Spencer Laurie made his Missouri debut Tuesday in the Tigers’ exhibition win against the Asheville Altitude. It was a memorable evening for the Springfield, Mo., native, but not for all the right reasons.
Missouri coach Quin Snyder considered redshirting Laurie, a freshman point guard, but that became improbable when junior Randy Pulley was declared ineligible last week. Until his junior college transfer credits are resolved, Pulley is ineligible indefinitely. Pulling Laurie’s redshirt is an indication that the coaching staff might not expect Pulley back soon.
On any given play, chances are more than favorable that Missouri will run the ball.
The Tigers gain 235 rushing yards per game, No. 6 in the country. Their pass offense is No. 95, averaging 174 yards.
Despite the hype around running quarterbacks in the Big 12 Conference, a passing quarterback will likely make history Saturday.
Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons is poised to fly past the NCAA record for passing yards in a season, and he will probably do it in the first half Saturday against No. 1 Oklahoma.
The No. 5 Missouri men’s basketball team plays its second and final exhibition game against the Asheville Altitude of the NBA’s developmental league at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.
The Altitude roster primarily consists of players who have recently left college but did not progress to the NBA. Lavor Postell, of St. John’s University, was a second-round draft pick of the New York Knicks in 2000. He played sparingly during the next three seasons, but after the Utah Jazz cut him before the start of this season, Asheville drafted him third in the 2003 NBDL draft.
Sometime Saturday evening, the Missouri football team’s best friend suddenly became its worst enemy.
As soon as the Tigers (7-3, 3-3 Big 12 Conference) were done cheering the Kansas State Wildcats to victory against Nebraska, they had to get ready to play those Wildcats in the biggest game Missouri football has seen in a long time.
The seniors came to the rescue for the Missouri women’s basketball team Sunday at Hearnes Center.
After squandering a significant halftime lead, Missouri coach Cindy Stein depended on her senior leaders in an 86-52 exhibition win against Sparta Praha, a club team based in Prague, Czech Republic.
Depth was the key.
While Missouri struggled to overcome injuries, Kansas used its bench to defeat the Tigers 2-0 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
Cindy Stein, Missouri women’s basketball coach, said the first half of Sunday’s game was like nothing else she had seen before. She wasn’t impressed, though.
“At halftime I told them I thought it was the ugliest game I’d ever been a part of,” Stein said. “I was not pleased with our shooting. I didn’t think we always took good shots.
Texas A&M was in it until one small detail got in the way. The game started.
Missouri wasted no time in jumping ahead of the Aggies on its way to a 45-22 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The box score would tell you Missouri’s game against Texas A&M on Saturday was at least relatively close.
The box score would be wrong.
O’FALLON — After watching the offense dominate games in district play, Hickman’s defense showed it could win games, too.
The Kewpies defeated the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars 24-8 on Saturday at Hoekel Stadium in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 state playoffs.
O’FALLON — Before the game, Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said the team that forced the most turnovers would have the advantage.
Hickman forced three turnovers and blocked a punt on its way to a 24-8 state quarterfinal win against Fort Zumwalt West on Saturday at Hoekel Stadium in O’Fallon.
Injuries have been as much a part of the Columbia College volleyball team’s season as bump, set and spike. So when middle hitter Jaime Diestelkamp injured her right knee minutes before the end of practice Friday, the Cougars did something they have done all season.
Aware of the improving young Nebraska team, Missouri got a strong performance from its seniors.
The Missouri women’s swimming and diving team defeated the Cornhuskers 162-138 on Friday at the University Natatorium in a Big 12 Conference meet.
Missouri continues to win when it matters.
The Tigers women’s soccer team won its first NCAA tournament game in program history 1-0 against Eastern Illinois on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
Justin Gage always knew he could play in the National Football League.
One thing he didn’t know was that it would happen this fast and with this much success. Gage, a former Missouri receiver and small forward on the Tigers’ basketball team, enters today’s game against the Rams at Soldier Field as Chicago’s newest big-play threat.
What was supposed to be a showdown between similar quarterbacks turned into a no contest.
Missouri quarterback Brad Smith held up his end of the bargain, but his counterpart, Texas A&M’s Reggie McNeal struggled before giving way to backup Dustin Long in Missouri’s 45-22 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
When senior tailback Zack Abron carries the ball, 1-yard runs often become 3- or 4-yard gains. On Saturday, Abron got two for one.
With a 2-yard run in the first quarter, Abron broke Missouri’s all-time scoring record and touchdown record. Abron has scored 234 points in his career, passing Corby Jones’ 228. Abron also passed Jones on the touchdown list, scoring his 39th.
The Cougars advanced in the American Midwest Conference Tournament. Columbia College beat the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars 30-17, 30-20, 30-17 in the semifinals Thursday at Southwell Arena.
After a steady diet of dropback passers such as Jason White, B.J. Symons and Joel Klatt, the Missouri defense will see a quarterback reminiscent of Brad Smith on Saturday.
Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M’s athletic sophomore quarterback, presents the Tigers with a challenge they usually see only in practice: a quarterback with the ability to run and pass.