Missouri qualifies eight for NCAA wrestling nationals

Missouri qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA championships, which begin March 20 in Oklahoma City. Three Tigers drew top-16 seeds, led by junior Drake Houdashelt, who is the No. 1 overall seed at 149 pounds. Houdashelt, 34-1, finished sixth at nationals last season and is a three-time NCAA qualifier.

Jabari Brown has found a home at Missouri

There’s a tattoo on Missouri junior Jabari Brown’s upper right arm. It reads “B4” — short for the Brown four — encircled by his name along with the names of his parents, David and Fannie, and younger brother, Jamil. Underneath the names, it reads, “Family is a haven in a heartless world.” So it’s an incredibly cruel irony that in the midst of a breakout season — one that has seen Brown play as well as any shooting guard in the nation and as well as any Tiger in the last two decades — Brown learned his father has Stage IV cancer.

Missouri opens spring football practice looking to build on momentum

Missouri kicked off spring practice Tuesday and there was a different aura around the program. “It’s a different mentality this year,” senior running back Marcus Murphy said. “Last year, we were trying to get back on track and have a winning season. But this year, we want to build off what we did last year and do better than we did. We had a real good season and we want to use the confidence and all the momentum coming into this season.”

Missouri’s Jabari Brown makes coaches’ all-SEC first team

For the fourth consecutive year, the Missouri basketball team had a first-team all-conference selection. Junior Jabari Brown made first-team all-SEC as chosen by the league’s coaches Tuesday and joins previous first-team picks Marcus Denmon, who was first-team all-Big 12 in 2011 and again in 2012, and Phil Pressey, who was first-team all-SEC last season.

Wheelchair basketball players forge path to success at Missouri

At a simplistic glance, wheelchair basketball looks like chaos. “It might seem as rough and tumble as any sport out there. But when you really break it down … it really is a synchronized thing,” said U.S. Paralympic hopeful Carter Arey, who led Missouri to fourth in the national tournament Saturday and was chosen player of the year.

Jabari Brown’s double-figure scoring streak snapped

For the first time this season, junior Jabari Brown failed to reach double figures in scoring. He finished with eight points on one-for-10 shooting. Brown, who missed all four three-point tries and is six of 29 on threes in the last six games, didn’t make a basket until the 1:16 mark, though he was perfect in six attempts at the free-throw line.

Missouri now pins its NCAA hopes on winning SEC tournament

Before Saturday’s game at Tennessee, some prominent national observers still projected the Missouri Tigers in the 68-team field for the NCAA Tournament despite a disappointingly uneven run through the Southeastern Conference. Others had Missouri on the outside looking in, but a win on the Volunteers’ home floor might have been enough to sway some opinions. Instead, the Tigers got crushed.

Missouri freshmen class makes significant impact

Missouri’s freshman class has had its ups and downs. That’s no surprise, because most freshmen battle inconsistency that first college season. But there is strong evidence that the 2013 freshman crop is the best the Tigers have had in quite a while.

Late heroics from Earnest Ross rally Missouri to 57-56 win over Texas A&M

Senior Earnest Ross had been scoreless Wednesday night against Texas A&M until hitting a free throw with barely a minute remaining. He went on to score Missouri’s final seven points, including two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining that provided the Tigers’ first and only lead of the game. He also tipped away Texas A&M’s final inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds remaining to ice the 57-56 victory.

Earnest Ross and Tony Criswell honored on senior night

Before Wednesday night's game against Texas A&M, seniors Tony Criswell and Earnest Ross were honored as part of senior night festivities before their final home game at Mizzou Arena — barring the possibility of an NIT game. It was, as always for the seniors, a fantastic moment for Missouri’s seniors.

Near the end of a frustrating first season at Missouri, center Keanau Post shows what he can do

Keanau Post was supposed to step into former Tigers center Alex Oriakhi’s shoes and provide Missouri with a physical presence in the paint. Instead, for most of the last four months, Post was a wallflower, spending most games on the bench and proving ineffective in the limited minutes he did play. Much of that frustration melted away on Saturday against Mississippi State.