February 10, 2016

Mizzou will continue to lean on Puryear and Rosburg down the stretch (AUDIO)

Kevin Puryear pushes the ball up court against UNO (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Kevin Puryear pushes the ball up court against UNO (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou Men’s Basketball (8-15, 1-9) continues on the road at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, with an 8 p.m. tipoff scheduled for broadcast on the SEC Network.

Mizzou freshman forward Kevin Puryear’s scored 22 points, a season-high, and grabbed six rebounds at Alabama (Feb. 6), becoming the 12th freshman in program history to record a 200-point, 100-rebound debut season.  Puryear is just the second Mizzou freshman in 12 seasons to accomplish the feat.  He leads the Tigers in overall scoring with his 11.3 points per game.

Anderson on how Puryear’s game has evolved.


Senior forward Ryan Rosburg had a career-best outing against the Crimson Tide with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field (3-of-3 FT), along with seven rebounds.  With a career scoring average of 5.0 points per game, Rosburg has scored in double digits on two different occasions since Jan. 13, including a career-high 17 points (7-of-12 FG, 3-of-3 FT) at Alabama (Feb. 6). Over the last seven games, Rosburg has averaged 7.9 points per game.

Nothing but glowing words from Anderson on Rosburg


Vanderbilt (13-10, 5-5) dropped its most recent SEC game at Ole Miss (Feb. 6) by a score of 85-78. After reeling off three-straight conference wins against Auburn (Jan. 12), Alabama (Jan. 16) and Tennessee (Jan. 20), the Commodores have alternated wins and losses over their last four games.  Sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV scored 19 points and dished out nine assists against the Rebels, continuing to fuel his team-high scoring average (14.6). Junior forward Luke Kornet leads Vanderbilt with his 7.3 rebounds per game and also ranks eighth in the nation in blocks per game (2.9).

Could the Show-Me Bowl football championships be headed for an outdoor venue? MSHSAA will soon take bids (VIDEO)

First the Rams...is high school next to leave the dome?  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

First the Rams…is high school next to leave the dome? Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

A few weeks back, Jason West of MSHSAA joined me on our weekly discussion and mentioned that they were certainly keeping an eye on the St. Louis Rams/dome situation.  Even if the Rams would have stayed in St. Louis, eventually the team would have moved out of the dome and MSHSAA would need guarantees that the dome and playing surface would be safe to continue to hosting the state football championships.

St. Louis is still interested in keeping the games, but Jason says other sites have reached out to MSHSAA and want to be part of the next bid for the 2016 championships.

Jason joins me on this week’s Google Hangout to talk about that process.

Blues blanked four times in the shootout, come away with a point against Winnipeg

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Conner Hellebuyck takes a puck off of his shoulder in the first period against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 9, 2016.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Conner Hellebuyck takes a puck off of his shoulder in the first period against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 9, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele beat Blues goalie Brian Elliott up high with a wrist shot after Elliott made three straight saves in a shootout Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.  The Blues lost 2-1.

Winnipeg (24-26-3) got a goal from Bryan Little. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves through overtime and was 4-for-4 in the shootout.

The Blues managed just 22 shots on goal and got a tally from rookie defenseman Colton Parayko.  Elliott, despite losing the shootout, earned the point for his team by making 32 saves. His record is 3-2-2 the past seven starts but has only allowed one goal in five of those games.

Mizzou Coach Loos looking at the big picture ahead of Saturday’s #RallyForRhyan Game (AUDIO)

Mizzou coach Brad Loos talks about his daughter Rhyan

Mizzou coach Brad Loos talks about his daughter Rhyan

Fans will be offered free general admission with a cash donation of any amount for the Mizzou Men’s Basketball’s on Saturday, Feb. 13, with Tennessee (2 p.m.)…the first-ever Rally For Rhyan Game. The event is to raise awareness for pediatric cancer in support of assistant coach Brad Loos’ five-year old daughter, Rhyan, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October.

Already slated as Mizzou’s Gold Rush Game, head coach Kim Anderson’s Tigers will now wear Gold in support of the cause.

“Our family is so incredibly thankful for the support and well wishes Rhyan has received,” Brad Loos said. “Now there is an amazing opportunity for us to bring about positive change. Pediatric cancer research is underfunded, and we can certainly do something to help. I hope Mizzou fans will take this chance to rally behind Rhyan and this cause and show their support on Feb. 13.”

Assistant coach Brad Loos talks about his daugther Rhyan’s fight with cancer.

“Pediatric cancer is underfunded, its under-supported.  There’s a big group of kids who unfortunately aren’t getting their due diligence,” says Loos

Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to learn more about Rhyan Loos’ story and how to get involved in supporting the fight against pediatric cancer.

Fans are encouraged to wear Gold, as well, with a special opportunity to support the RallyForRhyan campaign available through the Tiger Team Store. Fans can purchase specially-produced RallyForRhyan Gold t-shirts for $15, with all sale proceeds donated to support pediatric cancer research.

Donations for general admission gain fans access to upper deck seating and the student section.

Blues suffer another major injuring, losing defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo is helped off the ice by trainer Ray Barile after being boarded in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at the Scottrade Center in St.Louis on November 19, 2015. St. Louis won the game 3-2 in a shootout. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Blues Alex Pietrangelo is helped off the ice by trainer Ray Barile. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was placed on injured reserve after he was hurt following a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle late in Saturday night’s 4-1 win over Minnesota. Pietrangelo,  ranks fourth in the NHL in average ice time at 26:40 per game, will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

 

“There’s not much you can do about it right now, but the big thing for us is just mentally move forward as quick as you can,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “The experience of having gone through this with other players helps us in this one, because our guys were good in practice today, they’ve already moved on. We were able to practice today with some of the adjustments that we’re going to make offensively, defensively, pairs and everything.”

The Blues host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.