Missouri's Tiller leads the way with defense - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Missouri's Tiller leads the way with defense

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's J.T. Tiller is again ready to show that leading a team back to the national stage doesn't have to mean scoring lots of points.

The senior guard from suburban Atlanta leads a Tiger team that finished with a school-record 31 wins last year and advanced to a regional final in the NCAA Tournament. Practice for Division 1 teams begins Friday.

Tiller averaged 8.4 points per game but scored a career-high 23 points in a tournament upset win over Memphis. He's the team's top returning scorer and 1 of 50 players nationwide nominated to the preseason Wooden Player of the Year list.

Missouri won't hold a Midnight Madness event this season. The Tigers will instead host the Black and Gold game Friday, Oct. 23.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly