Before Saturdays 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.
Central Missouri senior forward Keuna Flax came through with a driving layup with 5 seconds remaining, propelling Central Missouri to a 71-69 victory over Fort Hays State. The Jennies will play Emporia State for the title at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Southeastern Conference mens basketball tournament starts Wednesday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Here is a printable bracket.
With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
UMKCs basketball team returns home tonight, but its a temporary new residence, the Independence Center. The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association is playing its tournament this week at Municipal Auditorium, where the Kangaroos usually play their home games.
Harrison, the freshman from Kansas City, turned in his best game of the season, scoring a season-best 31 points, including 22 of the Kangaroos’ 45 in the second half as they won 85-80 at Grand Canyon University.