Tag Archives: Jabari Brown

Year in review:

The best players for Mizzou athletics this year

darren hellwege logo

Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

I walked away from Tiger sports for the summer on Sunday, the final event being a disappointing one —the MU softball team being swept by Nebraska. But all in all it was an exciting year for Tigers fans, from the rejuvenation of the Mizzou football program and undefeated regular season for Tiger volleyball, to a return to some great individual performances. While the Tigers golf team still has the NCAA championship ahead and several track athletes have also qualified for NCAAs, it’s time to take a look back at my thoughts for the best players and moments (and some not so great moments) for the major sports at MU and some unsung heroes from the sports that don’t get as much attention.

And, look on the bright side…football camp is just over two months away! Read more of this post

Missouri basketball players are NBA draft prospects

By Daniel Shapiro

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but as more teams fall out of the playoffs, more NBA fans begin to look towards the 2014 NBA Draft. This year’s draft has been highly anticipated with a large number of players expected to become franchise players and all-stars.

The Missouri basketball team has two players that expect to be drafted — the dynamic backcourt of juniors Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson. Both bring different tools to the table; Brown brings quick, efficient shooting while the 6-foot-5 Clarkson is a good size for a point guard and has playmaking skills based around his ability to drive to the basket. After Missouri’s late season collapse, both went from projected first round picks to second rounders*, though both still expect to get drafted.

*Without the NBA lottery set and Clarkson and Brown’s status as likely second round picks, only each team’s second round picks will be listed.

Read more of this post

Moving forward with Missouri men’s basketball

Slide1By Cody Mroczka and Michael Losch

Much like the men’s regular season, Missouri’s offseason was filled with uncertainty when Frank Haith suddenly resigned in April.

With Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson, Missouri’s leading scorers, declaring for the NBA Draft, the Tigers will need to restructure its roster from within. KBIA Sports reporters Cody Mroczka and Michael Losch breakdown what Missouri lost, and what the future could bring with new coach Kim Anderson.

 

 

 

 

 

Length: 5:34

 

Missouri basketball dismisses Zach Price

By Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith dismissed Zach Price from the team Thursday following the junior forward’s two arrests last week.

Haith released a statement through the school this afternoon.

“Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program,” Haith said. “Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed.”

Price was arrested on suspicion of  Read more of this post

Mizzou looks to rebuild, again, following NIT exit

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Earnest Ross sat back in his chair and stared at the ceiling of the interview room.
Missouri had just lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament to Southern Mississippi, and the senior guard started to realize his college career was over.

“I had a great time at Missouri,” Ross said as his eyes reddened. “The fans did a great job of bringing me in. Coach (Frank) Haith and the rest of the coaching staff did a great job of coaching me. I had a great time here and wouldn’t Read more of this post

Survive and advance: Missouri defeats Davidson 85-77

Story by Michael Losch
Photos by Cody Mroczka
Missouri center Keanau Post battles for position on a rebound between Davidson defenders Chris Czerapowics (left) and Tyler Kalinoski (right) on Tuesday, March 18, at Mizzou Arena. Tuesday was Post’s fourth career start for the Tigers.

Missouri center Keanau Post battles for position on a rebound between Davidson defenders Chris Czerapowics (left) and Tyler Kalinoski (right) on Tuesday, March 18, at Mizzou Arena. Tuesday was Post’s fourth career start for the Tigers.

COLUMBIA — Missouri was tested.

By focusing on every ‘four-minute battle’ — the time between each television break — the Tigers were able to beat Southern Conference regular season champion Davidson 85-77 at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.

Down by as many as 13 points with 16 minutes left to play, Missouri needed an answer to continue its season and advance to the second-round of the National Invitational Tournament.

“There’s no 13-point play,” Missouri guard Earnest Ross said. “We were just trying to win each four minutes. It kind of inspired us and gave us the fire to play hard and we just continued to play.”

Missouri went on a 42-21 run to end the game that was made possible by the Tigers’ ability to drive to the basket, find ways to score, and get to the free throw line.

“We knew if we continued to drive the ball we could continue to get to the free throw line,” Ross said. “Getting to the rim is something we were able to execute.”

Read more of this post

Haith building Mizzou hoops the old-fashioned way at “Transfer U”

darren hellwege logo

Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Sometimes the surface story and what’s going on underneath can be very different.

It would be easy for Missouri fans to be cynical about the future of the men’s basketball program, both short-term and long-term. They’re wrapping up what anyone can see is a very disappointing season. It’ll take a miracle for this team to reach the NCAA tournament, and in recent years under Frank Haith and before him, Mike Anderson, Tiger fans are used to laughing at NIT teams from their seats at the Big Dance. Missouri might  not get past the first round, but at least they were at the dance.

Not this year.

And with possibility of junior Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson going to the NBA, the Tigers of 2014-2015 have some big shoes to fill. But my bigger concern for a time has been the Read more of this post

Late Offensive Struggle Spells Disaster for Mizzou

By Michael Losch

There is no team in the country that had a better opportunity than Missouri to pick up a win that would boost its NCAA tournament resume on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers gave the No. 1 Florida Gators, the winner of 23 straight games and undefeated in league play, everything they could handle for 30 minutes but fell 72-49 in Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal action.

Missouri coach Frank Haith said his team just  went cold in the final 10 minutes.

“We needed to continue to score and we weren’t able to,” Haith said. “Florida’s a great team. They executed very well, we just wore down a little bit and ran out of gas.”

Missouri guard Jabari Brown scored 18 points for the Tigers and fellow guard Jordan Clarkson added 11 with just two assists and six turnovers.

Early on, Missouri looked determined and showed plenty of fight. They bounced back from a five-minute scoring drought and 11-3 Florida run in the first half with a 6-0 run of its own.

Just before halftime, Clarkson dumped the ball off to forward Ryan Rosburg for a slam at the buzzer and the two teams were tied at 29.

Missouri started the second half slow offensively, but Florida did not. The Gators went on a 7-0 run before the Tigers responded. Missouri managed to claw its way back to cut it to 38-36. That would be the closest the Tigers got for the rest of the game.

In the span of about 20 seconds the Gators destroyed any hope for Missouri to make a comeback with another 7-0 run.

Florida forward Will Yeguete started the run with a lay up and then Florida guard and SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin stole the Missouri inbound pass and proceeded to hit a 3-pointer from the corner.

Florida quickly scored again with a basket from forward Patric Young and just like that Missouri found itself down 45-36. The Gators then went on cruise control as they put up 34 points to the Tiger’s 13.

Missouri finished the game shooting 36 percent from the floor and just 1-13 behind the 3-point line.

Part of Florida’s dominance can be attributed to its ability to shoot 3-pointers. Wilbekin added 15 points, shooting five of six behind the 3-point line. Guard Michael Fraizer did just the same, adding 15 of his own by making five of his seven attempts. The Gators made 12 3-pointers total, shooting 57 percent.

Missouri has no more chances to improve its resume (22-11, 9-9) and are at the mercy of the NCAA tournament committee.

“I want us to continue to play hard and compete,” Haith said. “We’re gonna compete for a championship one way or the other, whatever tournament we’re in and that’s a blessing.”

The Tigers will find out if they worked their way into an NCAA tournament bid on Sunday when the committee reveals the field of 68 teams. The selection show is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. Central time on CBS.


The Rise of Mizzou’s Jabari Brown

Story by Michael Losch
Graphic by Daniel Shapiro

Jabari Brown Graphic v6

Jabari Brown has made a significant impact on the success of Missouri basketball this season.

The junior guard is averaged seven more points per game, shooting 7 percent better from the 3-point line and 8 percent better from the floor than a year ago.

KBIA’s Michael Losch tells us what motivated Brown to improved his game and improve Missouri basketball.

(Length: 3:15)

Mizzou’s Brown and Clarkson receive SEC honors

Florida Dominates SEC Men’s Basketball Awards

By Michael Losch

There was no shortage of awards for the Florida Gators as the 2014 Southeastern Conference basketball awards were announced Tuesday.

Florida finished undefeated in league play, going an SEC record 18-0 and are currently the No. 1 team in the nation at 29-2.

Florida coach Billy Donovan was named SEC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and earned his fifth Read more of this post

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,542 other followers