AMES, IOWA — A timely substitution can swing momentum. Bringing a fresh player into the lineup can help overcome an imposing deficit.
It can also work the other way, replacing a cohesive group with an inconsistent one.
Missouri’s first major injury of the season could not have come at a worse time.
With the Tigers beginning the Big 12 Conference schedule on the road against No. 11 Kansas State, Missouri learned that point guard LaToya Bond will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken left foot she suffered last weekend.
AMES, Iowa – Thomas Gardner nearly saved the Missouri men’s basketball team Wednesday night.
Athough the Tigers lost to Iowa State 70-65 at Hilton Coliseum, it could have been much worse without Gardner’s play. Gardner scored a team-high 17 points in 13 minutes starting in place of senior guard Josh Kroenke for the second straight game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Defensive ends Mike Rucker and Grant Wistrom first met as high school sophomores playing against each other in Missouri. Rucker claims he used a hard hit to tackle Wistrom, then a tight end, for a loss.
The two were later teammates at Nebraska, and will cross paths once again Saturday when Rucker and the Carolina Panthers play Wistrom and the St. Louis Rams in the divisional playoffs.
Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State’s basketball arena in Ames, Iowa, gives Missouri coach Quin Snyder nightmares.
Since Snyder took over in 1999-2000, the Tigers are 4-5 against the Cyclones, but none of his squads has won at Hilton.
OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska football player Kellen Huston was charged in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday with a misdemeanor for punching a fan who rushed the field after the Cornhuskers’ loss to Missouri on Oct. 11.
Richard Hicks, Boone County assistant prosecutor, said Huston has agreed to plead guilty to peace disturbance by fighting. Hicks said Huston’s attorney, Milt Harper of Columbia, would appear on Huston’s behalf in county court today.
All the coaches agree. This Big 12 Conference season is going to be tough.
Missouri begins Big 12 Conference play against No. 11 Kansas State at 7 p.m., today at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.
Tony Temple wanted to do it three weeks ago, but he made it worth the wait for coach Gary Pinkel and Missouri on Monday night.
Temple, the No. 7 running back in the nation according to Rivals.com, went on a sports show on Kansas City television and sat in front of five hats: Missouri, Kansas State, Tennessee, Michigan and Southern California.
Rankings may not hold the greatest significance in college basketball, but they certainly provide plenty of discussion.
Despite the start of the Big 12 Conference schedule tonight, the focus of the first Big 12 coaches’ teleconference of the year centered on Duke jumping past Texas Tech and Texas to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.
December was busy for Micah Moran.
There was a Dec. 7 victory at the 2003 Missouri Cyclocross Championships in Columbia. Glowing from the win, Moran, a University of Missouri senior, competed at the Cyclocross National Championships on Dec. 12-14 in Portland, Ore.
Almost every coach in the Big 12 Conference is hoping for one aspect of his team’s play to improve during league competition: consistency.
“I think we could be a more consistent team,” Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. “Obviously it’s still relatively early in the season, and we’re very respectful of the great competition that’s coming our way.”
ST. LOUIS – It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.
Missouri defeated St. Louis University 65-62 on Sunday at Bauman-Eberhardt Center.
If Missouri coach Quin Snyder could rid Tigers history of its struggles in 2003, he probably would.
Starting 2004 with a 76-56 win against Iowa on Saturday at Hearnes Center was a good start.
Taylor Florence’s jump shot had fallen for most of the fourth quarter, but when it counted most, he came up short.
Hickman lost 71-69 to Poplar Bluff on Sunday at the MFA Oil Break Time Shootout at Hearnes Center. Florence’s 8-foot jumper from just inside the lane at the buzzer hit the rim but bounced away to the left, dropping Hickman to 4-7.
ST. LOUIS — In what was supposed to be an easy final tune-up before heading into the Big 12 Conference season, but Missouri had to play hard until the end against the struggling St. Louis Billikens.
The Tigers escaped with a 65-62 victory to extend their winning-streak to four despite playing their ugliest game of the year before 1,050 fans at Bauman-Eberhardt Center.
Evan Unrau is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Missouri women’s basketball team, but this season she is getting help from her teammates.
Whether it’s forward Stretch James dominating the post, point guard LaToya Bond creating off the dribble or shooting guard Tracy Lozier making 3-pointers, Unrau can expect someone to step up today when Missouri plays at St. Louis at 2 p.m. at the Bauman-Eberhardt Center.
A statistic that won’t show up in too many box scores but will make Missouri coach Quin Snyder smile reads: Travon Bryant, two 5-second violations forced.
It was that type of effort and energy that propelled Bryant and the Tigers to a 76-56 win against Iowa on Saturday at Hearnes Center. The win stops the Tigers’ three-game losing streak, a stretch filled with inconsistent efforts.
When Missouri set up for Saturday’s tip-off against Iowa, 13,611 fans did a doubletake.
Rickey Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jimmy McKinney started for the ninth straight game. Sophomore Kevin Young and freshman Thomas Gardner were the Tigers drawing befuddled stares.
Finding a consistent point guard has been a focus of the Missouri coaching staff early this season. Lacking a steady performer there, the offense had been inconsistent and often relied on one player to take control of the game.
The Tigers are beginning to find what they had been missing: Jimmy McKinney and Randy Pulley combined for six assists and no turnovers in Missouri’s 76-56 win against Iowa on Saturday.
In a game with few fouls, it’s hard to imagine someone nicknamed “Slinky” dominating, but that’s exactly what Nahowan Saxon did on Saturday night.
Saxon was named the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic men’s Most Valuable Player after Columbia College’s 61-50 win against Brescia (Ky.) at the Arena of Southwell Complex. Saxon scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting. He also made all five of his field goals in Friday’s 75-47 victory against St. Mary (Kan.).
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