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A Pair Of Freshman Mizzou Hoopsters Depart

mrsec-breaking-newsAll eyes in Missouri are on star guard Phil Pressey as makes up his mind about the NBA, but two other Tiger basketballers have already made up their minds… to transfer.  The school announced today that backup freshman guards Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull will leave Columbia in search of more playing time closer to respective homes.

Frank Haith said the following in today’s press release:

 

“Dominique and Negus were great representatives of our program, and I want to thank them for their contributions both on and off the basketball court.  We will certainly do anything we can to help them as they begin the recruiting process and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”

 

Webster-Chan and Bull played sparingly this past season.

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Boxscore Breakdown: Colorado State 84 – Missouri 72

march-madness-schedule-tv-logoBetween the NCAA and the NIT, the SEC had six teams qualify for postseason tournament play.  Four games in, half of them are already done.  Missouri becomes the latest SEC squad to make a quick exit, falling to Colorado State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers trailed by nine at half and proceeded to cut the lead to four points early in the second half.  They never got any closer.

Phil Pressey led Missouri with 20 points and seven assists.

- Colorado State doubled Missouri on the boards – outrebounding the Tigers 36-18.

-Missouri shot 42.1% from the field (24-57) while Colorado State shot 49% (25-51)

- Colorado State went to the free-throw line 14 times more than Mizzou – made 10 more (27 vs 17).

Missouri finishes the year 23-11; 17-0 at home and 6-11 in road/neutral court games.

 

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Mizzou Wins At South Carolina, Picks Up Second SEC Road Victory

basketballsMissouri 90 – South Carolina 68. Video Highlights

1. Keion Bell scores 24 points, Jabari Brown adds a career-high 23 as Tigers shoot 69.6% from the field.  Coach Frank Haith: “I don’t know that we could play any better offensively against a really good defensive team.”

2. After taking 24 shots and scoring a career-high 27 points against Kentucky, Phil Pressey doesn’t attempt a shot but has nine assists and five rebounds.

3. Damien Leonard led the Gamecocks with a career-high 20 points.  Coach Frank Martin: “Obviously, we had no answers today. We couldn’t defend them.”

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SEC Hoops: Streaking Tennesssee Clips LSU, Missouri Rallies To Beat Florida

basketballsTennessee 82 – LSU 72. Video Highlights

1. Career-high 34 points for Jordan McRae – including 20 in the second half. Most points by a Vol since Chris Lofton in 2006.  Coach Cuonzo Martin: “This is a different team. This is the team I thought we’d be at the beginning of the season…”

2. LSU guard Anthony Hickey on McRae’s performance: “He was the man tonight.”

3. LSU forward Johnny O’Bryant led the Tigers with 24 points and eight rebounds. “We gave McRae a lot of pull-ups off one move, and he was knocking them down. We can’t do that.”

Missouri 63 – Florida 60. Video Highlights

4. Down 13 points in the second half, Missouri rallies to beat  a Florida team it lost to by 31 points in Gainesville.  Missouri coach Frank Haith: “A win against one of the best teams in the country, obviously it’s something you can carry with you the rest of the year.”

5. Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey had 10 assists on the night.  Florida coach Billy Donovan: “I thought he was at our place crazy when he played. I really thought he really did a terrific job of running his team… I thought he really played within himself.”

6. Florida was 6-of-12 from the free-throw line - three missed one-and-ones in the last 10 minutes of the game.

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Oriakhi Free To Play Immediately… Somewhere

Yesterday the NCAA nixed UConn’s appeal of a 2012-13 postseason ban and that opens the door for transferring forward/center Alex Oriakhi to play somewhere immediately.  If that somewhere is in the SEC, he’ll also have to get a waiver from the league because he has just one year of eligibility remaining… but that looks to be a forgone conclusion.

The folks in Missouri — one of Oriakhi’s final four choices — believe he “could flourish” playing alongside point guard Phil Pressey who was his teammate in AAU ball back in Massachusetts.

But Oriakhi told CBSSports.com that he’s already spoken to top high school prospect Nerlens Noel about teaming up at Kentucky, another of his final four choices (along with Duke and North Carolina).  It was reported that the big man was scheduled to meet with John Calipari yesterday.

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