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Tigers open Big 12 play

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.

Tigers making statement with Temple’s commitment

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 irk Big 12 coaches

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.

Moran keeps pedaling

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.

Big 12 season calls for top play

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.”

Tigers scramble to beat Billikens

ST. LOUIS – It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.

Missouri defeated St. Louis University 65-62 on Sunday at Bauman-Eberhardt Center.

MU hopes struggles in the past

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.

Shot won’t fall in frustrating finish for Kewps

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.

Final flourish saves Tigers

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.

Unrau not only Tiger to shine

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.

Intensity returns

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.

Different lineup lifts Missouri

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.

Guard play keys victory

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.

Career scoring high helps Saxon earn MVP

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.).

Shots fall for Bruins vs. Tigers

Rock Bridge’s used accurate 3-point shooting to overcome a larger Oakville team Saturday in the first game of the 2004 MFA Oil Break Time Shootout.

The Bruins gained the early lead on a Demond Thorpe 3-pointer about a minute in and held onto it for another 31 minutes to defeat the Tigers 57-53 at Hearnes Center.

Cougars take advantage of time off to win Friday matchups

The Columbia College men’s and women’s basketball teams hadn’t played since a few days before Christmas, but their time off was clearly well spent.

Iowa will test Tigers’ resolve

It probably didn’t bother the Missouri men’s basketball team when 2003 ended and 2004 began.

Recent on-court struggles as well as an NCAA investigation of the program have made it a forgettable year for the No. 23 Tigers (4-4). The Tigers get a chance to begin anew, to some degree, when they host Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Tigers focused on future

SHREVEPORT, La. – Before the Independence Bowl had ended, even before it had started, the Missouri football team found it hard not to think about the future.

Striving to be their best

Everyone makes resolutions for the new year, even the Missouri women’s basketball team.

The Tigers play Miami (Ohio) at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers (7-2) and the RedHawks (6-4).

Coaches tout worthy cause

Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, and Mike Davis, the Cougars’ women’s coach, love to win and hate to lose, but this weekend’s second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic is about more than wins and losses.

Burchard and Davis started the Classic last season because of a common concern. They both knew friends, family members and Columbia College faculty members who with cancer.

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