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MU men's basketball opens NCAA Tournament against Cincinnati

Cincinnati's Dion Dixon (3) gives teammate Yancy Gates (34) a high-five as they celebrate a 58-46 win against Georgetown on Feb. 23. The Bearcats also beat the Hoyas 67-60 on March 5. Georgetown is the only common opponent the Missouri men's basketball team and Cincinnati have faced this season. The Tigers lost to the Hoyas in overtime on Nov. 30.

The Bearcats are a physical team that fared well in what is probably the nation's toughest conference.

TIGER TIPOFF: ESPN's Pat Forde analyzes MU men's basketball team's tournament chances senior writer and MU graduate Pat Forde said he thinks Missouri could make an early exit in this season's NCAA Tournament but acknowledges the benefits of using a frenetic style of play.

COMMENT: Missouri men's basketball reporter leaves fandom behind

The transition from Missouri men's basketball fan to reporter has been worth the sacrifices.

TIGER TIPOFF: 1,000 shots a week pays off for Missouri's Thornton

Shooting woes have hurt the Missouri women's basketball team for the past four seasons. To fix the problem, each player is shooting 1,000 shots a week outside of practice, and it's working for sophomore Trenee Thornton.

TIGER TIPOFF: Missouri's Pingeton hosts her mentor

Iowa State women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly will face his former assistant Saturday at Mizzou Arena when Robin Pingeton's Tigers host the Cyclones in their last game of the regular season. The coaches' relationship goes back more than a decade.

TIGER TIPOFF: Friends work around Missouri-Kansas basketball rivalry

Missouri's Kim English and Kansas' Josh Selby are both from Baltimore and they talk at least once a week.

TIGER TIPOFF: Veteran MU event staff member knows how to treat customers

Ron Lueck joined the MU event staff as an usher for a Rolling Stones concert in 1994. While concerts are fun, working sporting events is what Lueck likes the most. In his 17th year on the staff, he continues to work with his back to the action, supplementing his income by welcoming sports fans with a strong handshake. 

TIGER TIPOFF: Chris Abernathy's voice a part of Missouri athletics

Chris Abernathy used his experience in commercial radio to pursue a role in Missouri athletics as the announcer for the Missouri volleyball and women's basketball teams.

TIGER TIPOFF: High school students work concession stands to raise money

The 11 students from the junior class at Jamestown High School make the 45-minute commute to Mizzou Arena to work the concession stands at the Missouri women's basketball games. They are raising money for a senior trip.

TIGER TIPOFF: Making sure MU basketball teams play a clean game

Dominic Hunter has been working for the Missouri Athletics Department's cleanup staff for roughly six months.

TIGER TIPOFF: MU's Bowers, Flores practice the art of the block

Blocking shots comes naturally for Laurence Bowers and Christine Flores. Their inherent abilities, sharpened through practice, allow the two Missouri basketball players to protect the paint for their teams.

TIGER TIPOFF: More than 50 years ago, Missouri and Colorado battled for conference titles

Former Missouri player and coach Norm Stewart recalls a season when Colorado took the Big Seven Conference men's basketball title out from under the Tigers. 

TIGER TIPOFF: A Q&A with Colorado men's basketball player Alec Burks

Colorado guard Alec Burks answers questions about not playing for his home-state team and his performance Jan. 8 against the Missouri men's basketball team.

TIGER TIPOFF: MU women's basketball team benefits from Shakara Jones' motherly advice

No matter how tough things get for the Missouri women's basketball team, senior Shakara Jones is always there to offer encouragement.

TIGER TIPOFF: Pingeton's rotation taking shape for Missouri women's basketball team

Missouri women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton found a player rotation that has the Tigers in eighth place in the Big 12. The team was projected to finish in the bottom two in the conference before the season began.

TIGER TIPOFF: Dinners together feed strong bonds among MU men's basketball players

Players on the Missouri men's basketball team eat dinner together at the same place every Tuesday, sharing steaks and spaghetti as they strengthen their bonds off the court. 

TIGER TIPOFF: Missouri's Phil Pressey explains the alley-oop

When looking to set up an alley-oop, Missouri freshman guard Phil Pressey said he likes to keep things as simple as possible.

TIGER TIPOFF: Bailey Gee does it all for MU women's basketball

Junior Bailey Gee played center in high school. She was recruited to play guard for the Missouri women's basketball team. Now she is a go-to bench player with the ability to play on the perimeter or in the paint.

TIGER TIPOFF: Pingeton brings coaching family to Missouri women's basketball

When Robin Pingeton became the Missouri women's basketball coach in April, six members of her staff at Illinois State decided to move more than 250 miles from Bloomington-Normal to Columbia to join her with the Tigers.

TIGER TIPOFF: Kansas State men's basketball team working through slow start

After high preseason expectations, it is a surprise that Kansas State is coming into Mizzou Arena on Monday with five losses.