KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Basketball Basketball en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 19 Jul 2018 HH:07:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Illinois' loss is Missouri's gain https://www.komu.com/news/illinois-loss-is-missouri-s-gain/ https://www.komu.com/news/illinois-loss-is-missouri-s-gain/ Basketball Sun, 15 Apr 2018 8:21:09 PM Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Illinois' loss is Missouri's gain

COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball welcomes a familiar name to the roster, Mark Smith.

The former Fighting Illini guard announced he will be transferring to Mizzou.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Yvonne Smith, Mark's mother, said the choice to play for Coach Cuonzo Martin was a "no-brainer."

“It’s (Martin’s) passion for the game and the bond that he has with this players," she said. "It’s very strong and very obvious. It’s a mutual respect. That’s something that stood out and was very evident."

While playing for the Illini, Smith started 19 games and averaged about six points per game.

Last December, Smith scored 11 points in an Illinois victory over Missouri.

In his senior year of high school, he earned the 2017 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year Honors.

He won't start with the Tigers until after the coming season, but that still leaves him three years of eligibility with the team.

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Mizzou women's basketball earns third-straight NCAA tournament bid https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-women-s-basketball-earns-third-straight-ncaa-tournament-bid/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-women-s-basketball-earns-third-straight-ncaa-tournament-bid/ Basketball Mon, 12 Mar 2018 2:39:08 PM Randi Bass & Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Digital Producers Mizzou women's basketball earns third-straight NCAA tournament bid

COLUMBIA - The MU women's basketball team has been selected as a 5-seed in the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

The Tigers will travel to Stanford to face 12-seed Florida Gulf Coast for their first-round match up on Saturday afternoon.

This is the Tigers' third-straight tournament selection under head coach Robin Pingeton, a top-10 finalist for the Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year award.

Pingeton has coached Missouri to a 24-win season and punched a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. In the past two years, Missouri has not made it past the round of 32. 

The team finished 24-7 (11-5 SEC) in regular season play and 17th in the AP Top 25 poll.  In the SEC Tournament, Missouri went down in quarterfinals, for the second year in a row, versus Georgia.

SEC foes Mississippi State and reigning national champion South Carolina were both selected as 1 and 2-seeds, respectively. They'll have a home-court advantage for the first and second-rounds in Starkville, Mississippi and Columbia, South Carolina.

Other SEC teams receiving home-court advantages are 3-seed Tennessee and 4-seeds Texas A&M and Georgia.

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Mizzou set to face Georgia in SEC Tournament https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-set-to-face-georgia-in-sec-tournament/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-set-to-face-georgia-in-sec-tournament/ Basketball Wed, 7 Mar 2018 8:41:41 PM Aaron Carter, KOMU8 Sports Reporter Mizzou set to face Georgia in SEC Tournament

COLUMBIA - The Missouri men's basketball team now knows its opponent for the second round of the SEC Tournament- the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Tigers received a bye to the second round, courtesy of their 20-11 record (10-8 SEC) during the regular season. This earned the Tigers a six seed in the conference tournament while the Bulldogs were given the 12 seed.

The biggest news for Missouri came on Wednesday afternoon when Head Coach Cuonzo Martin announced that Michael Porter Jr. will play on Thursday.

"He said, 'Coach, I'm ready to go,'" Martin told reporters. "He said, "Coach, I want to help the team.'"

ESPN ranked Porter Jr. as the No. 2 recruit in this year's class, but Porter has yet to play a full regular season game. Porter Jr. played just two minutes in the Tigers' season opener against Iowa St before suffering an injury.

What Porter Jr. will add to the Tigers is relatively unknown, but he expects to add a scoring and shooting threat to a team that recently lost one of its best three point shooters in Cullen VanLeer.

Even without Porter Jr., the Tigers were still able to handle the Bulldogs in the first meeting between the two teams.

They matched up in Columbia back on Jan. 10, and Missouri took the win 68-56. The Tigers were uncharacteristically bad from three point range in the first match up, shooting 5-20. Missouri relied on the free throw line, shooting 15-17, and defense, getting eight steals, to secure the victory.

Missouri, boasting the second-best three point percentage in the conference this year at 38.7 percent, has shown a tendency to rely on the three point shot while Georgia has been far less reliant.

Georgia attempted the second fewest threes (565) and shot the third-lowest three point percentage (32.2 percent) during the regular season.

The game will follow the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game and is expected to start at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Michael Porter Jr. to return for SEC Tournament play https://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-to-return-for-sec-tournament-play/ https://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-to-return-for-sec-tournament-play/ Basketball Wed, 7 Mar 2018 3:00:42 PM Randi Bass, KOMU 8 Digital Producer & Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Michael Porter Jr. to return for SEC Tournament play

COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Wednesday freshman Michael Porter Jr. will play in SEC Tournament games later this week.

Martin also told reporters Porter will not start, though he has been actively participating in practice. Porter has not seen game action since the first game of the season, Nov. 10, 2017 against Iowa State.  He underwent back surgery November 21.

The team originally stated he would be out 3-4 months.

The decision to return to play was entirely up to the 6-foot-10 freshman forward, according to Martin. He said Porter approached him on Tuesday after practice and said he felt ready to play.

Martin said he does not think that Porter is "100 percent," but game and practice time will get him there. 

"We'll play it like he's part of the team," Martin said. "My gauge for anybody that plays in a game is take him out for foul trouble or if he's exhausted."

Martin said he is not worried about team chemistry being affected by Porter's return.

"He has a presence on the floor," Martin said. "He helps other guys around him, helps another guy make a play and score the ball."

Porter was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. ESPN ranked Porter the second best recruit in the class of 2017.

The Tigers tip off Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of Georgia and Vanderbilt, two teams Missouri beat previously this season by a combined 20 points.

In other news, Jordan Geist is feeling ill and didn't practice. He is expected to play, but walk-on Brett Rau is also expected to receive minutes. 

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Columbia College men's basketball earns conference honors https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-s-basketball-earns-conference-honors/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-s-basketball-earns-conference-honors/ Basketball Mon, 5 Mar 2018 9:44:44 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College men's basketball earns conference honors

COLUMBIA - Columbia College men’s basketball team picked up multiple honors in the American Midwest Conference (AMC).

Jackson Dubinski was named player of the year and Bob Burchard earned Coach of the Year Award.

Dubinski along with teammate Nathan Biggs were named first team all-conference.

Burchard has earned nine AMC Coach of the Year awards. The Cougars went 27-4 on the year winning their regular season AMC title and qualified for the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

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William Woods Men's Basketball team earns AMC honors https://www.komu.com/news/william-woods-men-s-basketball-team-earns-amc-honors/ https://www.komu.com/news/william-woods-men-s-basketball-team-earns-amc-honors/ Basketball Mon, 5 Mar 2018 9:40:05 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer William Woods Men's Basketball team earns AMC honors

FULTON - William Woods University men’s basketball players DaShaun Stark and Darrien Dickey earned American Midwest Conference (AMC) honors.

Stark earned First Team all-conference and Dickey earned an Honorable Mention.

Stark led the Owls in scoring with an average of 16.9 points, and scored 524 points on the season. He scored the most points in a single season in program history.

Dickey gathered 231 rebounds on the season, the most in a single season in program history.

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Missouri women's basketball falls in AP rankings https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-falls-in-ap-rankings/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-falls-in-ap-rankings/ Basketball Mon, 5 Mar 2018 4:33:48 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball falls in AP rankings

COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball dropped from No. 14 to No. 16 in the rankings, following a loss in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. 

Missouri sits behind conference opponents, No. 4 Mississippi State, No. 7 South Carolina, No. 12 Tennessee and No. 14 Texas A&M.

Missouri now awaits its NCAA Tournament seeding and match-up, which is released on Selection Monday, March 12. 

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Missouri basketball freshman honored in the SEC https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-freshman-honored-in-the-sec/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-freshman-honored-in-the-sec/ Basketball Mon, 5 Mar 2018 4:17:47 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri basketball freshman honored in the SEC

COLUMBIA - Missouri's Jontay Porter received the SEC Freshman of the Week honor on Monday, following victories over Vanderbilt and Arkansas last week. 

Porter had a career night versus Vanderbilt on Tuesday, recording a season-high of both points and assists, with 24 and six, respectively. 

Porter followed up his Tuesday performance by tying Jordan Barnett for the team-high of 19 points versus Arkansas on Saturday. Additionally, he tallied two steals, four assists and grabbed eight total rebounds. 

Porter and the fifth-seeded Missouri Tigers will face off against either Vanderbilt or Georgia on Thursday in the SEC Tournament. Missouri will play on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. 

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Missouri women's basketball falls in rankings https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-falls-in-rankings/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-falls-in-rankings/ Basketball Mon, 26 Feb 2018 3:32:42 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball falls in rankings

COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball dropped to No. 14 in the Associated Press rankings on Monday, following a loss to then No. 17 Texas A&M over the weekend. 

Missouri had climbed in the rankings in the past month, reaching its peak of No. 11 last week. Despite the fall, they will still finish the season in the top 15. 

With the end of the regular season, the Missouri women received their seeding for the SEC Tournament on Sunday. The Tigers are a six-seed, playing in the second round on Thursday. 

Last year, Missouri fell to Texas A&M in the quarterfinals of the tournament and will attempt to make it to the quarterfinal round versus Georgia for the second-consecutive year. 

Missouri will face the winner of the Ole Miss vs. Florida match-up, happening on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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Missouri women's basketball continues climb in rankings https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-continues-climb-in-rankings/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-continues-climb-in-rankings/ Basketball Mon, 19 Feb 2018 3:38:58 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball continues climb in rankings

COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball continued its climb in the AP rankings Monday, moving up from No. 13 to No. 11. 

The only other conference teams ahead of Missouri in the rankings are No. 7 South Carolina and No. 2 Mississippi State. 

The move comes two days after Missouri toppled then No. 11 Tennessee, improving its conference record to 10-4. Sophie Cunningham led Missouri's offense, tallying her second 30-plus point game of the season, coming in just shy of her career-high of 35 points. 

The team tied last year's victory total and now looks ahead to the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. ESPN bracketology projects Missouri to be a three seed in the tournament, hosting Drake in the first round. 

Up next, Missouri will play its last home game of the season versus Vanderbilt on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. 

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No. 13 Missouri women's basketball picks up third straight win https://www.komu.com/news/no-13-missouri-women-s-basketball-picks-up-third-straight-win/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-13-missouri-women-s-basketball-picks-up-third-straight-win/ Basketball Mon, 12 Feb 2018 9:53:24 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 13 Missouri women's basketball picks up third straight win

FAYETTEVILLE - Missouri Women’s Basketball picked up its third straight win on the road against Arkansas 84-58.

The Tigers led wire-to-wire. Missouri used a 21-2 run in the first quarter to take a 33-14 lead. The 33 points is the Tiger's most points scored in a quarter all season.

Monday's game was a makeup. It was originally scheduled for Sunday, but got postponed after the Missouri team's flight out of Columbia Regional Airport was grounded due to freezing weather.

Missouri had four different players score in double figures. Tiger’s secured its third consecutive 20-win season for the first time since 1984-1987.

Sophie Cunningham was the leading scorer for the Tigers with 18 points. The Tigers have shot above 50 percent in the last three games and six times in league play.

Mizzou has beat Arkansas by a combined 60 points in two games this season, never trailing in either contest.

Missouri has won 13 of its last 17 games against conference opponents and will travel to Auburn on Thursday to play the other Tigers at 6 p.m.

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Missouri women's basketball improves ranking https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-improves-ranking/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-improves-ranking/ Basketball Mon, 12 Feb 2018 5:49:36 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball improves ranking

COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball improved their Associated Press ranking to No. 13 on Monday. 

The move follows Missouri's victories over Kentucky and Florida last week. Sophie Cunningham and Cierra Porter stole the show in both outings, combining for about half of Missouri's points in each. 

Missouri is ranked ahead of one conference opponent, No. 20 Georgia; however, still finds itself behind rival No. 8 South Carolina and No. 11 Tennessee. 

Missouri will continue conference play Monday night, facing Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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Kassius Robertson receives back-to-back honors https://www.komu.com/news/kassius-robertson-receives-back-to-back-honors/ https://www.komu.com/news/kassius-robertson-receives-back-to-back-honors/ Basketball Mon, 12 Feb 2018 4:15:15 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Kassius Robertson receives back-to-back honors

COLUMBIA - Kassius Robertson received his second-straight Southeastern Conference Player of the Week title on Monday, following Missouri's sweep of the Mississippi schools last week.

Robertson was a key factor in Missouri's victories over Ole Miss and Mississippi State last week, tallying the team highs of 27 and 22 points, respectively.

Robertson has posted the team high in 15 out of the 25 games played this season. He also leads the team with an average of 16.6 points per game, individually ranking fifth in the Southeastern Conference. 

With Missouri's lack of point guards, Robertson took the opportunity to solidify himself as Missouri's main ball handler, as well, playing all but one minute in each of the previous match-ups. 

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Xavier Pinson commits to Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/xavier-pinson-commits-to-missouri-92693/ https://www.komu.com/news/xavier-pinson-commits-to-missouri-92693/ Basketball Mon, 5 Feb 2018 6:27:03 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Xavier Pinson commits to Missouri

COLUMBIA - Xavier Pinson, the three-star prospect from Chicago, committed to Missouri basketball Monday, following a visit over the weekend.

Pinson announced Missouri in his top-three on Sunday, along with Wisconsin and Georgetown. 

Pinson hails from Simeon Career Academy, which also produced Derrick Rose and Jabari Cooper. 

The 6'2 guard's commitment comes just in time for Missouri, following the loss of guards Blake Harris, C.J. Roberts and Terrence Phillips this season. 

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Kassius Robertson named player of the week https://www.komu.com/news/kassius-robertson-named-player-of-the-week/ https://www.komu.com/news/kassius-robertson-named-player-of-the-week/ Basketball Mon, 5 Feb 2018 3:21:27 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Kassius Robertson named player of the week

COLUMBIA - Missouri guard, Kassius Robertson, was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week this morning, following a victory over No. 24 Kentucky over the weekend. 

In Missouri's first win over the Wildcats, Robertson scored 16 points, to tie for the team-lead. In the final minutes, he put the game on ice, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. 

Robertson averages 16 points per game on the season, leading the scoring record in 12 out of the team's 23 outings this season. The Cansius transfer also leads Missouri from points beyond the arc, posting 41 percent. 

Robertson is Missouri's first Conference Player of the Week honoree since the 2013-2014 season, when former Missouri guard, Jordan Clarkson, was honored. 

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Missouri's ranking drops after failed road tests https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-ranking-drops-after-failed-road-tests/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-ranking-drops-after-failed-road-tests/ Basketball Mon, 29 Jan 2018 3:43:36 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri's ranking drops after failed road tests

COLUMBIA - Following two losses to ranked opponents last week, Missouri women's basketball dropped to No. 15 in the Associated Press rankings.

Missouri was met with two road tests against No. 20 Georgia and No. 9 South Carolina last week, however dropped both contests by at least 10 points. 

Missouri's test isn't over yet, as the No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs come to Columbia on Thursday. The Bulldogs remain undefeated, 22-0 overall, sitting at the top of the SEC rankings. 

Mississippi State records victories against three ranked teams on the season, Arizona State, Oregon and Tennessee. Missouri found two ranked victories this season versus California and South Carolina, however failed in the most recent tests. 

Missouri will face the Bulldogs in Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. 

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Missouri basketball sees no movement in rankings https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-sees-no-movement-in-rankings/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-sees-no-movement-in-rankings/ Basketball Mon, 22 Jan 2018 6:56:58 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri basketball sees no movement in rankings

COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball failed to reach the threshold of a top 10 ranking, after the Associated Press listed the Tigers at No. 11 Monday.

Missouri is having a record-breaking season, setting the best start in program history, 17-2 (5-1 SEC). 

The Tigers already have a commanding victory over South Carolina Jan. 7, and will have further opportunities to bolster their resume. In the coming weeks the Tigers will compete in a rematch versus the No. 9 Gamecocks and No. 2 Mississippi State. 

The previous contest between the Gamecocks and the Tigers featured a big night for Missouri guard Sophie Cunningham. Following a knee injury, she sunk nine out of 10 field goals and nine of 11 shots from the line, unleashing 27 points.

Missouri controlled Gamecocks forward A'Ja Wilson for most of the game, as well. She played 19 minutes of the 40 minute contest after fouling out, and was held to eight points. 

Missouri plays No. 21 Georgia on Wednesday. Georgia and Missouri are currently tied in the SEC standings.

The rematch with South Carolina will be on the road Sunday, Jan. 28. 

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Point guard Blake Harris transferring from Mizzou https://www.komu.com/news/point-guard-blake-harris-transferring-from-mizzou/ https://www.komu.com/news/point-guard-blake-harris-transferring-from-mizzou/ Basketball Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:58:17 AM Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Point guard Blake Harris transferring from Mizzou

COLUMBIA - Blake Harris is leaving Missouri to return closer to home.

Reports surfaced, one of which he reposted on his twitter account, Wednesday that the former Tigers point guard will transfer to North Carolina State.

Harris announced his release and intention to transfer Jan. 5. He said then that he would prefer to be close to his home in North Carolina.

Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers head coach, released a statement confirming the transfer.

Harris scored 3.8 points, 3.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 steal in 13.9 minutes of play. He was in starting lineup towards the latter part of the season.

It's the second freshman guard the Tigers have lost due to transfers. Redshirt freshman C.J. Roberts also left Mizzou earlier this season.

Harris left a goodbye message to Tigers fans.

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Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77 https://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ https://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ Basketball Sun, 10 Dec 2017 9:39:48 AM The Associated Press Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Geist, a role player known most for his scrappy style, scored 28 points Saturday night to help Missouri beat Green Bay 100-77.

Geist, a reserve guard who entered the game averaging 5.2 points, turned into a scoring machine, exceeding his previous career high by 10. Geist had 18 points at halftime on 7-of-8 shooting. He continued his efficient play in the second half, finishing 11 of 14 from the field. He even dunked — sort of, as the ball got a bit of the rim — on a breakaway after a steal.

Green Bay (3-5) hit five of its first seven shots and opened a 13-4 lead. Missouri's Kevin Puryear tied it at 21 with a driving layup with 11:30 left before halftime, and Jordan Barnett's 3-pointer a few minutes later gave the Tigers a 29-21 lead. It only got worse for the Phoenix, who couldn't stop penetration by Missouri's guards. By halftime, the Tigers led 60-40.

Turnovers have been a problem for Missouri (8-2) early in the season, but it only had eight against Green Bay. Barnett finished with 19 points, Jeremiah Tilmon added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jontay Porter finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Walk-on Adam Wolf, a fan favorite, got the Tigers to the 100-point mark with a 3-pointer in the final minute.

David Jesperson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and led the Phoenix with 17 points. Khalil Small added 12, Will Chevalier scored 11 and Hunter Crist finished with 10.


Green Bay: Saturday's game was a reunion for Phoenix coach Linc Darner. He was a teammate of Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin at Purdue from 1992-95. Darner scored 437 career points for the Boilermakers, while Martin racked up 1,666 career points.

Missouri: Coach Martin announced Friday that freshman C.J. Roberts plans to transfer. Roberts, 6-foot point guard from Irving, Texas, was expected to redshirt this season. The Tigers usually play three point guards, and none of them are seniors, so prospects for future playing time were cloudy. "We wish him nothing but the best, and we will assist him in any way possible," Martin said.


Green Bay: The Phoenix will visit Indiana State (4-5) on Tuesday.

Missouri: The Tigers have the week off for final exams and return to court Saturday with a home game against North Florida (3-7).

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Carroll-Bowers Alumni Game set for Saturday, July 22 https://www.komu.com/news/carroll-bowers-alumni-game-set-for-saturday-july-22/ https://www.komu.com/news/carroll-bowers-alumni-game-set-for-saturday-july-22/ Basketball Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:05:33 PM Reese Johnson and Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Carroll-Bowers Alumni Game set for Saturday, July 22

COLUMBIA - Former MU Basketball players DeMarre Carroll and Laurence Bowers are teaming up to host an alumni basketball game featuring former Missouri basketball and football players.

The game will be played Saturday, July 22 at Mizzou Arena.

Bowers stopped by Sports Xtra with Chris Gervino on Sunday to preview the game, discuss the charities it will benefit and catch up on life after his Tiger career.

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