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Jabari Brown scored 24 points and made a last-minute play to help Missouri hold off Tennessee 75-70 on Saturday.
Missouri hosting Tennessee
COLUMBIA — Missouri kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive Thursday night. Now the Tigers look to build a winning streak with an eye on the Big Dance.
Jabari Brown drove the lane for the go-ahead basket with 12.2 seconds left for the last of his 25 points and Missouri survived a late surge by Arkansas for an 86-85 victory on Thursday night.
As good as the Missouri Tigers have been at knocking down the 3-point shot in Southeastern Conference play, they’ve been equally as poor in defending it. Missouri connects on 37.8 percent of its 3s in conference play, good for second in the league. The Tigers, however, allow opponents to hit 37.7 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc in league games, which ranks dead last. That will be among the challenges Missouri (16-7, 4-6 SEC) faces when it hosts Arkansas (15-8, 4-6 SEC) at 6 p.m. today (ESPN2-TV) at Mizzou Arena.
Blair Oaks started to get stops, secure rebounds and turn them into transition baskets. The Falcons worked that formula to perfection Wednesday night, using a 19-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to pick up a come-from-behind 62-57 win against Class 2 No. 8 Harrisburg in Wardsville.
Michael Sam is a pioneer. The consensus first-team All-American defensive end at Missouri came out as gay Sunday night. The co-Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, projected as a mid-round pick, is hoping to become the first openly gay player in NFL history.
Tigers know they have to start winning basketball games
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers know they are skating on thin ice. With just eight games remaining on the 2013-14 schedule, Missouri (16-7, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) is squarely on the proverbial bubble when it comes to the NCAA Tournament conversation.
Pinkel believes respect between Sam, team helped Tigers succeed
COLUMBIA — The world now knows that Michael Sam is gay. The Missouri defensive end, a consensus first-team All-American and co-Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, shared his story with the public Sunday night via ESPN, the New York Times and outsports.com. Sam came out to his teammates before the 2013-14 season, a remarkable year for the Tigers capped with a No. 5 overall ranking and Cotton Bowl victory. The reaction from his Missouri teammates allowed for that to happen.
The Eugene Eagles are putting together a magical season. Eugene is ranked third in Class 3 and sports a gaudy 18-1 record. The lone loss? At Nixa, a 14-4 squad receiving votes in Class 5.
The Eugene Eagles are blessed with an arsenal of long-range shooters. It was on full display Saturday afternoon.
Marshall Henderson knows how to play the villain. The notoriously flamboyant Mississippi guard has made a name for himself for more than his work on the basketball court. From taunting opposing fans, players and even coaches to his cocky demeanor to his numerous run-ins with the law, Henderson has made his fair share of enemies.
O.G. Anunoby doesn’t need to score 25 points a night for the Jefferson City Jays to be successful. The impact the junior forward makes in other areas is just as crucial. While Anunoby paced the Jays with 17 points during their 55-45 victory against the Marquette Mustangs on Friday night at Fleming Fieldhouse, his 13 rebounds and five blocks were just as important.
Coach pleased with Missouri football recruiting class
Gary Pinkel doesn’t pay attention to recruiting rankings. Never has, never will.
New York Yankees reliever David Robertson is not overanalyzing his role as Mariano Rivera’s replacement.
Missouri guards shine, but Kentucky holds on for win
Aaron Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 to help No. 11 Kentucky beat Missouri 84-79 on Saturday.
Frank Haith likens them to the Fab Five.
You can call them skyscrapers. You can call them trees in a forest. Or you can call them the Kentucky Wildcats. There’s a multitude of ways you could describe the nation’s tallest team. With an average height of 79.3 inches — or 6-foot-7 with a smidge or two to spare — No. 11 Kentucky’s roster of towering athletes presents the Missouri Tigers (16-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) with maybe their toughest challenge of the season.
Jabari Brown will let his game do the talking.
There aren’t any holdovers from the Mike Anderson era on the Missouri Tigers’ roster. That doesn’t mean the emotions won’t be running high when Missouri (15-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) faces its former coach and the Arkansas Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4 SEC) at 6 p.m. today at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark.
Dustin Hays thought his Fatima Lady Comets might have been a little too passive against the best team in the state.
The Helias Crusaders have excelled at knocking down the 3-point shot this season, hitting 37 percent of their treys on the year.
Don’t blink. You might miss another Jabari Brown 3-pointer. Missouri’s junior sharpshooter continued his torrid shooting from beyond the arc, connecting on 4-of-6 attempts from long range to up his four-game total to 16-of-24 (67 percent), while scoring 24 points to lead the Tigers past the South Carolina Gamecocks 82-74 on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri’s starting guard trio of Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross have accounted for 70 percent of the Tigers’ scoring this season. By comparison, Missouri’s starting frontcourt — Johnathan Williams III and Ryan Rosburg — combine to score just 15 percent. Frank Haith hopes that begins to change as Missouri (14-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) hosts South Carolina (7-11, 0-5 SEC) at 3 p.m. today (KMIZ-TV) at Mizzou Arena.
There was no quit in the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons. Down by as many as 23 points to state-ranked St. James, the Lady Falcons kept fighting. However, a late rally ran out of time as Class 3 No. 2 St. James secured a 68-57 victory Thursday night.
Johnny O’Bryant and Jordan Mickey anchor an imposing frontcourt for LSU, a team that ranks 16th in the nation by swatting an average of 6.25 shots per game. For a Missouri squad (14-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) still looking for an inside scoring presence to emerge while featuring a backcourt that makes a living driving to the basket, LSU (11-5, 2-2 SEC) provides a stiff test when the teams tip off at 6 p.m. today (ESPNU-TV) in Baton Rouge, La.
Missouri has been a work in progress on the defensive end of the floor this season. Head coach Frank Haith believes the Tigers delivered their best defensive performance of the year Saturday afternoon.
There’s no time for the Missouri Tigers to sulk. Coming off a disappointing 78-75 loss Thursday night at Vanderbilt, a quick turnaround has Missouri (13-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) hosting Alabama (8-8, 2-1) at 1 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena.
Michael Wacha emerged as a postseason hero for the St. Louis Cardinals last October. Now the 22-year-old right-hander might be fighting for a spot in a stacked starting rotation.
Suddenly the depth situation doesn’t look all that dire for the Missouri Tigers.
Frank Haith isn’t shy about discussing his desire to build a resume with an eye on the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia, last in the SEC with an RPI of 242, ended 21st-ranked Missouri’s nation-best 26-game homecourt winning streak with a 70-64 upset victory in overtime at Mizzou Arena in the SEC opener for both teams.
Frank Haith isn’t paying attention. Not to the Georgia Bulldogs’ record, at least.
Rooting for Missouri in exhibition game
SPORTS COMMENTARY: A co-worker of mine asked me Friday evening before the Cotton Bowl if I’d be sad if Missouri lost to Oklahoma State.
The 2007 Missouri team that finished the season at 11-2 after topping Arkansas 38-7 in the 2008 Cotton Bowl vs. the eighth-ranked 2013 Missouri squad that sits at 11-2 heading into today’s 7 p.m. (KQFX-TV) Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, against No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2).
Max Copeland doesn’t belong here. Yet he’s in the perfect place. “I think I was born in the wrong time, man,” Missouri’s senior left guard said. “I think I was born about 1,000 years too late.”
No. 8 Missouri (11-2) isn’t just playing No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Friday in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers are representing the Southeastern Conference. In a highly regarded contest. Against a team from Missouri’s old league.
Shane Meyer and Dan Ridgeway began prognosticating before Jefferson City’s third-place game against St. Joseph Benton in the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational. Ridgeway, the Lady Jays’ assistant coach, made a comment that proved prescient.
Morgan Brandt was on pace to break the record. Then she found herself on the bench. Just a point shy of tying the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational benchmark for most points scored in a game, the Fatima junior was pulled from the contest with just more than two minutes remaining and her team comfortably ahead.
At the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational
A day after falling just short against St. Joseph Benton in the opening round, Fatima dropped a 51-47 overtime decision to Eureka in the loser’s bracket semifinals of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Rackers Fieldhouse.
The Fatima Lady Comets had every chance to unseat the defending champions. Several untimely turnovers and a long field-goal drought dashed any of those hopes, as Fatima dropped a 38-35 decision to St. Joseph Benton in the first round of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational on Friday afternoon at Rackers Fieldhouse.
Fatima isn’t just that small school brought in for the big schools to beat up on. The Lady Comets are here to spoil the party.
At Missouri National Guard Shootout
The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats could have caved. But New Bloomfield punched right back against Jamestown, scoring six straight points en route to a 54-48 victory Saturday morning in the National Guard Shootout at Fleming Fieldhouse.
At Missouri National Guard Shootout
Ashton Pace didn’t light up the scoreboard like she always does. The Tipton junior didn’t need to.
The annual Braggin’ Rights basketball game between Missouri and Illinois is often an eye-opening experience for newcomers to the rivalry.
The California Pintos remember how the Missouri National Guard Shootout ended for them a year ago. They’d like to settle the score.
The Tipton Lady Cardinals can get some scouting done in advance for a potential postseason opponent.
The annual event has always held a place in Ryan Rosburg’s heart.
At least it wasn’t a loss.
Tigers get plenty of rest in between games
The 24th-ranked Missouri Tigers (9-0) are in the midst of an odd portion of their schedule that sees them play just once a week for a month.
Just let Jordan Clarkson describe him. “That dude is an animal. He’s a machine,” the Missouri point guard said. That person would be Johnathan Williams III, the freshman forward for the 24th-ranked Tigers. The 6-foot-9, 208-pounder leads the Tigers with an average of 8.6 rebounds.