Missouri-Nebraska: what it means

Missouri's embarrassing 78-62 loss to Nebraska on Saturday dropped the Tigers below .500. Can anything be done to save the season?

Missouri losing by more than 14 points to Nebraska hasn't exactly been the least common occurrence in recent memory.

But that's when we're talking football. Saturday's loss to Nebraska in basketball might be one of the most embarrassing losses in Quin Snyder's career, ranking right up there with the Dec. 30 loss to Belmont, especially figuring in that the Tigers dropped below .500 in what was supposed to be a landmark season.

And with the way it happened, it was certainly a capsule of the kind of season the Tigers have had. They gave up 22 second-chance points and turned the ball over 17 times.

Now, it's time to see if Missouri (9-10, 4-5 Big 12) can turn around its season or if it has already turned it over as well.

The Tigers have Colorado on Tuesday and then UNLV on Sunday. Those are both must-wins. Then again, at this point in the season, every game might be a must-win or else the Tigers will be relying on the Big 12 Tournament for a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Missouri had a balanced scoring attack against Nebraska, but defense and turnovers made up to make for the 16-point difference. Jason Conley spent time at the point, but it's hard to say if he had any success. He had two assists and four turnovers, and he only made 2-of-8 shots.

After the loss, Quin Snyder said it was as good as he has ever seen Nebraska play. This isn't the first time he has said that this season about an opponent, and it is no coincidence. This season won't turn around until the Tigers tighten up on offense and defense. At this point, it's simple: Missouri has been outlplayed at least 10 times, and that's why the Tigers stand below .500.

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