A week after giving No. 1 Illinois about all it could handle, Missouri faces a talented Gonzaga squad Thursday. The Bulldogs have already toppled two teams ranked No. 3, exposing the inaccuracy of their No. 12 ranking. The Tigers will enter the game without Spencer Laurie, increasing the pressure on freshman Jason Horton.
December 29, 2004
Giving a team like Indiana a big halftime lead before stealing a win away in the final moments is one thing, but doing the same against Illinois is nearly impossible. After handing the Illini a 15-point halftime edge, Missouri played its best basketball of the season in the second half but could not manage a win, falling 70-64 on Wednesday night at Savvis Center in St. Louis.
December 22, 2004
Comeback victories like the one Missouri had against Indiana on Sunday often provide the impetus for change. Now knowing what they need to do to be successful, the Tigers face a monumental challenge: toppling Illinois, the consensus No. 1 team in the land, and grabbing Braggin' Rights on Wednesday night in St. Louis.
December 21, 2004
If it happens once, it can happen again. A year after shocking Indiana in Bloomington with a late 17-0 rally, Missouri turned a similar trick in a 56-53 win at Mizzou Arena on Sunday. After trailing by 17 in the opening moments of the second half, the Tigers found consistency on offense and converted nearly every shot they took in the final 20 minutes.
December 19, 2004
Missouri coach Quin Snyder met with league media on Tuesday morning during the Big 12 coaches' teleconference. Snyder discussed the Tigers' recent performance and the difficult games coming up on their schedule. Read on for a few of his thoughts.
December 14, 2004
Missouri used a career-high 26 points from Linas Kleiza to cruise to a comfortable 87-62 win against Montana on Saturday afternoon. Kleiza did most of the damage offensively, but he got a lot of help from the Tigers' freshman class.
December 11, 2004
With its schedule about to get much more difficult, Missouri managed a 70-61 win against Oakland on Saturday. Missouri again shot out to an early lead before squandering most of it before halftime. Thanks to sophomore forward Linas Kleiza's big afternoon, the Tigers had enough to rally for the win in the second half.
December 4, 2004
With a chance to climb over the .500 mark for the first time in two weeks, Missouri welcomes Oakland to Mizzou Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers needed to shoot 51 percent from the field to knock off the Golden Grizzlies in their season opener last season, a mark the Tigers have yet to reach this season.
December 3, 2004