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Mizzou Links, 12-19-08

We'll start with football recruiting, where Maplewood ATH Bryant Allen chose Minnesota last night, over Missouri and Kansas.  He wants to play both football and basketball, and evidently he felt his strongest opportunities to do both were in the Twin Cities.  Power to him and the Gophers.  He's a little small for either a WR/DB or a point guard, but I hope it works out for him.

Need more recruiting info?  Visit...THE CHAMBER!!!!!!!

The KC Star gives Chase Coffman a hearty pat on the back and begins to look at his potential draft status.

Need a basketball fix?  Check out the official release for tomorrow night's Mizzou-Hatters game.

About The Stetson Hatters

Stetson comes into Saturday’s game winners of three consecutive contests including two wins this week over Campbell (63-56) and Webber International (on Wednesday afternoon) ... Stetson’s lone losses have come on the road at Texas (68-38), at Florida State (79-77) and at Miami (Fla.) by a 79-65 margin ... The Hatters are led in scoring and rebounding by Garfield Blair who averages 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds ... Kris Thomas (10.5 ppg) and A.J. Smith (10.4 ppg) round out the double figure scorers for Head Coach Derek Waugh’s club ... One thing Tiger fans can look for is a lot of three-point attempts from the Hatters ... Stetson shoots nearly 28 treys a game, led by Thomas and Smith who have shot more than 40 apiece.

Not enough for you?  Then also check out Steve Walentik's latest Big 12 power poll...

4. Missouri (8-1) This week: vs. Stetson on Saturday, vs. Illinois on Tuesday in St. Louis

The Tigers keep creeping toward the Top 25. They were up to 28th this week, and they could be looking at their first ranking since 2003 if they can snap their eight-game losing streak against the Fighting Illini on Tuesday -- if they aren't in already on Monday.

Also, the Missourian does a nice profile of one-third of the Jaureth Bamford combo: Keith Ramsey.

This is a neat, non-Mizzou related piece: ESPN's Andy Katz takes a look back at the epic UConn-Gonzaga Elite Eight game from '99...and how far both programs have come in the last ten years.  And speaking of non-Mizzou related...congrats to Poplar Bluff's Tyler Hansbrough for becoming North Carolina's all-time leading scorer last night.  I hate that he didn't come here (the ultimate "What If..."), and I hate that he instead became a son to Roy Williams, but congrats to him...

Finally, congrats to the six newest inductees into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame: Ann Marie Brooks ('00s track/CC), Jean Cerra ('70s administration), Dave Harvey ('60s baseball), Rick Lyle ('90s football), Vince Tobin ('60s/'70s football), and the entire 1941 football team.

Oh yeah, and don't forget your bowl picks!