Five Missouri men's basketball players receive Big 12 honors

Senior guard Marcus Denmon was named to the All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive year. Junior guard Michael Dixon was named the Sixth Man of the Year and named to the All-Big 12 defensive team.
Sunday, March 4, 2012 | 4:33 p.m. CST; updated 7:12 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 4, 2012
Missouri guard Michael Dixon dribbles past Iowa State guard Tyrus McGee Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. Dixon was awarded the Sixth Man of the Year award in the Big 12.

COLUMBIA - Michael Dixon was named the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year, the Big 12 conference announced Sunday. 

Coming off the bench, Dixon has averaged 13.3 points per game this season. He has scored double digits in Missouri's last 10 games.

Dixon was a unanimous pick for the award, and he was also named to the All-Big 12 defensive team.

"Mike has been on a roll," coach Frank Haith said after Missouri's final regular season game last week against Iowa State. "Mike is an important guy, he really is. The shots he made were critical."

Missouri's Marcus Denmon was named to the the All-Big 12 first team, and Ricardo Ratliffe was named to the All-Big 12 second team. Denmon leads the Tigers in scoring, avergaing 18 points per game.

Ratliffe leads the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 70.8 percent. He is also Missouri's leading rebounder, averaging 7.5 rebounds per game. 

"Yeah, I think we're all kind of surprised when Ricardo misses a basket," Haith said. 

Senior Kim English and sophomore Phil Pressey were named to the All-Big 12 third team.

English set career highs in points per game with 14.1, field goal percentage at 50 percent, three-point percentage at 45.3 percent and rebounds with 4.2 per game.

Pressey led the league in steals with 2.1 per game and assists with 6.2 per game while also averaging 9.6 points per game.

Kansas coach Bill Self and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg were named Big 12 co-coaches of the year. Kansas' Thomas Robinson received the Big 12 Player of the Year award, and Kansas' Jeff Withey was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. 

All of the annual Big 12 awards were voted by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for themselves or their own teams. 

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