News Tribune sports writer.
Aretha Franklin would be proud. That’s because respect is the tune the Missouri Tigers are singing. As in they’re not getting enough.
It’s time to see what the Missouri Tigers are really made of.
The Missouri defense is still a work in progress.
E.J. Gaines knows what Missouri needs to accomplish to win the Southeastern Conference title.
As the Missouri National Guard Shootout enters its fourth incarnation, the event will be getting a bit of a makeover. That’s because two teams — Tipton and Belle — will be making their inaugural appearance in the boys portion of the event, and those two will actually square off with one another. They’ll become just the 13th and 14th different boys programs to take part in the Shootout.
The Calfornia Lady Pintos are becoming regular participants in the Missouri National Guard Shootout. And they’d like to keep it that way.
One of the main goals of a basketball tournament is putting together a competitive field for the event. Organizers believe they’ve accomplished that for the annual holiday events in Jefferson City later this month.
Missouri gets a shot at a team from its old conference. And no, it’s not that blue and white team from across the border. The Tigers (7-0) take on West Virginia (6-2), a team that replaced Missouri in the Big 12, at 6 p.m. today (ESPN2-TV) at Mizzou Arena as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
While No. 5 Missouri (11-1) takes on No. 3 Auburn (11-1) in the Southeastern Conference championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday (KRCG-TV) in the Georgia Dome at Atlanta, it’s likely to take more than a Tiger victory to be able to compete for the ultimate prize.
Raise your hand if you picked this Southeastern Conference title matchup before the season began. If you raised your hand, please take a lie-detector test. It’s a championship game that pits two teams nobody could have predicted to reach this point.