There was drama, emotion and a wild finish, just what one would expect from the MU-KU rivalry. But this time, there was a novel twist: The Tigers won.
For the first time in four years, Missouri successfully defended its home court against Kansas, winning 72-68 Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri coach Quin Snyder had just one word of advice for his team before the Tigers’ game against Kansas. He wrote it on the dry erase board on the way out of the locker room: “Believe.”
The Tigers played as though they believed, and they earned an unlikely 72-68 upset win against rival Kansas on Sunday in front of 15,061, the first sell-out crowd ever at Mizzou Arena.
Kansas’ Keith Langford looked poised to be a real handful for the Tigers, but it all changed in an instant.
Just three minutes into the game, Langford drove to the basket. He drew contact, made the basket and got the foul. However, he wasn’t the one who took the free throw.
His real name is Andre Poole, but in the world of street basketball, he is referred to only as Silk.
“It’s because my moves are so smooth,” he said.
For a player who was named to the Academic All Big 12 team, it seemed like an unorthodox approach.
But with all the thinking Jimmy McKinney has done throughout this season, Jason Conley knew McKinney needed to give his mind a rest.
With sunny skies and temperatures near 70 degrees, Sunday afternoon was a fine day to take a walk in Columbia.
The Eastern Michigan baseball team seemed to agree.
Aaron Cawlfield is staying close to home.
On Sunday the Hickman High School junior linebacker announced his commitment to Missouri for the 2006 football season.
It all comes down to this.
One team is playing for it all. The other is playing for survival.
For many founding members, being an Antler is a lifelong sport.
Missouri’s track and softball teams made themselves at home on the road this week with strong showings.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams finished sixth at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.
There was good news and bad news for both Missouri basketball teams Wednesday.
The men and women both dropped games to conference foes. The men lost 67-49 at Iowa State, dropping their record to
Something strange happened between games of the doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium. It almost seemed as if Missouri and Eastern Michigan had switched uniforms.
After pounding five Eastern Michigan pitchers for 18 hits in an 18-2 blowout in the first game, the Tigers went hitless through the first five innings of the nightcap while the Eagles were scoring runs. The Tigers (8-4) came back but couldn’t entirely make up the lost ground and fell 7-6.
The Columbia College men’s basketball team suffered one of the most improbable scoring droughts in recent memory en route to an exciting finish in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at the Arena at Southwell Complex.
After dominating nearly every facet of play for most of Saturday’s 63-62 loss to McKendree (Ill.), the Cougars (21-13) scored just one point in the game’s final six minutes, including a last-second scoring opportunity that never took flight.
During basketball season, Karen Harris has 21 extra sons and daughters.
Harris, a faithful and loud presence at all Columbia College basketball games, said she feels like all the players are her children.
Although the teams receive separate scores, Rock Bridge and Hickman girls’ swimming and diving teams operate as one.
The teams compete and practice together, and John Hamilton coaches both.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys left little doubt that they are the best team in the country heading into the NCAA Championships on March 17-19 in St. Louis.
The No. 1 Cowboys won a record seven individual championships, including three against Missouri wrestlers, to win the 2005 Big 12 Conference Championship. It is their 39th conference title.
The weekend couldn’t have gone better for the Missouri tennis team.
After beating Louisville 5-2 on Friday, the Tigers remained unbeaten at home by defeating Ohio State 5-2 on Saturday. The Tigers are 9-2 and 7-0 at Green Tennis Center.
The Columbia College softball team rebounded from a pair of losses Friday in the Gulf Coast Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday in Orange Beach, Ala.
The No. 7 Cougars beat Belhaven University 10-1 in five innings in the first game of the day. Pitcher Monica Mueller earned the win, striking out seven and allowing two hits. Catcher Sarah Moreau went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
In 2001, the best senior wrestler in Wisconsin called out Ben Askren, telling anyone who cared to listen that he was going to beat Askren in the state finals.
Joel McCune is in the zone.
The only sounds at Finger Lakes State Park this late morning are the geese and the ripples McCune makes as he glides his small boat through the water.