COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Tyus Edney curse is exorcised. Bring on the Memphis Tigers.
Missouri's 83-79 win Sunday over Marquette in the NCAA tournament's second round did more than advance these other Tigers to the West Regional semifinals, the program's best showing since 2002. It also purged painful memories of the school's previous trip to Boise, Idaho, in 1995.
That's when Missouri fell to top-seeded UCLA 75-74 as Bruins point guard Edney drove the length of the court for a buzzer-beating layup. The play is still mentioned among the tournament's all-time dramatic finishes and seen regularly on March Madness highlight reels.
That loss helped send the once-proud Missouri program into a tailspin from which it is only now recovering. The decade-plus hiatus saw the retirement of longtime coach Norm Stewart and the rocky regime of coach Quin Snyder.
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