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NOTEBOOK: Sloppy Joelopy debuts at Missouri men's basketball game

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 11:44 p.m. CST; updated 1:05 p.m. CST, Friday, November 18, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Sloppy Joelopy made its Columbia debut outside Mizzou Arena during the Missouri men's basketball game against Niagara on Thursday night. It is scheduled to be in the same location on Mick Deaver Drive on Saturday for the Missouri football game against Texas Tech.

Operated by Levy Restaurants, the official restaurant of Mizzou Athletics, the big teal truck serves a variety of sloppy joes including the Traditional Joe, the Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy, and the Meatball Wreck, an Italian meatball sloppy joe. 

The truck, which has Florida license plates, has been touring the country since early October. The Sloppy Joelopy stopped for a Green Bay Packers game last Monday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. It leaves Columbia late Saturday en route to Atlanta for the Atlanta Falcons' game on Sunday.  

The CBE Classic

The Missouri men's basketball team won its first two games in the CBE Classic against Mercer and Niagara. The No. 24 Tigers travel to Kansas City to play Notre Dame in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Sprint Center. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

No. 23 California and Georgia will play in the other semifinal. The winner advances to the championship at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday that will also be televised on ESPN2. The consolation game will be at the same time and televised on ESPNU. 

English gains consistency

Kim English is starting to find his rhythm on the court. The senior guard averaged 17 points in Missouri's first three games, increasing his point total in each game. Last season, English averaged only 10.5 points per game, a drop from his sophomore year when he averaged 14 points. 

"Kim's playing very well. He's been very consistent in his play," coach Frank Haith said. 

English said his success is a by-product of his team's success and hard work. 

"We're really clicking as a unit. It makes the games fun," English said. "We showed it tonight, how well we can play when we play as a unit."

Missouri making it rain

Against Niagara, Missouri made 12 3-pointers and shot 54.5 percent from behind the arc.

"It wasn't easy, but when you're moving the ball collectively as a team and you have shooters taking good shots, the percentages you make will go up," senior guard Marcus Denmon said. Denmon made five 3-pointers and English made four.


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