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Missouri hoping to handle expectations, distractions

Updated: October 30, 2003, 8:55 PM ET

DALLAS -- Missouri is hoping to handle great expectations better this time.

The Big 12 preseason favorite has four returning starters, but the Tigers have to overcome the distraction of an NCAA investigation related to the only starter not back.

Plus, Texas and Kansas still have plenty of talent and good players despite losing key pieces from teams that went to the NCAA Final Four last season.

"I wouldn't necessarily vote for us as much as I like my team," fifth-year Tigers coach ...

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