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Embrace The Shame, Part IV: "No, Not Again."

Part four of our four part series, where we stare the Missouri losses right in the face.

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

MISSOURI 82, ILLINOIS 73

Dec. 22, 2012

Score with 1:52 remaining: 72-70, Missouri

PrefacePart OnePart TwoPart Three

Where the 2011 game tells the story of the scoring narrative, the 2012 game tells the story of the fight. No one could make a shot. But if memory holds, Sam McLaurin punched socked Alex Oriakhi in the face and knee dropped three live tigers. That's Braggin' Rights.

Braggin This team is fresh in our mind still, so these numbers shouldn't come as any surprise. There were a lot of 3-pointers, and a lot of them didn't go in. I remember that. But I remember Sam, too, and more than anything, I remember thinking, "This is a fight."

It was also a loss, just like the rest of 'em. Illinois led late in the second half and had chances to finally, mercifully win. But a late implosion left them dead on the floor while Mizzou high stepped to easy scores and a near double-digit win. The other losses left me angry. This one left me resigned, and I don't know what more to say about it.

But I'd love a win today.