Category Archives: Basketball

It’s been a busy few days! I’ve picked up a few clips since the last post, and I’ve inserted the line-up here. Feel free to read through them!

I’ve come this to reporting on the one thing I think about more than anything on this earth: jerseys, uniforms…the design of them, the changes, the alternates. I can’t get enough of it. Does anyone else care? I’m not sure.

By the numbers: Why can’t I buy a No. 32 Steve Moore jersey?

Black, white or gold Mizzou basketball replica jerseys line the racks of the MU bookstore and other licensed retailers. Most feature number 24 screen printed on material apparently authentic enough to justify a tab between 60 and 80 dollars. When … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Mizzou holds on to beat Texas Tech

Mizzou held on to the lead at home to squeak past a competitive Texas Tech team with well documented road woes. Marcus Denmon led the game in scoring with 20 points, 18 in the first half, for the Tigers. Texas … Continue reading

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Mizzou’s old guard thrives off the bench at home; Denmon OK

As first-year players on this Tiger team develop a feel for the fastest 40 minutes in basketball, players with years of experience in the system like Justin Safford, Kim English, and Michael Dixon have, on occasion, seen their starting spots … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Mizzou men rout Oklahoma at Mizzou Arena

Mizzou showed up to play and beat a team they were favored to beat, dominating Oklahoma 84-61 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Mizzou guard Michael Dixon led all scorers with 16. Missouri committed fewer turnovers, fewer fouls, and had a … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Mizzou romps Colorado 89-73 at Mizzou Arena

Mizzou defeated Colorado on the back of strong guard play at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Missouri guard Kim English had a stellar performance and tied for the game high in scoring with 21 points with … Continue reading

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Mizzou rides dominant guard play past Colorado 89-73

In a Big 12 battle of the black-and-golds, the Tigers romped to a 89-73 victory over Colorado at Mizzou Arena on Saturday. Missouri held a 16 point lead at halftime and held onto it through a more competitive second half … Continue reading

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For Mizzou fans, senior forward Justin Safford a model of consistency

Justin Safford at Mizzou Arena, aghast at the foul call.

Senior Missouri Forward Justin Safford. (Nick Gerhardt)

Justin Safford, the lone senior on the 2010-2011 Mizzou basketball team, has been the most consistent player on the team in his four years.

Though his play has at times been irregular, a throng of black and gold clad Mizzou fans, students and families alike, await his arrival patiently after home games with hooded sweatshirts, sneakers and other memorabilia primed for autographs.

“You see the crowds we’re starting to get here, you know, it’s the support everyone gives us night in and night out. I feel like we owe it to them as players to sign for them,” Safford said.

Safford has built a reputation for perennial post-game appearances beginning in that first year when a rebuilding Mizzou basketball team struggled to .500 at home. Fan loyalty and the reciprocal player outreach, as well as the 2010-2011 team’s flawless non-conference home record, means more fans stay late and more players make the effort to connect. But the die-hards have always been there.

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Weekly Report: Photography for a radio station?! (PHOTOS: Missouri defeats Kansas State)

Back to the baseline! Photography returns to the forefront of my priorities as I officially begin work for KBIA Sports Extra.

View the slideshow and gallery.

KBIA broadcasts to the Columbia, Mo. community on 91.3 FM locally. That’s right, pictures for a radio station. Thank you, internet and multimedia journalism, for creating jobs that never existed back when people only used radio stations to listen to radio broadcasts.

Multimedia this! In the past eight months, I have written a feature story and opinion piece in The Carnation magazine out of Indianapolis, created graphics and scribed short pieces for the Columbia Missourian newspaper, shot football and written game-day stories for the KCTV television station in Kansas City, Kansas, and now shoot photos and video for KBIA. God damn right, I’m a backpack journalist.

Now, onto the photography! I begin my independent study with professor Karen Mitchell, a very talented photographer turned convergence (read: multimedia) professor, this week. With her tutelage, hopefully these photographs continue to improve. Visit her blog and check out the great work she did with the same basic equipment I have been using.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW, GALLERY: Missouri defeats Kansas State.

PLEASE follow the link. Until the semester ends, I will avoid duplicating our published content here in order to generate page hits for KBIA Sports Extra. Because the sports coverage at KBIA is still in its infantile stages, having just completed an experimental first six months and expected to continue through the first half of 2011, we are relegated to blog format. The publication comes under the umbrella for an accredited journalistic institution–but again, KBIA is a radio station, and we do not broadcast over the airwaves, so the only way to track our progress is via analytics. Make me look good!

Alec Burks scores 36, leads Colorado past No. 8 Missouri 89-76

CU guard Alec Burks put on an absolute show in Boulder. With 36 points, he put the Buffs on his back and carried them to their first victory in a Big 12 opener since 1997.

Missouri made a valiant comeback effort, pulling within seven before Alec Burks exploded at the end of the second half. Laurence Bowers came within a breath of a triple-double–15 points, nine boards, and an incredible nine blocks–in defeat. Guard Michael Dixon led Mizzou with 17 points. Continue reading

MIZ303 Marquee Game- Mizzou @ Colorado (Men’s Basketball)

The University of Missouri basketball team traveled to Boulder, CO today to take on the CU Buffs. Can you think of a better match-up for this blog, devoted to Missouri and Colorado sports?

This post will be a live glimpse into my note-taking procedure for reporting on games. Maybe there’s some help out there for me–what I seem to miss, what I should emphasize, what seems needless. Seeing others’ tactics for note taking always fascinates me, but I could be the weird one here.

I have to say I’ve always loved the not-white home jerseys, and the Buffs gray home threads score high on my personal list of favorites. Continue reading

Nene’s fantastic coast-to-coast slam

Nene gave Denver the best Christmas present of all with this athletic coast-to-coast finish. You have to see this.

Contest against #21 Illinois offers Mizzou shot at legitimacy, respect

Through 11 games the Missouri Tigers Men’s Basketball team is 10-1, with their only loss coming against a stout Georgetown Hoyas team.

The team looks great on paper. Marcus Denmon, as you know if you read this blog or anything else written by this author about the men’s squad, has played outstanding basketball to this point and has the stats to prove it. As a team, the Tigers rank sixth in the nation with almost 86 points per game, eighth in assists with 18.4, and 32nd in field goal percentage with a very respectable 48 percent.

However, against ranked opponents the Tigers remain winless thanks to a late, stupid foul by point guard Michael Dixon, and three missed free throws by Dixon and big man Laurence Bowers after intentional hacks by the Hoyas. I guess those Georgetown boys could shoot, too–47 percent from deep and 57 percent shooting from the field usually bodes well for the team in question.

Unlike in years past, head coach Mike Anderson’s swarming defense has emerged as the Achilles heel. Against Vanderbilt, a good team treading water just outside the top 25, the Tigers barely scraped by with a win while allowing Vanderilt to hit 31 of 59 shots from the floor–more than 50 percent. Sharpshooting guard John Jenkins was left open constantly and capitalized by putting five of 10 three-point shots in the basket en route to a game high 23 points. Forward Rod Odom had similar success off the bench hitting two crucial threes. The team’s other prominent snipers struggled to find the basket despite finding themselves too wide open behind the arc on an unsettling number of possessions.

The fact is teams with reliable perimeter shooting shellack a Missouri defense suddenly slim on stoppers with the graduation of JT Tiller and Zaire Taylor. Against the strongest five teams on their schedule so far, the Tigers ceded 40 percent from deep and 53 percent of the opponents’ shots taken inside the arc.

Quality opponents average 1.05 points per possession. In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs have held their opponents to a paltry 1.02 points per–but NCAA ball demands stingier defense than that, because of the obvious diffusion of talent between hundreds of teams as opposed to 30 with their pick of the best collegiate players.

#21 Illinois averages 77 points per game on 48 percent shooting. Missouri must hold them below that average and tightens up around the three-point-line on the likes of guards Demetri McCamey (51 percent from three) and D.J. Richardson (46 percent) and 7-foot-1-inch center Mike Tisdale (39 percent).

Size may also present a problem. Illinois has two centers standing seven feet tall, Tisdale and freshman Meyers Leonard. I do believe Ricardo Ratliffe can outrebound anyone on the Fighting Illini if he plays his best basketball. At only 6-foot-nine, he weighs in at 240 to Tisdale’s 250 and that means Ratliffe’s physicality will come into play.

“Ricardo, he’s taking gradual steps each and every game. It seems like to me that the more physical the game is, the more it really plays in his favor,” coach Anderson said after Missouri’s victory over Vanderbilt.

In the game, Ratliffe faced off against a surging, not-quite-a-seven-footer Festus Ezili. Ratliffe had 14 points and nine boards; Ezili had nine board and 16 points, but missed six free throws.

Keep an eye on these guys. As my friends alway say, it’s Respect, Excellence, Discovery, Responsibility, and Disappointment. Let’s see if Mizzou can treat a should-win as a must-win and run away with it.