SEC Conference

Missouri beats Texas A&M 91-83 in double overtime in SEC Tournament

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.

Shooting guard Shane Rector steps up for Missouri in overtime

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.

SEC quarterfinal preview: Missouri (8) vs. Florida (1)

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.

SM West and Vanderbilt grad Matt Freije honored as ‘SEC Legend’

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.

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’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.