The Missouri men's basketball team is focusing on fundamentals as it heads into postseason play. Tigers head coach Frank Haith said he thinks their guard-heavy lineup will be a benefit in tournament play.
The NCAA selection committee chairman all but handed out the first two No. 1 seeds to Kentucky and Syracuse, but the last two spots are up for grabs. Kansas and Missouri are in the mix with Duke, North Carolin, Ohio State and Michigan State.
In 1939, the same year the NCAA tournament started, a group called the Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively named Kansas the national champion for 1922 and 1923. But Missouri was named the 1922 national champion by a different retroactive poll conducted in 1993.
People are starting to notice Missouri transfer Keion Bell's musical talent. His rap song "Welcome to the Zou" was played at Missouri's final home game of the season, and he recently released a mix tape on Twitter.
The weather was fine, but Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said there were more players than he was comfortable with sitting out of Tuesday's workout at Memorial Stadium.
Freshman Brett Graves got the win in his first collegiate start, and the Tigers won their third straight game, beating Nebraska-Omaha 14-4.
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The senior guard was also named as a second team All-American by Sporting News.
Christine Flores, a senior on the Missouri women's basketball team, has learned valuable lessons from coach Robin Pingeton that extends beyond basketball.
The Associated Press named the Tigers' Frank Haith its Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year on Monday.
The Tigers moved up two spots to No. 5 in the AP rankings and three spots to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Kentucky, Syracuse and Kansas hold the top three spots in both polls.
Haith led the Missouri men's basketball team to a 27-4 regular season tally.
Missouri lost to Oklahoma State in both games of the regular season, including a 68-47 loss on Saturday. And three Missouri players were recognized on Big 12 teams.
Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon, Ricardo Ratliffe, Kim English and Phil Pressey received Big 12 honors at the close of the regular reason.
Sophomore second baseman Dillon Everett went 3-for-4 with two doubles as Missouri took the series from Ball State with a 9-2 win.
The Tigers beat Missouri State 3-1 and UMKC 6-0 on Sunday at the Missouri Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Missouri's 81-59 victory at Texas Tech gives this season's Tigers a 27-4 record, the most regular-season wins for a Missouri men's basketball team.
Sophomore pitcher Rob Zastryzny gave up three hits and three earned runs over six innings to lead the Tigers to a 15-5 blowout of Ball State.
En route to a 68-47 Missouri loss, the Tigers didn't make a basket for more than seven minutes in the second half, allowing Oklahoma State to build a 16-point lead.
Stevenson, who played fullback from 1958 to 1960, was the first black player to accept a football scholarship at Missouri.