Columbia (KMOV.com) -- Coming into Wednesday's game at No. 17 Texas, the big knock against the Missouri Tigers was they did not have a signature win.
Well now they do.
The Tigers 69-65 victory over the Longhorns was undoubtedly the biggest of Mike Anderson's career in Columbia. It was a true team effort for a squad that averaged 85 points a game going into the big win. Junior guard Zaire Taylor led the Tigers with 17 points in a nationally televised matchup.
The Tigers are now 19-4 and carry a 6-2 record in the Big 12, with eight conference matchups remaining. This includes what should be surefire wins at Iowa State and Colorado plus a home matchup against Nebraska. That would make nine Big 12 wins - it is widely assumed that 10 will get the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament.
The only concern for Missouri is how easily Texas center Dexter Pittman scored a career- high 25 points. If Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carrol think guarding Pittman was difficult, wait until they have to deal with Oklahoma's Blake Griffin next month.
But those worries can be saved for practice tomorrow - because a win is a win.
And this was a huge win.
Michael Bittner is a Journalism student at the University of Missouri