COLUMBIA, Mo. In the moments after Missouri clinched its first victory over his team in three years, junior forward Thomas Robinson hunched over and dipped his head toward the court.
He had finished with a team-high 25 points and 13 rebounds in Kansas' 74-71 loss Saturday at Mizzou Arena. But another consistent performance for the national player-of-the-year frontrunner was little consolation in the moments after the Tigers created a tie atop the Big 12 Conference between Kansas, Baylor and Missouri.
A celebration among the 15,061 in attendance was underway, and Robinson turned around and began a slow walk toward a tunnel. For most of the second half, he had looked like the nation's best inside presence: Nineteen of his points came after halftime, and he matched a season-high field-goal total (11) first achieved in an 18-point victory over Baylor on Jan. 16.
With time, he disappeared from the court, parts of which were covered with white confetti. Missouri senior guard Marcus De...