Cowboys coach Travis Ford typically doesn't buy the theory that some games are better forgotten and put behind.
With Missouri's 83-65 rout of OSU, Ford will make an exception.
A rugged two-game road stretch — at No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 Mizzou — that figured to be challenging was that and more, with the Cowboys facing big halftime deficits in both.
After trailing by 27 at the half in Lawrence, the deficit at intermission in Columbia was 44-22.
A team relying heavily on five players, the Cowboys looked weary against the Tigers' pressure defense.
“We just couldn't find it in us,” Ford said. “I think the last game took a lot out of our basketball team, a lot more than we probably even realized. Our guys were wanting to play hard. We just could never get our wheels rolling.”
And Mizzou, upset in Stillwater earlier, rolled throughout.
“The No. 3 team, they played hard tonight,” said Cowboys freshman forward Michael Cobbins. “I'm sure the last time we met up, that was their motivation.”
Said Ford: “You've got to start with Missouri. We went up against the third-ranked team in America that played like the No. 1-ranked team in America. Our guys prepared well for this game.
“Give Missouri the credit. They got after us defensively better than any team has gotten after us this year with their pressure on the perimeter. And they were really making shots. Our defense wasn't great, but give Missouri credit.”
Give credit and forget it.
“Different from a lot of other games where you want to talk about it and remember it,” Ford said. “Forget it and move on. We've got to get our team some rest, some serious rest.”
With the win over OSU, Missouri's seniors recorded win No. 101 for their career — a school record.
Mizzou Arena has been a great ally in that record run, with the Tigers seniors good for a 66-3 mark at home during that stretch. And this season, Mizzou is 15-0 at home.
The Cowboys are back inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday for a second meeting with Texas.
One of the hottest teams in the Big 12, the Longhorns have won four straight, including two on the road — at A&M and Oklahoma.
Texas, after a 3-6 start to conference play, is now 7-6 in the league and 17-9 overall.
Tip time is 3 p.m.