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Special Edition - Offseason News and Notes for Missouri Basketball

Men's Basketball

Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin instructs his team during a March 6 game against Georgia. Source: Josua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald
Jontay Porter goes undrafted, has yet to sign

Missouri's Jontay Porter dunks the ball during a preseason inter-squad scrimmage. Porter tore his ACL before the season started and re-tore it while rehabbing in Denver ahead of the NBA Draft. Source: Bailey Valadez/Missourian
  • Former Missouri forward Jontay Porter left the school to enter the NBA Draft after his sophomore year.
  • Porter averaged 9.9 points per game as a freshman and impressed scouts with his passing ability. However, he missed his entire sophomore season with an ACL tear.
  • He was projected as a first round pick by many prior to the ACL injury. While rehabbing ahead of the draft, Porter re-tore the ligament, plummeting his draft stock.
  • Porter hired an agent and went through the full draft process, meaning he is not eligible to return to Mizzou next season because he has forfeited his amateur status.
  • Porter has yet to sign with an NBA team as an undrafted free agent.

Ronnie Suggs transfers to SIU

Former Mizzou guard Ronnie Suggs announced on Twitter he will be transferring to Southern Illinois University. Source: Twitter: @RonnieSuggs2
  • Ronnie Suggs announced he will transfer to Southern Illinois University with his remaining year of eligibility as a graduate transfer.
  • Parker Braun has been awarded the scholarship Suggs leaves behind.
  • Suggs was initially a walk-on at Mizzou after transferring from Bradley University. This past winter, he stepped up in the midst of injuries to Mark Smith and others and was placed on scholarship in the middle of the season.
  • Suggs is finishing his undergraduate degree at Mizzou this summer before joining the Salukis.

Mizzou lands Brown, Okongo

Missouri signed Axel Okongo this offseason, a 7'0 center who will transfer from Northwest College. Source: Twitter: @MizzouHoops
  • Missouri has added two players to next season's roster, a transfer and a high school recruit.
  • On May 14th, Missouri added 6'7" high school recruit Kobe Brown. Brown, a small forward from Huntsville, Alabama, chose the Tigers over offers from Vanderbilt, Minnesota and Penn State, among others. 
  • Brown joins Tray Jackson from Detroit and Mario McKinnie, Jr. from St. Louis in the Tigers' 2019 recruiting class.
  • A month later, the Tigers signed transfer Axel Okongo, a 7'0" center who averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game at Northwest College last season.

Other news and notes
Barnett, Robertson find Summer League rosters
DeMarre Carroll signs with Spurs
Women's Basketball

Missouri guard Jordan Roundtree wipes her tears after Mizzou''s loss to Iowa in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Roundtree will likely be asked to fill a bigger role next season after some key departures. Source: Sarai Vega/Missourian
Cunningham drafted by Phoenix Mercury, begins career
Former Missouri star Sophie Cunningham was selected with the 13th overall pick of this year's WNBA Draft. Source: Liz Goodwin/Missourian
  • Former Mizzou star Sophie Cunningham was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the 13th overall pick, the first pick of the second round, in this year's WNBA Draft. 
  • Her professional career began on May 25th when the Mercury took on the Seattle Storm. Cunningham did not score in her first game. On June 28th, Cunningham scored a career high 19 points in a win against the Indiana Fever.
  • She has appeared in 13 games for the Mercury and is averaging 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Akira Levy transfers to Vanderbilt

Former Mizzou guard Akira Levy announced in June she is transferring to Vanderbilt. Source: Liz Goodwin/Missourian
  • With the graduation of Lauren Aldridge, Akira Levy likely would have been Mizzou's starting point guard next season. Instead, she entered her name into the transfer portal on June 7th.
  • Levy averaged 4.8 points per game for Missouri her freshman year. She was the Tigers' primary point guard off the bench before tearing her ACL near the end of the season.
  • She made her departure official in late June, electing to transfer back home to Tennessee and play at Vanderbilt University.
  • Levy will be forced to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules. 
Tigers add three transfers
Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton yells instructions to her team during the Tigers' NCAA Tournament loss to Iowa. Pingeton has added a few transfers to the Tigers' roster this offseason. Source: Sarai Vega/Missourian
    • To help counter the roster losses from graduation and player transfers, Missouri received commitments from three players transferring from other universities.
    • Shannon Dufficy, a transfer from Utah State, averaged a double-double last season. She scored 15.8 points and secured 10.3 rebounds per game for the Aggies. 
    • The Tigers also added St. Louis native Shug Dickson, a transfer from Texas Tech. Dickson averaged 14 points and five assists per game for the University of Tulsa during the 2017-2018 season. She transferred to Texas Tech last season and was forced to sit out.
    • Finally, Mizzou landed LaDazhia Williams, a transfer from South Carolina who averaged 1.3 points per game in limited minutes over a two-year career with the Gamecocks. 
    • Due to NCAA transfer rules, Dufficy and Williams will have to sit out the upcoming season. It's unclear if Dickson will be forced to sit.
    • If Dickson is eligible, she will provide immediate additional offense (along with top recruits Hayley Frank and Aijah Blackwell) as the Tigers look to replace the scoring void left by the graduation of Sophie Cunningham and Cierra Porter.

    Other News and Notes
    Kelsey Winfrey transfers to Drury
    Twitter Poll: What's the biggest storyline from this offseason for the Missouri Tigers? Vote on Twitter: @FullCourtMizzou
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    Jontay Porter not taken in NBA draft https://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-not-taken-in-nba-draft/ https://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-not-taken-in-nba-draft/ Full Court Press Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:37:53 PM Danielle Hepler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Jontay Porter not taken in NBA draft

    Former Missouri Tiger forward Jontay Porter was not drafted in the NBA draft Thursday night.

    Porter suffered from a torn ACL and MCL last October and missed all season due to his injuries. He then re-tore his ACL in March of this year.

    He produced 10 points and seven rebounds per game his freshman season, and led the Tigers in rebounding and blocked shots.

    He earned SEC co-sixth man of the year honors and made the SEC all freshman team during that 2017-2018 season.

    Jontay's older brother, Michael, was drafted in the first round by the Denver Nuggets last year but did not play while recovering from a back injury.

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    Sophie Cunningham joins Sports Xtra https://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-joins-sports-xtra/ https://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-joins-sports-xtra/ Full Court Press Sun, 7 Apr 2019 11:15:11 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter and Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Sophie Cunningham joins Sports Xtra

    COLUMBIA - Missouri women's basketball's all-time leading scorer Sophie Cunningham joined Chris Gervino on Sports Xtra, Sunday, to talk about her time in Columbia and the upcoming WNBA Draft.

    Cunningham played an integral part in transforming the culture of Missouri women's basketball, but she said the family is what she is going to miss most. 

    "The family atmosphere, the community here in Columbia, it’s been great. It’s been awesome, and no one’s ever going to be able to replace that. And I’m always going to be a proud representative of the University of Missouri, and I’m going to be a proud alum,” Cunningham said.

    While it's all family in the locker room, Cunningham admits she plays with a competitive fire on the court. She also admitted to having to defend her aggressive style of play.

    "That’s just who I am. I’m a feisty, hard-working, blue-collared player, and I think it’s cool. I think it’s really awesome that young girls get to see a female be competitive. It’s okay to sweat. It’s okay to work hard, and it’s okay to go out-work those guys," Cunningham said. "And so I own it, and I represent it proudly. But you know, I don’t care what they say. I’m not going to change just because they don’t like the way I play.”

    The loss of Cunningham and other seniors will be a big one for the team, but when asked about the future of Mizzou women's basketball, Cunningham said she has plenty of faith.

    "I think that with the kids coming in and who they have -I mean they’re going to have to fill some shoes- not just me, but Lauren Aldridge and Cierra Porter. So it’s not just me," Cunningham said. "But I think that we were a great stepping stone for where Mizzou is going to go, and I think that one day, mark my words, we’re winning a national title."

    Experts think Cunningham has a shot to be selected in this year's WNBA draft; she's been noticing.

    "I’m just anxiously awaiting where I’m going to be. I know it’s going to be where God wants me to be, but I’m ready to know, you know. So it’s coming around the corner, and I’m ready for it,” Cunningham said.

    The draft is on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The first round will be televised on ESPN2, and the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU.

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    Pain and Perseverance: Carli Buschjost's path to college softball https://www.komu.com/news/pain-and-perseverance-carli-buschjost-s-path-to-college-softball/ https://www.komu.com/news/pain-and-perseverance-carli-buschjost-s-path-to-college-softball/ Full Court Press Fri, 5 Apr 2019 9:51:34 PM Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Pain and Perseverance: Carli Buschjost's path to college softball
    COLUMBIA - Carli Buschjost's softball story began as an ordinary one.
    "Athletics have been a big thing for my whole family. I started when I was seven or eight and just went from there. Ever since then it's been my passion," Buschjost said.
    A passion that has come with its fair share of pain. Her softball career was temporarily cut short by seven foot surgeries in high school.
    "I didn't know if my health would allow me to keep playing," she said.
    It did not, and Carli left softball behind to attend MU her Freshman year, but she could not stay away from the game.
    "After I decided to take the year off and my feet were getting back to normal and they were no longer hurting me, I decided to give it a go again."

    The decision to return to softball sparked an email to Columbia College Softball Coach Wendy Spratt, and an opportunity.

    "I got to practice with them and I got a tryout. That's why I'm still here," Buschjost said.

    "I had a hard time realizing she was only a freshman because I think she's mature beyond her age," Spratt said.

    This story does not come without a plot twist. The injuries were not done and her return to softball was short lived. A severe ankle sprain sidelined her for the 2018 season followed by another injury in September. This time, it was a torn UCL in her elbow.
    "It's going to be hard. Injuries aren't easy but that's a part of life," Buschjost said.
    That part, Carli will not let dictate her life.
    "Quitting isn't a thing that we do in my family. Just because there's a speed bump doesn't mean I'm going to quit," she said.
    "I knew that was the kind of person she was to begin with because she had been through already so she doesn't take things for granted like other athletes," Spratt said.
    After six months of rehab, Carli is looking forward to her first game at Columbia College, with an appreciation for her past. 
    "I wouldn't change anything at all because it has given me opportunities that no one else has gotten."

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    Women's season ends, Jontay Porter re-tears ACL https://www.komu.com/news/women-s-season-ends-jontay-porter-re-tears-acl/ https://www.komu.com/news/women-s-season-ends-jontay-porter-re-tears-acl/ Full Court Press Mon, 25 Mar 2019 2:54:56 PM Full Court Press Staff Women's season ends, Jontay Porter re-tears ACL

    March 25, 2019- Issue #17 

    Men's Basketball

    Missouri forward Jeremiah Tilmon dunks over Kentucky guard Tyler Herro on Feb. 19 at Mizzou Arena. Source: N. Andrew Dent III/Missourian

    Missouri's Jontay Porter dunks the ball during a preseason inter-squad scrimmage. Porter tore his ACL before the season started and re-tore it this past week while rehabbing in Denver. Source: Bailey Valadez/Missourian
    • While rehabbing the ACL that kept him out for the entire 2018-2019 season, Missouri sophomore forward Jontay Porter re-tore the ligament over the weekend, according to the Kansas City Star.
    • It is devastating news for the young power forward with tremendous potential. Porter, 6'11", was likely going to declare for the NBA Draft rather than return to Mizzou for his junior season. It is unclear how the latest injury will impact that decision.
    • The injury adds to an odd trend with the Porter family. Jontay Porter's brother Michael Porter, Jr. suffered a back injury that cost him most of last season with Mizzou. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets last June, but has not played for Denver due to the injury. Jontay Porter's sister, Cierra Porter, also had knee injuries which forced her to medically retire after her junior season at Mizzou. However, she came out of retirement during the middle of this season and became the SEC's Sixth Woman of the Year.

    An early preview of the 2019-2020 season

    Missouri's Torrence Watson battles through the defense of Auburn's Bryce Brown. Source: Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
    • The Missouri Tigers will bring back a large portion of this season's roster for the 2019-2020 season. The departures of Jordan Geist and Kevin Puryear will certainly hurt, but the Tigers will return 13 players.
    • Xavier Pinson, Javon Pickett, and Torrence Watson will likely be asked to step into bigger roles, and incoming recruits Mario McKinney Jr. (St. Louis) and LaTrayvion Jackson (Detroit) are expected to make immediate impacts. Dru Smith, who sat this season out due to transfer rules, will be able to play next season as well. 
    • If Jontay Porter returns and is healthy for the season, he will be the team's best player and unquestioned leader. If he declares for the NBA Draft, however, Mark Smith, Xavier Pinson and Javon Pickett will be asked to step into larger leadership roles with the departures of Geist and Puryear.
    • With a strong returning core and exciting new recruits, it's not outlandish to think the Tigers could finish in the top half of the SEC standings next season and potentially earn an NCAA Tournament berth.
    Women's Basketball

    Missouri guard Jordan Roundtree wipes her tears after Mizzou''s loss to Iowa in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Source: Sarai Vega/Missourian
    Mizzou falls to Iowa in second round of NCAA Tournament
    Missouri's Cierra Porter, Lauren Aldridge and Haley Troup get emotional after realizing the game against Iowa is out of reach and the season over. The Tigers lost 68-52 to Iowa on Sunday afternoon. Source: Sarai Vega/Missourian
    • The Missouri Tigers' season came to an end on Sunday afternoon as the team lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes 68-52. The Tigers kept it close for most of the game, but Iowa, playing at home, pulled away in the end with a strong fourth quarter.
    • The loss marks the end of a strong season for the Tigers and the program-changing careers of seniors Sophie Cunningham, Lauren Aldridge, and Cierra Porter.
    • “This senior class has been so incredibly special to the University of Missouri, on the court and off the court,” coach Robin Pingeton said after the game. “They’ve paved a heck of a road for the kids to follow.”
    • Porter, Aldridge, and Cunningham all struggled on Sunday afternoon. Cunningham finished with just eight points. Porter added nine points on 10 shot attempts, and Aldridge scored six points.
    • Amber Smith kept the Tigers in it, leading the way with 21 points. Smith figures to be a go-to player for Missouri next season.
    Mizzou beats Drake in overtime thriller
    Missouri's Cierra Porter drives to the basket past Drake's Sara Rhine during a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Iowa City, Iowa. Source: Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo
    • It was a thriller on Friday afternoon as the Missouri Tigers defeated the Drake Bulldogs 77-76 in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 
    • Missouri's Jordan Roundtree heaved up a desperation three for the win with one second left in overtime. The shot missed, but Roundtree was fouled. She went to the line and made one of the three free throws, enough to play hero and win the game for the Tigers.
    • The game was an instant classic as the two teams went back and forth all afternoon long. The overtime period opened up with four straight threes. Later, both Cierra Porter and Sophie Cunningham fouled out. Double overtime would have been quite a challenge without either Cunningham or Porter, and Roundtree was able to deliver the win for Mizzou and avoid a second overtime.
    • Cunningham finished with 21 points in the win and Porter added 18 and four rebounds. The win set up Sunday's match-up with Iowa.
    Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton yells instructions to her team on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The Tigers' season ended with Sunday's loss to Iowa. 
      • The Tigers finish the 2018-2019 season with a 25-12 record (1-1 in tournament). The end of the season also marks the end of the Sophie Cunningham era for Mizzou. Cunningham, a hometown hero from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, finishes as the program's all-time leading scorer and one of the greatest and most beloved players in Mizzou women's basketball history.
      • Mizzou does have a lot of talented pieces returning to next season's roster. Amber Smith, Jordan Roundtree and Akira Levy will be important pieces for Mizzou in replacing the losses of Cunningham and fellow seniors Cierra Porter and Lauren Aldridge. 
      • The Tigers will also welcome one of the most talented recruiting classes in program history as Aijha Blackwell and Hayley Frank make their way to Columbia. Blackwell is the eighth ranked player in the country for the class of 2019 and figures to be a superstar in women's college hoops. Frank has won four straight state championships at Strafford High School near Springfield and was named the 2019 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Missouri.
      • Head coach Robin Pingeton has the program trending in the right direction, and another NCAA Tournament berth is likely for the Missouri Tigers is next season.

      It's time to say goodbye as the basketball season is officially over for both the men's and women's teams. Source: Giphy
      Editor's Note:
      Due to the conclusion of both the men's and women's seasons, this will be the final weekly issue of the Full Court Press newsletter until next season. We would like to thank you for trusting us for the latest Mizzou hoops news. Please keep an eye out for special editions of the Full Court Press newsletter throughout the offseason. We look forward to bringing you all the updates and analysis next season.
      Trivia Question:
      • Kevin Puryear is just the second men's basketball player since 2013 to stay at Mizzou all four years on scholarship. Who is the other? (answer at the bottom of this newsletter, beneath the bylines)
      Twitter Poll: As we look ahead to next season, which incoming recruit are you most excited about? Vote on Twitter: @FullCourtMizzou
      If you have any comments or suggestions about the newsletter, DM us on Twitter @FullCourtMizzou or email us at officialfullcourtpress@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!


      The Full Court Press Team:
      Andrew Moore - News writer and graphic designer
      Molly Jackson - News writer
      Tyler Driesenga - Managing editor

      **Trivia Answer: Ryan Rosburg (2013-2016)

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      Previewing next season for Mizzou men's basketball https://www.komu.com/news/previewing-next-season-for-mizzou-men-s-basketball/ https://www.komu.com/news/previewing-next-season-for-mizzou-men-s-basketball/ Full Court Press Sun, 24 Mar 2019 1:21:31 PM Full Court Press Staff Previewing next season for Mizzou men's basketball

      Key Departures

      The Missouri Tigers will lose four players next season as Kevin Puryear, Jordan Geist, medically retired Cullen VanLeer, and walk-on Adam Wolf all graduate. While the Tigers will certainly miss these four, losing only two rotational players means much of the roster’s core will return.

      The biggest losses will be Geist and Puryear. Geist transferred from a junior college after his sophomore year and has been a top player for Mizzou since his arrival, leading the team with 95 assists as a junior. This year he was the Tigers unquestioned leader, setting an example with his gritty toughness and production. Geist averaged 14.8 points, 3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season.

      Kevin Puryear’s time at Mizzou has not been easy. His first two seasons were among the worst in school history, and just when things started looking up, injuries to top recruits added another set back. Despite the adversities, Puryear stayed all four years — only the second Tiger player to do so since 2013.

      A Young Returning Core

      Adjusting to the absence of Geist and Puryear’s leadership will be tough, and young players like Jeremiah Tilmon, Mark Smith, Javon Pickett, Xavier Pinson and Torrence Watson will need to step up and take the reigns.

      The biggest question mark for next season’s roster is what will happen with Jontay Porter? The sophomore missed this season with an ACL tear and most expected he would declare for the NBA Draft, but news surfaced this past Saturday that Porter has re-torn his ACL. It is unclear what impact Porter’s injury will have on his draft stock or if he will return to the team next season. If he does, he will be the team’s best player and leader, adding another exciting piece to what should be a much improved roster.

      Aside from Porter, the list of returning players is long. Jeremiah Tilmon, Mark Smith, Torrence Watson, Xavier Pinson, KJ Santos, Javon Pickett, Reed Nikko, Mitchell Smith, Ronnie Suggs, Parker Braun, Evan Yerkes, and Brooks Ford all return. That’s 13 players returning with another year of experience and practice under head coach Cuonzo Martin.

      Next season’s starting five will likely consist of Tilmon, Mark Smith, Pickett, Watson, and Pinson unless incoming recruits Tray Jackson and Mario McKinney breaks into the line-up.

      Tilmon needs to stay out of foul trouble. The team is better with him on the court. His defensive presence in the paint is unmatched, and he draws defenders on the offensive end, giving teammates better looks.

      Mark Smith was the biggest surprise for the Tigers this season. After shooting 23.2% from three with Illinois a year ago, Smith became one of the best three point shooters in the country, ranking as high as fifth in the nation for three point percentage before his injury. Smith figures to be a huge part of the Tigers offense next season.

      Pickett had a solid freshman year, averaging 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while often guarding the opposing team’s best player, and Watson has the potential to be an offensive beast. He averaged 15 points per game in the final 5 games of the season. He also broke the record for the most threes hit by a freshman in Mizzou history.

      Pinson has the daunting task of following in beloved point guard Jordan Geist’s footsteps, but should be able to step up with the experience he earned this season. He started frequently in the absence of Mark Smith, and held his own against top defenses. However, Pinson had a team high of 72 turnovers in only 570 total minutes played this past season, and will need to work on taking care of the ball over the offseason.

      Reed Nikko, KJ Santos, Mitchell Smith, and Ronnie Suggs will also give the Tigers valuable depth next season.

      Additions to the Roster

      The Tigers will also welcome top recruits Mario McKinney, Jr. from St. Louis and LaTrayvion Jackson from Detroit. These two recruits figure to make an immediate impact for the Tigers.

      McKinney led Vashon High School to the state championship this season. The guard committed to Mizzou over offers from Auburn, Iowa, Louisville, Marquette, Kansas State and 10 others. He can play both point guard and shooting guard, and will likely be one of the first players off the bench for the Tigers next season if he doesn’t find his way into the starting lineup.

      LaTrayvion “Tray” Jackson is the 64th ranked player in the country for the class of 2019, according to ESPN. Jackson, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, went to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas. He flipped his commitment from Minnesota to Missouri last November. Jackson will provide valuable depth at power forward, a thin position for the Tigers with the departure of Kevin Puryear.

      In addition to Jackson and McKinney, the Tigers will finally be able to see what transfer guard  Dru Smith has to offer. At 6’3”, Smith isn’t the most athletic player in the NCAA, but he averaged 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in his time at Evansville. He was forced to sit this season out due to transfer rules.

      Predictions and Potential

      Mizzou brings back a lot of unpolished talent from this season. With another year of experience and practice under Cuonzo Martin, next year's team could be quite dangerous. With a lot of departing talent around the conference, this team has the potential to finish in the top half of the SEC and an NCAA Tournament berth is not out of the question for the Tigers in 2019-2020.

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      Mizzou men's season ends, women await NCAA Tournament https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-season-ends-women-await-ncaa-tournament/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-season-ends-women-await-ncaa-tournament/ Full Court Press Mon, 18 Mar 2019 4:35:34 PM Full Court Press Staff Mizzou men's season ends, women await NCAA Tournament

      March 18, 2019- Issue #16

      Men's Basketball

      Missouri guard Torrence Watson passes the ball away from Auburn guard Bryce Brown in the second half of a game at the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. Source: Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
      Turnovers doom Mizzou against Auburn, season ends

      Auburn guard Bryce Brown encourages the fans to cheer in the final minutes of Thursday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament game against Missouri in Nashville, Tennessee. Auburn won 81-71. Source: Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
      • Freshman Xavier Pinson played a crucial role in the victory against Georgia, but nearly 24 hours and eight turnovers later, he watched the last six minutes from the bench as Mizzou lost to Auburn, 81-71, to bring the season to a close.
      • The Auburn Tigers lead the SEC in steal-to-turnover ratio (meaning they force turnovers but don’t commit many of their own), and they capitalized on Pinson’s mistakes.
      • In the first-half, however, Mizzou played strong defense and Pinson helped hold Auburn’s top shooters Jared Harper and Bryce Brown to a combined zero points.
      • Unfortunately for Missouri, things fell apart in the second half. Mizzou gave up just 32 points in the first half, but surrendered 49 in the second.
      • Jordan Geist was phenomenal, scoring 25 points in his final game as a Tiger. Bryce Brown caught fire in the second half and led Auburn with 17 points.

      Geist lifts Mizzou past Georgia

      Missouri forward Kevin Puryear keeps the ball from going out of bounds during the second half of Wednesday's game against Georgia in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tennessee. Missouri won 71-61. Source: Mark Humphrey/AP Photo
      • Jordan Geist poured in a career-high 30 points to help lead Mizzou to a 71-61 victory over Georgia last Wednesday. The win set up the Tigers matchup against Auburn in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
      • “It’s easy to see why Jordan Geist is our leader,” forward Mitchell Smith said after the game. “He comes out every night and does his best."
      • Georgia was able to get the Tigers in foul trouble, but struggled mightily from the free-throw line, shooting an abysmal 21-36.
      • Freshman Xavier Pinson was also a valuable sidekick to Geist on Wednesday night, adding 15 points of his own. “He’s ready for the stage,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said of his young point guard.
      Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin yells to his team during a March 6 game at Georgia. Source: Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald
      • The Missouri Tigers went 15-17 this season, but head coach Cuonzo Martin believes next year will be better with the returning players and new recruits.
      • It is still unknown if sophomore Jontay Porter will return next season, but most expect he will enter the NBA Draft. If he enters the draft, Porter is projected as a first-round pick. He missed the entire season with an ACL injury he suffered in a preseason practice.
      • Missouri will return a talented core of young players that includes Torrence Watson, Xavier Pinson, Javon Pickett, Mark Smith, and Jeremiah Tilmon, among others. The Tigers will also welcome top recruits Mario McKinney from St. Louis and Tray Jackson from Detroit. Both players are expected to make an immediate impact.
      Next Week Preview: Season over

      With the loss to Auburn on Thursday, the men's basketball season is officially over. Source: Giphy
      • The 2018-2019 Missouri men's basketball season has drawn to a close. Mizzou finished the season with a 15-17 record. The first round of the NCAA Tournament begins Thursday, but the Tigers did not have a good enough season to make the tournament.
      • Next week, Full Court Press will have a full preview of what to expect for Mizzou in the 2019-2020 season.
      Women's Basketball

      Missouri's Amber Smith drives past Florida's Delicia Washington and Funda Nakkasoglu during the second half of a game at the SEC women's tournament in Greenville, South Carolina. Source: Richard Shiro/AP Photo
      Mizzou Awaits Tournament Fate

      Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham reacts during the second half of the SEC Tournament quarterfinal against Kentucky in Greenville, South Carolina. Source: Richard Shiro/AP Photo
      • The Missouri Tigers have had over a week off since the SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Mississippi State. The Tigers are patiently waiting for Monday night, when they will finally find out where they are seeded and who they will play first in the NCAA Tournament.
      • Mizzou was a five seed last season but was upset by 12th seeded Florida Gulf Coast, 80-70, in the first round of the tournament. Sophie Cunningham and the Tigers will likely be a five seed once again, and the team will look to avenge last season's early exit and make a deep run in the tournament.
      • The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will take place on Monday night at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. Tournament play will begin on Thursday.
      Top recruit Frank named Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year
      Strafford's Hayley Frank (left) looks over her shoulder before embracing her teammate during a game earlier this season at JQH arena. Frank is headed to Mizzou to play for Coach Pingeton next season. Source: Twitter: @hayfrank42 
      • Hayley Frank has had an incredible high school career at Strafford, and the list of accomplishments got even longer last week.
      • Frank led Strafford to its fourth consecutive state championship over the weekend and was also named Missouri's Gatorade Player of the Year for 2019. This is the second consecutive year Frank has won the prestigious award.
      • This season, Frank averaged a remarkable 22.8 points, 13 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 2 steals per game.
      • Frank will have big shoes to fill at Mizzou next season with the departure of Sophie Cunningham. 
      NEXT WEEK PREVIEW: NCAA Tournament time for Mizzou

      Cierra Porter, Sophie Cunningham, and Jordan Roundtree celebrate a big play during the senior day game against Alabama. The women now turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament. Source: Ethan Weston/Missourian
      • The Tigers will find out Monday night where, when, and who they play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 
      • The four number one seeds in the tournament are projected to be Notre Dame, Connecticut, Baylor, and Mississippi State, according to ESPN's Charlie Creme. Most project Mizzou to receive a five or six seed. 
      • This Missouri team has been hard to predict all season. At times, the Tigers have looked like they can beat anybody in the country (take the win against Mississippi State for example). At other times, however, Mizzou has looked like it could be vulnerable to any of the teams that will be in this tournament (remember that Florida loss?). 
      • With the way Mizzou played in the SEC Tournament and the weeks leading up to it, the team appears poised to at least win its first round match-up and avenge last season's early exit.
      Prediction: Regardless of matchups, Mizzou continues to play well and wins its first two games to make the Sweet Sixteen. After that, it's time to sit back and enjoy the madness of March!

      Missouri's Jordan Geist had two of the best games of his career in the SEC Tournament.  Geist, Kevin Puryear, Cullen VanLeer, and Adam Wolf saw their Mizzou careers end with Thursday's loss to Auburn. Source: Twitter: @MizzouHoops

      Mario McKinney waits on the perimeter during Vashon's Class 3 state title victory over Springfield Classic on Friday in Springfield. McKinney is signed to play for Missouri next season. Source: Reed Koutelas/Missourian
      • When Vashon won the Missouri Class 3 state title on Friday, star Mario McKinney immediately teared up from the moment and the realization that this chapter of his life had concluded.
      • McKinney will be joining the Missouri Tigers next fall: “I actually am (excited to join MU),” the senior said. “It’s a blessing. There aren’t a lot of kids out there that get to be in a position that I’m in.”
      • McKinney has already started to develop a close relationship with Xavier Pinson. “I feel like me and him can be the best backcourt duo in the NCAA,” McKinney said.
      • Hayley Frank, another future Tiger, led her high school team to a Class 3 title, putting up 34 points in the championship game.
      • “Yeah, I’m really excited to get up there,” Frank commented about Mizzou. “They have a great program. I’m excited to keep building on what they’ve done to this point.”
      Trivia Question:
      • Mizzou recruit Hayley Frank has now won four Missouri state championships at Strafford. Who were the last two Mizzou women's basketball players to win four state championships in high school? (answer at the bottom of this newsletter, beneath the bylines)
      Twitter Poll: The Mizzou men's basketball season has drawn to a close. With a strong returning core, what are your way-too-early predictions for the Tigers' next season? Vote on Twitter: @FullCourtMizzou
      If you have any comments or suggestions about the newsletter, DM us on Twitter @FullCourtMizzou or email us at officialfullcourtpress@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!


      The Full Court Press Team:
      Andrew Moore - News writer and graphic designer
      Molly Jackson - News writer
      Tyler Driesenga - Managing editor

      **Trivia Answer: As teammates at Rock Bridge High School, Sophie Cunningham and Cierra Porter won four state titles from 2012-2015. 

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      Mizzou hoops preparing for busy week https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-preparing-for-busy-week/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-hoops-preparing-for-busy-week/ Full Court Press Mon, 11 Mar 2019 5:00:17 PM Full Court Press Staff Mizzou hoops preparing for busy week
      Men's Basketball

      Missouri forward Kevin Puryear surveys the floor during Saturday's game at Mizzou Arena. Over the course of Puryear's career with Missouri, he has scored a total of 1,230 points. Source: Ethan Weston/Missourian
      Ole Miss spoils Senior Day 

      Missouri guard Xavier Pinson tries to shoot with pressure from Ole Miss center Dominik Olejniczak during Saturday's game against Ole Miss at Mizzou Arena. Pinson led the Tigers with 20 points and six assists. Source: Qinghui Kong/Missourian
      • Mizzou lost to Ole Miss 73-68 on Senior Day at Mizzou Arena Saturday afternoon. The Tigers will enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 12 seed.
      • Seniors Kevin Puryear, Jordan Geist, Adam Wolf and Cullen VanLeer were recognized and given framed jerseys to celebrate their last home games at Mizzou Arena.
      • The Tigers lead by eight, 34-26, at halftime, but the Tigers ultimately crumbled in the second half, giving up 47 points to the Rebels.
      • Mississippi’s Breein Tyree lead all scorers with 21 points. Xavier Pinson had a career-high 20 points for Mizzou.
      • In their final home games, Jordan Geist finished with 12 points and Kevin Puryear added six. Wolf, a walk-on, did not play, and VanLeer was forced to medically retire last offseason after severely damaging his knee in a game against Arkansas last March.

      Smith shines in surprise start

      Missouri forward Kevin Puryear defends Georgia's Nicolas Claxton during Wednesday's game in Athens, Ga. Claxton, the Bulldogs leading scorer, was held to just nine points. Source: Josuha L. Jones/AP Photo
      • Mitchell Smith made a surprise start in Wednesday’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs, matching up with their star point forward Nicolas Claxton. In Missouri's 64-39 win, Claxton scored a measly nine points in 33 minutes of play and Smith finished the game with a career-high 11 rebounds.
      • “Before the game he was like, ‘Man, I’m nervous,’” Mizzou center Jeremiah Tilmon said after the game. “I was like, ‘Bro, it’s just another game. All you’re doing is playing early. You’re coming off the bench with everyone else. Just relax.’ He came out and hooped.”
      • It was an ugly game in the first half, as the two teams combined to shoot just 17-60 from the field. In fact, Georgia had just 14 points at halftime. Mizzou’s offense came to life in the second half, however, and the Tigers secured the blowout win.
      PA Announcer Aric Bremer brings the energy to Mizzou Arena
      Aric Bremer announces upcoming events at last Saturday’s game against South Carolina at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 78-63. Source: Sarai Vega/Missourian
      • Aric Bremer has been the PA announcer for the men’s basketball team since 2010. He secured the job after an arduous application process that narrowed 100 applicants down to just two employees, Bremer and Mizzou football PA announcer Randy Moehlman.
      • “It was pretty emotional for me because … it was such a cool job for me in my late 20s,” Bremer said. “Knowing that it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, whether that’s for Mizzou or the (St. Louis) Cardinals, to get an opportunity like that was a special day for me.”
      • Bremer is praised by his colleagues for his constant vigor and enthusiasm for his work, bringing the team and the fans in Mizzou Arena bursts of energy with his enthusiastic calls.
      • “No matter if you’re playing Kentucky or Arkansas-Pine Bluff, he’s going to bring the same enthusiasm to every single game,” said Scott Orscheln, who worked alongside Bremer from 2013-2017. “ ... It really is infectious.”
      Next Week Preview: SEC Tournament

      Missouri is one of 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The conference tournament will be played this week at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tigers are the No. 12 seed. Source: Twitter: @SEC
      vs. No. 13 Georgia (11-20) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT
      • Player to Watch: Senior forward Derek Ogbeide is averaging 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for Georgia. Ogbeide, 6'9" and 250 lbs., has shot better than 50 percent from the field in three of his four college seasons and is shooting 53.4 percent this season. 
      • Scouting Report: It's a rematch of last Wednesday for the Tigers and Bulldogs in the opening round of the SEC Tournament. Missouri dominated Georgia last time, but it's hard to envision Georgia shooting that poorly once again. However, Mizzou matches up well with the Bulldogs. Expect the Tigers to come away with another victory and move on to the second round of the SEC Tournament.
      at No. 5 Auburn (22-9) on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CT
      • Player(s) to Watch: If Mizzou wins on Wednesday night, the Tigers will take on Chuma Okeke and Auburn the next day. Okeke has been on a tear in the second half of the season, amassing double digit scoring totals in each of the team's past 10 games.
      • Scouting Report: If Mizzou beats Georgia, things begin to look bleak against an Auburn team that beat Missouri by 34 points earlier this season. It was one of the ugliest games of the season for the Tigers. Expect Mizzou to play better basketball this time around and keep the game close, but the Tigers' season may very well come to a close on Thursday afternoon.
      Further Preview:
      • The Tigers need to win the SEC Tournament in order to get into the NCAA Tournament, and the chances of that happening are very, very slim.
      • Expect Mizzou to beat Georgia handily in the first round. Then comes the Auburn game, and if Mizzou is able to win that they will play South Carolina, whom they beat by 15 earlier this season, in the quarterfinals.
      • However, even if the Tigers manage to get past Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina, the likes of LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee still await them in the semifinals and championship. Mizzou would be big underdogs against all three of these teams. It will be an uphill climb for the Tigers to say the least.
      Prediction: Mizzou beats Georgia in the opening round, but loses to Auburn in the second round, ending the Tigers' season.
      Women's Basketball

      Missouri's Hannah Schuchts drives against Florida's Danielle Rainey during the second half of Thursday's SEC Tournament game against the Florida Gators. Source: Richard Shiro/AP Photo
      McCowan, Mississippi State prove too much for Mizzou

      Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham drives against Mississippi State’s Jazzmun Holmes and Teaira McCowan during the first half of Saturday’s SEC Tournament semifinal game in Greenville, South Carolina. Source: Richard Shiro/AP Photo
      • In the SEC Tournament semifinal on Saturday afternoon, Mizzou fell to Mississippi State 71-56 despite a 33 point performance from Sophie Cunningham. Mississippi State's Teiara McCowan scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the victory.
      • Cunningham entered the game needing just three points to pass Joni Davis and become Missouri's all-time leading scorer, and she got it done in the first quarter.
      • Missouri is the only team to beat Mississippi State in the past two seasons of SEC regular season play, but the Tigers couldn't get it done on Saturday.
      • Mississippi State advanced to its fourth straight conference championship with the victory, and for the first time, they won the title. The Bulldogs beat Arkansas 101-70 in Sunday's championship game.
      Mizzou bests Kentucky in overtime
      Sophie Cunningham celebrates during the second half of Friday's SEC Tournament quarterfinal victory against Kentucky in Greenville, South Carolina. Source: Richard Shiro/AP Photo
      • It was a thriller in South Carolina on Friday afternoon as Missouri beat Kentucky 70-68 in overtime in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal. The win propelled Mizzou to its first SEC Tournament semifinal birth in program history.
      • Sophie Cunningham lead the Tigers once again, pouring in 29 points in the victory. Cunningham also scored what proved to be the game-winner, laying the ball in with 55 seconds left in overtime. The Tigers had the lead for over 36 minutes of the game.
      • Mizzou shot 48.9 percent for the game, but turned the ball over 26 times. However, the Tiger defense held Kentucky to just 26 percent shooting from the field, making up for the offensive miscues.
      Tigers top Gators in tournament opener

      Missouri's Cierra Porter drives in for a layup during Thursday's SEC Tournament game against Florida. Source: Richard Shiro/AP Photo
      • Mizzou dominated Florida 87-56 in its first game of the SEC Tournament. With the win, the Tigers avenged their worst conference loss of this season, as Florida finishes the season just 8-23.
      • Junior guard Amber Smith scored a game-high 18 point for the Tigers and grabbed nine rebounds. Funda Nakkasoglu lead the Gators with 14 points.
      • It was an overwhelming offensive performance for Missouri as all 12 healthy players scored against the Gators. Redshirt junior forward Hannah Schuchts scored 16 points and redshirt freshman guard Haley Troup added 10.
      NEXT WEEK PREVIEW: NCAA Tournament time for Mizzou

      Sophie Cunningham and the Missouri Tigers await their seeding in the NCAA Tournament. The bracket will be released on Monday. Source: Qinghui Kong/Missourian
      • Mizzou has had some impressive wins this season. Mississippi State and Tennessee were both ranked in the top 10 when they fell to the Tigers, and Missouri also downed No. 21 West Virginia. The SEC Tournament run boosts the team’s resume as well.
      • Missouri has also suffered several disappointing losses this season, meaning the Tigers likely will not host games in the tournament, but there’s always a chance, especially with the quality wins they have on their resume.
      • As of Saturday, ESPN’s Charlie Creme had Missouri as a No. 5 seed. Creme predicts the Tigers would play the winner of the Ivy League tournament in the first round of the Ames, Iowa regional. If that happens, the Tigers will play as a No. 5 seed for the second consecutive year.
      • The predictions will stop and the bracket will officially be constructed on Monday night.

      Mizzou officially retired John Brown's No. 50 during halftime of Saturday's game against Ole Miss.
      • During halftime of Saturday's game against Ole Miss, Mizzou held a jersey retirement ceremony for No. 50, John Brown.
      • Brown played at Mizzou from 1969-1973 and retired as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,421 points. His record would later be broken by Derrick Chievous, whose jersey was also retired earlier this season.
      Several Tigers earn postseason honors

      Freshman guard Akira Levy was one of three Mizzou players to earn All-SEC honors last Tuesday. Source: Twitter: @MizzouWBB
      • Several All-SEC women’s basketball honors were awarded to Mizzou players last Tuesday morning.

      • Sophie Cunningham was named First Team All-SEC for the third consecutive season.

      • Akira Levy earned SEC All-Freshman team honors.

      • Cierra Porter was named SEC Sixth Woman of the Year.

      Trivia Question:
      • In Missouri program history, who holds the freshman record for made three-pointers in a season?
      Twitter Poll:  It's NCAA Tournament time for the Mizzou women's team. How far will the Tigers make it in this season's national tournament? Vote on Twitter: @FullCourtMizzou
      If you have any comments or suggestions about the newsletter, DM us on Twitter @FullCourtMizzou or email us at officialfullcourtpress@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!


      The Full Court Press Team:
      Andrew Moore - News writer and graphic designer
      Molly Jackson - News writer
      Tyler Driesenga - Managing editor

      **Trivia Answer: Torrence Watson broke the record on Saturday afternoon. The freshman has hit 47 shots from deep this year.

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      The man behind the mic https://www.komu.com/news/the-man-behind-the-mic/ https://www.komu.com/news/the-man-behind-the-mic/ Full Court Press Mon, 4 Mar 2019 3:12:37 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter The man behind the mic

      COLUMBIA - KOMU 8'S Ethan Illers sat down with Mizzou men's basketball PA announcer Aric Bremer, who is also the afternoon drive host on Clear 99 (KCLR 99.3 FM) country radio.

      Bremer spoke about what life is like behind the microphone in two separate settings, his love for country music and sports and some of his memorable moments at Mizzou Arena. 

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      A race to the top; a timeline of Sophie Cunningham's career at Missouri https://www.komu.com/news/a-race-to-the-top-a-timeline-of-sophie-cunningham-s-career-at-missouri/ https://www.komu.com/news/a-race-to-the-top-a-timeline-of-sophie-cunningham-s-career-at-missouri/ Full Court Press Mon, 4 Mar 2019 2:50:32 PM Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter & Dru Berry, Missourian Reporter A race to the top; a timeline of Sophie Cunningham's career at Missouri

      COLUMBIA - Sophie Cunningham has played countless games on the hardwood at Mizzou Arena during her four years starring for the Tigers — the timeline at the bottom of this story illustrates some of them — and even going back to state championship games in high school, when she and fellow senior Cierra Porter teamed up to win four consecutive state titles at Rock Bridge High School.

      While she doesn’t remember the first game she ever played at Mizzou Arena, Cunningham will surely remember her last.

      “It’s going to be weird leaving here … Tomorrow will be my last time being here,” Cunningham said. “I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it.”

      Missouri plays Alabama at 2 p.m. Sunday and will honor Cunningham, Porter and Lauren Aldridge, three players crucial to the Tigers’ success in Southeastern Conference play over the previous four years.

      The Tigers’ win over Arkansas on Thursday was their 20th of the season, the fourth straight season with at least 20 victories. That feat was last accomplished in the 1983-1987 seasons.

      “I asked the girls the other night on the bus. I said, ‘Hey, were any of you guys born then?’ and they all giggled and said ‘No,’” coach Robin Pingeton said.

      Pingeton said Cunningham and Porter have been integral to the accomplishment and listed it as one reason the two players will be remembered by Missouri fans for a long time. But Pingeton remarked there would be more time to reflect after the season ends and that right now the team is focused on the next game.

      Similarly, when Cunningham was asked questions about her legacy, she was quick to say she hadn’t thought about it. Instead, she took the time to thank the Columbia community for how they have welcomed her and her family, whom she described as “big, loud, crazy people.”

      It’s been a rough season for the Crimson Tide (13-15, 5-10 SEC), the Tigers’ upcoming opponents, but Pingeton complimented the team’s athleticism and physicality. One matchup to keep an eye on is Porter and Alabama sophomore Jasmine Walker. Walker is a 6-foot-3 forward who leads the Tide in rebounds per game and averages 12.7 points per game.

      Porter was essential to Missouri’s victory Thursday, with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Thirteen of those points and two assists came in a fourth quarter in which the Tigers outscored Arkansas by 10 points. Porter said to continue her high level of play she needs to keep an aggressive mentality.

      Missouri’s stellar defense should be able to take advantage of Alabama’s weak offense. The Crimson Tide have the third-worst shooting percentage in the SEC and rank ninth in 3-point percentage. Alabama is highly prone to careless play, as they lead the SEC in turnovers per game. The Tigers are not known for racking up steals, but Sunday presents a strong opportunity to attain easy points off of turnovers.

      With a win against Alabama, the Tigers will have momentum heading into the SEC Tournament, where they won a game for the first time last season. Aldridge said she believes the team has the necessary pieces to make a run in the SEC Tournament, even with the loss of freshman Akira Levy.

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      Pingeton hits 500 wins https://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-hits-500-wins/ https://www.komu.com/news/pingeton-hits-500-wins/ Full Court Press Mon, 4 Mar 2019 2:33:30 PM Matthew Judy, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Pingeton hits 500 wins

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      Vandy Rally for Rhyan Preview https://www.komu.com/news/vandy-rally-for-rhyan-preview/ https://www.komu.com/news/vandy-rally-for-rhyan-preview/ Full Court Press Fri, 1 Feb 2019 5:51:41 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Vandy Rally for Rhyan Preview

      COLUMBIA - The Missouri men's basketball team will host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 in the annual Rally for Rhyan game.

      The Tigers are undefeated in the Rally for Rhyan game since it debuted in the 2015-16 season. Ethan Illers of KOMU 8 Sports and Connor Worley of the Columbia Missourian sat down for a preview of Saturday's game. 

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      Mizzou falls to Temple at home 79-77 https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-falls-to-temple-at-home-79-77/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-falls-to-temple-at-home-79-77/ Full Court Press Fri, 25 Jan 2019 1:52:01 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mizzou falls to Temple at home 79-77

      COLUMBIA - The Missouri men's basketball team was defeated by the Temple Owls 79-77 at Mizzou Arena. Hear from Ethan Illers of KOMU 8 Sports and Connor Worley of the Missourian as they analyze and break down the tough loss. 

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      A timeline of Missouri home-openers at Mizzou Arena https://www.komu.com/news/a-timeline-of-missouri-home-openers-at-mizzou-arena/ https://www.komu.com/news/a-timeline-of-missouri-home-openers-at-mizzou-arena/ Full Court Press Wed, 7 Nov 2018 12:34:03 PM Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports & Connor Worley, The Missourian A timeline of Missouri home-openers at Mizzou Arena

      Editor's Note: This timeline is a collaboration between The Missourian and KOMU. 

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