Tiger and Texas-Two Step Up for Award
All three, MU's Thomas Gardner, and P.J. Tucker and Lamarcus Aldridge of Texas, played Wednesday night in Mizzou Arena.
They're all expected to be finalists for the Player of the Year Award.
"It's exciting and it helps me acknowledge how I been playing," said Gardner.
"It's cool," added Tucker.
"It's a great honor," said Aldridge.
Gardner has great respect for the Texas duo.
"They're both great players," said Gardner. "They lead the conference in rebounding."
Tucker and Aldridge also praised Gardner.
"He's leading the Big 12 in scoring right now," pointed out Tucker, "and he really gets it done."
Aldridge added,"He's an awesome player and he can shoot it real well."
But Tucker was the one who took over the game against Mizzou by scoring 20 points, including 18 in the second half.
"In the first half, I had to match up with P.J. And I thought I did a great job on him," said Gardner. "We cancelled each other out in the first half, with him having one field goal and me having one field goal. But, in the second half, he got loose and did a lot of good things for his team to win."
Gardner finished with 15 points, while Aldridge had 8 as the Longhorns beat the Tigers 66-53.
Missouri plays Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday.