Nov 22, 2012, 5:09 PM EST
The return of Laurence Bowers to the basketball court was highly anticipated among Missouri fans, especially when considering the fact that they Tigers had just one true interior player on last season’s Big 12 tournament champion squad.
That group fell to Norfolk State in the NCAA tournament, and it’s difficult to think that Bowers wouldn’t have had an impact alongside Ricardo Ratliffe in 2011-12.
Bowers is making up for lost time in his fifth season with averages of 16.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, and the Memphis native scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds in Missouri’s 78-70 win over Stanford in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Bowers scored 13 of his 19 in the second half and point guard Phil Pressey added 18 and eight assists, and four players reached double figures to help Missouri survive shooting 36.6% from the field.
Missouri was even worse from beyond the arc, where they made just four of their nineteen attempts, and Earnest Ross shot a frigid 3-of-19 from the field. It was obvious that the Tigers miss their two best shooters in Michael Dixon Jr. and Jabari Brown.
While Brown, who transferred in from Oregon, won’t be eligible until the end of the semester the suspended Dixon Jr. did make the trip to the Bahamas and there’s the thought that he may be able to play this weekend.
But even with the issues shooting the basketball the fact that Missouri grabbed 16 offensive rebounds (Ross grabbed seven) and won the battle on the boards is an encouraging sign.
Stanford’s Chasson Randle led all scorers with 22 points and Dwight Powell added 18 and ten rebounds, but the Cardinal’s perimeter shooting (6-of-26 3PT) did them no favors against the Tigers.
Missouri next plays the winner of No. 2 Louisville and Northern Iowa, and if the Cardinals win that would set up an interesting match-up between Missouri assistant Tim Fuller and his former boss (also, freshman Negus Webster-Chan was originally a Louisville commit).
While it is too early to make a definitive judgment on Missouri given the fact that they aren’t whole, there’s no denying what the return of Bowers means inside. Welcoming him back and adding newcomers Alex Oriakhi and Ryan Rossburg gives Frank Haith something he was in desperate need of last season: interior depth.
Dec 22, 2013, 3:40 AM EST
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 3 Ohio State 64, Notre Dame 61 Notre Dame had their marquee victory all locked up. Losses at home to Indiana State and North Dakota State were nullified. The Irish were back in the conversation as one of the best teams in the ACC. With less than a minute left,…
Dec 22, 2013, 3:17 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — When Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Le’Bryan Nash all announced that they would be returning to Stillwater for another season, Oklahoma State fans immediately began to think championship thoughts. Oklahoma State hasn’t won the Big 12 regular season title since 2004, and their last Big 12 tournament title came in 2005,…
Dec 22, 2013, 1:58 AM EST
No. 13 Oregon scored the first bucket against BYU on Saturday night, taking a 2-0 at Matthew Knight Arena. Their next lead? 96-94 in overtime. In between that time, the Cougars more or less controlled the game, riding Tyler Haws’ hot-hand to a lead that grew to double-digits in the second half. It looked like…
Dec 22, 2013, 1:37 AM EST
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Dec 22, 2013, 12:44 AM EST
Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson became the most famous coach in the country for a day after going on a memorable rant during his postgame press conference. Among the notable quotes from Hinson’s three-minute long venting session was that he called his players Mama’s Boys. It’s since been memorialized in a t-shirt, as modeled adorably…
Dec 22, 2013, 12:35 AM EST
St. Bonaventure point guard Charlon Kloof did his best Tyus Edney impression, going coast-to-coast after a Niagara shot-clock violation to give the Bonnies a 74-72 road win. Kloof finished with 18 points while playing all 40 minutes. (h/t The Trizzle) Follow @robdauster
Dec 21, 2013, 11:53 PM EST
Michigan got 19 points from Nik Stauskas and 17 from Glenn Robinson III as the Wolverines knocked off Stanford 68-65 at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. It was a win that Michigan needed, as they whiffed on four chances to lock down a marquee victory already this season. That’s not to say that Stanford is…
Dec 21, 2013, 11:36 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — On a night that saw leading scorers Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams held in check, New Mexico received valuable contributions from a freshman guard and a senior forward. And thanks to those two players the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West picked up a needed non-conference victory for its resume.…
Dec 21, 2013, 10:10 PM EST
There is no questioning No. 3 Ohio State’s ability on the defensive end of the floor. Aaron Craft and Shannon Scott may be the two best on-ball defenders in the country, and Sam Thompson isn’t too far behind them. The Buckeyes have played a fairly weak schedule, but it’s not a mistake or a statistical…
Dec 21, 2013, 8:46 PM EST
VCU got back on track on Saturday afternoon with an 82-52 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech. This was never a game. VCU used a 31-0 run to open up a 37-8 lead and threw it into cruise controls. Shaka Smart’s squad forced 27 turnovers, but the big news was the play of Melvin Johnson.…
Dec 21, 2013, 8:12 PM EST
Tracy Abrams answered a Jabari Brown three by drawing a foul and hitting two free throws with 4.6 seconds left as Illinois claimed Braggin’ Rights over No. 23 Missouri with a 65-64 win in St. Louis on Saturday evening. Abrams finished with 22 points and Rayvonte Rice chipped in with 14 for the Illini, who…
Dec 21, 2013, 7:52 PM EST
North Carolina sophomore wing J.P. Tokoto has shown signs of improvement this season, raising both his scoring (9.6 ppg entering Saturday) and rebounding (4.8 rpg) averages from a season ago. Part of that has come with an increased number of opportunities, as Reggie Bullock’s now a Los Angeles Clipper and P.J. Hairston’s no longer a…
Dec 21, 2013, 6:55 PM EST
Even though No. 5 Michigan State has a number of players dealing with injuries during the early part of this season, it didn’t stop them from earning a big 92-78 road win over Texas on Saturday. Despite battling plantar fasciitis, senior forward Adreian Payne played one of the best games of this college basketball season…
Dec 21, 2013, 6:54 PM EST
In the late stages of Michigan State’s 92-78 win over Texas on Saturday afternoon, Denzel Valentine set up Branden Dawson for one of the year’s best highlights. Valentine tossed an alley-oop off the glass for Dawson, who finished the pass the way that you would expect one of the nation’s best athletes to finish it.
Dec 21, 2013, 6:01 PM EST
Marcus Foster and Thomas Gibson both scored 14 points for Kansas State as the Wildcats knocked off No. 21 Gonzaga 72-62 in Manhattan, KS, on Saturday afternoon. Bruce Weber’s club held Kevin Pangos to 4-for-11 shooting on the night, as he finished with just 12 points and six assists. Sam Dower went down with a…
Dec 21, 2013, 6:01 PM EST
Given how much production James Madison lost from last season’s NCAA tournament team and the fact that Andre Nation won’t be available until the Dukes begin CAA play, it comes as no surprise that they’ve struggled offensively this season. Charles Cooke (15.6 ppg, 4.0 rgp, 2.1 apg), Ron Curry (11.9, 4.5, 2.7) and Andre Semenov…
Dec 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EST
Marcus Foster has been one of the nation’s most underrated freshmen this season, starring for a Kansas State team that has remained well off the national radar. Well, not anymore. Foster is on fire as Kansas State as the Wildcats are currently beating No. 21 Gonzaga. We’ll see if that lead holds, but for now,…
Dec 21, 2013, 4:45 PM EST
Florida State dictated tempo and slowed down unbeaten No. 22 UMass and senior point guard Chaz Williams as the Seminoles held on for a 60-55 victory in the Orange Bowl Classic. Despite a controversial ending that featured a missed foul call on a Cady Lalanne dunk that would have cut UMass’ deficit to a point…
Dec 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EST
Later in the season we’ll all surely have a laugh about how Kansas was once the No. 18 team in the country. This Jayhawks team is far too talented for that ranking and showed how good they can be during a monster second-half surge in its 86-64 win over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. The Jayhawks…
Dec 21, 2013, 2:47 PM EST
After getting hit in the back of the head by Georgetown’s Nate Lubick, Perry Ellis looked wobbly while shooting a free throw that hit the bottom of the backboard a good three feet to the left of the rim. He pointed to his head after the miss, leaving the game with 18 minutes left in…
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