Missouri Basketball: Marcus Denmon NBA Draft Prospects

The Missouri Tigers basketball team is off to a hot start in 2011 thanks in large part to the play of senior guard Marcus Denmon.

Denmon is coming off of a career performance against Northwestern State on Friday night in which he scored 31 points and made seven of 10 three-point shots.

Denmon can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court and has really become the leader of the Tigers the past two seasons.

But, will Denmon’s game translate to the NBA? Will he get drafted in the 2012 NBA Draft?

Let’s take a look at some of Denmon’s characteristics and see how they’ll play out in the NBA. Read more of this post


Missouri Basketball: Kim English enjoying career year for Mizzou

Kim English had a terrible 2010-11 season, by all accounts. He only averaged 10 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting a disappointing 36.6 percent from the floor. That’s not what the Missouri Tigers were expecting from one of the team leaders and it ended up making the season a disappointing one.

But this year, English looks rejuvenated. He’s playing the best basketball of his life, averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while making an outstanding 60.7 percent of his shots.

A lot of English’s success can be traced back to Mizzou’s offseason coaching change. Former coach Mike Anderson left the Tigers to be the head coach of Arkansas and Missouri hired Frank Haith to replace him. Read more of this post

Illinois Basketball: Breaking Down Illini Win Against Maryland

The Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team scored an impressive 71-62 victory against the Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Illini were led by senior point guard Sam Maniscalco, who scored 24 points, made five three-pointers and was 7-for-7 from the free throw line. He also showed some much needed leadership for the young Illini.

For the night, three Illinois players ended up in double figures: Maniscalco (24 points), Brandon Paul (17) and Meyers Leonard (12). Maryland’s leading scorer was Terrell Stoglin, with 25 points.

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Illinois Football: Butch Jones and 3 Potential Replacements for Ron Zook

Ron Zook was recently fired by the University of Illinois after a very disappointing 6-6 season.

After an exciting 6-0 start, Illini fans had hopes of playing in the first Big Ten Championship game. But, after several putrid offensive efforts, the Illini lost the final six games for a meager 6-6 team.

Zook finished his seven-year Illinois career with a 34-50 record (18-37 in the Big Ten). And, more importantly, the Illini only made it to two bowl games (soon to be three) during the Zook era: a blowout loss to USC in the 2008 Rose Bowl and a blowout win in the 2010 Texas Bowl against Baylor.

A 27-7 loss at Minnesota in the final week of the regular season was the final straw for Zook, who was fired on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will take over as the interim head coach for whatever bowl game the Illini are selected to play in, but he’s not the long term answer as head coach. Read more of this post

Missouri vs. Illinois: Which team would have won Arch Rivalry game in 2011?

The Illinois Fighting Illini decided to end their rivalry with the Missouri Tigers in football this season, meaning the Arch Rivalry game wasn’t held for the first time since 2006.

In the long history of the rivalry, dating back to 1896, the two teams have played intermittently every few years. There have been a total of 24 matchups and Mizzou holds the series lead, 17-7.

The Tigers are currently on a six game winning streak against the Illini, and have won every game since the series moved to St. Louis in 2007. Read more of this post