COLUMBIA | Perfection never seemed so, well, perfect.
Missouri not only finished off its home season 18-0. The Tigers did it against No. 4 Oklahoma and national player of the year favorite Blake Griffin.
Missouri 73, Oklahoma 64.
The Tigers — now 25-5 overall and seemingly vastly underrated at No. 15 in the Associated Press rankings — stand 12-3. To that point, barring a KU comeback at Tech, Missouri still could tie the Jayhawks for the Big 12 regular season title.
No matter what happens, however, Missouri now holds the tiebreaker over Oklahoma for what will be at least the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament if it can either win at Texas A&M or Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State in Norman on Saturday.
And no matter what happens, Missouri has now done something that neither Kansas nor Texas nor has anybody else been able to do.
Beat Oklahoma with a healthy Blake Griffin on the floor.
Griffin was healthy. He scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.
But Missouri counted that with 15 points and 10 rebounds from DeMarre Carroll, 15 points from Leo Lyons, 13 from J.T. Tiller and 10 from Zaire Taylor.
Griffin scored 11 with nine rebounds in the first half. But it was a half that Missouri ended with a 39-28 lead.
Throwing four different big men into playing defense on the Sooners’ star, Missouri made Griffin work.
Meanwhile, the Tigers took advantage of the rest of the Sooners, forcing 22 turnovers, blocking five shots and coming up with five steals. Missouri out-scored OU, improbably, 34-30 in the paint.