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Media Day Notes: Missouri prepares to play without two starters

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

The big news out of Missouri football media day on Monday was the indefinite suspension of starting cornerback Aarion Penton. The suspension comes after Penton was arrested early Friday morning for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor in Columbia.

“These are young guys,” Missouri cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford said. “They all make mistakes, just like my kids. I try to treat them just like (my kids). We move on, we learn from it, and hopefully they don’t make the same mistakes again. We try to use this as a teaching moment.”

Penton’s suspension comes at an inopportune time for the Tigers. Read more of this post


Johnson, Russell and the Clark sisters are All-SEC

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Four members of the Missouri soccer team received end of the year awards from the Southeastern Conference, following the Tigers’ fourth place finish in the regular season.

Midfielder Kaysie Clark was named first-team All-SEC for the second consecutive season. The award is just another to the list of accolades for the Liberty, Missouri, native. Clark was also named to the Big 12 Conference All-Newcomer team during her freshman year in 2011. She tallied a team-leading 16 points in her final season as a Tiger, scoring three Read more of this post

Mizzou volleyball looks to bounce back against Arkansas and Texas A&M

 By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Lack of confidence. Errors. These two things have plagued the Missouri volleyball team so far this season and prevented the team from winning close matches.

The Tigers lost to No. 8 Florida 3-0 (17-25, 19-25, 13-25) and South Carolina 3-1(25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 17-25) this weekend. They are now 13-11 overall and 4-5 in the Southeastern Conference.

The past two matches allowed players to be accountable for their own actions, Whitney Little said.

“Not really trying to blame others if something goes wrong, “ she said. “Like if we don’t win the play, then instead of being…that was a bat hit or a bad set or a bad pass; instead (we should be) thinking well, I could have covered or I could have called out where the hitters were.”

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Earnest Ross Delivers In The Final Minute, Missouri Stuns Texas A&M

Story by Cody Mroczka
Photos by Michael Losch

Missouri senior guard Earnest Ross (33) tries to block the shot of a Texas A&M shooter. Ross scored seven points that included a pair of game-winning free throws.

Missouri senior guard Earnest Ross (33) tries to block the shot of a Texas A&M shooter. Ross scored seven points that included a pair of game-winning free throws.

COLUMBIA – For the first 38 minutes and 54 seconds, Missouri guard Earnest Ross was hardly noticeable. For the last 66 seconds, Ross was the only player that mattered.

With 1:06 remaining, Ross stepped to the free-throw line with the Missouri Tigers (21-9, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) trailing visiting Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9 SEC) by a score of 54-51 and NCAA Tournament hopes hanging on by a thread. Ross took over from that point, scoring the Tigers final seven points and delivering a much-needed Read more of this post

Missouri Takes On Texas A&M For Senior Night

By Michael Losch

COLUMBIA – Missouri will host Texas A&M for the last home game of the season on Wednesday night.

Missouri guard Earnest Ross and forward Tony Criswell will suit up for their last regular season game at Mizzou Arena as the Tigers look to improve their tournament resume. Missouri coach Frank Haith discusses the role of his two seniors and what Missouri needs to do for a win.

Missouri women lose to Texas A&M 62-57

Missouri can’t overcome Aggies’ height, tough defense

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Courtney Walker scored 21 points as No. 17 Texas A&M won its ninth straight game and remained undefeated in conference play with a 62-57 win over Missouri on Thursday night.

After trailing for much of the first half and 33-31 at halftime, Texas A&M (16-4, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) took the lead early in the second and never relinquished it.

The Tigers (13-6, 2-4) hung around though and cut their deficit to 60-56 with 1:15 to play. Missouri then got the ball back after a missed 3-pointer by Texas A&M but the Tigers missed 3s on their next two possessions and the Aggies prevailed.

Courtney Williams added 14 points and went 6 of 11 from the field for Texas A&M.

Morgan Eye led Missouri with 19 points while Brianna Kulas added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last five.

Missouri travels to Mississippi State for a game Sunday, Jan. 26 and return to Mizzou Arena on Thursday, Jan. 30 to face Vanderbilt.

Texas A&M is last obstacle in Mizzou’s path to championship

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — There’s one more hurdle to clear for No. 5 Missouri.

Beat No. 19 Texas A&M at home on Saturday and the Tigers, an SEC afterthought back in August, goes to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

Coach Gary Pinkel acknowledged on Monday that it’s a big deal.

“We’re excited about playing this game,” Pinkel said. “We worked real hard to get to this position. You know what, you compete for a championship, you’ve got to beat good people.”

Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) must win to get to the Dec. 7 title game in Atlanta.

A loss would result in a tie for first place in the SEC East with South Carolina (9-2, 6-2), which would get the nod based on head-to-head competition.

Whatever happens, much has been accomplished.

“In any business, when you have adversity, that’s what you get judged by,” Pinkel said. “When things get really, really tough. We persevered. I’m really proud of our staff and our players. I shake my head, how they play and how they compete.”

There’s more to do. No one’s looking ahead to the title game or a BCS berth. It’s all about beating A&M (8-3, 4-3).

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” guard Max Copeland said. “The bigger the stakes, the most fun it gets. We’re rock and rollers, all our chips are in, man. Let’s go!”

Offensive tackle Justin Britt wrinkled his nose at the notion it’s been a “satisfying” season after last year’s SEC debut disaster. The 5-7 finish complicated by numerous injuries ended a string of eight consecutive bowl games, and expectations were low.

“You use that word and you get complacent,” Britt said. “It’s felt real good. I’m happy and the team’s happy with what’s happened and we’re all just trying to reach our goals.”

The Tigers have stumbled just once, losing in overtime to South Carolina at home.

Early on they showed their mettle with a win at Georgia, the school’s first road victory over a Top 10 opponent since 1981, and they overcame another crowd, beating Ole Miss 24-10 on Saturday night.

School is out this week, but students will flock back to campus early to be there for A&M.

“It’ll be just nuts,” senior quarterback James Franklin said, “because it’s Senior Night and because of how we’ve been doing this year.

“The fans want to come for what’s on the line.”

The practice schedule will be altered somewhat so players have a chance to go home for Thanksgiving. No classes means more preparation time, too.

Not too much.

Pinkel said he used to get so wired on game day, especially for a night game.

“That’s just my intensity, that’s how I am,” the coach said. “This is fun, this is really fun competing for a championship. This is why you do it.”

Over the years, he’s learned to better harness those emotions. He’ll downplay the implications with players.

“I’m not going to talk about that much. It’s all clutter,” he said. “We call it the grind. Wake up Saturday and play your best game.”

During the Senior Night ceremony, Pinkel always sheds some tears and hands out hugs all around, and hopes everyone snaps back to attention and uses it as inspiration and not a distraction.

“I’m sure it’s going to be more than I’m expecting,” Franklin said. “Right now I don’t see it as being too emotional, but I’m pretty sure once it comes around it will be.

“It’ll be sad, it’s my last home game at Mizzou, but it’ll be exciting, too.”

Mizzou, A&M holding their own as SEC newcomers

By Brett Martell
The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — It looks like bigger does mean better in the competitive Southeastern Conference—not just in terms of television ratings, but on the field as well.

When Texas A&M and Missouri began SEC play a season ago, few doubted the addition of the two schools would bring more television viewers to the league’s games from Texas and Midwest. Still, there were questions about whether adding a pair of Big 12 teams would dilute the quality on the field in the mighty SEC, winner of seven straight football national titles.

Apparently not.

Just last weekend, the Aggies and their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Johnny Manziel, pulled out a thriller at Mississippi, while unbeaten Missouri did what No. 6 LSU could not: upended Georgia in Athens. Halfway through the 2013 season, the Aggies and the newest Tigers to join the SEC have one loss between them: A&M’s one-score loss to No. 1 and two-time defending national champion Alabama.

“It made our league better,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said when asked about the results of expansion on the field.

Some of those who represent the SEC’s traditional powers have been a bit surprised by the quick ascension of the newcomers in the league standings.

“I’m shocked, but then again, I’m not,” Tennessee running back Rajion Neal said. “Those have been some pretty good teams. I can remember times where Texas A&M were making their strides and I can remember Missouri was in the top 10.”

Others saw it coming.

“It doesn’t shock me at all,” said Florida coach Will Muschamp, who was familiar with both former Big 12 programs from his time as a defensive coordinator at Texas.

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier said he always thought Missouri and Texas A&M had “outstanding traditions at their places.”

Spurrier said he had no doubt Missouri now has its “sights on playing for the (conference) championship in Atlanta,” and that the Aggies’ Manziel is “the toast of the league.”

Added LSU coach Les Miles: “Both Texas A&M and Missouri are much improved from when I was in the Big 12 at Oklahoma State.”

The promise of greater TV ratings seems to be playing out as predicted. A few weeks ago, CBS announced its broadcast of No. 1 Alabama at then-No. 6 Texas A&M earned the highest ratings for a CBS regular season college football game in 23 years. On Wednesday, the network announced that its Saturday SEC broadcasts are averaging 7.3 million viewers, the most at this point of a season since CBS began featuring SEC games in 2001.

Next year, the conference launches the SEC Network, which is expected to be picked up by cable providers in every team’s market – meaning millions more viewers which the network might not have had if not for expansion into the states of Texas and Missouri.

Expansion did not come without some logistical concerns. Saban said he’s still concerned about how scheduling will work out. Vanderbilt Athletic Director David Williams said the new travel itineraries will take some getting used to for the teams and fans.

“There’s always things that you sort of have to get over the hump and you know adding two more teams, there were a lot of logistic problems,” Williams said. “But all of the other stuff is great. Two outstanding universities. They’ve brought a lot of excitement, a lot of fans to the SEC, good teams. So yeah, I think the expansion has worked real well.”

If travel has become more onerous for fans, it hasn’t really shown up in terms of attendance. If anything, Manziel’s star power has provided an attendance boost in every stadium the Aggies have visited.

In 2011, the last season before expansion, SEC stadiums were at 95.8 percent capacity. In 2012, that figure rose to 97.4. So far this season, it’s at 98.7.

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has been dealt a pair of home losses by A&M, falling victim to remarkable performances by Manziel in both. He hasn’t faced Missouri yet, but will host Gary Pinkel’s Tigers on Nov. 23.

“Competition-wise, they both have added something to our conference,” Freeze said. “It gives us another market and expands the financial benefits that we all reap.

“The only negative I have is that you just don’t get to see the other half of the league enough,” Freeze added. “I haven’t seen any negative other than that and that’s just a personal negative. Probably everyone doesn’t share that opinion.”

Associated Press Writers David Brandt in Oxford, Miss.; Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, S.C.; Mark Long in Gainesville, Fla.; Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Teresa Walker in Nashville contributed to this report.

Mizzou rolls by Texas A&M in first round of SEC Tournament

By Matt Fairburn

Prior to the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi had some advice for his team from his 2009 national championship run with Connecticut. Teams that make it in March are willing to fight, Oriakhi said on Monday.

That is what Missouri (23-9) did in Thursday night’s 62-50 win over Texas A&M (18-15) on Thursday night in the opening round of the SEC Tournament.

Despite the Aggies slowing down the pace, limiting itself to 10 turnovers and playing its usual physical brand of basketball, the Tigers never lost control of the game and held the lead from start to finish.

Even in a low-scoring affair, Texas A&M couldn’t prevent Missouri from scoring in bunches. A 10-0 run in the first half put the Tigers up 26-13, and an 8-0 run midway through the second half put the game out of reach at 45-26.

While Missouri led for much of the night, the physical play continued throughout the game. The slow speed of the game and physicality of Texas A&M’s defense did not bode well for Missouri guard Phil Pressey. Pressey missed his only shot attempt and finished the game with two points and six assists.

Oriakhi finished the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds; both team highs for the Tigers.

The win allows the sixth-seeded Missouri to advance to the quarterfinals to take on the No. 3 seed Ole Miss. The Tigers and Rebels split the season series this year. Missouri lost to Ole Miss by 15 points on the road but managed a 19-point victory when the two teams met at Mizzou Arena.

Friday night’s game is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. Central time at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Kelsey Roth Leads Mizzou to Win Over Texas A&M

By Karl Roskamp

Going in No. 5 Missouri and No. 7 Texas A&M were almost one in the same.  Both teams had one loss, star pitchers with ERAs under 1.00, and one hit going into the sixth inning.  It was appropriate that first baseman Kelsey Roth changed the game with one swing of the bat.

“I just wanted the ball to get out,” Roth said.

“It’s a game of inches,” pitcher Chelsea Thomas said.  “If we had a couple of our hits go through the five, six hole…it could have been a different game.”

Roth hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Tigers to a 2-0 win against the Aggies on Friday night.

Left fielder Mackenzie Sykes set up the walk-off home run with a two-out double off the top of the wall in left field.  Missouri managed three hits off Mel Dumezich, all coming in the last six plate appearances.  Dumezich was solid, but unspectacular as she allowed two earned runs, two strikeouts, two walks, and had more first pitch balls than strikes.

Texas A&M’s best chance to change the announcer’s theme of “zero runs on zero hits with zero walks and no one left on base” came in the sixth inning.  After walking pinch hitter Sydney Shannon to put two runners on, Thomas faced A&M catcher Nicole Morgan- the team’s leader in home runs and RBIs.  Morgan connected on a fastball that sailed deep into right field before being caught by the backpedalling Sarah Moore. Read more of this post