The Detroit Pistons took Kim English at No. 44, then the San Antonio Spurs grabbed Marcus Demon 15 picks later at No. 59.
First-year Missouri coach Frank Haith was selected as the AP Big 12 Coach of the Year after the Tigers set a school record with 27 wins in the regular season.
If seeking revenge for one of its only two losses this season was on No. 3 Missouri’s mind, the Tigers kept that goal in the locker room Wednesday night.
Tigers trailed by 8 points late, but rally for 74-71 win.
The Tigers, now 9-0 after the win, matched their best start since the 2006-07 season.
The Irish struggled to slow down the Tigers’ four-guard offense, which pressured them mercilessly on defense and turned just about every turnover into a fast-break basket at the other end.
Missouri went 12 of 22 from beyond the arc, nine of those coming in the first half on 14 attempts. Missouri also had 13 steals – led by point guard Phil Pressey with five – and forced 16 turnovers.
Game set for 8:45pm CDT on Thursday in Washington DC.
Twice Missouri had big runs and appeared to pull away. But the Red Raiders responded each time and made it close before the Tigers finally nailed down the victory