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BenFred: Robertson steps up when Mizzou needs him most

COLUMBIA, Mo. • “Follow me,” Cuonzo Martin said.

Mizzou snaps skid against ranked teams, topples Tennessee

Missouri holds on for 59-55 victory over No. 21 Volunteers.

Missouri holds off Tennessee to end Top-25 losing streak

Kevin Puryear stepped to the free throw line with four seconds on the clock and a Missouri two-point lead over Tennessee.For weeks the Tigers have been asked questions about if they could close out games, Puryear had the chance to do so.He knocked down the first free throw. He received the ball back and knocked down the second, turned to the halfcourt line and let out a scream.His free throws all but sealed Missouri’s 59-55 win over No. 21 Tennessee. A win that [...]

The outsiders: Chavis, Smith emerge as key players

Jordan Chavis and Amber Smith were nervous wrecks before their first-ever Missouri practice last year.On a roster full of Missourians and other midwesterners, Chavis (from Lexington, N.C.) and Smith (from Shreveport, La.) found commonality as outsiders. Together they wondered what their first day of college would be like.More pressing, though, was the anxiety over the first day of practice.“The night before, we didn’t sleep at all,” Smith said. [...]

Mizzou pregame primer: Vols loaded with firepower

Tigers face one of the league's best scoring tandems in Wednesday's SEC showdown.

Gameday preview: Missouri vs. No. 21 Tennessee

Missouri is coming off a heartbreaking loss (sorry if that sounds like Déjà vu) to Arkansas, in Fayetteville. Missouri, after coming back from down 18, missed a chance to win the game at the buzzer when a Jordan Geist 3-pointer hit every part of the rim before popping out.The Tigers (12-5, 2-2) open a tough stretch on Wednesday with Tennessee. The No. 21 Vols (12-4, 3-2) have won three straight Southeastern Conference games and are just the start of a challenging [...]

Preview: Missouri vs. Tennessee

MISSOURI vs. No. 21 TENNESSEE

Mizzou's Martin fought back when support unraveled at Tennessee

First-year Tigers coach faces his former team in Wednesday's Missouri-Tennessee showdown in Columbia.

Ex-Tigers coach Kim Anderson finds peace coaching Pittsburg State

Five minutes before Pittsburg State men’s basketball team took on Lincoln on Thursday in Jefferson City, a nondescript door opened underneath the north basket. Out walked Gorillas coach Kim Anderson onto the Jason Gymnasium floor.The former Missouri coach walked 40 feet to the Pittsburg State bench for player introductions. No pyrotechnics, no frills. Just an audience of 360 there to watch two small college teams play basketball.That’s OK for Anderson. [...]

Mizzou's Martin wants "to blaze a trail for all people"

In light of new Sports Illustrated profile, MU's first-year coach goes deep on his purpose, hopes beyond basketball.

Tigers turn focus to defense

At times, most of the attention in basketball games is focused on the offensive end.It’s understandable. That’s where most of the highlight-reel plays happen. It’s easy to follow, and it’s especially true down the stretch of close games.The focus, for many spectators, is on who is going to take the last shot. It magnifies missed shots, offensive fouls and turnovers. In Missouri’s case, its last two losses have come on the final possession. [...]

More late-game breakdowns costly for Mizzou

Martin's Tigers have been outscored 14-5 in the final three minutes of losses to Florida, Arkansas.

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