Mizzou 25: Norm Stewart Regional (Quarterfinal #3)

UPDATE: Called after 61 votes.  Peeler wins, 75%-24%.

It's Mizzou 25, the tournament to decide the best, most influential, most likable Mizzou athlete of the past 25 years!  It's like Who's Now or The Greatest Highlight, only, uhh, cool.  

Mizzou 25 is set up in four 8-athlete regions: the Norm Stewart Region (basketball), the Larry Smith Region (football), the Joann Rutherford Region (all sports), and the Spider Region (fan favorites).  Here's the Mizzou 25 bracket in all its resplendent glory.

Today, we're still in the Norm Stewart Region for the third matchup of Round One.

2/27: Derrick Chievous 67%, Arthur Johnson 32%
2/28: Melvin Booker 84%, Jason Sutherland 15%
2/29: Anthony Peeler vs Clarence Gilbert
3/1: Doug Smith vs Kareem Rush

Anthony Peeler vs Clarence Gilbert

vs

1988-92

1998-02

Stats
88-89: 10.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.8 APG
89-90: 16.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.8 APG
90-91: 19.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.0 APG
91-92: 23.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.9 APG
Record: 96-33
NCAA Tourney Wins: 3

Stats
98-99: 4.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.1 APG
99-00: 13.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.3 APG
00-01: 16.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.5 APG
01-02: 17.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.2 APG
Record: 82-47
NCAA Tourney Wins: 4

Michael Atchison: Perhaps the most dizzying all-around talent ever to play at Mizzou, Anthony Peeler could slash, pass, score and defend the perimeter as well as any Tiger in history. A 6’4" guard from Kansas City’s Paseo High, Peeler was the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year in 1989, as he helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his sophomore season, Peeler showed his remarkable versatility, averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.0 steals en route to being named first-team All-Big Eight. He also became just the eighth Tiger to score 40 points in a game as he drilled Iowa State for 42, including a perfect 20 for 20 from the free throw line. After he lost the early part of his junior season to academics, Peeler returned and averaged 19.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Peeler was even more dominant as a senior, winning the Big Eight scoring title and Player of the Year honors, and leading a group of young role players to the NCAA Tournament. But the most vivid memory of that season came in a loss, when he scored an electrifying 43 points at Kansas. His 1,970 career points rank him third all-time, and he remains number one in assists (497) and steals (196). Michael Atchison: In Mizzou’s recent history, no player has had a greater flair for the dramatic than Clarence Gilbert, a 6’2" guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, famed for his pit bull intensity and freewheeling shot selection. What’s your favorite Gilbert moment? The night in his sophomore year when he made five of seven three-point shots and scored 24 points to lead Mizzou to an upset of Illinois? Or a month later when he went seven of ten from beyond the arc on his way to 27 points in an 81-59 rout of seventh-ranked Kansas? How about the afternoon he took a head-spinning 36 shots in a four-overtime victory over Iowa State? Or the night he drilled a 17-footer at the buzzer to beat Georgia in the NCAA Tournament? There was the 2001 Guardians Classic tournament where Gilbert won MVP honors after leading Mizzou from eleven points down with 2:15 to play to beat Iowa in the championship game. And there was the day in Colorado when he sank twelve three-pointers against the Buffs. Add it all together and you get a sensational career that saw Gilbert contribute to four NCAA Tournament teams and score 1,685 points, eighth most in Missouri history.
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