Missouri’s impressive campaign came to an abrupt, crushing end on Tuesday night, with a difficult loss in the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers, who had captured the hearts of the state with a remarkable regular season, were unable to sustain their prowess in the national spotlight, succumbing to the pressure of a packed arena.
Missouri was one of the most formidable contenders in the tournament, having recorded an impressive 28-3 record in the regular season. Led by star forward Xavier Pinson, the team had managed to amass an impressive run, including a 15-game winning streak throughout the winter months.
With such a remarkable record, many had tipped the Tigers to make a deep run in the tournament, but it was not to be. The team quickly found themselves in a dire situation, with a deficit of 14 points in the first half.
Despite a valiant effort to make a comeback, the squad ultimately faltered, with Pinson tallying 21 points, five assists and four rebounds in a losing effort.
The loss was especially crushing for fans, who had been hoping to see the Tigers make a deep run, and bring a national title to the state.
Nevertheless, the team can still be proud of its remarkable season, which saw them become one of the most formidable competitors in college basketball.