Monday, April 14, 2014
Missouri junior Jabari Brown still has a shot to become the program’s first player to average 20 points per game for the season since Kareem Rush in 2000-01. Brown’s per-game average, which spiked above 20 points after a 33-point outing Feb. 1 against Kentucky, dipped below 20 after the loss at Tennessee, when he only scored eight.
For 30 minutes, Missouri looked to be in command against Texas A&M during the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday at the Georgia Dome. Of course, not much has come easy for the Tigers this season — and nothing came easy late against Aggies, who rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit before finally succumbing 91-83 in double overtime.
Missouri completed step one in its last-ditch bid to land a spot in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday by beating Texas A&M Thursday. The chore gets tougher Friday when the Tigers, 22-10, tussle with No. 1 Florida, 29-2, at noon in the SEC quarterfinals at the Georgia Dome.
After totaling five assists and 17 turnovers eight days earlier in a one-point home win against Texas A&M, Missouri played more crisp and efficient on offense. A tremendous passing sequence, capping by junior Jabari Brown’s cross-court skip pass to senior Earnest Ross for a three-pointer in the left corner highlighted the difference.
The Tigers formula for reaching a school-record sixth straight NCAA Tournament is pretty straightforward: Beat Florida. By knocking off the top-ranked Gators in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals (noon Friday on ESPNU), Missouri would nab a signature victory and might edge its way into the 68-team field.
As the University of Missouri basketball team starts the SEC tournament today against Texas A&M in desperate need of some wins to salvage a bid in the NCAA Tournament, it’s an ironic reminder of a nugget from 75 years ago this month that I stumbled across doing research on another topic.
Missouri beat Texas A&M in double overtime Thursday for a spot in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. Click here for a replay of key moments and analysis from The Star's Tod Palmer.
At halftime of the Vanderbilt-Mississippi State game in the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament Wednesday, Shawnee Mission West graduate Matt Freije was honored as an SEC Legend. Freije, 32, who starred with the Commodores from 2000-04, was a first-team all-SEC performer as a senior, averaging 18.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Missouri will be without senior forward Tony Criswell, who is in Columbia dealing with personal issues, for the duration of its SEC Tournament stay. That means more minutes for several Tigers forwards, most notably junior Keanau Post.
The eighth-seeded Tigers, 21-10 and 9-9 in the Southeastern Conference, meet the ninth-seeded Aggies, 17-14 and 8-10 in the league, at noon Thursday in Atlanta (KSMO, Ch. 62). “We know it’s going to be a slow-paced game, a physical game,” MU coach Frank Haith said.
Missouri faces Texas A&M for the second time in eight days, this time for a spot in the SEC quarterfinals. Tipoff in Atlanta is noon Thursday and the game will air on KSMO (Ch. 62).
Theres a tattoo on Missouri junior Jabari Browns 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 its 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.
Kansas City, as you may know, has no NBA team. But this week the city will be a site to view future NBA talent, perhaps top talent if draft projections are considered.
Teams can often play their way into the NCAA Tournament field, but usually not out. That’s the case in Atlanta. But no conference has a longer list of NCAA Tournament hopefuls.
The Star's Tod Palmer held a live Q&A session about Missouri basketball Tuesday. Check out a replay here.
The Star and the Southeastern Conference’s coaches have released their all-SEC teams and Missouri’s Jabari Brown is on both. Here are the complete lists. The Associated Press’ all-SEC team comes out at a later date.
Missouri coach Frank Haith announced Monday that Tony Criswell, one of two Tigers seniors, won’t play in the SEC tourney. Criswell was in court last week for failing to pay his rent.
The Southeastern Conference mens basketball tournament starts Wednesday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Here is a printable bracket.
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.
The Star picks Kansas freshman wing Andrew Wiggins and Florida senior guard Scottie Wilbekin as the players of the year in the Big 12 and SEC, respectively.