Black Team Takes the Victory in Preseason Black and Gold Game

Jack Korte reports from Mizzou Arena as the Tigers play in their annual Black and Gold Scrimmage.

Friday, Oct. 21 –

As one of the winningest classes in Mizzou basketball history begins their final season together ranked No. 25 in the country, expectations are high. The first step toward meeting those expectations was Friday night, as the squad played the Black and Gold game.

Kim English led both teams with 27 points, and tied Kadeem Green and Earnest Ross with seven boards. It was an impressive start to a year for English, who said back in May that MU would be in New Orleans during the Final Four.

English got plenty of help from his Black team running mates Marcus Denmon and Honorable Mention All Big 12 player Ricardo Ratliffe, who added 16 and 20 points, respectively.

Michael Dixon (Gold team) and Phil Pressey (Black team) squared off at the point guard position. Dixon came away with the advantage in points, nine to four, but Pressey had four steals to Dixon’s one. The two are in a battle for playing time and the starting job this season.

Perhaps the most interesting player of the night was Ross, the guard who transferred from Auburn. He will not be able to play this season due to transfer rules, but he made his presence felt in this game, scoring 20 points and getting two steals.

The Black team outshot the Gold team 64.3% to 42.1% from the field and recorded 19 assists to the Gold team’s 10. The Gold team kept it close by doing the small things right: getting more rebounds, committing fewer fouls and turnovers and getting more steals and blocks. However, it would not be enough to overcome the offensive barrage of the Black team as Black took it 71-61.

Missouri first game will be Sunday, Oct. 30 against Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo., in the One State, One Spirit game. The game will benefit victims of the Joplin tornado.

– Josh McSwain
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