The Full Court Press: Special March Madness Edition

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This is a special March Madness edition of the Full Court Press.

Our scheduled guests for this week’s show include…

  • Bob Ramsey: play-by-play announcer of the SLU Billikens
  • Ben Weixlmann: SLU writer for Scout.com
  • Vahe Gregorian: Mizzou reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Austin Kim: sports reporter for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois. In addition to talking tournament, we will also chat about Bruce Weber’s dismissal as head coach at the University of Illinois, as well as some potential replacements with Austin, who helps cover the team.

Before we get any farther, I’d like to let you all know about a new contest that HSB is launching with our newest sponsor: McAlister’s Deli. The fine folks over at McAlister’s in Des Peres have agreed to donate a free fully catered lunch for 5-7 people each month. When I say fully catered, I mean basically their entire catering menu is open AND you can even have it delivered to your home or office completely free of charge!

This month’s prize will be given away to whoever wins our mini-bracket pool. The person who is able to select the most second and third round games correctly will win this month’s McAlister’s catered lunch. All you have to do, is send an email to Haenchenb9@gmail.com with either a screenshot or a link to your picks for the second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament. The games officially kick off on Wednesday with the play-ins, but you have until 10:30 Thursday morning to officially submit your picks.

You must follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook to be eligible. Of course, once you do follow slash like us, you are automatically entered to win a free Mizzou flag compliments of the fine folks over at CVS flags.

SEGMENT 1-Show Open

Details on our new contest with our new sponsor McAlister’s Deli!; Recap of Mizzou and SLU games from over the weekend

SEGMENT 2-Bob Ramsey

Bob Ramsey, play-by-play voice of the SLU Billikens joins the program to talk about SLU drawing a 9 seed in the West; Temple dealt the A-10 a death blow when they left for the Big East; Maybe the non-football schools in the Big East will make their own conference and invited SLU; Billikens earned a 9 seed; Memphis has NBA-type players, but college basketball is a team game; The Tigers entire body of work was mediocre; It’s gratifying to see SLU have the successes that they’ve had this year

SEGMENT 3-Ben Weixlmann

Ben Weixlmann of Scout.com joins the show to break down SLU v. Memphis; The Tigers should have been seeded higher; They at least played good teams; Don’t underestimate Rick Majerus, especially against a team like Michigan State; Billikens are starting to draw in some solid recruits; Butler could be heading to the A-10, that would be nice

SEGMENT 4-Vahe Gregorian

Friend of the show Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post Dispatch joins the show to kick off our Mizzou coverage; KC to Columbia to St. Louis to Omaha, such is the life of a Mizzou basketball writer; Mizzou might be at its peak performance; Kim English and Marcus Denmon will definitely benefit from an extra day of rest; The Selection Committee doesn’t really focus on match-ups;

SEGMENT 5-Austin Kim

Austin Kim hops aboard to talk about Illinois firing Bruce Weber and offer his analysis of the Big Ten teams in the Tournament

WIN A FREE FULLY-CATERED LUNCH FROM MCALISTER’S DELI!

The fine folks over at McAlister’s in Des Peres have agreed to donate a free fully catered lunch for 5-7 people each month. When I say fully catered, I mean basically their entire catering menu is open AND you can even have it delivered to your home or office completely free of charge!

This month’s prize will be given away to whoever wins our mini-bracket pool. The person who is able to select the most second and third round games correctly will win this month’s McAlister’s catered lunch.

All you have to do is join the official HSB Bracket Pool on ESPN.com!

The games officially kick off on Tuesday with the play-ins, but you have until 10:30 Thursday morning to officially submit your picks!

Hank’s Sports Blog will be giving away a free University of Missouri flag, compliments of the fine folks over at CVS Flags.

To enter, all you have to do is either follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook! It’s that easy! If you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, then you’ll be entered twice.

 

Oh Captain, My Captain: Denmon scores 29 to lead no. 4 Missouri over no. 8 Kansas

Senior guard Marcus Denmon scored 29 points to lead no. 4 Missouri to a 74-71 victory over no. 8 Kansas Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. (Photo: Chris Lee-St. Louis Post Dispatch)

COLUMBIA, MO – After struggling through his last five games, Marcus Denmon roared back Saturday night, racking up 29 points, including nine points in the final two minutes as part of an 11-0 run to help no. 4 Missouri knock off the no. 8 Kansas Jayhawks 74-71 at Mizzou Arena.

“[Denmon] got into a rhythm and when Marcus gets into a rhythm he can rattle off a few shots in a row. And I think at that point in time he just got in a rhythm,” Coach Frank Haith said after the game.

Denmon, who entered the game having hit just eight of his last 39 shots from behind the arc, drained a career-high six of nine 3-pointers. He also broke out of a five-game shooting slump, hitting a team-best ten of 16 shots.

“My teammates did a really good job of finding me spots where I was fortunate enough to make shots,” Denmon said. “Tyshawn (Taylor) missed some big free throws and that gave us a chance to get back in the game. But I think we did it on the defensive end even though we made shots at the end of the game.”

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Know Your Enemy: No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks

The no. 4 Missouri Tigers and no. 8 Kansas Jayhawks will tip off at 8 pm on Saturday evening at Mizzou Arena in what is one of the most anticipated basketball games of the season.

Setting the scene

KU is coming off an 84-72 victory over Oklahoma Wednesday night in Lawrence. Tyshawn Taylor led all scorers with 21 points, but the biggest story of the night was the performance from forward Thomas Robinson. Robinson, who is averaging a double-double per game this season, racked up 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for the Jay Birds who improved to 8-1 inside the Big 12 and 18-4 overall.

As a team, Kansas shot 55.4% from the floor, but just 30% (six of 20) from behind the arc. They also dominated the Sooners under the basket, outscoring them 46-20 in the paint. 

While the Jayhawks are not nearly as dominant as they have been in year’s past, they are still a top 10 team. KU is a strong shooting team hitting about 48% of their shots, while averaging 75.6 points per game.

Statistically speaking, the margin between these two teams is minuscule.

With two so evenly matched teams, the outcome of this game will come down to who can hit their stride first.

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No. 6 Missouri Tigers crush Oklahoma Sooners 87-49 in final Big 12 opener

COLUMBIA, MO – The no. 6 Missouri Tigers opened conference play for the final time as members of the Big 12 in grand fashion with an 87-49 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. The 38-point victory was Mizzou’s largest margin of victory in conference play (beat Iowa State by 31 in 2010; Texas Tech by 33 in 2000) and their most lopsided win against Oklahoma since 1922.

It was a dominating performance, to say the least, for the Tigers, who improved to 14-0 under new head coach Frank Haith. Mizzou held a 43-25 lead at halftime and built a 42-point lead at one point during the second half.

Outside of yet another strong team shooting performance, perhaps the most encouraging aspect from Mizzou’s victory came from their dominance on the glass. The Sooners, who entered Tuesday night’s game with the fourth most rebounds per game at 42, were outrebounded by the Tigers 37-19. Mizzou will need to maintain a physical presence down low if they hope to be successful in the Big 12’s new double round robin setup.

Senior Kim English led all scorers with 23 points. English hit eight of twelve shots from the floor and five of eight from beyond the arc.

Early Big 12 Player of the Year candidate Marcus Denmon also chipped in 20 points for the Tigers who, as a team, shot just under 60% from the floor and 57% from three-point land. Michael Dixon and Ricardo Ratliffe also finished in double figures for Mizzou with 13 points apiece.

Oklahoma’s Andrew Fitzgerald led his team in scoring with 18 points. The junior forward accounted for ten of the Sooners’ first 16 points and singlehandedly kept them within striking distance early in the first half. His strong performance was not enough to overcome an otherwise woeful offensive performance from the Sooners, who shot 33.3% from the field.

Mizzou will try to exorcise their Big 12 road demons from last season Saturday afternoon against Kansas State. Tip-off in Manhattan, Kansas is set for 12:30 pm.

NOTE: The Tigers announced before Tuesday’s game that forward Kadeem Green has decided to transfer to a school closer to his home. Green averaged 10.5 minutes in 11 games for the Tigers. He missed the entire 2010-2011 season due to a torn Achilles tendon sustained during his senior year of high school.

Green’s departure leaves Mizzou with just 7 scholarship players and leaves Ricardo Ratliffe and Steve Moore as the only two players who are taller than 6-foot-6 guard Kim English.

Haith said the team wishes Green nothing but the best.

 

Anderson out: Missouri coach leaves for Arkansas

The Maneater published this article on March 23, 2011

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Check out my story on Bleacher Report on why it’s absurd to pay Mike Anderson over $2 million.

I also wrote a recap of Anderson’s time at Mizzou and the recent coaching saga for Bleacher Report.

Mike Anderson was officially named the men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas Wednesday evening, ending weeks of speculation. Anderson, who spent the first 17 years of his career as an assistant under Nolan Richardson at Arkansas, formally requested permission to speak with Arkansas athletic department officials Wednesday morning.

“At 12:30 today, the chancellor’s office and myself, we visited with Coach Anderson on a conference call and at that time Coach Anderson asked us directly for permission to talk to another institution,” Missouri athletic director Mike Alden said. “We granted that permission at about 1 o’clock this afternoon…I met with Coach Anderson at 6:45 today in his office and he informed me at that time that he would be resigning his position at the University of Missouri as our head men’s basketball coach.”

Arkansas is bringing in Anderson in the hopes that he can re-invigorate a program that has recently fallen on hard times.

“Under Mike’s leadership, I am confident the Razorbacks will be successful in the future on and off the court,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said. “The decision to hire Mike Anderson as head coach is based on my firm belief that he is the right person to lead the Razorback program today and in the years to come.”

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Breaking down March Madness, region by region

The Maneater published this article on February 27, 2011

Check out The Maneater’s extensive tourney coverage including a preview of Missouri vs. Cincinnati and a bracket challenge for cash prizes. Zach, Kahler, and Brian make their picks for the tourney and talk about the match-ups they’re most interested in during this week’s installment of The Midweek Roundtable on HSB Radio.

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