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BenFred: Mizzou needs Robertson to find his shot, and his voice

Before Kassius Robertson earned his first and last season on college basketball’s biggest stage, he spent hours imagining it.

With Porter out of the plans, Mizzou begins tourney play in Orlando

Tigers open Advocare Invitational on Thursday against Long Beach State.

Mizzou vs. Long Beach State preview


Garrett grows into vital role in Mizzou defense

Sophomore middle linebacker nearly signed with Navy, now leads improved MU defense in tackles.

Missouri sees invitational as opportunity to reset

Though the Missouri men’s basketball team picked up a win Monday against Division II Emporia State, the five-point margin wasn’t the performance anybody expected.“We didn’t really play as well as we could’ve,” junior forward Kevin Puryear said. “And also at Utah, taking a bump on the road. We’ve been fighting adversity lately, but now it’s just time for us to buckle down.”That adversity includes the 18-point [...]

Missouri at Arkansas: Game at a glance

QUOTABLES“You’re looking for positives. I think there’s always, within a current situation of winning or not, you can find some positives in there. We had to search a little harder than normal during that stretch” at the beginning of the season “to look at some things, but also looked at why we weren’t having success on Saturdays and the reasons why and really can circle back to a couple reasons why we weren’t executing. [...]

BenFred's 5: The biggest what-ifs of Michael Porter Jr.'s early exit

Five topics from columnist Ben Frederickson that Mizzou fans will be discussing

Hochman: No one but Mizzou fans would believe the Porter news

Latest development — the season-ending injury for Michael Porter Jr., the nation's No. 1 basketball recruit — is the most ‘Mizzou thing' ever.

Porter's back surgery could sideline Mizzou phenom for rest of season

Michael Porter Jr. and his family sought a second opinion outside of Mizzou's network of doctors, and he underwent surgery Tuesday in Dallas. The team’s medical staff didn’t believe surgery was necessary and hoped its treatment plan would help Porter…

Tipsheet: Porter Jr. injury sends shock waves through college hoops

Mizzou basketball made news for all the wrong reasons when Michael Porter Jr. was shelved by back surgery. Just when folks got excited about the Tigers again, the bottom fell out again.

New mental approach helped Missouri golfer Buckley to strong first half

If golf doesn’t work out for Hayden Buckley, he might have a future in football.Well, not the tackling part — kicking.About a year ago, Missouri punter Corey Fatony, Buckley’s good friend, took Buckley to the football field and gave him a chance to kick field goals.It was more than a chance — more like an opportunity to show off a hidden talent for Buckley, who did not play high school football or soccer.Buckley said his longest field [...]

MU: freshman Michael Porter Jr. likely out for the season

After a week and a half of speculation swirling around Michael Porter Jr.'s injury, there is finally some clarity.Porter Jr., a Columbia native and the nation's top 2017 basketball prospect, is likely to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season, Missouri announced Tuesday. He was scheduled to have surgery on his back, Tuesday in Dallas.The procedure, a microdiscectomy of the L3 and L4 spinal discs, has a projected recovery time of three to four months, Missouri said in a [...]

Gordo: Porter Jr.'s demise puts the onus on Martin

Michael Porter Jr. is gone for most or all of this season due to back surgery, so Cuonzo Martin will have to coach up the team to overcome that absence.

Back surgery likely will sideline Mizzou's Porter Jr. for the season

Preseason All-American set to have procedure Tuesday in Dallas. He played 1 minute 40 seconds for the University of Missouri.

Freshman Michael Porter Jr. likely out for the season

After playing just two minutes through four games, Missouri announced, on Tuesday, that freshman Michael Porter Jr.'s season is likely over.The Columbia native, preseason co-SEC Player of the Year and preseason All-American is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday, in Dallas, Texas. The procedure, a microdiscetomy of the L3 and L4 spinal discs, has a projected recovery time of three to four months, Missouri said in a release. No further information was available.“I really [...]

After dismal start, Odom kept Tigers from spiraling

COLUMBIA, MO. • As a five-game losing streak dropped Missouri to the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings and put coach Barry Odom’s future in doubt, the Tigers could have fallen apart. The locker room could have cratered.

Looking ahead: Mizzou at Arkansas


BenFred: Mizzou's Odom gets third season he proved he deserves

COLUMBIA, Mo. • Barry Odom’s second season as Missouri’s football coach has one heck of a plot twist and a couple off-the-field scenes worthy of film.

Mizzou barely holds off Emporia State without Porter Jr.

Tigers overcome another poor shooting night from the perimeter.

Tigers avoid disaster, rally to beat Emporia State

Mizzou plays again without Michael Porter Jr., needs second-half surge to hold off Division II opponent.

Big men power Mizzou past Emporia State

It’s known by now that this year’s Missouri men’s basketball team will have an advantage in the post, on most nights.Missouri has five players who stand at least 6-foot-10 on the roster for just the second time in program history.On Monday, three of those players — Jeremiah Tilmon, Reed Nikko and Jontay Porter — helped carry Missouri to a 67-62 win over Emporia State.It wasn’t pretty, but without the combined 32 points, 20 [...]

Missouri holds off Emporia State for third win

It wasn’t pretty, but Missouri found a way to hold off Division II opponent Emporia State Monday night.The Tigers, who defeated the Hornets 67-62, continued the offensive struggles that plagued them Thursday against Utah.Emporia State, who has not had a winning season since the 2013-14 season, forced the Tigers to shoot 40 percent from the field and just 10 percent from behind-the-arc.Twenty of Missouri’s 58 shots from the field were from deep and the [...]

BenFred: Mizzou AD Sterk says Odom is coming back

"I think people are starting to see what Barry Odom and the coaching staff are all about," Sterk said Monday.

Porter Jr. to miss third straight game, seeing specialist

Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will not play in Monday's game against Emporia State a MU spokesperson said through a text.Porter Jr. will miss his third straight game and will not be in attendance as he has an appointment with a specialist the spokesperson said. After last Monday's game against Wagner, coach Cuonzo Martin described Porter Jr.'s injury as just a leg injury."Mizzou will provide further updates on Porter’s status when they become available, and have [...]

Matter's AP ballot: Tigers take a tumble

Mizzou falls off AP ballots after last week's loss at Utah.

Mizzou, Illinois revive football series for 2026-29

Tigers, Fighting Illini agree to four-year series with games to be played on their respective campuses.

Gameday preview: Missouri vs. Emporia State

The Missouri men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday at Utah. A reported 12,064 fans watched as the Utes defeated Missouri 77-59 and extended the Tigers road losing streak, which began in 2014. It was the Tigers second straight game without standout freshman Michael Porter Jr. who only played two minutes in the season opener. The status of Porter Jr.'s leg injury is expected to be reevaluated this week. [...]

Mizzou basketball tries to regroup before heading to tournament

Still without Porter, Martin's Tigers coming off ugly loss at Utah, host Emporia State on Monday.


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