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Missouri’s loss at Kentucky ranks third-worst in program history

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein took a shot again Missouri’s Keanau Post (45) during the Tuesday’s game.
Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein took a shot again Missouri’s Keanau Post (45) during the Tuesday’s game. The Associated Press

Missouri’s 49-point loss at Kentucky is the third-worst defeat in program history.

The Tigers’ only losses by a wider margin than Tuesday’s 86-37 setback against the top-ranked Wildcats at Rupp Arena were a 55-point loss Jan. 3, 1998, at Kansas State (111-56) and a 52-point loss Dec. 2, 1993, at Arkansas (120-68).

Missouri has lost by 25 or more 55 times in its 2,260-game, 109-season history.

Only 27 of those losses were by 30 points or more and there have only been six losses by more than 40 points.

The Tigers have played 21 seasons during which the team’s combined losses for the entire season totaled 49 points or fewer, including six such seasons since 1940.

Most recently, Missouri lost five games by a combined 36 points in 2011-12.

The 1981-82 team lost its four games by a combined 30 points, the 1979-80 lost six games by a combined 27 points, the 1975-76 squad dropped five games by 49 points, the 1971-72 team lost its six games by only 24 total points and the 1955-56 squad lost seven games by a combined 44 points.

The other 15 times occurred during the 1939-40 season or earlier.

Oddly, that 1993-94 MU team that got shellacked by the Razorbacks rebounded to go 14-0 in Big Eight play, finished 28-4 overall and reached Elite Eight.

Curious about the worst back-to-back losses in Missouri history?

The Tigers lost by 80 points against Florida State (97-64) and Kansas (96-49) during December 1977.

To avoid further infamy, Missouri, 7-9, needs only to stay within 30 points of Tennessee at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena, a feat that doesn’t figure to be overly challenging.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @todpalmer.

Historic beating

Not surprisingly, Missouri has suffered a few massive blowouts in 109 seasons. The Tigers have lost by 25 or more on 55 occasions, but only two losses were worse than the 86-37 beating administered Tuesday by No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Here are the worst losses in MU men’s basketball history:

Margin

Date

Opponent/Location

Result

55

Jan. 3, 1998

at Kansas State

111-56

52

Dec. 2, 1993

at (2) Arkansas

120-68

49

Jan. 13, 2015

at (1) Kentucky

86-37

47

Dec. 28, 1977

vs. (17) Kansas*

96-49

47

Jan. 29, 1943

at Great Lakes NTS

92-45

44

Feb. 15, 1965

at (7) Kansas

98-54

39

March 7, 1959

at (2) Kansas State

108-69

39

Dec. 19, 1941

at Washington State

62-23

37

Feb. 16, 2008

at (18) Kansas State

100-63

36

Feb. 3, 1996

at Oklahoma

104-68

36

March 9, 1974

at (15) Kansas

112-76

36

Jan. 13, 1945

Iowa Pre-Flight

74-38

35

Feb. 25, 1967

at (4) Kansas

90-55

35

Dec. 29, 1966

vs. Colorado*

92-57

35

Feb. 4, 1963

at Kansas State

90-55

34

Feb. 11, 1986

at (3) Kansas

100-66

33

Feb. 18, 2006

at (22) Kansas

79-46

33

Dec. 23, 1977

at Florida State

97-64

33

Dec. 26, 1970

vs. (8) Kansas*

96-63

33

Feb. 16, 1957

(2) Kansas

91-58

32

Dec. 21, 2005

vs. (6) Illinois^

82-50

32

Jan. 28, 2002

at (2) Kansas

105-73

31

Jan. 19, 2013

at (10) Florida

83-52

31

March 3, 1990

at Notre Dame

98-67

31

Feb. 24, 1945

at Kansas

64-33

31

Jan. 30, 1908

at Iowa

46-15

30

Dec. 7, 1964

at (1) Michigan

91-61

() indicates Associated Press ranking, which began in 1948-49

* Game played in Kansas City

^ Game played in St. Louis

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