March 4, 2013
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By Matthew Fairburn
Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi earned Player of the Week honors in the Southeastern Conference on Monday after recording his 10th double-double of the season on Saturday against Louisiana State University.
In Missouri’s two wins last week over LSU and South Carolina, Oriakhi shot 15-17 from the field and averaged 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
“All the credit goes to my teammates,” Oriakhi said. “They give me the ball in position, all I have to do is dunk it. I’m just glad to be winning. I’ll take winning over everything.”
Oriakhi’s strong play comes at just the right time for the Tigers, who are making a push to receive one of the top four seeds in the SEC and ensure a double bye in the conference tournament.
On Tuesday, Missouri (21-8 overall, 10-6 in the SEC) takes on Arkansas (18-11, 9-7) in its final home game of the season. While the game marks Arkansas coach Mike Anderson’s first trip to Mizzou Arena since leaving Missouri in 2011, the game will be emotional for a different reason; it’s senior night for the Tigers.
Laurence Bowers, Keion Bell and Oriakhi will all be honored before the game. While Bowers has played a full career at Missouri, Bell and Oriakhi have spent only one season on the court for the Tigers. Still, Oriakhi expects it to be a memorable night.
“It feels like I belong here for some reason,” Oriakhi said. “I don’t know what the emotions will be like, but Mizzou has definitely been special to me.”
The Supervising Editor on this story was Megan Rentschler