They call it the Boarder Showdown and a showdown it was. Missouri came into the game #4 in the nation and Kansas was #8, so everyone knew it was going to be a war.
Kansas took a solid 8-point lead with just a couple minutes left in the game and most people thought the game was over, but Mizzou wouldn’t give up. Denmon dropped two 3-pointers with under 2 minutes left in the game and then converted 2 critical free-throws with just 9.8 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 74-71 win.
Missouri was lead by Denmon who busted out of his shooting slump and went off for 29 points with 6-9 from beyond the arc and also managed to gathered 9 rebounds for a near double-double. He was clearly the difference in the game scoring most impressively when it counted. Down the stretch he was Missouri’s go-to guy and delivered with four critical shots in the last 1:30.
Kansas was lead by the inside play of Thomas Robinson who had 25 points on 11-17 shooting. He was a beast underneath gathering 13 rebounds and leaving the Missouri big-men looking helpless. The biggest mistake Kansas made was not going to him enough or when it counted. On two consecutive possessions Kansas had attempts to get back into the game, but went away from Robinson.
Teams have exploited Missouri’s frontcourt before and Kansas appeared to have the formula for success against the Tigers, but lost track of how they built their lead and fell into a shootout with Mizzou that is never a good idea. Mizzou’s frontcourt is one of the best in the country and pulled out another critical win with their incredible play and clutch long-ball shooting. These teams meet again in 3 weeks for a rematch of the Border Showdown no one should miss.
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