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Mizzou volleyball hampered by errors, blocks in 3-2 loss to Georgia

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Libero Sarah Meister slammed the gym floor in frustration after the Missouri volleyball team lost another point in Friday’s match against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Hearnes Center.

Her frustration could summarize the struggles the Tigers had in the match. They lost 3-2 (25-19,25-27, 23-25, 25-27, 15-11), putting them 15-14 overall and 6-8 in SEC.

“This is one of the few matches this year that I can say I’m really disappointed in Read more of this post


Mizzou defense dominates in 20-10 win over Kentucky

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray (56) jumps to knock down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles’ (14) pass at the line of scrimmage. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (33) applies pressure to the quarterback after beating Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (70) around the edge.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray (56) jumps to knock down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles’ (14) pass at the line of scrimmage. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (33) applies pressure to the quarterback after beating Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (70) around the edge.

COLUMBIA — Darrian Miller didn’t stand a chance.

With less than a minute remaining in the game and his team facing fourth-and-7, the Kentucky Wildcats left tackle found himself lined up against Missouri defensive end Shane Ray.

The ball was snapped, and Ray did to Miller what he’s done to so many offensive linemen this year: use his blazing Read more of this post

2014 Missouri Tigers football preview: Kentucky

Missouri vs. Kentucky
: Nov. 1
Record: Kentucky finished 2-10 in 2013 including a 48-17 loss to Missouri in Lexington. The series is tied 2-2.

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

After years of frustration, Wildcats fans are hungry for a winner. Mark Stoops was one of the outstanding assistant coaches in college football, and has brought in impressive recruiting classes to Lexington. But this was a tough rebuilding job, as evidenced by an embarrassing 10 losses last year. Expect serious improvement for Big Blue this year.


The offense could be substantially better (not that that’s saying much) but there are some “ifs” starting at quarterback where nobody can say with certainty who will be the starter. Last year’s Read more of this post

Missouri set to host SEC women’s tennis tournament

By Ky Bright

Missouri will host its first SEC women’s tennis tournament beginning Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

In only its second SEC season, coach Sasha Schmid said hosting the tournament is a very important event for the program.

“We‘re really excited about the tournament. It truly is the best tennis in the nation,” Schmid said.

The Tigers enter the tournament as the No. 13 seed after finishing the regular season with a 1-12 conference record. Missouri will look for its first SEC tournament victory against Read more of this post

Kentucky sweeps Missouri in doubleheader to win series

Story by Sam Richmond
Video by Sam Hustis


The No. 16 Missouri softball team suffered two heartbreaking defeats at the hands of the No. 9 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at University Field.

The Tigers dropped game one, 3-2, and fell 8-7 after eight innings in game two, giving the weekend series victory to Kentucky.

Game one saw Missouri strike first, with both infielder Angela Randazzo and outfielder Mackenzie Sykes plating a run in the first inning. But Wildcat pitcher Kelsey Nunley shut down an explosive Missouri offense the rest of the way.

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No. 11 Kentucky Outlasts Missouri Despite Brown’s Big Day

Story By Cody Mroczka
Photos by Tim Nwachukwu

Jabari Brown (32) had a career game against Kentucky, scoring 33 points.

Jabari Brown (32) had a career game against Kentucky, scoring 33 points.

COLUMBIA –Jabari Brown didn’t want to talk about his career-high 33-point game. He didn’t want to talk about the sheet of ice that covered Columbia on Saturday afternoon, although no one asked. He was on fire. At least, he was on the court.

The Missouri guard sat at the press table, eyes sinking, and answering in his usual modest tone following Missouri’s 84-79 loss to No. 11 Kentucky at Mizzou Arena.

He wanted to talk about one of the few mistakes he had made all day on the court. With Missouri trailing 80-77 and the shot clock running down, Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison beat Brown off the dribble for a layup with 20 seconds remaining.

“That last play I didn’t get a stop, he scored a bucket,” Brown said. “It’s tough, I’m kind of feeling that right now.”

Brown said this despite a 33-point effort, the most by a Tiger since Thomas Gardner scored 40 points against Kansas back in 2006.

The soft-spoken transfer was clearly upset with himself, despite almost bringing the Tigers back from a 16-point deficit Read more of this post

Kentucky will need to capitalize on last win when facing No. 9 Mizzou

By The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky faces another ranked opponent on Saturday and the Wildcats will be looking for their first Southeastern Conference win of the season when they host No. 9 Missouri.

The Wildcats lost four consecutive games to ranked opponents earlier this year, including one against top-ranked Alabama. But Kentucky has had two games against unranked Mississippi State and FCS Alabama State to prepare for the Tigers.

Kentucky (2-6, 0-4 SEC) is coming off a 48-14 victory over ASU and showed grit in its previous game against MSU with a second-half rally that fell short.

The Wildcats will need to apply everything they learned during their grueling stretch against the nation’s best teams if they want to upset the explosive Tigers (8-1, 4-1).

Missouri’s offense is averaging 40.6 points and 500 yards per game; its defense ranks third in turnover margin at plus-1.7.

Kentucky’s statistics are nowhere as impressive as the Tigers’ numbers, but coach Mark Stoops is hopeful the momentum from last week’s win can carry over into the effort the Wildcats will need to stop another tough foe.

“I think we’ll have more energy,” Stoops said this week. “I think it was good to get a win. We needed that.

“We’re going to need to improve a great deal between last week and this week to win this game. I believe our players will have a great mindset.”

Kentucky will need it to slow down Missouri’s powerful offense.

The Tigers rushed for 339 of their 502 yards in last week’s 31-3 victory over Tennessee with backup quarterback Maty Mauk gaining a team-high 114 yards on 13 carries. Henry Josey (647 yards, eight TDs) and Russell Hansbrough (510, four TDs) do most of Missouri’s heavy lifting on the ground.

A bigger challenge looms for the Wildcats’ secondary, which must stop the Tigers’ collection of tall receivers including 6-foot-5 senior L’Damian Washington (680 yards, nine TDs), 6-6 sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham (479, 5) and 6-5 senior Marcus Lucas (team-high 43 receptions for 522 yards).

“You have got to man up and play and that’s just the way it is,” Stoops said.

Here are five things to watch as No. 9 Missouri visits Kentucky:

KENTUCKY’S WIDEOUTS: The Wildcats’ inexperienced wide receiver corps suffered two huge losses last week with a season-ending knee injury to freshman Alex Montgomery after a TD celebration while freshman Ryan Timmons is out with a sprained knee. The good news is that junior college transfer Javess Blue, who sat out last week after sustaining a pregame eye injury after getting hit with a football, will play.

MAUK IS THE MAN: Until James Franklin’s shoulder has healed, redshirt freshman Mauk will again be under center for the Tigers. He’s scheduled to make his fourth straight start against Kentucky and has completed 45 of 92 passes for 748 yards and five TDs. “I feel fortunate that Maty has done a good job,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said.

GIVE ME THE BALL: Freshman JoJo Kemp continues to show why he might be Kentucky’s running back of the future. He leads the team with 390 yards rushing – just 20 more than senior Raymond Sanders, who’s also been solid – thanks to a hard-charging style and moves that are earning him more touches. The Wildcats are determined to establish the “Air Raid” passing attack, but they’re creating a viable ground option as well.

TIGERS’ TAKEAWAYS: The Tigers have nearly three times as many takeaways (24) as turnovers (nine), which puts Kentucky on notice to protect the ball and be particularly careful throwing against a Missouri defense with 17 interceptions. The Tigers picked off two against Tennessee last week, with senior E.J. Gaines returning from a two-game absence because of injury to make his team-best fourth interception.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE: Kentucky’s last conference victory came against Tennessee in the 2011 season finale. Twelve straight losses have followed but the Wildcats’ comeback efforts at South Carolina and Mississippi State offered hints that things are heading in the right direction. As last week’s victory over FCS Alabama State demonstrated, starting quick has its benefits and the Wildcats want to prove they can be competitive against another ranked opponent. “Another big challenge this week with another top 10 team,” Stoops said.

Kentucky comes back to beat Mizzou in OT, 90-83

By the Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Julius Mays’ eight points in overtime, including four clinching free throws in the final 33 seconds, helped Kentucky get the important victory it needed to bolster its NCAA tournament chances, beating Missouri 90-83 Saturday night.

Mays made six free throws in overtime and scored 21 of his 24 points after halftime for the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), who needed a “quality” win to go along with their triumph over then-No. 16 Mississippi last month. Kentucky got it by holding serve at Rupp Arena over Missouri (19-8, 8-6) in the marquee game on ESPN College Game Day, and the Wildcats’ backcourt was key in beating the Tigers.

Archie Goodwin scored all 18 of his points after intermission while Ryan Harrow added 16 with eight rebounds and six assists. That helped offset Phil Pressey’s 27 points and Missouri’s determined effort that forced overtime.

Instead, the Tigers saw their road woes continue in falling to 1-7.

Alex Poythress added 21 points for the Wildcats, who improved to 2-1 since losing freshman center Nerlens Noel to a season-ending knee injury.

Kentucky shot 30 of 59 from the field (51 percent). Missouri finished 33 of 76 (43.4 percent).

Alex Oriakhi added 16 points and Laurence Bowers 13 for the Tigers. Read more of this post

Mizzou soccer team beats Kentucky, advances to SEC semis

The Missouri soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament after defeating Kentucky 2-1 on Wednesday.

Senior Hayley Krentz scored the game’s first goal in the 26th minute off of a pass from fellow senior Taiwo Adeshigbin. This is the third goal of the season for Krentz and Adeshigbin’s second assist.

Shortly after the Tigers made their first goal of the game, sophomore Kaysie Clark sent the ball out wide to Krentz, who shot the ball into the box. Junior Alyssa Diggs got the pass and made her eighth goal of the year, taking a 2-0 lead for Missouri.

Kentucky junior Caitlin Landis scored in the 73rd minute, but Missouri’s sophomore goalkeeper McKenzie Sauerwein, who made nine saves, held firm for a 2-1 victory.

Missouri faces Florida in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Missouri women face growing pains, second-to-last SEC projection

By Kaysie Moore

The Missouri women’s basketball team enter their inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference with plenty of question marks, and a preseason prediction for the conference released Tuesday reflects as much.

A panel of Southeastern Conference officials and media members has Missouri finishing No. 13 in the 14-team SEC. The Tigers received 39 total points in Tuesday’s poll.

Kentucky is projected to win the SEC championship, with 20 first place votes and 376 total points from the panel. Also receiving first place votes are Georgia (352 total points), Vanderbilt (336), Tennessee (316) and Texas A&M (284). Selected to finish behind Missouri is Alabama, receiving 36 total points.

Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies (20 first place votes) is far and away the top choice for SEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. No Missouri players appear on the first or second preseason all-SEC teams.

Missouri enters the 2012-2013 season as the least experienced team in the Southeastern Conference, including six freshmen on coach Robin Pingeton’s roster.

The Missouri women open their season with an exhibition game at Mizzou Arena on October 30, playing host to Lincoln (Mo.) at 7pm. The Tigers begin SEC play on January 3, when they’ll visit Georgia in Athens, Ga.