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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Green-Beckham visits MU; Missouri men's basketball

Sunday, January 29, 2012 | 9:39 p.m. CST; updated 9:30 a.m. CST, Monday, January 30, 2012

Stories about high school football star Dorial Green-Beckham's visit to MU and the success of the Missouri men's basketball team were popular with the Missourian's online readers last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. Dorial Green-Beckham, one of the top football recruits in the nation, arrived at MU on Friday for his official visit. He was greeted by about 80 fans chanting and screaming "M-I-Z, D-G-B" in an attempt to woo him to sign to play football at Missouri. Green-Beckham will sign a letter of intent Wednesday. His possible choices include Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. (3,371 page views)

2. With a crucial road win over then-No. 3 Baylor in Waco, Texas, the Missouri men's basketball team moved to No. 2 in the latest editions of The Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. More good news came the Tigers' way when Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe was named Big 12 Player of the Week for his performance against Baylor. Ratliffe is now shooting 77.2 percent for the season, the best mark of any player in the country. However, in their next game, the Tigers struggled against Oklahoma State. They lost 79-72 in Stillwater, Okla. (1,494)

3. Brianna Baker, 19, of Adams County, Ill., was one of six passengers involved in a high-speed pursuit through Cass and Brown counties that ended in her death in Beardstown, Ill. Baker was a freshman studying English at MU, according to university records, and lived in Responsibility residence hall. The driver was taken into custody and was held in Schuyler County Jail on multiple criminal charges. Further charges are pending in Cass County, and the incident remains under investigation by authorities. (1,464)

4. Dorial Green-Beckham is considered by some college football scouts to be the top high school recruit in the nation. But why should we at Missouri care? In this article, Green-Beckham's appeal is broken down in a variety of ways. (1,184)

5. A Missourian photographer decided to tell the story of her grandmother's transition from wife to widow. Ellen Thommesen watched firsthand as her grandmother, Mary, adjusted to life without her soul mate, Arch. (1,121)

6. The recent incident involving four Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban has made news everywhere. While there is no lack of opinion on the issue, Missourian columnist and former Marine J. Karl Miller simply says: Don't jump to conclusions unless you've been there. (963)

7. Although Missouri is leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC, it's making an effort to keep an annual game in Kansas City. Many area leaders, including Mike Sanders, the executive of Jackson County, and Mike Alden, Missouri athletics director, met Wednesday to discuss the future of Missouri athletics in the Kansas City area. Although Sanders described Kansas as the rivalry that would make the most sense, for now Iowa or Nebraska might be more likely. (935)

8. Dorial Green-Beckman was greeted with a warm welcome during the game against Texas Tech at Mizzou Arena on Saturday afternoon. "It’s a fun thing," Green-Beckham said of the atmosphere at Mizzou Arena. He said all the welcome home signs, such as one black sign with gold "MIZ" lettering and a gold sign with black "DGB" lettering, made him feel at home. (906).

9. Although there will always be skeptics, Missouri's men's basketball team has been working hard to silence them. A marquee win against Baylor demonstrated the team's ability to combat its height disadvantage with speed and good shooting. The win also highlighted the talent of 6-foot-8 forward Ricardo Ratliff, who leads Division I with a 77.2 field goal percentage and is on track to set a new NCAA record if he continues on his current pace. (707)

10. For senior Jordan Stevens, it may have been only his fifth game with Rock Bridge, but his fans made it clear that he was as much a Bruin as any of them. After his family moved across town earlier this year, Stevens, a 6-foot guard, transferred from Hickman High School to Rock Bridge High School, affecting both his allegiance in the rivalry and his eligibility for the first half of the season. Although he struggled in the first half of Tuesday's game against Hickman, he finished with nine points in the 64-50 win over his former team. (695)


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