|#4||MIZZ (20-2, 7-2 Big 12)||27||40||67|
|TEX (13-9, 3-6)||22||44||66|
Brian Graham, KC SportsNation
A one-point win, or a 20-point win, it doesn’t matter on the road. Road wins dont come easy. Such is life on the road in the Big 12.
But, Missouri really made this one harder than they needed to.
Missouri had to get a driving left-handed lay-up high off the glass from junior Michael Dixon with 21 seconds left and then get a controversial defensive stop to hold off Texas (13-9, 3-6 Big 12) 67-66 Monday night on Big Monday in Austin.
The win clicked Part One of Mizzou’s trifecta this week: Win at Texas, sign DGB and beat Kansas.
Missouri led 63-53 with four minutes left in the game, but trailed with 44 seconds remaining after J’Covan Brown’s runner off the glass capped off a 13-2 run to give Texas the 66-65 lead. This came after Dixon was called with a flagrant foul for clearing out with an elbow with Missouri up 65-62. Julien Lewis hit both free throws to pull within one.
Missouri (20-2, 7-2) held on after Matt Pressey appeared to foul Kabongo on his missed potential game-winner.
Missouri up 50-48, Phil Pressey stole the ball from Myck Kabongo, who grabbed Flip’s jersey and put him on the free throw line with an intentional foul. He hits both, and goes on a 13-5 run to go up 63-53, their biggest lead since being up 13 (39-26) four minutes into the half.
Dixon scored his 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting, and scored seven points in a one-minute span as Missouri.
Dixon carried Missouri with 19 points against Texas A&M, while the rest of the team slumped. He followed that with just 18 points in three games, but bounced back in the biggest of ways Monday.
- Missouri got absolutely owned on the boards, 35-23 and was -18 in two games against Texas. Mizzou still won both games.
- Mizzou made a concerted effort to limit Brown, who scored 34 in Columbia and they did a solid job. He scored 20 points, but they locked hm (and Texas, for that matter) down on the the perimeter, where Texas hit just 2-of-12 shots and shot 42% overall, but it came with a price. There were portions of the game where Texas was getting second and third chances almost every possession.
- ‘Cardo only went to the line once, grabbed just one defensive rebound and committed four fouls – picking up his third three minutes into the second half, but he held course, scoring 13 points on 75% shooting (6-8). One of the first times in his Mizzou career that he spent time in foul trouble and was able to still help the team.
- Phil Pressey, the Big 12’s assists and steals leader, scored 12 points with some clutch drive-to-the-basket lay-ups and dished out five assists and had two steals. He was a bit careless with the ball at times, but “Flip” is always clutch with the game on the line.
- Kim English scored just eight points, but hit two crucial 3’s – one capping off the 13-5 run to put Mizzou up 10 late in the game and the other put Mizzou up 39-26. He also played ALL 40 minutes, drew another charge and was second on the team with six rebounds. And, more than anything, Kim English is a “True Son.”
- If I wasn’t concerned about Marcus Denmon before, I am now. And if I was before, I’m panicked now. Denmon went just 3-of-12 and is 29-93 (31%) in his last eight games since the Oklahoma game and is 12-52 on 3-pointers in that span (23%). For those who dont like to do math and is 17-41 (42%) from 2. Not good. Missouri needs Denmon to get his confidence back quickly. There was twice Denmon was wide open from 3 and didn’t take the shot – one would have been a “dagger” late in the second half. Denmon also missed two lay-ups and a front end of a 1-and-1. Can Missouri continue to survive their leading scorer’s slump?
- Haith made a questionable decision to spread the floor and run clock starting at the 4-minute mark, up 10, and it nearly cost them as Texas went on their 13-2 run. He made it up for it by switching to the zone for the final possession, confusing Texas’ offense. He also went to a zone in the later stages of the first half when Missouri was in foul trouble to shorten the game. Haith, a former Barnes assistant, coaches circles around Barnes. Barnes sat on a timeout after Missouri came out in the zone defense. Why?
Final Thoughts: Missouri swept Texas in basketball and beat them in their final year in the Big 12. Suck that Bevo. Missouri has 20 wins before February. Who could have predicted that? I was hoping to get 20 wins total and that would get Missouri into the tournament. Instead, we are halfway through the conference season and Mizzou has a shot at a Big 12 championship. All a team needs is for SOMEONE to step up. Ratliffe was corralled, Denmon and English went a combined 6-for-20, but Dixon carried the team. A win is a win. Period.
|FG Made-Attempted||27-56 (.482)||24-57 (.421)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-14 (.357)||2-12 (.167)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-11 (.727)||16-24 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
|Points||M. Dixon 21||J. Brown 20|
|Rebounds||K. English 6||J. Holmes 9|
|Assists||P. Pressey 5||J. Brown 2|
|Steals||K. English 3||S. McClellan 2|
|Blocks||S. Moore 3||J. Holmes 3|
|Team Stats: Missouri | Texas|
|Ricardo Ratliffe, F||24||6-8||0-0||1-1||2||3||0||0||1||0||4||13|
|Marcus Denmon, G||35||3-12||0-3||0-1||1||5||0||1||0||1||1||6|
|Kim English, G||40||3-8||2-5||0-0||1||6||1||3||1||2||1||8|
|Phil (Flip) Pressey, G||36||4-8||0-2||5-6||0||4||5||2||0||4||2||13|
|Matt Pressey, G||20||2-7||1-2||0-0||0||2||1||0||0||0||2||5|
|Steve Moore, C||18||0-3||0-0||1-2||1||2||0||0||3||0||4||1|
|Michael Dixon, G||27||9-10||2-2||1-1||0||1||4||1||0||3||4||21|
|Alexis Wangmene, F-C||16||1-3||0-0||2-5||1||1||0||0||0||1||1||4|
|Jonathan Holmes, F||27||3-7||0-1||1-1||4||9||0||0||3||5||2||7|
|J’Covan Brown, G||38||7-18||1-7||5-8||1||3||2||0||0||2||2||20|
|Myck Kabongo, G||30||3-8||1-2||3-4||0||2||1||1||0||3||4||10|
|Julien Lewis, G||36||4-9||0-0||4-4||2||3||2||1||1||1||1||12|
|Clint Chapman, F-C||23||3-5||0-0||0-0||3||7||0||0||2||1||3||6|
|Jaylen Bond, F||14||2-3||0-0||1-2||3||7||0||0||0||0||0||5|
|Sheldon McClellan, G||16||1-4||0-2||0-0||1||3||0||2||0||0||1||2|
MUtigers.com: Dixon lifts No. 4 Missouri Over Texas, 67-66
The Trib: Dixon comes to Tigers’ rescue in Austin
The Missourian: Dixon’s layup pushes Missouri past Texas
The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri beats Texas, 67-66
Post-Dispatch: MU barely survives at Texas
KC Star: Dixon, Mizzou slip past Texas 67-66
KC Star: MU notes: Tigers keep eye on J’Covan Brown at the end
PowerMizzou: Post Game Hoops Thoughts
Austin American-Statesman: Texas makes it close, again, but falls to Missouri
Austin American-Statesman: No sharing; No second option
Fox Sports MW: Dixon hits game-winner as Mizzou beats Texas
Hank’s Sports Blog: Dixon comes off the bench to lead no. 4 Missouri to victory in Austin
ESPN.com: Rapid Reaction: Missouri 67, Texas 66
ESPN.com: Missouri, Dixon keep composure in the end