The Full Court Press-January 31 (Vahe Gregorian)

Vahe Gregorian (@VGregorian) re-joins the Full Court Press to talk about Mizzou’s victory over Texas, Marcus Denmon’s struggles, Frank Haith’s coaching ability, his favorite Big 12 destinations, no. 8 Kansas, and much more.

Listen to full interview here: FCP-January 31

On Marcus Denmon’s recent struggles:

“I don’t feel like it’s as much in his head as it’s just literally in his form. Maybe those two things go together so much it’s hard to discern the difference, but I really feel like you can look at his shot: the arc is flat, he’s not getting a lot of lift, [and] quite often the ball is short…I think this really clearly looks in mechanics right now.”

Flaws (other than height) this team has:

“We’ve gotten a little spoiled. You know, they’re 20-2 and we’re so used to winning games by 25-28 points, that now we’re critiquing games on the road at Texas. So, that really speaks well if that’s where we are on them.”

Haith’s time management late in games Question via Steve McGuire (@DUBMCG):

“I had the impression that against Illinois he wanted to see his players play themselves out of it, but I think it required a timeout…Oklahoma State might have also been a game to catch it and stop it a couple of times, but by-in-large I think he’s had pretty good judgment on that.”

HSB will have full coverage of national signing day tomorrow morning, starting with Dorial Green-Beckham’s announcement at 9:15 AM.



Dixon comes off the bench to lead no. 4 Missouri to victory in Austin

Michael Dixon led all scorers with 21 points. His basket with 31 seconds left gave Mizzou its 66-65 victory over Texas on Monday night. (Associated Press)

AUSTIN, Texas – Michael Dixon went from the game’s goat to hero in the final 40 seconds of no. 4 Missouri’s 67-66 victory over Texas Monday night.

The Missouri guard was responsible for giving Texas its first lead since early in the first half after he was whistled for a flagrant foul with 1:10 left. The Longhorns capitalized on Dixon’s miscue, hitting both free throws and the basket on the ensuing possession to grab a 66-65 lead with 57 seconds left.

Dixon and the Tigers responded out of the Missouri timeout, however, slicing through the Longhorns’ defense for the eventual game-winning lay-up with 31 seconds left. That basket capped off a 21-point performance off the bench for Dixon, who hit nine of 10 shots from the field and one of two three-point attempts.

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Talkin’ Pucks-January 26

It’s a special extended edition of Talkin’ Pucks to start off 2012. Our guests include Andy Strickland, Kevin Lorenz, and BD Gallof. For more information on our guests, check out our weekly show preview on HSB.

For pre-recorded shows, we will post a link to the full edition of our show, as well as the individual segments. 

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Oklahoma State upsets no. 2 Missouri behind 27-point performance from Nash

STILLWATER, OK – The no. 2 Missouri Tigers were dealt their second loss of the season by the Oklahoma State Cowboys Wednesday in Stillwater. The Tigers now trail the Kansas Jayhawks by two games for the lead in the Big 12 conference.

“It was a tough loss for us,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said after the game. “I thought we didn’t have the right mindset defensively in the first half. We allowed Oklahoma State to dictate the tempo of the game in how they were running their offense.”

Mizzou’s defense had no answer for OK-State freshman LeBryan Nash, who erupted for a career-high 27 points. Nash hit 12 of 18 shots from the floor and three of four three-point attempts.

“He’s just confident. He picked out good spots to make shots that he knows he can make,” Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe said. “You can tell that he is in the gym, working on his game and versatility. I mean, he’s 6’ 7’’, 230 and he’s making three pointers. You can tell that he’s confident.”

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O’Keefe kicks it off for Archers

The Montage published this article on January 25, 2012

Photo: STLCC Press Release

New men’s soccer coach Dan O’Keefe has had success at every level during his playing career.

In 1979, as a senior at McCluer High School, O’Keefe scored 39 goals, which was fourth most in Missouri state history at the time, before moving on to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), where his career mark of 27 goals scored is tied for twelfth most in school history.

Professionally, O’Keefe played for six different teams over ten seasons and was the National Professional Soccer League’s all-time leading scorer by the time he retired in 1994.

While O’Keefe’s experience and local ties were important factors, it was athletic director Johnna Kinney’s confidence in his ability to immediately start scouting new players that was the determining factor in her decision to hire him. The timing of now-former head coach Mike Mayberry’s departure made it imperative for his replacement to hit the ground running in terms of recruiting.

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Talkin’ Pucks: January 26 Preview

Talkin’ Pucks will make its return to HSB Radio and Hank’s Sports Blog on Thursday night. Each week, Brian Haenchen and HSB Blues writer Trevor Kraus will provide their analysis of the Blues’ most recent games, as well as the hottest topics surrounding the organization.

In addition to analysis from Trevor and Brian, journalists from not only the St. Louis-area, but also the national media will be featured on the program. Each week, we will announce any guests who are scheduled to join the show. Fans who have a question for any of our featured guests are encouraged to send them in via Twitter (@HanksSportsBlog) or Facebook (Hank’s Sports Blog).

While most installments of Talkin’ Pucks will be pre-recorded, there will be a live show at least once a month for fans to call in and voice their take on the latest goings-on with the St. Louis Blues.


Andy StricklandHost: The Blues Buzz (590 The Fan KFNS) & Founder: True Hockey

Award-winning journalist Andy Strickland’s radio show, The Blues Buzz, can be heard Wednesday evenings on 590 The Fan KFNS. Strickland also makes regular appearances on The Press Box, weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm. Check out his website, True Hockey, for the latest news updates and trade rumors from around the NHL.

Follow him on Twitter: @AndyStrickland

Kevin LorenzBlues writer for & Producer: The ITD-Roll Morning After

DeSmet grad Kevin Lorenz has covered the Blues for InsideSTL since 2009. In addition to his hockey updates on, Lorenz is one of the producers on the ITD-Roll Morning After, weekday mornings from 7-10. He also co-hosts IBON in the Morning, which airs an hour earlier on KFNS.

Follow him on Twitter: @KevinLorenz

B.D. GallofFounder: Hockey Independent

B.D. Gallof is one of the most well-respected hockey bloggers in the nation. He founded Hockey Independent, a well-known NHL blog. Gallof lives in New York City.

Follow him on Twitter: @BDGallof