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By Dennis Miller
March 4, 2013 2:37 p.m.

Congratulations to the Kirksville High School girls basketball team who once again captured a district tile with a victory over Mexico on Saturday. Mexico made it interesting and KHS got off to a slow start and trailed by two points at halftime before outscoring Mexico 20 to 5 in the third quarter to take the lead for good. Kirksville next plays in the first round of the state playoffs Wednesday night at Troy. Things get much tougher from here but if the Lady Tigers play the way they are capable of playing they can in my opinion make it all the way to Columbia.
Both Truman State basketball teams begin post season play this week as the men are on their way to Pittsburg, KS to play Pittsburg State. The Bulldogs lost by 5 to Pitt State a few weeks ago. The Bulldogs were victorious over Northwest Missouri State last Saturday which gave them the 10th seed in the MIAA tournament and save them an even longer trip. Truman has been playing better of late so tonight’s game could be very interesting. I have said all year that this team is better than they have been playing and we are finally starting to see that.
The women on the other hand struggled at the end of the season including a tough loss at Northwest last Saturday and dropped down to the fifth seed thus losing their first round bye. They will play at Pershing tomorrow night against Southwest Baptist the 12th seed who Truman has already beaten twice this year. Hopefully the Bulldogs can get back to playing with the intensity they showed earlier in the year and go a long way in the MIAA playoffs.
How crazy has this year been in college basketball? Well, thanks to Missouri’s victory over LSU on Saturday they are now tied for third place in the SEC. The Tigers only have two road victories and have lost several games on the road they shouldn’t have lost but if they can win both their games this week they will go into next week’s SEC tournament in Nashville with a double bye which means they wouldn’t have games on either of the first two days of the tournament and would thus play a team who was already worn down by playing on consecutive days. The Tigers next game is at home tomorrow night against an Arkansas team that comes into Columbia having won some big games of late including winning their first meeting with Mizzou a couple of weeks ago. It will also be Mike Anderson’s first trip back to Columbia after bolting from the Tigers to coach at Arkansas. This should only add to the intensity level at Mizzou Arena.
Congratulations to Columbia, MO’s Carl Edwards who ended a two year winless drought by winning Sunday’s NASCAR race in Phoenix. What a difference a week makes, Edwards had one of the worst weeks you could possibly have as a NASCAR driver at Daytona when he wrecked five different cars but was able to turn things around to win yesterday. Hopefully this will be the start of a good year for Mr. Edwards.
We’ll be back on Wednesday with a look back at a busy two days of sports action and a look ahead to the remainder of the week plus an update on spring training baseball. Thank you for supporting this and all the blogs on this site and congratulations to Rachel Ruhlen whose blog has been picked up by several other newspapers. Excellent work Rachel!
Have a terrific Monday.

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