Tahlequah Daily Press


February 19, 2014

Inside the MIAA

A weekly look at basketball in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association



Ahead of the pack

Central Missouri / Emporia State:
Tied atop the league standings, both Central Missouri and Emporia State should go 2-0 this week. The game that could decide the race is Emporia State’s game at Pittsburg State on Feb. 26. If Emporia State closes out the regular season, it’ll win the regular-season crown after thrashing Central Missouri, 80-67, on Jan. 11.

Up and coming

Pittsburg State:
On an eight-game winning streak, the Gorillas own a two-game lead over Missouri Southern for third in the conference standings. However, a brutal four-game stretch awaits Pittsburg State to close out the regular season. It all starts Wednesday at Northeastern State.

On the skids

Fort Hays State:
Losses to Emporia State and Pittsburg State have the Tigers on the outside looking in for the league’s top four spots. Fort Hays State, with three of its final four games at home, will need to win out and hope for help with losses from Missouri Southern and Washburn to earn a bye to the conference tournament in Kansas City.


- Lynch lands league honor:
Washburn’s Brittney Lynch averaged 19 points and 11.5 rebounds in two games last week to nab MIAA women’s basketball Athlete of the Week honors. Lynch played 43 minutes and had 16 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime win over Northeastern State. In that game, she also made a game-tying basket in the lane with three seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Games of the week

Men: Nebraska Kearney at Emporia State

Without a marquee matchup this week, it’s all about positioning as the Lopers and Hornets jostle for a home game in the conference tournament. A loss coupled with a win by NSU could lead to a dicey final week of regular-season play next week.

Women: Pittsburg State at Missouri Southern

A win solidifies Pittsburg State’s stranglehold on third place. A win by Missouri Southern would almost certainly lock up a first-round by for the Lions with a manageable 2-0 final week looming.

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  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • shock pic.jpg Time to rest

    Shock beats San Antonio before entering All-Star break

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • McIlroy leads, Tiger Woods in contention after 1st day at British Open

    July 18, 2014


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