Former Missouri football and basketball players connected at Mizzou Arena for an alumni game organized by Demarre Carroll and Laurence Bowers. Good times, they were had by all.
- The Trib: Carroll and Bowers Alumni Game brings joy back to Mizzou Arena
- The Trib: Former Tiger football players show their hoops skills in alumni game
- Post-Dispatch: Former Tigers hope charity game adds to Mizzou basketball buzz
- Post-Dispatch (Ben Frederickson): Good times roll at Mizzou charity basketball game
- The Missourian: Carroll & Bowers Alumni Game is a slam dunk
- KC Star: Mizzou Arena electric for first Carroll & Bowers Alumni Game
- PowerMizzou: VIDEO: Talking to Mizzou greats
MU Hall of Famer and '94 Big 8 Player of the Year Melvin Booker on his legacy, continued MU fan support & expectations for the 17-18 Tigers: pic.twitter.com/F5k7tqUC09— Jared Koller (@J_Koll) July 23, 2017
Asked LB Sean Witherspoon about his NFL free agency, mentions Kansas City as possibility. Also talked fan reaction & his basketball handles. pic.twitter.com/XjBmbNUsXj— Jared Koller (@J_Koll) July 23, 2017
Mizzou Arena has not featured enough pure fun of late, so I’m really happy this event turned out as well as it did. And since there are stats, we get to find out who still actually has it (and which football players should have pulled a Justin Gage and played both sports at Mizzou).
STUDY HALL TIME.
"Very unofficial" stats from today's game pic.twitter.com/dFZgO130tw— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) July 22, 2017
Your Team Carroll Trifecta: Ratliffe, Grawer, McKinney
Your Team Bowers Trifecta: Saunders, Bowers, Gage
Your Football Alumni Trifecta (no Gage): Saunders, Jackson, Temple
Your Hoops Alumni Trifecta (no Gage): Ratliffe, Bowers, Grawer
Carroll himself didn’t play, but he didn’t have to. He had Ricardo Ratliffe on his team, and that made all the difference. That dude still can’t miss a shot in Mizzou Arena.
Team Carroll 137, Team Bowers 116
|Pace (No. of Possessions)||93|
|Points Per Possession (PPP)||1.24||1.47|
|Points Per Shot (PPS)||1.22||1.33|
|True Shooting %||58.4%||64.6%|
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
|Expected Offensive Rebounds||17.1||16.4|
(Notes: offensive rebounds were not collected, so I simulated them by just making them one-third of all rebounds. We know that Team Carroll rebounded better, but those plus-0.6 and minus-3.1 figures are approximations.)
Just an appalling lack of physicality and fouls in this one. SMH. Not sure guys were truly trying to win. Not enough heart.
(I’m ignoring the minutes in the stat sheet above because it wasn’t even close. The other stuff was close enough to use.)
Brian Grawer, 6-for-7 on 3-pointers. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. Meanwhile, fellow mad bomber Jason Sutherland couldn’t find his 3-point range but, perhaps to no one’s surprise, was one of the only players on the court going for steals.
Oh, and William Moore ball hawks on the basketball court like he did in the Mizzou secondary.
Well hello there, Tommy Saunders. The walk-on-turned-surehanded receiver balled. He also ended up with multiple steals, and he posted a Melvin Booker-like eight-rebound, eight-assist combination. Meanwhile, Booker and friend-of-RMN Jarrett Sutton: they can still shoot.
This was a great event led by two great former Tigers. Thanks to everyone involved for bringing some fun to Columbia.