Category Archives: Missouri Men’s Basketball

Gill-Caesar overcomes illness, puts up 19 in Missouri’s 78-64 win over Oral Roberts

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri Tigers had a monstrous second half offensively to lock down a 78-64 win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The offense was led by freshman Montaque Gill-Caesar, who Kim Anderson admitted was feeling sick all day.

“To be honest it was a gutty performance because he wasn’t feeling very good,” Anderson said.

Three Missouri players scored in double figures, including Gill-Caesar, and dominated Oral Roberts on both ends of the court for most of the second half.

The first half was typical for Missouri, with the Tigers mediocre shooting. Missouri shot 13-30 from the field and shot 33 percent from the three-point line. Defensively the Tigers were hampered by Obi Emegano. Emegano didn’t miss a shot from the field in the first half, scoring 18 points, despite only playing seven minutes because of two fouls he committed. Missouri took advantage of his absence and brought the score to 40-38 at half.

Down two points going into the second half, Missouri needed a spark. Read more of this post

Strong second half gives Missouri it’s first victory, 56-41 over Valparaiso

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

Missouri focused on defense as they defeated Valparaiso for their first win of the
season on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. After a tight first half, the Tigers were able to
break ahead in the second half, holding Valparaiso to 18 points in the half. Wes Clark
provided the offensive spark for the Tigers, scoring 16 points. Clark also grabbed six
rebounds and two steals. Johnathan Williams III had six rebounds of his own to go
along with 10 points. Missouri dominated the boards in the matchup, outrebounding
Valparaiso 37-28. After a poor first half shooting, the Tigers shot 53.8 percent from
the field in the second half to earn the victory.

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Offensive woes lead to 69-61 loss to UMKC for Missouri men’s basketball team

Wes Clark questions a foul call during the first half of Missouri’s matchup against UMKC on Friday, Sept. 14, 2014. Clark committed three of Missouri’s 25 fouls in the game.

Wes Clark questions a foul call during the first half of Missouri’s matchup against UMKC on Friday, Sept. 14, 2014. Clark committed three of Missouri’s 25 fouls in the game.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Kim Anderson’s career as head coach of the Missouri men’s basketball team will start with a 0-1 record as the Tigers fell to the University of Missouri – Kansas City 69-61. The Tigers struggled to find any rhythm offensively Friday night in what Anderson referred to as “an ugly game.”

UMKC set the pace for the game in the first half with a barrage of shots, particularly from behind the 3-point line.

Missouri struggled to defend as UMKC repeatedly drove with the basketball, only to kick the ball out to a teammate for an open shot. UMKC shot 55.6% from behind the arc in the first half, getting out to a 33-24 lead at the break.

Missouri struggled to get going offensively as they shot only 33.3% from the field, while going 2-10 from the three-point line. Missouri did make some strides late in the half, but still had a lot of work to do.

While Missouri did more scoring in the second half, their offense was based more of quantity of shots than quality. Montaque Gill-Caesar, who led the Tigers with 21 points, shot 15 Read more of this post

Big second half win gives Missouri the win over UMSL in exhibition 77-54

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their final exhibition of the season against University of Missouri – St. Louis. Poor rebounding and foul trouble inside caused Missouri to stray away from its game plan. The Tigers caught fire at the end of the first half to take a 39-34 lead. They buried UMSL in the second half.  Johnathan Williams III played well in his return to action, scoring 13 points and gathering up 12 rebounds. The offensive stars of the game, however, were Montaque Gill-Caesar and Keith Shamburger. Gill-Caesar scored 19 points, while Shamburger put up 13 points and had six assists. One major upside for Missouri is that its two primary point guards, Shamburger and Wes Clark, combined for 10 assists and no turnovers.

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Tigers roll past William Jewell 72-31

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri Tigers steamrolled William Jewell in an exhibition game on
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 in the Hearnes Center. Wes Clark led the Tigers with 14
points, while fan favorite Ryan Rosburg put up 13 points with eight rebounds. The
Tigers as a whole dominated the boards, besting William Jewell 72-31.

After getting a steal, Wes Clark broke away and slammed it home in an exhibition against William Jewell on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Clark would end up with 14  points and three steals on the game.

After getting a steal, Wes Clark broke away and slammed it home in an exhibition against William Jewell on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Clark would end up with 14
points and three steals on the game.

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Anderson has a strong start with his first media day

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

Kim Anderson may be new to coaching at the University of Missouri, but he can
handle the media like a veteran.

Anderson walked confidently into his first media day as Missouri’s head men’s
basketball coach and didn’t miss a beat. He joked with reporters and never seemed
to be caught off guard.

After filling media members in about the team’s current health situation, he talked Read more of this post

Mizzou basketball players freshmen Gant, Allen suspended

By The Associated Press

D'Angelo Allen

D’Angelo Allen

Jakeenan Gant

Jakeenan Gant

COLUMBIA — Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen have been suspended after getting arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Coach Kim Anderson said in a statement that the players would not participate in team activities while the school gathers information.

According to published reports, Michael James Martin was also arrested along with the players after reports of an assault early Sunday.

The 6-foot-8 Gant was Mr. Basketball in Georgia his senior season and was among 21 players selected to participate in USA Basketball’s U18 National Team training camp.

The 6-foot-7 Allen, of Dallas, signed with Missouri soon after Anderson was hired in April.

Men’s basketball 2015 conference schedule announced

The Southeastern Conference today released its 2015 men’s basketball schedules, including the schedule for Missouri.

The Tigers’ conference play opens at home against the LSU Tigers on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. All of Missouri’s SEC games are scheduled to be televised.

Home games include top teams from last year: NCAA Final Four qualifiers Kentucky (Jan. 29) and Florida (Feb. 24), Read more of this post

Jones released from Mizzou men’s basketball team

Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson has dismissed sophomore forward Torren Jones from the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

“We have high standards at the University of Missouri and after consulting with Mike Alden, I have made the decision to dismiss Torren Jones from our program,” Anderson said in a statement released today by Mizzou Athletics.

“I am disappointed in Torren’s actions and want to be very clear about the culture of accountability we are building within our program. It’s a privilege to wear the University of Missouri uniform and we will represent our University and our state with great integrity.”

Jones, a 6-foot 8-inch forward from Chandler, Arizona, averaged 2.1 points per game last season while playing 8 minutes per game.

A midsummer’s look at Mizzou basketball’s newcomers

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Women’s basketball

Summer workouts continue as the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team prepares for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Robin Pingeton’s club will try to improve on last year’s 17-14 record and second consecutive WNIT appearance. While Bri Kulas’ graduation leaves big shoes to fill, the Tigers welcome four new players to the team. One is a junior college transfer, another a transfer whose required year off the court is finished, and two are among the outstanding high school players from Missouri of the last few years. Here’s a look at the newest members of the team:

Juanita Robinson (junior college transfer) — 4-star recruit and ranked in top 100 nationally by ESPN out of high school. Originally signed with Ohio but ended up instead at Johnson County Community College, the same school as Bri Kulas. Junior College All-American, averaged 11 points Read more of this post

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