LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jimmy McKinney had the hot hand Saturday and a hurt hand Monday.
McKinney, who scored Missouri’s first seven points against Kansas State on Saturday, had an inauspicious start in Missouri’s 73-61 loss against Kansas on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.
It didn’t help that his left wrist, his non-shooting hand, was taped from an injury he suffered in the first half against Kansas State.
In less than four minutes, McKinney had four turnovers and two fouls. One foul was an intentional foul that came after a turnover and the other was a charging call.
“I got the first couple fouls and it took me out of the game,” McKinney said. “I tried to stay mentally focused in the game, but it kind of got to me a little bit.”
As for McKinney’s wrist, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said he noticed McKinney struggled handling the ball with that hand.
“I was aware of it. It was in my head, but it wasn’t bothering me at all,” McKinney said. “That’s no excuse.”
BULLS EYE: Arlene McGillinray, 73, left Allen Fieldhouse with a free t-shirt but it almost cost her an eye.
Sitting in section 14, less than 20 rows from the top, McGillinray was hit in the left eye with a rolled up blue t-shirt that was fired from a cannon on the south end of the court.
After she was hit, McGillinray immediately covered her face with her hands and her family beckoned the nearby attendant to get medical help.
By the time a police officer arrived to check on her, the family’s concern had turned to laughter when they realized all she suffered was a small headache.
“I was laughing after it, but not when it hit me,” McGillinray said. “I got the t-shirt, though, and I deserved it after that.”
HALL FITTING: The team Bud Stallworth once torched for 50 points was in town the night he had his jersey retired.
A halftime ceremony honored the former Jayhawk who played at Kansas from 1970-1972. He was the 1972 Big Eight Conference Player of the Year and scored 50 points against Missouri that season. That performance is second on Kansas’ single game scoring list.
Stallworth, Darnell Valentine and Jacque Vaughn are the only three players in school history to earn All-American honors both on the floor and academically.
A superb trumpet player, Stallworth came to Lawrence, Kan., from Alabama as a senior in high school to attend a band camp. One afternoon he played a game of basketball against some of Kansas’ returning players, who in turn informed their coach of his basketball ability.
“They recommended me to a coach who had never seen me play and didn’t know who I was,” Stallworth said.
Stallworth made a recommendation of his own before halftime ended.
“Let’s get behind these Hawks and get these Tigers out of here,” Stallworth said.
SIGN OF TROUBLE: Whether it was with signs, costumes or cheers, Kansas fans did their best to make light of Missouri’s struggles this season.
“N-I-T” chants resounded before the game. Others held up signs, one of which read “Mizzery.” Another said “Probation” and had a Tiger locked up behind bars.
Fans also took shots at Snyder, holding signs that read “Quin Snyder farewell tour” and “Hey Quin, you’re fired.”
One fan displayed their creativity by dressing up in a Tony the Tiger costume and holding a sign that read “I hate my life.”