Tossing the tapes [Photo]

Robert Barnes tosses plastic material in the grinder at the Alternative Community Training office in Columbia on March 13. ACT receives donated media plastic, including CDs and DVDs and their cases, which is then reused or recycled at their facility.

Tailgating before the big game [Photo]

Pam Simmons and Chris Mullin get down to chowing down outside the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Missouri takes on Connecticut at 3:40 p.m. today.

Missouri players at a press conference [Photo]

Missouri players, from left to right, Zaire Taylor, DeMarre Carroll, Matt Lawrence, J.T. Tiller and coach Mike Anderson field questions during media day on Friday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. "We have a lot of unselfish guys that are making plays for others," Lyons said about why Missouri has been successful.

Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet [Photo]

Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet laughs during media day interview session on Friday. Thabeet was responding to teammate Stanley Robinson's comment about Thabeet repeating the same thing over-and-over again.

Kim English interviews J.T. Tiller [Photo]

Missouri freshman Kim English, left, takes on the role of reporter and interviews teammate J.T. Tiller, right, on Friday as the team prepares to face Connecticut in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. The interview was for, the Missouri athletic Web site, and English asked some serious and not-so-serious questions of his teammates.

Show of spirit [Photo]

Avid Tigers fan Walter Martin made this banner that hangs on his porch at the corner of Broadway and Stadium in Columbia, on Thursday. "I'm all for 'em, baby," he said. He loves all MU sports, and during football season hangs two other homemade banners: "MIZ" and "ZOU." Martin said he planned to watch the MU v. Memphis Sweet 16 game at a friend's house. "I'm curious to see how many people are gonna show up to work tomorrow," he said. "If we win, there many not be too many."

UConn's Hasheem Thabeet against Purdue [Photo]

Hasheem Thabeet, center, a 7-foot-3 junior from Tanzania, scored 15 points and had 15 rebounds to help Connecticut defeat Purdue 72-60 in the semifinal of the NCAA West regional in Glendale, Ariz. The Huskies meet Missouri in the reional final Saturday.

Missouri celebrates Sweet 16 victory [Photo]

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll, left, and Kim English celebrate at the end of Missouri's 102-91 victory against Memphis on Thursday night in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament's West regional.

Missouri fans cheer a great shot against Memphis [Photo]

Missouri fans cheer after Marcus Denmon made a 3-point basket from beyond halfcourt to end the first half of Thursday's victory against Memphis in the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament's West regional in Glendale, Ariz.

Missouri's defense surrounds Memphis' Memphis guard Tyreke Evans [Photo]

Missouri's Marcus Denmon, left, Leo Lyons, center, and DeMarre Carroll surround Memphis guard Tyreke Evans Evans had a game-high 33 points, but it was not enough to stop Missouri, which went on to win 102-91.

Missouri guard J.T. TIller against Memphis [Photo]

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller puts up a shot against Memphis in Thursday night's victory. Tiller finished with a team-high 23 points.

Leo Lyons grabs a rebound against Memphis [Photo]

Missouri forward Leo Lyons takes away a rebound from Memphis forward Robert Dozier. Lyons finished the game with 15 points.

DeMarre Carroll drives to the basket against Memphis [Photo]

MU forward DeMarre Carroll puts up a shot surrounded by Memphis players Willie Kemp (No. 1), Robert Dozier (No. 2), Wesley Witherspoon No. 11 and Doneal Mack (No. 20). Carroll finished the game with 17 points and six assists.

Missouri fans cheer their team on against Memphis [Photo]

Missouri fans cheer on their team Thursday night against Memphis in the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament's West regional final in Glendale, Ariz. Missouri rode a strong first half to a 102-91 victory.

Tiller goes in for dunk [Photo]

J.T. Tiller goes in for a dunk after being fouled against Memphis.

Missouri's Miguel Paul [Photo]

Missouri's Miguel Paul, left, takes a jump shot as Memphis's Roburt Sallie looks on.

Demetria Stephens helps teens find jobs, fill out applications [Photo]

Demetria Stephens, left, a youth development specialist, helps Quincy Hines search for shoe stores that are hiring during a workshop at the Youth Empowerment Zone on March 11. The Zone aims to provide resources for at-risk youth to develop skills that will help them transition into adulthood.

Playing a game at the Youth Empowerment Zone [Photo]

From left, Lenzie Young, Katie Weston, Quincy Hines and Sentora McMillon play a game during a workshop at the Youth Empowerment Zone on March 11.

Unemployment rates highest for teens [Graphic]

J.T. Tiller goes in for the lay-up [Photo]

MU guard J.T. Tiller puts up a shot over Memphis guard Antonio Anderson.