Mizzou takes Braggin' Rights

Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin yells to his team in the second half of the 38th annual Braggin' Rights game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. Mizzou won 79-63. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

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COLUMBIA, S.C. • Game on for Missouri and South Carolina.

After Friday’s snowstorm complicated the Tigers’ travel plans, MU players and coaches were able to leave Columbia, Mo., on Saturday morning via bus and board a flight out of Kansas City International Airport to play their first conference road game.

The Tigers and Gamecocks will tip off at noon St. Louis time on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina confirmed Saturday. The game, originally scheduled for noon Saturday, will be streamed online on SEC Network-Plus.

Shortly before Mizzou's flight was set to leave Friday from Columbia Regional Airport, an incoming commercial flight slid off the runway, causing the airport to shut down both of its runways. With MU unable to get out of Columbia on Friday, both schools worked with the Southeastern Conference and agreed to postpone the game until Mizzou’s traveling party could find another way to South Carolina. With the state covered in snow, the Tigers were able to leave town Saturday morning.

Missouri (9-4, 0-1 SEC) will play its first conference game on a Sunday since March 1, 2009, when the Tigers lost a Big 12 game at Kansas. South Carolina (7-7, 0-2) was the SEC’s only team to finish nonconference play with a losing record but upset Florida and Mississippi State to begin SEC action.

As of Saturday afternoon, the Missouri women's team was taking a similar detour to Florida for its Sunday game against the Gators. The Tigers, tied for first place in the SEC, were taking a bus to Kansas City to catch an afternoon flight to Gainesville, Fla. MU (14-3, 3-0) and Florida (4-12, 0-3) tip off at 2 p.m. St. Louis time.

Dave Matter

@dave_matter on Twitter

dmatter@post-dispatch.com

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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