COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) One game when the shots refused to fall, and now Ricardo Ratliffe is playing catchup against a 31-year-old record.
The 6-foot-8 Ratliffe is the lone inside threat for No. 3 Missouri, which has ridden a four-guard attack to surprise elite status under new coach Frank Haith. For most of the season, he's been a can't-miss option.
Ratliffe, who takes most of his shots within arm's reach of the rim, has for most of the season been ahead of the NCAA single-season field goal shooting record set in 1980-81 by Oregon State's Steve Johnson (74.6 percent).
Ratliffe is still the national leader by a wide margin at 73.7 percent. But last week's game against then-No. 6 Baylor put him on the outside looking in. The Bears concentrated on taking Ratliffe out of the equation after getting burned in the first meeting and got beat by a rain of 14 3-pointers instead. Ratliffe, however, entered the game at 75.1 percent and wound up just 3 for 9 with six points against a front line t...