Missouri Basketball Top Ten Plays from 2010-2011 Season
COLUMBIA - High flying dunks, slick steals and late game heroics are just some of the plays featured in Missouri Basketball's Top Ten Plays of the Year.
We start with a bag on play number ten against North Alabama. Ricky Kreklow saves the ball by jumping over the bench, but he lands on a security officer. Everyone's fine, and Bowers ends up finishing the play with a lay-up.
Play number nine features Ricky Kreklow to Phil Pressey to Justin Safford, who throws down with authority against Texas Tech.
"That was a nice pass by Phil, and Justin is gaining his hops back slowly but surely. He went up there and crammed that one. That was a good one," teammate Laurence Bowers said.
Play eight happens against Arkansas Pine Bluff. Michael Dixon goes behind the back to Laurence Bowers who throws it down but doesn't quite stick the landing.
"I was going pretty fast. I think I fell over a Golden Girl. I was out of control really. I don't know how I made it," Bowers recalled.
In play seven, Flip Pressey goes all out against Colorado. He makes a diving steal and from his posterior, he passes to Mike Dixon for an easy lay-up.
The ultimate team play is number six. Ricky Kreklow steals the ball. The passes then go from Safford to Dixon to Matt Pressey for the alley oop finish against Northern Illinois.
"That's the pace we want to play at. Moving the ball up the court sharing it with each other," Marcus Denmon said.
"Something about those Pressey's. Both of them can fly. I don't know what it is. That was a nice play. It ignited us," Bowers said.
Play number five belongs to Kim English. No place to go against Old Dominion. Then, he freelances for the up and under bucket.
"That was a very acrobatic play. I think Kimmie is underrated when it comes to athletic ability and finesse, but that was really nice," Bowers said.
In play number four, Phil Pressey finds Laurence Bowers against Kansas State, and Bowers does what he does best.
"Energetic dunk. I thought it got the crowd to their feet. Probably destroyed Kansas State's confidence as a whole," Bowers said.
Play three comes in the arch rivalry. With Mizzou up by two and about minute left to play, Marcus Denmon steals the Illinois pass, and then dishes to Ricardo Ratliffe.
"We needed that play. We were kind of struggling to score for a little while and our defense created offense again," Denmon said.
Play number two is another Laurence Bowers highlight reel dunk. This time he gets it one-handed against the Huskers.
"Big Steve had a nice pass to me. You have to give credit to Steve. That was a great pass. It was just one of those dunks I tried to dunk it as hard as I could and it went through," Bowers recalled.
"He went up and I didn't think he was going to dunk it. That's what surprised me. He cocked the ball back chest to chest on two people," Denmon said.
Play number one belongs to Marcus Denmon. The Tigers were locked in a tie game in overtime against Vanderbilt. Denmon steals the pass and finished with the and one.
"I was telling them to keep pressuring them. When he made the pass, I knew I would be able to get to it. So, I just told everybody to lock up, and I baited him into passing it like it was going to be open and then I just shot the lane and I got a lay-up," Denmon explained.
"That was probably the biggest play of the year so far. We wouldn't have won the game without that play," Bowers said.
Clutch, crucial, and exciting - the Tiger Play of the Year.
There's still time for new Top Ten plays in the NCAA tournament.