Vahe Gregorian: Missouri's late-season skid makes an NCAA Tournament run seem more about hope than faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Just over a month back but now seemingly long ago and far away, the Missouri men’s basketball team beat Alabama, 68-65, for its sixth win in seven games and another of three wins over a current Associated Press top 10 team. The victory propelled the Tigers to a top-10 ranking themselves, their first since Dec. 24, 2012. But the trend suggested something more: It implied a degree of faith that this would be the team to snap the streak of NCAA Tournament futility and even conjured visions of something beyond merely the program’s first tournament win since 2010. Maybe some such…

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