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Missouri lost to a big fan of Kansas in addition to bowing out early once again

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The only thing worse than losing early in the NCAA tournament for Missouri would be losing at any time to long-time rival Kansas.

The Tigers managed to do both, sort of, Thursday night when they bowed out of March Madness early for the second straight year with an 84-72 loss to Colorado State.

The Rams' leading scorer in the game was Dorian Green, a senior guard who grew up in Lawrence, Kan., in the shadow of the University of Kansas. Green was a huge Jayhawks fan as a kid and never cared for the Tigers much for obvious reasons.

Green admitted after Thursday's win over Missouri that the victory was made slightly more sweet for him because he beat the program he once despised.

“I just wanted to be aggressive tonight," Green told the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper. "It didn’t matter if we were playing Missouri or whoever. I just wanted to be aggressive.

“It does feel good to be from Kansas and beat Missouri, but I just wanted to be aggressive. It’s good to beat them from where I’m from.”

Green scored 17 points in the first half and finished as the leading scorer in the game with 26 points. The Rams dominated Missouri in rebounding 42-19.

The Missouri-Kansas rivalry is one of the oldest and most bitter in college sports, but when the Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC last year, Kansas decided not to continue the rivalry.

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