Postseason events keep Missouri basketball team busy

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | 9:09 p.m. CDT; updated 12:13 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 2, 2009

Missouri senior guard Matt Lawrence is set to participate in the college 3-point championships Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Lawrence finished No. 2 all-time at Missouri and No. 8 all-time in the Big 12 Conference with 244 career 3-pointers, including 82 during his senior season. He will compete against Craig Moore of Northwestern, Jimmy Baron of Rhode Island, Erik Kangas of Oakland, Booker Woodfox of Creighton, John Grotberg of Grinnell, Alex Ruoff of West Virginia and Jack McClinton of Miami.

A taped broadcast of the event will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.

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Missouri coach Mike Anderson will join former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson on Friday at the 2009 Hershey’s College All-Star game. Anderson will assist Richardson in coaching the Hershey’s squad, while Illinois’ Bruce Weber and Purdue’s Matt Painter will serve as co-coaches for the Reese’s team.

The game is part of Final Four Friday at Ford Field in Detroit and is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. All players in the game are seniors.

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Missouri senior forwards DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons have been selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, April 8 through 11 in Portsmouth, Va.

Each year the P.I.T. invites 64 of the top college basketball seniors to participate in the event, which draws representatives from most NBA teams. Carroll will play his first game on April 8, while Lyons will start his tournament run on April 9.

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Freshman Marcus Denmon's 70-foot basket with one second left in the first half of Missouri's 102-91 victory over Memphis in the NCAA West Regional semifinals has earned the Tigers guard a nomination for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the NCAA Tournament. Fan voting for a winner began Monday and ends Sunday. Fans can go online to where they can view video clips of the eight nominees and vote.

The winner will be announced Monday on CBS just before tip-off of the NCAA National Championship Game.

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