ST. LOUIS He's waiting for his chance, for that right opportunity to show he belongs, and Ricardo Ratliffe picks up his phone to say he's ready to make it as a professional basketball player.
It's Tuesday afternoon, and the former Missouri forward continues to wait. He's speaking from Hampton, Va., his hometown, surrounded by family and familiar sights during a...
Funny thing about Ricardo Ratliffe.
The guy shot 69.3 percent from the field as a senior, finished his career at 63.5 percent -- best in Big 12 Conference and Missouri history -- and during one six-game stretch hit an astonishing 87.5 percent of his attempts.
And yet the knock against him, as it relates to his NBA Draft prospects, is a perceived inability to shoot.
KANSAS CITY They didn't beat Texas so much as humor them for 40 minutes, the way a cat humors a mouse before it goes, "the hell with it," and swallows the thing whole.
"I'm pretty sure that people that have never played us say, Yeah, they're a small team,' " Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe said with a shrug. "But people who had played...
Oregon State had what was arguably their greatest team in 1980-81. Sure, they've had several teams go deeper into the NCAA Tournament, but that team - dubbed the Orange Express - was #1 in the nation for 25 weeks and earned the Beavers their first ever win at UCLA. They finished the regular season 26-1, but were upset in the 2nd round of the Tourney 50-48 by 8-seed Kansas State...
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...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer Missouri big man 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. For most of the season, he's been a can't-miss option and was on pace to break the NCAA single-season field goal percentage record. Oregon...
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February 14, 2012
When two friends approached Steve Johnson at the gym Sunday and told him a player at Missouri was on pace to break his 31-year-old single-season field goal percentage record, the former Oregon State star admits he was stunned.
For years, Johnson believed his 74.6 percent shooting from his senior season was almost unmatchable in today's college basketball. Then he went home, scoured...
WACO, Texas (AP) Ricardo Ratliffe made it sound like just another game for No. 5 Missouri after holding on for a big road
victory at No. 3 Baylor.
January 22, 2012
Ricardo Ratliffe scored a career-high 27 points and No. 5 Missouri held on for an 89-88 victory over No. 3 Baylor after a furious late rally by the Bears.
Ratliffe had a big, two-handed slam dunk midway through the second half when he scored six points in an 8-0 spurt that put the Tigers (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) up 68-58. Missouri still led by 10 with 3:07 left.
Missouri had to hit 10...
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January 21, 2012
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ST. LOUIS Michael Dixon rattled in the first of two free throws, and Missouri earned its awaited release. Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe turned his back on the goal and tapped the junior guard's head, the Tigers' first late-game test passed with 2.5 seconds left.
The black-and-gold side of the split Scottrade Center crowd roared. Nearby, Illinois coach Bruce Weber looked...