The Missouri men's basketball team picked up two more wins, and Athletic Director Mike Alden talked to Kansas City leaders about future games in the city.
Men's basketball team rolls on
Missouri, ranked No. 5 in the nation, picked up its most impressive win of the year Saturday, defeating No. 3 Baylor 89-88 in Waco, Texas. The Bears' first-ever advance-sell-out crowd and considerable height advantage did not faze the Tigers (18-1, 5-1 Big 12 conference); in fact, Missouri out-rebounded Baylor 32-26. Forward Ricardo Ratliffe scored a career-high 27 points and maintained his nation-leading field goal percentage.
Earlier in the week, Missouri beat Texas A&M 70-51 at Mizzou Arena. Guard Michael Dixon rallied the Tigers during 28-6 run at the end of the first half and scored a team-high 18 points.
With top-ranked Syracuse and No. 4 Duke also losing Saturday, Missouri could be ranked as high as No. 2 in next week's polls.
Missouri taking steps to maintain Kansas City presence
The Kansas City Star reported that Athletic Director Mike Alden met with Kansas City leaders Wednesday to express Missouri’s interest in continuing to hold athletic events in the city.
Missouri would like to continue playing an annual football game at the Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium. With openings still in its 2012 schedule, the football team could play there next season, but Alden told the Star it would not be against the University of Kansas.
The group also discussed an annual holiday basketball tournament hosted at the Sprint Center. A spokeswoman for Jim Heeter, the president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce who called the meeting, confirmed that the group plans on assembling again in late February or early March.
Missouri women's basketball team continues to struggle
The women's basketball dropped two more conference games, losing 78-52 at Texas A&M on Wednesday and 62-58 to Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Aggies' tough defense forced 25 Missouri turnovers, and the loss to Oklahoma State dropped the Tigers to 0-6 in the Big 12 and 10-7 overall.
Pinkel, football team pursue top wide receiver
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel showed just how much he wants Dorial Green-Beckham to play for the Tigers when he flew to Springfield, Mo., in a helicopter to visit the sought-after recruit Wednesday. Hillcrest TV, the station of the high school Green-Beckham attends, filmed Pinkel's grand entrance, showed above via KY3 News.
Pinkel's efforts might not be enough. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound wide receiver, skipped the conclusion of a high school basketball tournament to visit the University of Arkansas. He is also considering Oklahoma, Texas and Alabama.