Rather, it was a dose of grit, determination and "want to", as the old timers like to call it that carried the Tigers in this game.
When Kareem Rush left the game with about 8 minutes to play and the game very much up for grabs, it was unclear what the rest of the Missouri team would do. How would they respond to this type of adversity so early in the season?
Clarence Gilbert and Wesley Stokes became rebounding machines. Gilbert ended the game with nine boards, while Stokes was credited with an even dozen. The senior leader Gilbert also added a game high 18 points to rally the young Missouri team against a very game Bama squad.
Arthur Johnson also contributed well on both sides of the court scoring 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks.
Travon Bryant, Najeeb Echols and Ricky Paulding all contributed eight to nine points a piece and were also key contributers to the victory.
Mizzou moves on to the championship game on Wednesday night vs. #9 Iowa, which defeated #12 Memphis 75-71 in the other semifinal.