Missouri finishes strong in rebuilding year

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Considering it was a program in transition, Missouri's season ended rather well.

The Tigers were 1 of only three schools to lose three 1,000-point scorers and make a return trip to the NCAA tournament, along with Syracuse and Marquette. Little was expected of the 10th seed in the East Regional, especially coming off a dispiriting setback to last-place Nebraska in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament and the team battling injuries, but coach Mike Anderson was able to get players back into gear.

Missouri (23-11) was impressive in the first round against Clemson and fought to the finish against No. 2 seed West Virginia without injured forward Justin Safford and with another forward, Laurence Bowers playing hurt. Both are due to undergo surgery this week.

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