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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: One and done for Missouri men's basketball

Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 6:01 p.m. CDT; updated 8:40 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Stories about the lead-up to the NCAA Tournament and the disappointing first-round finish for the Missouri men's basketball team were popular with readers last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. The Missouri men's basketball team received a No. 2 seed last Sunday in the NCAA tournament. Missouri had hoped for a No. 1 seed, but Jeff Hathaway, the selection committee chair, said Missouri's low strength in schedule against non-conference opponents contributed to the decision. 2,235 page views

2. On Tuesday morning, 17-year-old DeAudre Orlando Johnson died after he was shot near Douglass Park the night before. Johnson was not the target; witnesses said the man who shot Johnson was in an argument with a man standing next to the victim, according to Columbia police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer. Family and friends attended a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening.  1,818 page views

3. The Missouri men's basketball team greeted fans at Mizzou Arena after winning the Big 12 Tournament Championship on March 10. This gallery by Alyssa Goodman featured photos of Michael Dixon and Steve Moore. 1,812 page views

4. Before its first and only NCAA Tournament game, the Missouri men's basketball team said it was ready for rigors of the tournament. Missouri guard Matt Pressey said playing Big 12 teams all season was of benefit to the Tigers. "I think it's prepared us greatly," he said. 1,684 page views

5. Despite having no NCAA Tournament experience, Norfolk State was confident coming into its first-round matchup with No.2-seeded Missouri. Spartans coach Anthony Evans said Kyle O'Quinn, a 6-foot-10 forward and potential NBA draft pick, would be key to his team's success. He scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds in Norfolk State's victory. 1,623 page views

6. A great season came to a sudden end Friday, when the Missouri men's basketball team fell to Norfolk State 86-84. The 15-seeded Spartans shot 52 percent behind the three-point line in the second-round matchup. 1,547 page views

7. The number of active hate groups in the U.S. grew slightly from 1,002 in 2010 to 1,018 in 2011, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report said 26 hate groups are active in Missouri; none are active in Boone County. 1,536 page views

8. Zach Miller's article on Missouri's loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament examined the reasons for the huge upset. “I’ve said this all year about our team but we’re not very big and we have to be so perfect about blocking out and rebounding the ball, and this team was not tonight,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “That did us in. Our rebounding was what did us in.” 1,415 page views

9. A man was shot at Campus Lodge Apartments on Thursday night in a drug-related incident, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. Antwin Jackson, the gunshot victim, was taken into police custody after being treated at a local hospital, the release said. Two men involved in the incident said they believe the shots were fired accidentally. 1,231 page views

10. The Week in Missouri Sports column from last Sunday featured the Missouri men's basketball team's victory in the Big 12 tournament title, victories by the Missouri softball and baseball teams and Dorial Green-Beckham's thoughts about the hype surrounding his recruitment. 1,214 page views


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