KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Basketball Basketball en-us Copyright 2019, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 20 Oct 2019 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Chinese state TV suspends 2 NBA preseason game broadcasts https://www.komu.com/news/chinese-state-tv-suspends-2-nba-preseason-game-broadcasts/ https://www.komu.com/news/chinese-state-tv-suspends-2-nba-preseason-game-broadcasts/ Basketball Tue, 8 Oct 2019 5:10:16 AM The Associated Press Chinese state TV suspends 2 NBA preseason game broadcasts

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country.

In a statement, CCTV indicated the decision was prompted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's remarks in Japan following a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey last week that supported anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.

The broadcaster is also reviewing all its cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA, said the statement posted to CCTV Sports' official social media account.

"We're strongly dissatisfied and oppose Adam Silver's claim to support Morey's right to freedom of expression," CCTV said. "We believe that any remarks that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech."

Silver said the league will simply protect NBA employees' right to free speech, regardless of the consequences. Silver also said the NBA has been in touch with Houston Rockets great and Chinese Basketball Association President Yao Ming, with the commissioner saying the Basketball Hall of Famer "is extremely upset."

"I think it's unfortunate," Silver said. "But if that's the consequences of us adhering to our values, we still feel it's important."

Silver wants to meet with Chinese officials when he gets to Shanghai on Wednesday, saying he wants Morey's tweet and the NBA's comments that followed in context.

"But I'm a realist as well," Silver said. "And I recognize that this issue may not die down so quickly."

Before his news conference in Tokyo, Silver released a statement Tuesday saying the league "will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues."

"We have seen how basketball can be an important form of people-to-people exchange that deepens ties between the United States and China," Silver said. "At the same time, we recognize that our two countries have different political systems and beliefs. And like many global brands, we bring our business to places with different political systems around the world."

Silver also said he hopes basketball can continue be something that unifies the countries. It's not a new stance for Silver; he's referenced how basketball now can be similar to the phenomenon known as "pingpong diplomacy" — when table tennis players from the U.S. and China played in the early 1970s and essentially began a major mending of relations between the two countries.

"It is inevitable that people around the world — including from America and China — will have different viewpoints over different issues," Silver said. "It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences. However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way."

Silver said in an interview with Kyodo News on Monday that the NBA supports Morey.

Morey's tweet has provoked a wave of censure from Chinese companies, including a major sports merchandise retailer and news site that have halted its partnerships with the Rockets.

A schedule of CCTV programming on its website shows two NBA preseason games between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers — one in Shenzhen and another in Shanghai — were no longer slated for broadcast. An NBA Cares event in Shanghai with the Nets was canceled Tuesday, though the Nets participated in other events as scheduled. The Lakers were arriving there Tuesday.

"How can it be possible to carry out exchanges and cooperation with China without knowing China's public opinion?" Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said at a press briefing Tuesday. "NBA's cooperation with China has been going on for quite a long time, so for what should be said and what should be done, they know best."


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Caleb Love picks UNC over Mizzou https://www.komu.com/news/caleb-love-picks-unc-over-mizzou/ https://www.komu.com/news/caleb-love-picks-unc-over-mizzou/ Basketball Tue, 1 Oct 2019 9:12:29 PM Jack Knowlton KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Caleb Love picks UNC over Mizzou

ST. LOUIS- Senior guard and soon-to-be graduate of Christian Brothers College High School, Caleb Love, chose North Carolina over Mizzou on Tuesday night.

The 6'3 point guard is the number one player coming out of Missouri in his class. Many Mizzou basketball fans were hoping the guard would be staying home after he recently narrowed his choices down between Mizzou and UNC.

However, Love ended up favoring the Tar-Heels over the Tigers for his college basketball career, and will be joining a strong UNC 2020 class with fellow top-recruits Day'Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler also set to arrive at Chapel Hill for the 2020-2021 season.

Head coach Roy Williams' pitch to his top recruits has certainly worked wonders, and while Love won't play for a year, UNC fans can look forward to this Missouri product shining brightly before likely making the jump to the NBA.


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NCAA to proceed in KU basketball pay-for-play investigation https://www.komu.com/news/ncaa-to-proceed-in-ku-basketball-pay-for-play-investigation/ https://www.komu.com/news/ncaa-to-proceed-in-ku-basketball-pay-for-play-investigation/ Basketball Fri, 20 Sep 2019 4:10:04 PM Alexis Godsey, Digital Producer NCAA to proceed in KU basketball pay-for-play investigation

COLUMBIA - The NCAA expected to hit the University of Kansas basketball program with multiple violations allegations. 

"After a summer of speculation following a top NCAA official saying the organization would make findings against schools involved in a pay-for-play recruiting scheme investigated by the FBI," according to The Kansas City Star.

Kansas basketball player, Silvio De Sousa's, guardian received money from former Adidas employee, T.J. Gassnola. De Sousa was given a two-year NCAA suspension, but is allowed to play this upcoming season. 

Gassnola said KU coach Bill Self was not aware of the payments, but KU coaches knew Gassnola was in contact with De Sousa's guardian.

"When a school such as KU receives a notice of allegations, the university has 90 days to respond," according to The Kansas City Star.


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Jefferson City hires basketball coach https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-hires-basketball-coach/ https://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-hires-basketball-coach/ Basketball Wed, 12 Jun 2019 4:13:06 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Jefferson City hires basketball coach

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Jays hired a new boys basketball coach on Wednesday.

The Jays selected Tony Phillips to lead the team in the upcoming season. Phillips comes to Jefferson City from Southern Boone High School where he coached girls basketball. In the 2016 season he led the Lady Jays to the conference championship.

Jefferson City Activities Director Chad Rizner said, "Coach Phillips has a passion to see student succeed - both in and out of the classroom. His competitive, yet caring, demeanor is sure to create a favorable culture for our boys basketball program. 

Phillips is a four-time conference basketball coach of the year honoree and a tri-county coach of the year for girls basketball.  


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Missouri basketball lands JUCO product https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-lands-juco-product/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-lands-juco-product/ Basketball Mon, 10 Jun 2019 6:57:56 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Missouri basketball lands JUCO product

COLUMBIA - Cuonzo Martin added a surprise addition to his roster on Monday, with a 7-foot JUCO commit. 

Axel Okongo verbally committed to the Tigers on Monday via social media. He comes to Mid-Missouri from the Northwest College Trappers in Wyoming. Before college, the JUCO product played for Thetford Academy in Quebec, Canada. 

Okongo averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in just seven minutes of play per game for the Trappers. 

He has not filled out any of the scholarship paperwork, but is set to fill the Tiger's 13th and final scholarship for the 2019-2020 season. He will have two years of eligibility at Mizzou. 


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Sophie Cunningham makes Phoenix roster https://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-makes-phoenix-roster/ https://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-makes-phoenix-roster/ Basketball Thu, 23 May 2019 8:45:27 PM Nathalie Jones, KOMU 8 Sports Producer Sophie Cunningham makes Phoenix roster

PHOENIX - Former Mizzou women's basketball standout, Sophie Cunningham, made the Phoenix Mercury's opening day roster on Thursday. 

Phoenix selected Cunningham with the first pick of the second round of April's WNBA Draft. She was the 13th pick overall, making her the highest drafted player in Mizzou women's basketball history. 

In two preseason games with the Mercury, Cunningham averaged about nine points, shooting 54 percent from the field. Most notably, the Mizzou alum sunk a three-point shot with just three seconds left for a Phoenix victory. 

Cunningham's first regular-season game with the Mercury will be May 25th against the Seattle Storm at 2:30 P.M. 


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 5-12-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-5-12-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-5-12-19/ Basketball Mon, 13 May 2019 3:08:59 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 5-12-19

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Columbia College announces new athletic director https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-announces-new-athletic-director/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-announces-new-athletic-director/ Basketball Wed, 24 Apr 2019 6:23:22 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Columbia College announces new athletic director

COLUMBIA - Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple announced Wednesday afternoon James Arnold has been named athletic director. Arnold will oversee 17 varsity sports.

Arnold has experience as an administrator and coach. Arnold most recently was the associate athletic director and head women's basketball coach at Westminster College in Fulton.

Prior to his time at Westminster, Arnold was an assistant women's basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University. Arnold was also previously associate athletic director and head coach of the Central Methodist University’s women's basketball team.

Arnold replaces former A.D. Bob Burchard, who held the position for the past 31 years.

"I am extremely excited and honored to be the next Athletic Director at Columbia College," Arnold said in a statement. "I want to thank Dr. Dalrymple and the committee for this opportunity and their trust to lead one of the nation's premier athletic departments. I have always admired Columbia College and Cougar athletics from afar and through this process have been even more impressed by the people, the facilities, and the campus."

He assumes the position May 1.


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 4-21-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-4-21-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-4-21-19/ Basketball Mon, 22 Apr 2019 2:15:24 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 4-21-19

COLUMBIA - Chris sits down with Ben Wilson of KTGR to discuss Tiger Baseball and Softball. This week features two stories about MMA Baseball and a Special Olympian from Kansas City. 


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Jeremiah Tilmon declares for the NBA Draft https://www.komu.com/news/jeremiah-tilmon-declares-for-the-nba-draft/ https://www.komu.com/news/jeremiah-tilmon-declares-for-the-nba-draft/ Basketball Mon, 15 Apr 2019 3:53:36 PM Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Jeremiah Tilmon declares for the NBA Draft

COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball's rising junior forward Jeremiah Tilmon announced on Moday that he will be testing the waters in the 2019 NBA Draft.

In a press release from Mizzou Athletics, Tilmon said that it has always been a dream of his to make it to the NBA.

But Tilmon also plans to take precautions throughout the process to maintain his collegiate eligibility, giving him the option to return to Columbia for his third season.

“I want to get everything I can out of this process. I’m excited to learn from it and get the feedback I need," Tilmon said in a press release from Mizzou Athletics.

Missouri basketball's head coach Cuonzo Martin said he fully supports Tilmon's decision.

“Jeremiah has a chance to take advantage of a valuable opportunity and gather information through the process to help him moving forward,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said in a press release from Mizzou Athletics.

Tilmon earned a team-best 183 rebounds in his sophomore campaign. He is also the first Mizzou player since Laurence Bowers in 2012 to shoot over 50 percent from the field in back-to-back seasons when attempting 200 or more shots.

May 29 is the NCAA deadline for withdrawal from the NBA Draft.


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 4-13-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-4-13-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-4-13-19/ Basketball Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:36:56 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 4-13-19

COLUMBIA - Former Tiger greats Sophie Cunningham and Drew Lock are featured as they prepare to embark on their professional journeys. 


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 3-31-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-3-31-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-3-31-19/ Basketball Mon, 1 Apr 2019 4:07:54 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 3-31-19

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Missouri women's basketball snags No. 7 seed in NCAA Tournament https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-snags-no-7-seed-in-ncaa-tournament/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-snags-no-7-seed-in-ncaa-tournament/ Basketball Mon, 18 Mar 2019 5:28:35 PM Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball snags No. 7 seed in NCAA Tournament

COLUMBIA - The Missouri women's basketball team earned a No. 7 seed for the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will face No. 10 seed Drake in round one on Friday at 3 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa.

Drake ended the season with a 27-6 record and won the Missouri Valley Conference, although it lost to Missouri State in the conference tournament championship game.

If the Tigers defeat Drake in round one, they will face off on Sunday against the winner between No. 2 seed Iowa and No. 15 seed Mercer. Iowa finished the regular season as runner-up in the Big Ten and also earned a Big Ten Tournament championship. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 at home this season.

This NCAA Tournament appearance marks the fourth consecutive appearance for the Tigers. 


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 3-17-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-3-17-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-3-17-19/ Basketball Mon, 18 Mar 2019 1:01:40 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 3-17-19

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Mizzou Women's Basketball falls in SEC Tournament semifinals https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-women-s-basketball-falls-in-sec-tournament-semifinals/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-women-s-basketball-falls-in-sec-tournament-semifinals/ Basketball Mon, 11 Mar 2019 4:06:27 PM Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Women's Basketball falls in SEC Tournament semifinals

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Missouri women's basketball team fell to No. 5 Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament semifinals on Saturday.

The team opened its tournament play on Thursday with an 87-56 victory over Florida, advancing them to the quarterfinals on Friday. The 35-point victory against the Gators was their largest victory margin in conference tournament play since 1985.

The Tigers' bench came to play on Thursday scoring a season-high 40 points collectively. Twelve players saw action in the game against Florida and every one put points on the board.

The quarterfinals proved to be a tougher challenge for the Tigers as they took on Kentucky on Friday, resulting in an exciting 70-68 overtime win. The Tigers led the Wildcats in the first three quarters, but Kentucky fought back and tied it in the fourth.

The Tigers ultimately took the win in overtime. Missouri senior guard Sophie Cunningham played an integral role in the win over Kentucky, scoring seven of the 11 overtime points and 29 total.

The SEC Tournament semifinals ultimately proved to be too much for the Tigers, resulting in a 71-56 loss to No. 5 Mississippi State.

Despite the loss, Cunningham again proved to be a bright spot with 33 points, the most ever scored by a Tiger in an SEC Tournament game.

But that wasn't Cunningham's biggest accomplishment.

Her effort on Saturday made her Mizzou's all-time points leader in women's basketball with 2,157 career points, surpassing Joni Davis at 2,126 career points.

Now the Tigers wait until Selection Monday on March 18 to learn their NCAA Tournament fate.


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Mizzou Men's Basketball to take on Georgia in first round of SEC Tournament https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-basketball-to-take-on-georgia-in-first-round-of-sec-tournament/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-basketball-to-take-on-georgia-in-first-round-of-sec-tournament/ Basketball Mon, 11 Mar 2019 2:49:48 PM Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Men's Basketball to take on Georgia in first round of SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE - The Missouri men's basketball team is traveling to Nashville to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

The Tigers are coming off a tough 73-68 loss on Saturday against Ole Miss in their final home game of the season. Despite the loss, four Tigers scored in the double-digits, and freshman Xavier Pinson posted a career-high 20 points.

Mizzou is looking forward to playing Georgia in the tournament, as they still have a fresh memory of their 64-39 win over the Bulldogs last week. The 25-point margin is the largest win Mizzou has had over an SEC opponent this season.

The match up also marked the fewest points Mizzou has allowed in a game since 2015 and the fewest points Georgia has scored in a home game since 1945.

The Tigers are aiming for their fourth win in SEC Tournament play on Wednesday since joining the conference. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. on the SEC Network.


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 3-3-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-3-3-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-3-3-19/ Basketball Mon, 4 Mar 2019 3:26:55 PM Edward Redler, KOMu 8 Sports KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 3-3-19

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Missouri men's basketball to face Georgia in final away game of the season https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-men-s-basketball-to-face-georgia-in-final-away-game-of-the-season/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-men-s-basketball-to-face-georgia-in-final-away-game-of-the-season/ Basketball Mon, 4 Mar 2019 3:26:46 PM Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri men's basketball to face Georgia in final away game of the season

ATHENS, GA. - The Missouri men's basketball team will face off against Georgia in its final away game of the season Wednesday night.

This match up will be the first between the two teams this season. Their most recent head-to-head dating back to the SEC Tournament last year, which resulted in a 62-60 loss for the Tigers.

Mizzou is coming off its 13th win of the season, a 78-63 victory against South Carolina in which three Tigers scored in the double digits.

Georgia is also coming off a victory against Florida, winning 61-55 on the road. The Bulldogs have an 11-18 overall record this season, leaving the Tigers with a better record heading into Wednesday's match up.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm on the SEC Network.


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Missouri women's basketball seniors lead team to victory in final home game https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-seniors-lead-team-to-victory-in-final-home-game/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-s-basketball-seniors-lead-team-to-victory-in-final-home-game/ Basketball Mon, 4 Mar 2019 3:07:13 PM Hannah Howard, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women's basketball seniors lead team to victory in final home game

COLUMBIA - The Missouri women's basketball team came away with a huge victory on Sunday in the seniors' last game at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers beat Alabama 82-47 behind its three seniors, Sophie Cunningham, Cierra Porter and Lauren Aldridge, combining to score 40 points.

Cunningham scored 22 of those 40 points with five assists and eight rebounds in her last home game. Porter recorded 11 points with three steals and seven rebounds, and Aldridge earned herself seven points with five assists.

The 35-point victory is the largest Tiger victory over an SEC opponent this season, and it leaves the Tigers 10-6 overall in SEC play, making it the third consecutive 10 or more conference-win season.

The Tigers fell just short of some season records on Sunday. The team scored 15 three pointers, just one short of the team's season high 16 against Duke back in November. The 82-point game also fell short of this season's high 89-point performance against Western Illinois in November.

The team is traveling to Greenville, South Carolina as the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament. They will play on March 7 against the winner of the Ole Miss/Florida game.


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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 2-24-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-2-24-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-2-24-19/ Basketball Mon, 25 Feb 2019 2:58:57 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 2-24-19

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