Missouri’s Javon Pickett (left) and Kevin Puryear (24) celebrated during the second half of the team’s win over Illinois on Saturday in St. Louis.
Missouri’s Javon Pickett (left) and Kevin Puryear (24) celebrated during the second half of the team’s win over Illinois on Saturday in St. Louis. Jeff Roberson AP
Missouri’s Javon Pickett (left) and Kevin Puryear (24) celebrated during the second half of the team’s win over Illinois on Saturday in St. Louis. Jeff Roberson AP

Alex Schiffer has been covering the Missouri Tigers for The Star since October 2017. He came in second place for magazine-length feature writing by the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association in 2018 and graduated from Mizzou in 2017.