Playing opposite an All-American performer can be a daunting task for any athlete, but freshman outside hitter Anni Thomasson seems to relish the unique opportunity.
No. 8 University of Missouri will visit Commonwealth Stadium for the first time this weekend. The Tigers’ defensive front is led by senior defensive end Michael Sam, who leads the nation with 10 sacks.
The Cats (13-6-1, 7-5-0 SEC) lost 2-0 to the University of Mississippi (15-4-2, 8-3-1 SEC) in the quarterfinals after being shutout for a fourth time this season. UK has not won a SEC Tournament game since 2006, when they won the conference championship.
Free throw shooting has been his teams’ Achilles heel since his days at the University of Memphis, as only two teams of Calipari’s in the past 10 years have shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line.
Head coach Tom Izzo’s squad returns two backcourt starters who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in sophomore guard Gary Harris and senior guard Keith Appling.