Missouri Men's Basketball news

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Season Is Here

It's basketball season in Columbia. Oh don't worry, we are all looking forward to the Tiger Football game in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, and the Mizzou Basketball program will watch the game in between a pair of Saturday practices, but it's hard not to get excited about hoops since practice starts this afternoon at 5 p.m. inside Mizzou Arena.

Preseason rankings are coming out of course. Jeff Goodman has the Tigers ranked #9 nationally in his preseason poll. Since Sports Illustrated has called and been on the phone with Marcus Denmon, Kim English and Coach A, I imagine the Tigers will be highly thought of in their preseason hoops edition as well.

Speaking of Jeff Goodman, he will be in Columbia this weekend to take in a Tiger practice. Jeff does a great job of covering college hoops nationally for Fox Sports and will come to Columbia as well as swing through Manhattan, some town to the west that begins with an L, Champaign, West Lafayette, Memphis and others.

On Tuesday of this week Mizzou hosted its local media day and next week Coach Anderson and selected players will go to Kansas City for Big 12 Media Day at the Sprint Center. It was our largest turnout of media for our local media gathering since I have been at Mizzou. Needless to say, the buzz is high surrounding this team.

Tiger fans, be sure to come out to the 2010 Black & Gold Game on Oct. 28. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but doors will open at 6 p.m. Parking is free, tickets are just $5 and free to students. The club will be signing autographs on the concourse.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mizzou Hosts Georgetown at Sprint Center

College Basketball is rooted in Kansas City, Mo., and two tradition-filled programs will celebrate that local history this season when the Missouri Tigers and Georgetown Hoyas collide at the Sprint Center on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in the 2010 John McLendon Classic.

Nationally televised on ESPNU, Missouri and Georgetown each advanced to NCAA Tournament play last year and both programs have been picked inside numerous preseason Top 25 polls this summer.

Missouri returns a pair of starters and the second deepest bench in all of college basketball (31.6 bench points per game in 2010) from last season, while the Hoyas welcome back four starters, highlighted by the return of leading scorer Austin Freeman (16.5 ppg).

“What an outstanding game for our fans and of course Kansas City,” Head Coach Mike Anderson said. “This will be an NCAA Tournament-type atmosphere. We have two programs with proud traditions and to have this event in our backyard makes it fun for everyone. We want Tiger Nation to show up in force!”

Tickets for the McLendon Classic will go on sale later this summer through the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office. Tiger Scholarship Fund members and Mizzou Basketball season ticket holders will receive priority ordering information about this game in the mail. If fans and alumni are not TSF members or season ticket holders, but want to ensure they receive ticket information for this game, please visit mutigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/10-baskbl-ticket-info.html.

Tickets are not part of the 2010 Mizzou Basketball season ticket package and must be purchased separately. For more information, please visit mutigers.com or call the ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS; 884-PAWS in Mid-Missouri.

General Public ticket sales for the John McLendon Classic go on sale Friday, Oct. 1 at SprintCenter.com, the Sprint Center Box Office or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Missouri and Georgetown have met just once on the hardwood, with the Hoyas claiming a 63-51 win on Feb. 20, 1982 in Washington, D.C. Ricky Frazier led the Tigers with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Eric “Sleepy” Floyd dropped in 16 and Patrick Ewing recorded a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double. Georgetown advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals that season, but fell 63-62 to Michael Jordan and the North Carolina Tar Heels in New Orleans.

A portion of the proceeds from this contest will support the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program, which assists minorities pursuing educational interests in sports administration.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Steve Moore... Most Interesting Tiger in the World

Steve Moore is now Mizzou Basketball’s version of the Most Interesting Man in the World. By Thanksgiving Day 2010, the 6-foot-9, 270-pounder will have stepped foot into five countries (in addition to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico) since beginning his career at Missouri.

Prior to his freshman season, Moore had left the United States just once. A native of Kansas City, Moore took a family cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, but has spent most of his life in the heartland.

Following his signing at MU, Moore expected trips to Manhattan, Austin, College Station, etc., but after just two full seasons in Black & Gold, his list of travel destinations will include a return to Mexico as well as stops in Canada, Belgium, France and Germany.

“It’s been amazing,” Moore said about his experiences traveling with basketball. “It’s a great opportunity, not just playing basketball, but educationally. Meeting new people, learning about new cultures, it’s a win-win.”

Once he arrived on campus, Moore and his Tiger teammates traveled to Ontario, Canada, for a three-game Labor Day trip. The Tigers played three exhibition games, stayed at Niagara Falls and began bonding with a group that included seven newcomers. The trip worked masterfully, as the club raced to a school record 31-7 record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament later that season.

Shortly after the start of that freshman campaign, Missouri participated in the 2008 Puerto Rico Tip-Off, earning wins against Fairfield and Southern Cal. Those wins ignited Missouri’s ascent up the national rankings.

Fast forward to earlier this spring when Moore and his teammates ordered passports in preparation of the team’s November trip to Cancun, Mexico. Little did he know that this traveling team opportunity would pop up and he’d have a chance to use that passport a few months ahead of time.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” Moore said. “I have never gone to Europe and it’s a great way to see the world, work on my game and get some new experiences. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve heard it’s beautiful over there. I can’t wait.”

Moore’s Global Sports Academy team will be coached by Arizona State assistant coach Lamont Smith and will take the team through Belgium, France and Germany over eight days. Moore and his teammates will leave the U.S. on Aug. 9 and will return just before the start of the school year.

Below is a rundown of Steve Moore’s trip:

Aug. 9-10

On Aug. 9, basketball will take Big Steve (or as the Tiger faithful affectionately call him Steeeeve) on his next journey, this time to Europe. The eight day tour will have Moore leaving Chicago early on the ninth, bound for Los Angeles, eventually culminating with a stop in Mechelen, Belgium on Aug. 10. Moore and his teammates will spend the day in Mechelen, primarily relaxing after the long trip, but they will also get some time to sightsee after a brief workout.

Aug. 11
Moore and his teammates will travel to Brussels, the capitol of Belgium. The team will play its first game on the 11th, but will also visting the Grand Place, which was built for the 1954 World’s Fair.

Aug. 12
Game 2 will be held in the city of Bruges. The team will have a chance to sightsee and shop in a city known for its wealth and historic buildings.

Aug. 13
No rest of the weary, Moore and his squad will visit Lille, France for Game 3. Another historic city, Lille rests on the France-Belgium border, but was won by France following the Spanish War of Succession in the 18th century… it was conquered by Louis XIV.

(Editors note… not a history buff, just reading off Steve’s itinerary)

Aug. 14
Game 4 is in Düsseldorf, Germany. Located on the banks of the Rhine River, the team will spend its first of two days in the city. There will be a second stop in Düsseldorf later on during the trip.

Aug. 15
Game 5 will occur in Cologne, Germany, a city renowned for its fine eating establishments. At 6-foot-9, 270-pounds, Steve should feel right at home here!

Aug. 16
Back to Düsseldorf for the sixth and final game of the tour. After an early game the team will spend the afternoon sightseeing at the various town centers.

Aug. 17
Time for the trip home. The team will depart Düsseldorf for the United States and one final week of relaxation before the start of school on Aug. 23.

Global Sports Academy Roster
Name Ht. College

Trent Lockett 6-4 Arizona State
Desmar Jackson 6-5 Wyoming
Djbril Thiam 6-10 Wyoming
Michael Santos 6-5 Santa Clara
Eddie Miller 6-5 UC Davis
Brian Barbour 6-1 Columbia
Joe Hardin 6-8 UC Davis
Steve Moore 6-9 Missouri

Head Coach: Lamont Smith, Arizona State

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Big 12 Schedule Announced

The Big 12 Conference released its league basketball schedule on Tuesday and Mizzou has earned school record 10 games on national TV. The Tigers have nine games appearing on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU and the regular-season finale vs. Kansas will be televised on CBS.

Now we say EARNED for a reason… you play well and win, you get on TV. Let’s make no mistake about it, this is a money business for TV executives and Mizzou is a fun team for fans across the country to watch.

Missouri is a hot brand nationally and the type of basketball being played by the Big 12 North trio on I-70 i.e. Mizzou, K-State and Kansas, make this a hotbed for college hoops once again. It's good for the rivalries developed over the years and it’s great for fans in our area.

Click Here for Mizzou’s complete Big 12 Schedule

More Schedule Talk
As for the remainder of Missouri’s Basketball schedule, it’s currently being finalized. Just a couple games remain to be filled on the non-conference slate and the staff is actively pursuing a number of scheduling opportunities. In the meantime, season ticket renewals are going out to ticket holders and you are encouraged to renew as quickly as possible to secure your seats for the Hottest Show in the Midwest.

We already know of a couple home games on next year’s schedule as Vanderbilt and Oral Roberts will be making return trips to Mizzou Arena this year. Other attractive games will be announced soon.

Mizzou Stats App:
Another new development we are proud to announce is a new iPhone / iPad application to bring fans Mizzou Basketball and Mizzou Football stats. This application is under development, but we hope to have it for sale before the college football opener with Illinois.

This application would be on sale through the iPhone App Store for a cost of $4.99 and a good portion of the proceeds would come right back to Mizzou Athletics. This is our first venture into the Smart Phone game, but it’s just one part of our new technology-focused vision at Mizzou.

Expect more details to be available in the days / weeks ahead, but we are certainly anxious to get this product in your hands!

Moore Hoops Talk
This is a weird week. Football is about 24 hours from getting rolling and basketball is finally quieting down after summer camps, summer school, recruiting, etc. Coaches are off the road, student-athletes are home with family for a couple of weeks and basketball coaches finally get some R and R with their families.

One Tiger getting ready to hit the road however is Big Steve Moore. He’s heading overseas for six games in Europe. We’ll have more with Steve later this week on mutigers.com, but the Big Fella will play games in Germany, France and Belgium. He leaves Chicago on August 9th and we’ll do our best to get game-by-game updates from Steve.

Arizona State’s Lamont Smith will be the team’s head coach while on the tour.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Going, Going ... Gone

It’s incredible to think we are in the final week of summer school for the Missouri Basketball program. It actually seems like yesterday we were flying home from Buffalo, N.Y. after the NCAA Tournament and after next week the athletes will have a chance to head home for a few weeks before returning in August for the start of another school year.

Missouri had great turnout on campus once again this summer. Everyone able to participate in the off-season conditioning program was here on campus. HERE is a great off-season conditioning story written by the Columbia Tribune’s Steve Walentik.

You want another crazy stat? It’s just 44 days until the Mizzou-Illinois Arch Rivalry Game in St. Louis. Wow, where does the time go?

While many of Missouri’s newcomers are already on campus, one guy expecting to arrive in August is junior college stud Ricardo Ratliffe. Ratliffe was named the Male Athlete of the Year for all sports in NJCAA… a great honor when you consider the fact the #1 player in this year’s MLB draft was a guy named Bryce Harper from the College of Southern Nevada.

And of course last but not least, here is the link to Kim English’s interview with KFRU’s closers. The interview took play last Friday. Enjoy

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hello Tiger Fans -

Hope you all had a great weekend, I know our coaches and student-athletes had a great time at Mizzou Night at the K... too bad we didn't get to see a Royals win. In an odd twist, I have now seen nine, yes NINE consecutive Royals losses dating back to last season. I don't think I'll be invited back anytime soon, however Aug. 13 vs. the Yankees I expect this little personal funk to get snapped!

We had a great turnout from fans before and during the game. A list of current and former athletes in attendance were: Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon, Kim English, Justin Safford, Jarrett Sutton, Michael Anderson Jr., and Matt Lawrence.

It was actually Matt Lawrence's birthday this weekend and it was great catching up with the former 1,000-point scorer. Keith Ramsey was also in Kansas City (wasn't able to make it to the game), but it was great catching up with him.

The Big 12 Conference released its 2011 Big Monday schedule today. Missouri has two Big Monday games. The Tigers host Kansas State at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 and then travel to Kansas on Feb. 7. The Tigers and Wildcats have a special game time on the 17th as part of a Martin Luther King Holiday double-header.

Talk about a great game to open Big Monday!

Basketball Links:
Steve Walentik wrote a nice story about Laurence Bowers and his rehab from wrist surgery.... Here

Steve is also swinging by workouts today to talk to Coach David Deets and watch the guys workout in the weight room, so stay on the lookout for that story.

Rivals.com asked themselves about the country's most underrated basketball coaches and Mizzou's Mike Anderson made the list... Here

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mizzou Night, Schedule, NBA Summer League

The first July recruiting period is coming to an end today (July 15) and that means coaches will be returning to campus this week for about five days before hitting the road once again on July 22. July is an incredibly busy time for college coaches, not only with recruiting, but with the final batch of summer camps and of course public appearances, meetings and trying to pencil in any sort of family vacation time before the madness kicks off once again in late August.

Speaking of public appearances, and we’ve bombarded Tiger fans to death about this, the Kansas City Royals will be hosting Mizzou Night at the K on Saturday. Coach Anderson and selected student-athletes will be heading to Kauffman Stadium for some summer fun. Anderson will be throwing out the first pitch and Tiger coaches and student-athletes will be in Lot N meeting and greeting Tiger fans!

The Royals are offering discounted ticket prices for Tiger fans in advance of this event. Field Plaza seats are available for just $15 (originally $26) and Hy-Vee Infield seats (originally $16) are just $8. In addition, the Royals have designated Lot N as a special Tiger Tailgate lot and parking for Tiger fans is also discounted to $8 per vehicle.

Order Tickets Here!

- Tiger fans have been asking about the non-conference basketball schedule release. There are still a couple of games Missouri is working on, but it’s going to be a fun schedule! I can’t give away any details yet, but there will be some exciting games that haven’t been leaked out, so enjoy that little tidbit of suspense...

- Missouri Basketball’s Director of Strength and Conditioning David Deets has had a busy summer. He is directly involved with Nike SPARQ training and could be working on a training application with the shoe manufacturer in the future. We’ll keep you updated as that progresses.

- Leo Lyons and DeMarre Carroll are playing in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League and FINALLY the Knicks got Leo in the game. Box Score

Carroll and the Grizzlies play tonight vs. the D-League select club.