Missouri ends perfect month with victory over Morehead State
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — New school, better jump shot for Mark Smith. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 22 points to lead Missouri to a 75-61 victory over Morehead State on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri uses the 3-ball to beat Oral Roberts 80-64
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri looked to be in trouble after Oral Roberts' DeShang Weaver drilled a pair of 3s to cut the Tigers' lead to just three at the beginning of the second half.
Missouri hadn't been able to break Oral Roberts' zone defense and all of its big men were in major foul trouble.
But Missouri's offense came alive in the second half to defeat Oral Roberts 80-64 Friday night for its third win in a row.
Temple holds off Missouri’s late charge
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Quinton Rose scored 18 points to lead Temple to a 79-77 victory over Missouri.
Shizz Alston finished with 15 points and six assists, De'Vondre Perry added 11 points and Ernest Aflakpui grabbed 12 rebounds for the Owls (6-1).
The Latest: Wade, No. 12 Kansas St. win Paradise Jam title
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Latest on the Paradise Jam (all times local):
Dean Wade scored 21 points, and No. 12 Kansas State defeated Missouri 82-67 Monday night in the championship game of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Barry Brown Jr. added 19 points and six assists, Xavier Sneed had 13 points and Kamau Stokes scored 10 for the Wildcats (5-0), who won their first in-season tournament title in four tries under head coach Bruce Weber.
Missouri wins opener over Central Arkansas 68-55
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri sophomore transfer Mark Smith shot just 23.2 percent from 3 in his freshman season at Illinois. When the NCAA granted Smith eligibility in late October, the Tigers expected him to contribute, but maybe not like he did Tuesday night.
Smith scored 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3 and Missouri triumphed over Central Arkansas 68-55 in its season opener.
Missouri officially signs Illinois transfer Mark Smith
Just days after his commitment to play for the Missouri men’s basketball program, Mark Smith put pen to paper. He officially signed Monday, confirming his transfer from Illinois.
Eye on the Tigers podcast: Will Jontay Porter stay, or go?
Episode 25 -- Time for spring cleaning.
In this edition of the Eye on the Tigers podcast, Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson and Mizzou beat writer Dave Mave Matter pack up the basketball season.
How should the Michael Porter Jr. era be remembered now that he has declared for NBA draft and hired an agent?
What are the chances Jontay follows in his big brother's one-and-done footsteps?
Illinois’ Finke, Lucas decide to transfer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has lost two more players after Michael Finke and Te'Jon Lucas announced their plans to leave the program.
The Illini went 14-18 in coach Brad Underwood's first year at the school. Finke, Lucas and Mark Smith have decided to transfer, and Leron Black is turning pro after averaging a team-high 15.3 points.
Wisch List: The fix is in (progress) with Illini basketball
Illini basketball needs a fix.
Much of Illini Nation finds itself in a fix.
And after dealing with both, well … could someone fix me a drink?
Edwardsville star Mark Smith will seek better fit after transferring from Illinois
Mark Smith kept coming back to the same word: fit.
What seemed like a perfect one when the star guard from Edwardsville signed with the Illinois men's basketball team last April turned out to be a combination that fizzled before it reached one calendar year.
The 2017 Illinois Mr. Basketball and Gatorade player of the year is hitting the transfer market, he confirmed to the Post-Dispatch on Monday afternoon.
Leron Black scored a career-high 28 points and snagged seven rebounds, to help Illinois outlast Nebraska for a 72-66 victory yesterday.
Jackson, MSU’s new kid on blocks, a ‘special talent’
Late in Michigan State's victory at Illinois on Monday, Jaren Jackson Jr. decided one highlight-reel dunk was hardly enough.
The 6-foot-11 freshman already had gotten his teammates up off their feet early in the second half when he crossed over Illinois' Mark Smith, drove to the lane and dunked with his left hand while getting fouled. It gave the Spartans a 13-point lead and effectively put the game out of reach.
Marshall grad makes name for himself with kombucha business
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — As a counselor, teacher, and musician, Huntingtonian Mark Smith has made a name for himself educating others and doing his part to create a smarter, kinder Tri-State.
But, of late, he is increasingly also known for elevating the area's beverage game as one of the first homebrewers to take kombucha to market.
Finke’s double-double helps Illinois beat D-III Augustana
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Michael Finke had his second career double-double and four more Illinois players scored in double figures to help the Illini beat Division III Augustana (Ill.) 96-62 on Wednesday night.
Illinois is 5-0 for the first time since winning its first six games in 2014-15.
Smith, Nichols career highs push Illinois past DePaul
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Mark Smith shot 40 percent from the field and made just one of his five 3-point attempts.
But he still found a way to be effective - scoring a career-high 21 points - in Illinois' 82-73 victory over DePaul on Friday night in their first meeting in 60 years.
Entering the game, Smith hadn't missed a free throw all season and that trend continued against the Blue Demons. He led all players with 12 attempts at the charity stripe, including eight in the first half.
Trinity Episcopal hosting sixth annual Halloween Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29
HUNTINGTON - Trinity Episcopal Church is hosting its sixth annual Halloween Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.
Led by music director and regionally well-known keyboardist, Mark Smith, , the concert will feature a rock band and the church's 20-member choir rocking up a Halloween maze of music including songs from such shows as Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Sweeney Todd," and Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and “Carrie The Musical.”
Deep ties in UT, Indiana State staffs make for unique matchup
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s matchup with Indiana State today (4 p.m.; TV: SEC Network) is a reunion of sorts.
Coaching ties and trees are expansive in this day and age, but the connection between the Vols staff and the Sycamores features plenty of overlap. UT head coach Butch Jones and Indiana State coach Curt Mallory were on the same Central Michigan staff in 2001.
Reunion weekend for No. 25 Tennessee, visiting Indiana State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's home opener with Indiana State represents a bit of a reunion for the two coaching staffs.
Indiana State coach Curt Mallory was a secondary coach on Tennessee coach Butch Jones' Central Michigan staff in 2001. More recently, Mallory and three of his assistants worked at Michigan from 2011-14 for Brady Hoke, who is now Tennessee's defensive line coach .
It all started with a drum set.Close to 20 years ago, Charleroi resident and professional musician Mark Smith was given a battered drum set that was used at the Twin Coaches supper club in Rostraver Township back in the days when the big bands played there. Fascinated by the stories that came attached to the thrashed old trap kit, Smith began collecting other memorabilia related to the Twin Coaches, which burned down in 1977, and unearthing tales from the dwindling number of people who have...