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      Fans greet Mizzou Tigers before Sweet 16

      The rainy weather didn't stop about a hundred Mizzou fans from cheering on the Missouri Tiger men's basketbally team Tuesday afternoon.

      The team left for the Sweet Sixteen in Glendale, Ariz. - but first they stopped to thank their fans.

      "We're not done yet, we still have some work to do," said Missouri Tiger Sr. Matt Lawrence. "But it's sweet right now to be in the Sweet 16, for sure."

      Because of the rain the event was moved inside Mizzou Arena. Fans cheered and brought signs saying "Go Tigers." A lot of kids got to hug the players, and get autographs from them.

      After a dramatic 83-79 win over Marquette Sunday, the Tigers find themselves in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002. The team has a school record of 30 wins this season.

      "This is a tremendous challenge," said Coach Mike Anderson. "To get to this point, there's already 16 teams playing. And these guys are one of them, with seven newcomers on our basketball team. That tells you the makeup of our guys."

      When asked how he thinks his team will do, Anderson said: "I think they want to play some more basketball."

      Mizzou plays Memphis Thursday night starting at 8:45 p.m. on KRCG. The winner will play the winner of the Connecticut-Purdue game on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four.