It all looks like something out of an Olympic highlight video.
Luke Sabulsky thrusts his arms into the air then lets them flop to his sides in exhaustion as he breaks the finish line. Nathan Keown stumbles in, three seconds behind him.
In a volleyball match filled with great plays, mindless errors, clutch kills and nervous mistakes, Louisville ended Missouri’s shot at making the its first Sweet Sixteen in school history.
The Cardinals beat the No. 16-seeded Tigers 30-26, 22-30, 30-25, 30-25 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Hearnes Center.
The Tigers found themselves in an unfamiliar position Saturday: They held a commanding lead.
The Missouri men’s basketball team used strong defense to hold off Oakland for a 70-61 victory at Mizzou Arena. The early jump in the game came from a fiery start by senior guard Jason Conley.
Double Vision: With sophomore Spencer Laurie back in the lineup after missing three games with a high right ankle sprain, the Tigers decided to be a little unconventional Saturday. Laurie and freshman Jason Horton, who have been competing for playing time at point guard, were on the floor for Missouri at the same time. For eight minutes in the first half, the Tigers ran an offensive set with two point guards.
“We’d tried that a little bit in practice this week,” Laurie said. “I like playing with Jason because he understands the game so well. We think alike, so when we’re out there, we know what each other is going to do.”
They shared the work load. A senior, a sophomore and a freshman all took on one task: guard Oakland’s Rawle Marshall.
The numbers on the scoreboard after Missouri’s game against the Grizzlies showed they completed their mission. The Tigers’ trio of Jason Conley, Thomas Gardner and Marshall Brown played sound defense on Oakland’s leading scorer en route to a 70-61 victory Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
It came down to a last-minute scramble, but Missouri could not match its opponent’s inspired play.
Eastern Michigan defeated the Tigers 60-59 on Saturday in the championship of the State Farm Tiger Classic at Mizzou Arena. It was the Eagles’ (6-0) third-straight tournament victory of the season.
Lisa Kowalewski could not find her shot Saturday.
Kowalewski, the leading scorer in Columbia College women’s basketball history, shot only 25 percent from the field but had a big game defensively as the Cougars defeated William Penn 76-49 at the Columbia College Shootout at The Arena of Southwell Complex.
A winning athletic program shouldn’t have problems packing in fans at home games. But Columbia College is proving that’s not always the case.
Last year, all five teams at Columbia College made it to NAIA national tournaments. But attendance at Cougars sporting events this season is still low. Sophomores Roz Johnson and Leah Buretta said they are hoping to change that trend. This year they formed the Cougar Spirit Squad.
The Missouri volleyball team battled nerves, a tough Arkansas team and what coach Susan Kreklow called "not our best overall performance" to win its second ever NCAA Tournament game Friday night at Hearnes Center.
Missouri women's basketball didn't do much more than show up on Friday.
Despite strong performances by two Tigers in the first night of the State Farm Tiger Classic, Missouri (4-2) struggled through a 79-53 victory over Mississippi Valley State (2-1).
The Rock Bridge girl's basketball team looked like anything but a team that won only six games last season.
Friday evening the team managed to make a fourth quarter push in its season opener to beat St. Teresa 52-48 at Rock Bridge.
Even with a fourth quarter comeback, the Hickman boys' basketball team was unable to defeat Ruskin High School, falling 57-51 on Friday night at Hickman to bring their record to 2-2. .
"We got out hustled and we got outplayed," Hickman Coach Jim Sutherland said. "...They beat us, and they deserved to win the ball game."
When Missouri’s volleyball players take the Hearnes Center court at 6 p.m. today to play Arkansas, expect a little extra bounce in the Tigers’ steps.
What’s the occasion? The first home NCAA Tournament game in Missouri’s history, the fifth time in a row that the Tigers (19-8) have appeared in the NCAA Tournament, a chance for the Tigers to win their second tournament game and the highest national seed Missouri has received at No. 16.
A coverup has happened at Mizzou Arena.
On Norm Stewart court, that is.
While the name on the outside of the arena formerly known as Paige has changed, a reminder of the academic scandal was painted in black.
Kevin Fletcher, with the MU athletic department’s media relations, said one resolution could have been to strip, sand, paint and refinish the entire floor—a 10-plus-day process.
Missouri players and coaches haven’t taken defense lightly this season.
It is often the central topic of coach Quin Snyder’s postgame press conferences, and is often one of the first things players discuss in the locker room.
Upgrading from a dorm room to an apartment usually involves paying more money for a higher-quality living environment.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association made a similar upgrade and paid only 3 percent more to do so.
The Columbia College Shootout will give three Columbia basketball teams a chance to get back to winning when they play Saturday.
The Columbia College women’s team has lost two straight, Hickman’s girls’ team is off to a 1-4 start, and Rock Bridge’s girls’ team, which opens its season in the Shootout, is looking to improve a 6-20 record last season.
The Missouri women’s basketball team wants No. 3. The Tigers will try to win their third consecutive game in the opener of the State Farm Tiger Classic, which begins tonight. Missouri-Kansas City takes on Eastern Michigan at 5 p.m. before Missouri faces Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri (3-2) won its most recent contest at home against Evansville 82-66. Coach Cindy Stein and her team hope to continue that success with the unexpected help of sophomore Carlynn Savant, a 6-foot-1 forward who scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds against the Purple Aces.
Missouri deserves much of the blame for their late-game collapses and disappointing results, but not all of them.
Whether they were highly touted stars or unheralded newcomers, several players Missouri faced deserve recognition for their exemplary performances this season against Missouri.
The Missourian’s All-Opponent Team recognizes those outstanding performances.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association wants to bring championships to Mizzou Arena.The MSHSAA is expected to announce the boys’ and girls’ state high school basketball tournaments will switch venues from Hearnes Center to Mizzou Arena.