Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mizzou Arena magic

Tigers 16-1 at home this season; KU 2-3 at arena

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed lowers his head in dejection as Missouri's Leo Lyons (5) and the Tigers go wild following their 62-60 win over the Jayhawks Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed lowers his head in dejection as Missouri's Leo Lyons (5) and the Tigers go wild following their 62-60 win over the Jayhawks Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena.


Border battle closes out regular season

Sherron Collins and company will look to close out the Big 12 regular season with a victory over rival Missouri. The Jayhawks won the first encounter between the two teams earlier in the season.

— Recent Kansas University basketball history indicates no lead is safe in Mizzou Arena.

The Jayhawks, who are 2-3 all-time against Missouri in the Tigers’ shiny, new 15,021-seat arena, blew a 14-point halftime lead last season — and a seven-point margin with four minutes to play — in suffering a 62-60 defeat.

Back in 2006, the Jayhawks squandered a nine-point lead in the final 1:51 and five-point advantage in the last :29 in succumbing, 89-86, in overtime.

“That’s our motto. The game is 40 minutes, not 20 minutes,” said Missouri senior guard J.T. Tiller, who is not at all surprised the Tigers were able to battle back against the Jayhawks in those two particular KU meltdowns.

The two teams meet again today in a 1 p.m. tip in the Tigers’ facility.

“We don’t stop playing until that buzzer goes off at the end of the game,” added Tiller, whose basket with just under a minute left gave MU a 60-58 lead last Feb. 9 in Columbia. Zaire Taylor’s jumper in the lane with 1.3 seconds remaining sent the fans streaming onto the court in a wild celebration, similar to the one in 2006.

“The way we did it last year ... that was pretty upsetting,” said fourth-year KU junior Brady Morningstar who also has been part of 76-70 (2008) and 92-74 (2007) victories at Mizzou Arena. KU opened the arena with a 72-68 loss in 2005.

“It was pretty tough, especially when you have to drive home on the bus,” Morningstar added.

Of course, if it’s any consolation, the Tigers have made life tough on a lot of teams in their home building. MU, 16-1 in Mizzou Arena this season, had a 32-game homecourt win streak snapped by Texas A&M; on Feb. 3. The winning streak died just two victories shy of the school record of 34 set from 1988-90 at the old Hearnes Center, where KU had an all-time mark of 14-18.

Since that 77-74 setback, the Tigers have rattled off home victories over Iowa State (65-56), Texas (82-77) and Colorado (92-63).

“Last year, I played there as a freshman and had six turnovers (as did Sherron Collins),” said KU sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor. “The (fullcourt) pressure is something they do well at home. When they come here (Allen Fieldhouse where KU rolled, 84-65 on Jan. 25) they don’t pressure as much as they do there. They have great guards, athletic guards. We have to take care of the ball better than we did last year.”

The Tigers, who forced 27 KU turnovers in Columbia in ’09, compared to 23 this season in Lawrence, lead the country in steals (11.1 per game) and are No. 1 in turnovers forced (19.9).

The MU defensive charge is led by 6-foot-3 senior Tiller, who has 36 steals after plucking 68 last year en route to being named Big 12 co-defensive player of the year.

“I take it as a personal challenge every night to be the best defensive player on the floor,” said Tiller, who averages 8.7 ppg off 41.8 percent shooting “I guess you could call me a unique type of guy, but I just like to have a lot riding on the defensive end. I just like the challenge. It’s always a hard challenge that night to get the best offensive player on the floor.”

Tiller is one of the reasons Missouri may be becoming an NCAA Tournament fixture under fourth year coach Mike Anderson, who has a 1-7 all-time record against KU, 1-6 as Mizzou mentor. Bill Self is 14-3 against MU; 11-3 as KU coach.

“We want to be a perennial (NCAA) team. We want to put Missouri back on the map and make this one of the powerhouses in the nation,” said Tiller, a Marietta, Ga., native who will be honored during Senior Day festivities today.

“I think we’ll be able to do that. Little by little we have to revive Mizzou nation. After last year, we have developed a great fan base.”

The Tigers turned some heads locally and nationally in making an Elite Eight run a year ago.

“Oh man, it was very heartbreaking to actually go that far and take a loss,” Tiller said of an 82-75 loss to Connecticut in the West Regional finals March 28 in Glendale, Ariz. “We’ve got to understand that’s what college basketball is about. You’ve got to play the best teams. Sometimes you win some. Sometimes you lose some.”

He was asked who’s been his favorite team to go up against in his four-year Tiger career.

“I think it might be the Kansas game. It’s always fun playing your rival,” he said.

Especially at home, where Mizzou has won six of its last eight games versus ranked teams, including four straight.

“Our fans want it like their fans want us to come there,” said Tiller, who scored eight points off 2-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and three assists in MU’s loss at Allen this season. “They (MU fans) always get their best hagglin’ going after the Kansas players,” Tiller added with a laugh.

“I believe any team is beatable. That’s the great thing about college basketball, you actually get to play the game. I wouldn’t say we’re going to lose. I just believe the best team will win at the end of the night.”


LibbySilia 9 years, 10 months ago

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okjhok 9 years, 10 months ago

Don't pedal your sh!t on this board...not on gameday

dynamitehawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Libby - must be some good meth to be up and trollin' at 2:03. Way to be.

dynamitehawk 9 years, 10 months ago

Tyrel looks a lot like Kirk in that picture.

yates33333 9 years, 10 months ago

I hope the best team wins. If so, KU has a lock. Mizzou is offensive challenged.

Rock_Chalk_NYC 9 years, 10 months ago

Agree Dynamite! I had to double take when I saw that pic!

Lets kick some Mizzery butt!

Rock Chalk!

kusayzone 9 years, 10 months ago

If it doesnt scare you a little bit that Mizery is flying under everyone's radar at this point of the season.....I look for a close game and a last minute shot that wins it all!

Jack Wilson 9 years, 10 months ago

KU 77 MU 66

In honor of our Border War rivals:

Ask yourself this .. how can a team play college basketball for over a century and NOT make it to one final four? The answer is only in Columbia ---- Dartmouth, Duequesne, Colorado, Holy Cross, Baylor, NYU, Wichita St., NC-Charlotte, SMU, Drake, Dayton, Iowa St., Seattle, and for goodness sake, Santa Clara, have all obtained Final Four immortality. But Missouri ... well they haven't. They watch it on TV. Rooting against their rival. One wonders how, in 110 years, there can't be at least one fluke? Heck, didn’t the entire tournament only have eight teams at one time? Oh, that’s right, they had to win the conference to get in. The Tiggers have attained immortality, all right, but in a way only Missouri can.

Has a school's fans ever held a higher opinion of themselves for no apparent reason? This school hired Quinn Snyder over coach Self. MU is kind of a mousse in the hair school. The previous excellent hire, Larry Smith. He doesn’t have “an internet.” This school forced Norm Stewart to leave, for Quinn Snyder. This school rests in a state with highways in shambles, major cities are mired in urban decay, and banjos play relentlessly further south, for those seeking deliverance from misery. Canoe trip anyone? This school prides themselves on their civil war history in the border war .. as a slave state. They pride themselves on trying to convince Kansas, by murder and mayhem, to leave ranks of free states. And its basketball arena, first known as the "Paige" Sports arena, was named for a college student who attended USC, and who paid a student to do work for her .. allegedly. Now it is simply Mizzou arena. Very original. Perhaps they could have harkened back to their basketball heritage, and pulled a name worthy of recognition ... word is they tried. And may still be trying. Word is they may name it after their best player of all-time ... Doug Smith. Mizzou fans are known to "storm the court" for wins .. in January .. against Oklahoma. They've been known to start the season in the top 5, only to finish in the NIT. Just making the tournament is success. Heck, just making the NIT is success. Their favorite March past-time is rooting against their rival. And their March tradition is buying and wearing t-shirts of schools that beat their rival, in the tournament that they aren’t in.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 10 months ago


A lack of real identity caused MU to be known as a softball school for a time, and they continue to emphasize their school of journalism. Point well taken -- that is absolutely wonderful. Something south of a debate national championship, though. They are so sure about their existence that they lobbied the legislature to keep Missouri State from becoming "Missouri State", preferring the less threatening Southwest Missouri State. Their football stadium sits on Champions Drive, yet has there ever been a real "championship?" I’m sorry, did you know that MU did win a national championship … in indoor track .. in 1965. That’s as real as it gets.

Their fans scream bloody murder when their own player steps out of bounds, sure that the ref moved the line. Ignorant fans, they just don’t know any better. Their all-male fan grouping, the Antlers, sit around and giggle about making phone calls to opposing players' rooms .. it's their calling card, after all ... all the while spending lots of time together, in hotel rooms .. not sure what the antlers are for; don't want to know. Their favorite lines involve bringing up someone’s dead relative. Of course, some drinking with coach Eustachy .. Natty light, I hear. Has a school every had major success yanked away at the last moment like this pathetic institution? The NU football "kicked" TD (“flea kicker”) in the last seconds as fans run onto the field, thinking they had won. Tyus Edney. Did you hear me? Tyus freaking Edney! Ricky Clemons, and jail, and Carmento Floyd, and taped phone calls and ATVs, and broken ribs. Beautiful. A #1 football ranking only to get punked by a real football school. The following season was to be THE season, but it crumbles without a Chase. A quarterback that digs deep in his nose, on national TV .. much like Spalding. Their “best football season ever” resulted in a trip .. to the Cotton bowl. They are unsure of what BCS really means. And, of course, a 5th down to defeat vs. Colorado.

It is cruel, isn't it? MU is a school that still longingly harkens back to its confederate civil war history, that has such little tradition in any sport, that can’t ever really win anything, and that has an inflated self-image .. but deep down, they know. They know. In the end, Missouri will always shoot themselves in the foot.

Give a jeer for Mizzou's Tigers! A big game loss each time we play. Give a jeer for Mizzou's Tigers! And our Tigers will go down to defeat today. We've got the team that flames out each time; We've got the team that knows defeat! Give a cheer for Mizzou's Tigers! And our Tigers will lose today! Give a jeer for Mizzou's Tigers! And our Tigers will lose today!

Grrrrr Tigers.

bbeckum 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow. H.E.Major. There's no competing with that. You've set a new standard for hatin on Mizzery. Well played.

Kye Clark 9 years, 10 months ago

HighEliteMajor - Hilarious! They are sad and pathetic, as an institution, fan base, and state in general.

KGphoto 9 years, 10 months ago

The boys better bring there "A" game. This game means SO much to Mizzy. They are playing for pride and they are playing for seeding. They're gonna get crazy calls and hit crazy shots. That place will be rocking, and if it doesn't come down to the last few minutes I'd be shocked.

This game is important for all those reasons. It's another tough test, to prepare for the 6-win gauntlet. You're either getting better or getting worse, so you can't take any games off. Not this time of year.

Rodney Stice 9 years, 10 months ago


I enjoyed your comment. Beat mizzou!!!! ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK, GO KU

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 10 months ago

we're a better basketball team....we own them inside.

if we take care of the ball, and shoot it worth a lick, we'll win..and fairly easily.

KU 82 Moo 70

Rock Chalk!

BTW, Digger, Hubie, Bob Knight and Jay Bilas all say Syracuse is the team to beat in the NCAAs. these types of sentiments should be plastered over every wall in the KU locker room, team meeting room and the coach's offices.

WilburNether 9 years, 10 months ago

"Back in 2006, the Jayhawks squandered a nine-point lead in the final 1:51 and five-point advantage in the last :29 in succumbing, 89-86, in overtime."

Ah, yes, The Christian Moody Game. Normally, it is neither fair nor correct to blame a loss on one player, but that game clearly was an exception.

whitechocolate 9 years, 10 months ago

Can anyone suggest a place to watch in NYC?

Searches are guiding me toward the Pourhouse but I'll take other suggestions.

Lindsey Buscher 9 years, 10 months ago

Very stupid article mr. bedore. there is no such thing as magic at that festering sh*thole just a bunch of meth-loving-no-good-worst-fans-on-the-planet-40-minutes-of-hack a-holes.

theajayhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

HEMajor... Just beautiful...the last time I liked an article so much was after Mario three...

Steve Brown 9 years, 10 months ago

HEM - nice.

Rush the Court: when MU or Big12 teams beat Kansas they often rush the court. see article from ESPN:

How many times do we rush the AFH court? Maybe 2-3 since Bud Stallworth went off for 50 against high ranked and favored Mizzou in Owens days. That game was 25th reunion of Clyde, BHBorn and the Olympic Gold Kansas team. I hope our students continue to coach our freshmen that we don't rush AFH court, if they want to know why, read the article on ESPN. As a student we rushed the court for Stallworth, and I ask forgiveness.

Dr_Roach 9 years, 10 months ago

65 FF= UCLA, Michigan, Princeton, AND Wichita State.

Dr_Roach 9 years, 10 months ago

Good read HEM, but factually incorrect.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 10 months ago

Dr_Roach .. enlighten me then; I'm always open to refining it.

Kye Clark 9 years, 10 months ago

Are we going to have to sit through 45 minutes of yet another Big East game here on CBS like we had to all year on the ESPN Big Monday games? Disgusting.

James122 9 years, 10 months ago

They have no answer for our bigs, well, take that back, we r plaing at their place. The good old whistle may be on their side.

23 to's last time, must take care of the ball!

Go Hawks!!

focohawk 9 years, 10 months ago

A little entertainment while we wait for the game to begin...

Q: Why do all golf courses in Missouri only have 14 holes?

A: Because they never make it to the Final 4!!

kureader 9 years, 10 months ago

focohawk ... funny

HEmajor ... outstanding

Blake Post 9 years, 10 months ago

utter demise of misery. dead tige

and corn fing dogs are double dead. so funny and so love it having dead corn

Dr_Roach 9 years, 10 months ago

HighEliteMajor (anonymous) says… Dr_Roach .. enlighten me then; I'm always open to refining it.

Dr_Roach (anonymous) says… 65 ff= ucla, Michigan, Princeton, AND Wichita State.

Dr_Roach (anonymous) says… Also, Drake was in the 69 FF.

Here is some enlightenment.

Jack Wilson 9 years, 10 months ago

Dr. Roach: Obviously you weren't reading it right. My point was that all of those teams listed DID make the final four, and Mizzou hasn't. That make it better for you?

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