March 14, 2009
The Missouri men's basketball team defeated Baylor 73-60 on Saturday at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City to win the 2009 Big 12 championship, the first conference title in team history. Photos by Dann Wunderlich.
While we wait for Missouri players and coaches to become available for interviews, here is what I turned in on my official ballot for All-Tournament Team: -- Zaire Taylor, Missouri (most outstanding player) -- Curtis Jerrells, Baylor -- DeMarre Carroll, Missouri^ -- James Anderson, Oklahoma State -- Mike Singletary, Texas Tech _indicates selection to official All-Tournament Team_ ^indicates selection as official Most Outstanding Player The official All-Tournament Team is as follows: -- DeMarre Carroll, Missouri ...
Below is the full audio of Missouri's postgame news conference, including coach Mike Anderson, seniors DeMarre Carroll, Leo Lyons and Matt Lawrence and junior Zaire Taylor. The audio was pulled from my handheld recorder, so pardon the quality. (Audio runtime - 18:34)
The celebration is on here at the Ford Center. The clock struck midnight on the Cinderella No. 9 Baylor Bears, as the Missouri Tigers are the 2009 Big 12 Tournament champions. Missouri wraps up its first Big 12 title in school history in Oklahoma City tonight with a 73-60 win over the Baylor Bears. Stay by TheManeater.com for continuing coverage.
You can't count a team with offensive firepower like Baylor's out of any game, but there's certainly a light at the end of the tunnel right now for Missouri. With 3:31 to play, Missouri leads Baylor 67-56.
At a media timeout with 6:45 to play, Missouri leads Baylor 61-48. The Missouri fans are starting to smell blood. A "M-I-Z, Z-O-U" chant echoed around the Ford Center during the media timeout, much to the chagrin of rather quiet Baylor fans.
Buzz is going around press row about DeMarre Carroll and Zaire Taylor's candidacies for the All Tournament Team. In a stretch just before a Baylor time, the two showed why. Carroll finished two great baskets, including a three-pointer, thanks in part to the work done by Taylor to set him up. Right before the timeout, Taylor made a great pass fake in the lane before hitting a runner for two points.
The pickup of a third foul by DeMarre Carroll has changed the complexion of the game, as his absence from the floor has helped spark Baylor. Baylor has six consecutive points and will shoot for a seventh after a media timeout with 11:38 to play. Missouri leads, 51-46.
Just like they've done all year and in their first two games of the Big 12 Championship, the Missouri Tigers have come out of the gate flying in the second half. The half began with J.T. Tiller stripping Baylor's Curtis Jerrells of the ball and feeding DeMarre Carroll for a one-handed tomahawk dunk. Most recently, Tiller just drove the lane and underhand fed Matt Lawrence for the lay-in. The points put Missouri on a 9-2 ...
Yet again, Missouri finds itself having trouble scoring in the first half, but, yet again, Missouri doesn't find itself out of the game at halftime. At halftime here at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Missouri leads Baylor, 37-33. Baylor has opted to play a style of defense similar to the one played with success by Oklahoma State last night. Baylor is sitting in a 2-3 zone, with two players coming within arm's length to ...