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Missouri gets pass happy

DALLAS — Missouri was in a giving mood Thursday night.

No, the Tigers were not willing to give Texas A&M its first Big 12 Conference win this season. Nor were they willing to give the Aggies their first win in the Big 12 Tournament, though the final margin was tighter than the Tigers might have hoped. A tight Aggie zone defense and aggressive trapping brought the Tigers another scare.

Tigers wait for postseason destination

Whether Missouri will play in the postseason for a school-record tying fifth straight season is not a question, but there is much suspense surrounding the Tigers’ postseason fate.

After Missouri’s disappointing 79-58 loss to No. 8 Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday in Dallas, Missouri can do nothing but wait and see where it will head next week.

Stress-free zone

On Monday, the Missouri divers did not seem as if they were preparing for the biggest meet of the season.

The two male and three female divers jumped on one another and made faces at one another through the windows of the lobby at the University Natatorium while they waited to leave for the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Tough road to success for Bennett

Jennifer Bennett has squashed the injury bug.

Bennett, a senior Missouri pole vaulter, will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships today and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tennis gives Barry focus

When other coaches ask Missouri tennis coach Blake Starkey about the international players on his team, his response is always the same.

There’s one from Slovenia, three from the Czech Republic and one from Mississippi.

Stars must learn quickly

Generally, a college sports team fills its roster with players whom coaches have been recruiting for months or years, leaving maybe one or two spots open for walk-ons.

Stephens College is different.

State’s best play at Hearnes

Missouri has played its last regular-season game in Hearnes Center, but the building isn’t done with basketball.

The Show-Me Showdown starts at 9:15 a.m. today in Hearnes Center and continues all day. Sixteen Class 4 and Class 5 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will compete in the state championship semifinals.

Duchesne advances at tournament

The Duchesne girls’ basketball team is one step closer to winning its second consecutive state championship.

The pioneers defeated St. James 49-41 in the semifinal of the Missouri State High School Athletic Association tournament on Friday at Hearnes Center.

Republic comes out from behind

In one of the most emotional finishes of the tournament, the Republic Lady Tigers came from behind to defeat Center (Kansas City) 51-49 in the Class 4 semifinal round of the MSHSAA tournament at Hearnes Center on Friday.

Teams try to solidify NCAA bids

No team with a 10-6 record or better in Big 12 Conference play has missed the NCAA Tournament. Colorado, which finished 10-6 this season, could usually be confident of its chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

That might not be the case this year. When the Big 12 Tournament starts this afternoon, the conference will hope to make up for a disappointing regular season that, when compared with the relative strength of the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conferences, might have cost it an NCAA bid or two.

MU can’t compete

DALLAS — Missouri is hoping to slip into the NCAA Tournament and Kansas State is focused on winning the national championship. The difference showed Wednesday.

The Tigers were absolutely no match for the Wildcats, who earned a 79-58 win in the Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Reunion Arena.

Tigers in new game

Their records, rosters and reasons to play have changed more than mid-Missouri weather since January.

When Missouri (15-12) and Texas A&M (7-20) meet tonight in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, their mascots are the only things jogging memories of the meeting this season. Tip-off is at 8:20 p.m. at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Coach looks to keep making Kewpies better

Tonya Mirts doesn’t fret about the mice in her office.

A few cockroaches are a nuisance.

Tigers can’t stop Wildcats’ hot shooting

DALLAS –- Kansas State didn’t give Missouri a chance.

The Wildcats made quick work of Missouri, scoring 48 points in the first half en route to a 79-58 victory Wednesday at Reunion Arena.

History against Tigers

With college basketball immersed in March Madness, small, unheralded teams can use their conference tournaments to garner a shocking and unexpected automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

That probably won’t happen in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, which begins when No. 9 seed Kansas State and No. 8 seed Iowa State play at 2 p.m. today in Dallas’ American Airlines Center. The Wildcats and the Cyclones are two of the six teams without a first-round bye.

Paulding, Johnson receive Big 12 honors

Missouri seniors Arthur Johnson and Rickey Paulding received another personal accolade; this time it came from their peers.

The coaches of the Big 12 Conference named Johnson and Paulding to the All-Big 12 second team. Senior forward Travon Bryant received honorable mention honors.

Tigers’ bubble could be burst

Missouri’s last-second loss to Kansas on Sunday was frustrating enough, but, to make the situation worse for the Tigers, the defeat might push them out of the NCAA Tournament picture.

After the game, senior guard Josh Kroenke was hopeful about the Tigers’ chances.

Paulding, Johnson gain Big 12 honors

Despite an onslaught of early media criticism, Missouri seniors Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson proved they are among the Big 12 Conference’s best when the Associated Press announced its All-Conference teams Monday night.

Paulding and Johnson, who both average a team-leading 15.7 points per game, were named to the All-Big 12 second team. The same media panel picked Paulding and Johnson as preseason first-team prospects in November.

Hands up, hopes high

The Missouri women's basketball team took one step closer to earning a ticket to the big dance Tuesday night after defeating No. 10 seed Oklahoma State 75-52 in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Missouri advances this time

DALLAS — Missouri made it known early it would be around for the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament this year.

The seventh-seeded Tigers shot nearly 66 percent in the first half before winning 75-52 against No. 10 seed Oklahoma State in the first round of the tournament Tuesday at Reunion Arena.

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