did learn some fun facts. One- Denmon is our go-to guy. Two- Steve Moore is our defensive stopper. Three- we are using Mike Dixon exactly correctly. He is too erratic to be a starter, but deadly when he gets fired up off the bench. Also, as shallow was we are, we can absolutely hang in there against a top five team.
So now it's a Saturday night, and we feel robbed. I know I said not to care too much, but it's impossible after that second half. But we have to move on. Now it's time to enjoy the Big XII tournament, and get ready to see what seed we get for the big dance. Take this anger, bottle it up, and get ready to unleash it in March. From everything we've seen this year, our players will be doing the exact same thing.