There are three teams standing in the way of the Missouri Tigers winning the Big 12 conference Tournament.
You heard me right; there is no Oklahoma, no Kansas and no Kansas State standing in the way of the Tigers goal of capturing a part of the Conference Championship and possibly a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers defeated Texas Tech 81-60 in impressive fashion. The Red Raiders couldn't pull off its second upset in a row; the Tiger's pressure defense wore out Texas Tech which was evident in the second half.
Missouri has been a team that hasn't managed to put two full halves together this season. The Tigers have either played really well in the first half and no so much in the second but for the most part Mizzou has been a second half team.
"It was a true tale of two halves," Coach Mike Anderson said after the game. "That has been the story of our basketball season all year long."
Anderson was impressed on how Texas Tech attacked his team in the first half, but also said nervousness of the Tiger's first game may have played a role.
"Texas Tech was ready to play in the first half," Anderson said. "They came out attacking us. We established a tempo to our liking in the second half and controlled the game in the second half."
DeMarre Carroll led the Tigers with 19 points to lead the No. 14 Mizzou team to the impressive victory.
The Tigers (26-6) watched regular-season champion Kansas, second-seeded Oklahoma and No. 4 seed Kansas State all fall victim to upsets earlier in the day but used runs of 13 and 10 consecutive points to put away the Red Raiders (14-19).
The Tigers ended a three-year drought at the conference tournament, winning for the first time since 2005 and setting up only their third appearance in the semifinals.