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Mizzou News for Friday, January 31

Rally for Rhyan games = wins, so shouldn’t we make ALL games RFR games?!?

I mean, it just seems logical, right? RIGHT?!? Tell me otherwise.

Anyway, I don’t know about you all, but I’m so excited for February 8 against Arkansas. It’s such a wonderful event, and Mizzou Arena should be loud and packed, and it’ll be great to see.

In case you are not familiar with why this game came to be and why it’s so important, here’s the details: Brad Loos was a former Tigers’ assistant coach under Kim Anderson when his daughter, Rhyan, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma at age 5. To help raise money for pediatric cancer research, the Loos family started the Rally for Rhyan fund. While Rhyan has now been cancer-free for almost three years, the fight still goes on. With the $500K raised since its inception, the Loos family has been able to fund three pediatric cancer trials, and hope to continue to fight to stop pediatric cancer with your help.

Thomas Huitt-Johnson of Fan Sided site Trumans Tales, wrote a post this week detailing the history of the Rally for Rhyan games, of which the Tigers remain undefeated. Here is some game history:

  • The Tigers defeated Tennessee in the inaugural Rally For Rhyan game 75-64 on Feb. 13, 2016. The win broke up a nine-game losing streak that season for Kim Anderson’s team, and raised $50,000. 2016 post from Alec Lewis (The Maneater)
  • In 2017, the Tigers defeated Arkansas 83-78. That game put to a halt to a 13-game losing streak for Mizzou, and the Tigers knocked off an eventual NCAA Tournament team with an inspired effort to grab their first conference win that year. Mizzou (6-16, 1-9 SEC) were led in points by Jordan Barnett’s 17. KJ Walton, Kevin Puryear, and Cullen VanLeer also had double figures. According to reports, $54,000 was raised at the game. 2017 gamers from Edward Redler (KOMU) and Bill Connelly (Rock M Nation). Photo Gallery (PowerMizzou)
  • In 2018, the Tigers faced off against Mississippi State in a matchup where both teams were trying to claim a late-season victory to add to its tournament resume. Missouri won the game in overtime 89-85 after a 3-point shot from Kevin Puryear with 10 seconds left gave the Tigers the win. $60,000 was raised at the game. 2018 gamers from Dave Matter (STL Today/NCAA.com) and Alec Lewis (Missourian)
  • And in 2019, last year, Mizzou downed Vanderbilt 77-67 to win its fourth-consecutive event, and raised $55,000 for cancer research. They were led by strong performances by their three-man freshmen class, with Jeremiah Tilmon scoring 19 points and nabbing 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. 2019 gamers from Anne Rogers and Dave Matter (STL Today), and Brendan Lavell (Rock M Nation)

Here’s hoping Jeremiah is back for this year’s game, since historically it’s been a good one for him.

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  • Several players wore yellow Kobes (I tried to identify the exact style but failed) in the game, and honored Kobe, Gigi, and the other victims of the horrifying helicopter crash with notes on their sneakers. It was a really nice display.

Various Mizzou Sports / Other Mizzou News

  • New volleyball team members, Anna Dixon and Erin Williams have arrived and are anxious to get debut in next season.
  • No. 6/20 Men’s/Women’s Swimming & Diving close their regular seasons today as they host Southern Illinois at 2pm at Mizzou Aquatics Center. A total of 12 different Tigers own national top 25 times, including six who rank in the top 10. (MUTigers.com) You can check out their tributes to each of the seniors on their twitter feed.
  • Track & Field is back is ready for the Razorback Invitational, which starts this afternoon. According to MUTigers.com, action gets underway at 12:25pm on Friday while prime time coverage begins at 6pm. The meet resumes at 11:25am on Saturday and featured events will take place from 1-4 pm and will be broadcasted live on SECN+.

Mizzou in the Pros/Former Mizzou Sports figures News

  • Congrats, Trystan Colon-Castillo!
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