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Mizzou sends Oliver Purnell and his jacket home

Posted on: March 19, 2010 6:18 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2010 6:25 pm
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DREW FRANKLIN

If you're going to succeed in March, it's all about what you bring to the tournament.

On one end, Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell packed his bright orange jacket for the big dance.

On the other end, Missouri packed its defense.  And we all know that's all the Tigers really need.

The tenth seeded Missouri Tigers used its stifling defense to defeat the seventh seeded Clemson Tigers 86-78 in a not-so surprising upset.  Missouri forced Clemson into 20 turnovers, including 15 steals, and contained Clemson's star player Trevor Booker for 35 minutes.  Booker scored just 11 points in the loss.

Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scored 20 points to lead Mizzou.  Lawrence Bowers added 15 points of his own to back them up.  

Missouri advances to play West Virginia in a very winnable game for the Tigers.  As long as they bring the defensive pressure, Missouri is a dangerous team.

For Clemson, it's the end of the road, obviously.  Oliver Purnell and his boys will return to South Carolina until next season.

As for the sport coat, it goes back into the NCAA's "Coaching Attire Closet of Fame."  That's right, the NCAA has an actual closet that houses college basketball's most distinct outfits.  Purnell's sport coat will join the likes of Bruce Pearl's orange jacket, Sidney Lowe's red sport coat, Pat Knight's sweater vest, and Mike Bray's t-shirt.

Bob Huggins mock turtleneck could be joining them very soon.
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