MU Men's Basketball
For 31 minutes of action Tuesday night, it appeared Missouri might pull the upset, but in the end, Florida was just better and won 68-58.
Chris Walker will get on the court Tuesday for the first time since arriving on the Florida campus in mid-December, which should help the third-ranked Gators (19-2, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) as they near the halfway mark of league play and start getting ready for the postseason.
If No. 3 Florida is really eight teams better than No. 11 Kentucky, then Missouri has a tall task ahead.
Jabari Brown delivered a highlight-heavy performance Saturday against No. 11 Kentucky, but even after scoring a career-high 33 points, the junior guard couldn't let go of a play that he didn't make in his team's 84-79 loss.
Missouri coach Frank Haith isn't a fan of the one-and-done NBA rule, while Kentucky coach John Calipari has embraced — and found tremendous success — by working that system.
Jabari Brown wears a smirk. And that smirk is wearing people out.
Backed by 24 points each from Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross — including a Ross 3-pointer with 59 seconds left that put Missouri up for good — these Tigers, the ones that have prompted head scratching, became the first Missouri team in school history to win at Bud Walton with a 75-71 victory.
Earnest Ross hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top of the key with 59 seconds remaining, and Missouri handed Arkansas just its sixth home loss in three years, 75-71.
Missouri (15-4 overall, 3-3 in the Southeastern conference) plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Arkansas.
Missouri recorded 18 assists in its win Saturday against South Carolina.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 24 points. He now has scored 98 points over the past four games on just 50 shots.
The Tigers hope to improve their production at the rim.
John Brown, who played at Missouri from 1971-1973, was selected to the 2014 SEC Legends. Brown led Missouri to the school's first two 20 win season in school history.
Missouri lost its third Southeastern Conference game in less than two weeks. LSU won 77-71 in Baton Rouge.
The former Missouri high school standout will become a Tiger next season after transferring.
LSU’s front court duo of 6-foot-9, 256-pound Johnny O’Bryant III and 6-foot-8, 220-pound Jordan Mickey is a tandem Missouri coach Frank Haith labeled as the most talented front-line in the Southeastern Conference.
Missouri limited Releford – Alabama’s leading scorer with 18.9 points per game – to 10 points, tying his season-low Saturday afternoon inside Mizzou Arena en route to a dominant 68-47 victory for the Tigers.
Missouri coach Frank Haith said earlier this week that he didn't want the Tigers settling for 3-pointers against Vanderbilt's extensive zone defense.
The Tigers will face a Vanderbilt team desperate for a win. The Commodores are 0-2 in Southeastern Conference play after losses to Alabama and Kentucky.
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals — including Michael Wacha — will attend the Missouri men's basketball game against Alabama on Saturday.