Showing posts with label Missouri Tigers Basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Missouri Tigers Basketball. Show all posts

Monday, February 7, 2011

First Border War of the Year Could be a Lopsided Affair

On August 21, 1863, Captain William Quantrill and his band of raiders sacked, burned, and murdered in the city of Lawrence, KS as depicted in the photo. The Missouri Tigers will come to Lawrence this evening with considerably less firepower than Quantrill did 150 years ago. Though formidable at home, the Tigers have been less than stellar on the road. Missouri has only won one true road game, and that was against a woeful Oregon team, the Tigers are 0-4 on the road in Conference Play including loses to unranked Colorado and Oklahoma State.

Mizzou has not won in Lawrence since Norm Stewart's last year in 1999. That's fitting because no one took the rivalry more seriously than Norm did. Of course, he famously would never stay the night in the State of Kansas, choosing instead to stay in Kansas City and driving over for the game in the morning.

If Missouri is to have a chance tonight, they need to shoot the ball well and get to the free throw line. In Mizzou's last road game against Oklahoma State they were out shot at the line by 43-16. That's not going to win you many games. On a bright note for Missouri, Josh Selby appears to be out for the game, and there is no way Brady Morningstar scores 19 again. As much as it pains me to say it, I still think the Jayhawks win big tonight, they just have too much talent for the Tigers to overcome on the road. They can still SUCK IT though!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Texas Ends Jayhawk Win Streak; Missouri Dominates Iowa State

The Jayhawks' impressive home win streak came to an end Saturday with a defeat at the hands of the Texas Longhorns. Kansas blew a sizable first half lead to lose 74-63 to Texas, their first loss at home in almost four years (last loss Feb 7, 2007 to Texas A&M).

This was one of the great streaks in College Basketball, hats off to the Jayhawks - keep in mind this is spoken from the heart of a Missouri fan, I absolutely hate the Jayhawks and root against them no matter who they play, but 69 in a row is one hell of a win streak. I am only hoping that this starts an equally impressive home losing streak. Their next two home games are against Kansas State and Missouri.

Speaking of Missouri, the Tigers spanked the visiting Iowa State Cyclones on a late Saturday game. All the Tigers' starters scored in double digits and the game was not in question from the opening tip. You gotta feel bad for the Cyclones as they play short handed waiting for several transfer players who have to sit out the season. Most of the year Iowa State Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has been playing just 7 players - he played eight against the Tigers.

Missouri seems to be finding its midseason form - like previous Mike Anderson coached teams, they are improving as the season progresses. The Tigers get a week to prepare for a trip to Austin to take on the Big 12 leading Texas Longhorns next Saturday.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Missouri Pulls Out Overtime Win Against Vanderbilt

The Missouri Tigers Basketball team escaped with a victory last night at Mizzou Arena beating unranked, but solid Vanderbilt in overtime 85-82. Marcus Denmon came on strong for the Tigers in the second half only hours after his cousin, Marion died from injuries sustained in a shooting late last Friday. After having an abysmal first half, Denmon scored 19 in the second half and overtime including a layup and free throw to give the Tigers their final three point lead with 5 seconds left. Denmon and his cousin grew up in the same Kansas City house and his death obviously affected his play in the first half. Denmon leads the Tigers in scoring this year averaging over 17 points per game.

A disturbing trend is developing with the Missouri Tigers Basketball team. The last three games have come down to the final play before the buzzer. Last week, Missouri blew a late lead and folded in overtime against a good Georgetown team - then traveled west two days later and let a poor Oregon team back in the game after amassing an 18 point halftime lead (and growing it early in the second half). The Oregon game can probably be chalked up to tired legs, but the Georgetown and Vanderbilt games are signs this team still has work to do. They continue to leave players WIDE open for three-pointers and will continue to be troubled be teams that can shoot the three. Wild swings in games is something we have grown accustomed to as Missouri fans with Coach Mike Anderson's "Forty Minutes Of Hell" style of play, but the Tigers have to play better defense. They probably will, as every Mike Anderson team at Missouri has gotten better throughout the year.

Missouri has now won 51 consecutive non-conference home games. That's pretty cool. Oh yeah, and KU can SUCK IT!


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