There is no question that Missouri’s athletic profile is on the rise nationally. Missouri has been in national sporting news a lot lately, whether it be for the Tiger’s move to the SEC, their basketball teams success this season or Dorial Green-Beckham’s recent decision, choosing Missouri for his football services.
However, as many Missouri fans may know, their success on and off the playing field have not come without devastating defeats.
In recent years, the Missouri’s football and basketball teams have lost several games immediately after big wins. First, there was the 2007 football team. On Nov. 24 of that year, the Tigers defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 36-18 in one of the biggest victories in program history. The next week, the Tigers, who were ranked No. 1 and were one win away from the National Championship Game, lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game 38-17.
Then, in 2010, the football team once again had a program-defining win, beating No. 1 Oklahoma 36-27 at home in front of a national audience as part of “College Gameday”. The Tiger’s were undefeated (7-0) and primed to go to their first BCS Bowl game. However, the Tigers lost their next two games at Nebraska and Texas Tech and ended up settling with an Insight Bowl loss to Iowa, finishing the year 10-3.
Up to tonight, this year’s Missouri basketball team has followed a similar pattern. Undefeated going into Big 12 play, the Tigers stomped Oklahoma by 38 points 87-49 to start off the Big 12 season. However, the very next game, the Tiger’s went to Kansas State and lost their first game of the season to the Wildcats, 75-59.
Even more devastating, Missouri lost to Oklahoma State on Jan. 25, 79-72 just days after defeating then No. 3 Baylor and moving to No. 2 in the national rankings.
However, if tonight’s win against Oklahoma is any indicator, the Tiger’s may have reversed their recent trend of losing a game after a big win.
The Tiger’s squeaked by Oklahoma 71-68, in which the Sooners missed a three to tie the game as time expired. It wasn’t pretty, but the Tigers temporarily reversed their recent trend by winning the next game after Saturday night’s come from behind victory against Kansas, 74-71.