Missouri's Denmon, Ratliffe to be part of Final Four contests

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 7:49 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri men's basketball players Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe will take part in events at this season's Final Four in New Orleans.

Denmon will compete in the 3-point shooting contest, and Ratliffe will participate in the Division I all-star game.

The men's 3-point championship is set for 8 p.m. Thursday at Tulane's Fogelman Arena and will be televised live on ESPN. Denmon will compete against Nick Barbour (High Point), Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette), John Shurna (Northwestern) and Chace Stanback (UNLV).

Ratliffe is one of 20 seniors in the all-star game and will play on the West Team. The game will be tip off at 4:35 p.m. Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and will be televised at noon Saturday on TruTV.

Denmon, a senior from Kansas City, ended his career in fifth place all-time in scoring at Missouri with 1,775 points. He also is second in 3-point field goals made (283) and attempted (705). During his senior season, he averaged 17 points per game. He was named to the John R. Wooden All-America Team, earned All-America second team honors from the NABC, USBWA and Associated Press and made the All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive season.

Ratliffe, from Hampton, Va., ended his career as Missouri's and the Big 12 Conference's record holder in career (63.5 percent) and single-season (69.3 percent) field goal efficiency. This past season, Ratliffe averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Tigers. He was named to the All-Big 12 second team by both the coaches and AP.

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