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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri men's basketball team grabs readers' attention

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 6:06 p.m. CDT
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers takes a shot over Arkansas defender Hunter Mickelson during the Tigers' 93-63 win over the Razorbacks Tuesday evening at Mizzou Arena. In his final game at Mizzou Arena, Bowers scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

COLUMBIA — Stories about the Missouri men's basketball team's 93-63 win over Arkansas on Tuesday registered four of the top 10 most read stories this week. The game marked the first time former head coach Mike Anderson returned to Mizzou Arena as Arkansas' head coach.

Here are the week's 10 most-read stories, according to Google Analytics:

1. The week's most read story was Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster asking the Western District Court of Appeals to deny Ryan Ferguson’s latest habeas corpus petition. Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison following his conviction in the killing of former Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Ferguson's latest petition was his 14th attempt to get his conviction overturned or a new trial. (2,911 page views)

2. Stefan Jankovic has always struggled with answering where he is from. The freshman forward for the Missouri men's basketball team was born in Serbia but grew up in Canada where he lived for 12 years. The Jankovic's move from war-torn Serbia to Canada in 1997 has made it difficult for Jankovic to define his home. (2,904 page views)

3. Frank Haith was animated in the Missouri men's basketball team's 93-63 win over Arkansas on Tuesday. During a timeout in the first half, the Missouri coaching staff had to hold back Haith as he seemingly shouted across the court at Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson. After the game, both coaches said the shouting was because of a miscommunication. (2,104 page views)

4. During his Senior Night speech to the crowd at Mizzou Arena, Laurence Bowers recognized former teammate Michael Dixon Jr. Many fans took to Twitter to react to the controversial shout out. Dixon left the team in November following sexual assault allegations. (1,649 page views)

5. Former Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson returned to Mizzou Arena for the first time since leaving Missouri to coach Arkansas, and was booed heavily by the sold-out crowd. Anderson coached Missouri to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to Elite Eight in 2009. In March 2011, Anderson left for Arkansas after saying he planned on “being at Missouri for a long time, retire here.” (1,464 page views)

6. Senior forward Laurence Bowers gave a shout out to former teammate Michael Dixon Jr. during his Senior Night speech. Dixon left the team in November following sexual assault allegations.

"I told this guy I would never forget him when I got the mic, and that's Mike Dixon," Bowers said. "I know he's not with us, but he's a part of this class, too, and we love him. Other than that I don't have too much to say. M-I-Z." (1,372 page views)

7. Former Hickman baseball standout Blake Tekotte begins spring training with the Chicago White Sox. Tekotte, 25, has split time between the minor leagues and MLB. After recording six hits in 34 at-bats in 2011, Tekotte had two hits in 15 plate attempts last season. In November he was traded from the Padres to the Chicago White Sox. (748 page views)

8. MU sent out messages Tuesday that mistakenly said there was a tornado warning in Boone County. The university's mass notification system failed to recognize that the National Weather Service warning was a test. (654 page views)

9. The Missouri men's basketball team knocked off LSU 89-76 on March 2. LSU had defeated Missouri 73-70 earlier in the season. Both Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi had double-doubles in Missouri's win. (634 page views)

10. Ameen Najjar, one of the investigators who worked the NCAA's inquiry of Miami athletics, wrote a letter on behalf of former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro just days before he was sentenced to prison two years ago. Najjar also said that Shapiro assisted the NCAA with investigations involving a number of schools. (619 page views)


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