Heartbreaking loss or harbinger of better things? Why can’t it be both? Missouri’s 31-24 loss to No. 3 Oklahoma showed the true potential of the Gary Pinkel and Brad Smith eras, but it could have been even more.

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An excellent Missouri team, featuring Doug Smith and Anthony Peeler, snatches the No. 1 ranking from the Kansas Jayhawks in the Hearnes Center. Need I say more?

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Take THAT, Tyus Edney! After an up-and-down 2001-02 regular season, Mizzou snuck into the field of 64 and was arguably playing its best basketball in March. Climb aboard the "wayback machine" with me and Jason Jennings for this golden moment in Mizzou sports history.

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