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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.

Ballard’s 52 carry Cougars

Khamari Ballard didn’t beat Harris-Stowe State by himself Tuesday, but the box score suggests he could have come close.

His school-record scoring performance helped Columbia College defeat the Hornets 119-45 in the first round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Skibbe’s departure benefits Missouri

DALLAS — Oklahoma State came to the Big 12 Conference Tournament reeling from the loss of its best player, but Missouri showed the Cowgirls no mercy Tuesday.

Trisha Skibbe, who led the Big 12 in scoring with 19 points per game, quit the team March 1, leaving Oklahoma State without its senior center heading into its regular-season finale March 3.

Cougars hit on all facets in sweep

Playing in a position that at times is known for teaching the art of observing grass grow, Krista Viefhaus, a center fielder for Columbia College, has learned to be patient.

That’s why it didn’t bother her to wait 12 innings before making two huge contributions to Columbia College’s sweep of the University of Illinois-Springfield on Tuesday at Columbia College.

Extra Points

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Ridley leads Cougars

Throughout Columbia College’s season, coach Mike Davis has repeatedly said Charliss Ridley looks great in blue and silver. Apparently, the other American Midwest Conference coaches agreed.

Ridley, a junior forward, was named the AMC’s Most Valuable Player after the Cougars’ 87-79 win against McKendree (Ill.) in the AMC Tournament final on Monday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Honors for Conley, Johnson

Junior guard Jason Conley and senior center Arthur Johnson represented Missouri on the Big 12 Conference’s Specialty Teams.

Conley made the All-Newcomer Team and the All-Reserve Team, and Johnson made the All-Defensive Team.

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