Stories by Adam
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.
Isiah Sykes put the Helias Crusaders on his back. The junior point guard scored 15 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help Helias rally for a 61-55 victory against Battle on Tuesday night in the Crusaders’ season opener at Rackers Gym.
LeeAnn Polowy has always enjoyed shooting at the Blair Oaks gym. The Lady Falcons’ senior loved it Monday night.
Missouri fans are used to heartbreak. Yet it never gets any easier. When the Cinderella story came to an end at 7:06 CST, it was just another kick in the pants. But what a ride it was.
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.
The Calfornia Lady Pintos are becoming regular participants in the Missouri National Guard Shootout. And they’d like to keep it that way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tigers (7-0) have a chance to pick up a pair of resume-boosting wins this week as Missouri plays host to West Virginia and No. 18 UCLA at Mizzou Arena.
Gary Pinkel didn’t listen to any Christmas music. L’Damian Washington didn’t watch any bowl games.
The Fatima Lady Comets are going to hassle you. They’re going to hound you. They’re going to create all sorts of havoc.
The dream was cut short. Now it’s time for another shot.
SPORTS COMMENTARY: Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross have been just that for the Missouri basketball team this season.
Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and No. 5 Missouri wrapped up the SEC East, riding a strong second half to a 28-21 victory over No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday night.
The No. 8 Missouri Tigers are one win a way from a Southeastern Conference East Division title and a berth in the SEC championship game. This in a league that’s captured the last seven national championships. “The stakes are high, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Missouri senior offensive lineman Max Copeland said as Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) hosts No. 19 Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) at 6:45 today (ESPN-TV) at Faurot Field. “To be where we are right now is a blessing and we’re truly thankful for it.”
There’s Johnny Manziel the football player — talented, flashy, elusive, breathtaking at times. Then there’s Johnny Manziel the person — polarizing, enigmatic, volatile, a sometimes distraction.
The Missouri Tigers didn’t belong, couldn’t compete. The proof came in its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference, as a battered and bruised Missouri team limped to a 5-7 record and mustered just two league wins. But here they are a year later, one game from an SEC East Division title. A trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game, a BCS bowl berth and a spot in the national championship game all remain legitimate possibilities.
There’s no time for rest.
Johnathan Williams III grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and Earnest Ross scored 17 points to lead Missouri past Gardner-Webb 72-63 on Saturday.
Blair Oaks dropped games to Jefferson City, Helias and Fatima in a basketball jamboree Friday night at Helias. The Lady Falcons played two six-minute quarters against each opponent. “We have a