I might be able to tell my kids about the day I saw the Colorado Buffaloes emerge from the shadows and become a team we all thought they might be able to become. I will tell my kids that on January 8, 2011 I saw CU dismantle the Missouri Tigers , and prove that some of the preseason hype they had been given was justified.
It all started so innocently. Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe made three of the Tigers' first four baskets and it looked like this game would be over early. But then Alec Burks remembered the state where he grew up, and the school who didn't recruit him - both being Missouri.
Burks scored the Buffs' next three baskets, and by the time the refs blew the whistle for the first TV timeout, the Buffs owned a narrow 15-16 lead, but never looked back.
Burks ended the game with 36 points, scoring 20 in the first half and 16 in the second. It also seemed like each time he made a shot he gave the Mizzou coaching staff a glance as he trotted back to the defensive side of the court.
Burks wasn't alone in the spotlight as his running mate Cory Higgins added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
Mike Dixon led the Tigers in scoring with 17, but Mizzou's best player on the day was Laurence Bowers, who went for 15 points nine rebounds and nine assists.
The eighth ranked Tigers fell to 14-2 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Buffs are 12-4, 1-0 in the big 12.