Mizzou keeps the peace, but can’t bring home a win against South Carolina

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Mizzou women fall in The Other Columbia

There was a lot of potential drama headed into Monday night’s game between Robin Pingeton’s Missouri Tigers and Dawn Staley’s South Carolina Gamecocks.

Two programs with a history of frustrations, accusations and lawsuits. Two Top 25 ranked teams. Two passionate fanbases dedicated to booing the ever-living hell out of each other’s players.

Fortunately, nothing really spilled over into the game — the two teams even met at half court before the game as a show of moving forward. The officials kept a close eye on both teams, but never had to worry too much as the Gamecocks maintained a steady lead before closing out a 79-65 win.

Officials seemed to call the game tighter than most, possibly to keep tensions from escalating between the two teams like in years passed. At halftime, Missouri had four players with a pair of fouls including Cunningham, fellow senior Cierra Porter and starting forward Hannah Schuchts.

It was a good game for Sophie Cunningham — 24 points despite foul trouble — but she didn’t get much help outside of Amber Smith and Akira Levy (16 and 12 points, respectively.)

The Tigers were slightly short-handed on the bench as well, after announcing the transfer of freshman Grace Berg just before game time. That’s a tough loss for the Tigers, as Berg was a highly-touted recruit out of high school. She hadn’t seen much of the court lately, but had good size and skill combined with above average athleticism. The future is still bright — Pingeton has a Top 10 class coming this year — but it would’ve been nice to see how Berg could contribute. Best of luck, Grace!

The Tigers head to No. 15 Kentucky on Thursday.

Barrett Bannister gets a scholly

In good news, Monday marked a major life update for one of Mizzou football’s surprise contributors from the 2018 season.

The rising redshirt sophomore only had eight catches during the 2018 season, but had a knack for showing up at the right times. He caught three balls for 37 yards during Missouri’s Liberty Bowl loss for Oklahoma State, and should be a nice chunk yardage option for Kelly Bryant next year.

His teammates were pretty happy to find out about his scholarship as well.

Congrats, Barrett! To see how Bannister’s announcement affects Mizzou’s scholarship chart, head over to PowerMizzou, where Gabe DeArmond broke it all down.


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More Links:

  • Saturday Down South laid out five “realistic goals” for Mizzou football in 2019 including chemistry between Kelly Bryant and his receivers and developing some new leaders on defense.
  • Dane Brugler at The Athletic ($$) examined some of the biggest Senior Bowl storylines. Drew Lock ended up quite high on the list.
  • Speaking of the Senior Bowl, one of Missouri’s representatives will no longer be playing.
  • And speaking of Drew Lock, it seems like he is bursting with confidence heading into his big showcase on Thursday.


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Broncos QB of the future? Missouri’s Drew Lock ready to impress during Senior Bowl Week – The Denver Post

Broncos QB of the future? Missouri’s Drew Lock ready to impress during Senior Bowl Week  The Denver Post

Does a 10-times-better Drew Lock make sense for the Broncos with the 10th overall pick? He sure does. And without a trace of arrogance but a ton of confidence ...


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Mizzou Women’s Basketball announces Freshman Grace Berg will transfer

Berg played in all 19 games and had one start.

As the much anticipated game against the South Carolina Gamecocks was about to tip-off, Mizzou Women’s Basketball announced freshman Grace Berg will transfer from the program.

Berg averaged a little under 13 minutes per game but was a top 40 recruit coming out of high school but had seen her minutes dwindle since the start of conference play and opted to try her luck outside of Mizzou. She had a season high 12 points in 24 minutes in the second game of the year against Missouri State and was a nearly 89% free throw shooter on the season.

Shortly, the women will tip in a hotly anticipated game against a top 25 team in South Carolina. There’s been a bit of a sticky history between these two teams stemming from last years dust up during the game, and Jim Sterks comments surrounding it.

Use this as a game thread if you’d like. Here’s to wishing Grace the best of luck in the future and to the ladies luck tonight in the other Columbia.


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Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino leaves K-State for NFL job with Chicago Bears – Kansas City Star

Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino leaves K-State for NFL job with Chicago Bears  Kansas City Star

Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman is officially on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator. Ted Monachino is leaving for a NFL job with the Chicago ...


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Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino leaves K-State for NFL job with Chicago Bears – Wichita Eagle

Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino leaves K-State for NFL job with Chicago Bears  Wichita Eagle

Kansas State football coach Chris Klieman is officially on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator. Ted Monachino is leaving for a NFL job with the Chicago ...


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Missouri, Colorado agree to football series in 2025, 2030 – FBSchedules.com

Missouri, Colorado agree to football series in 2025, 2030  FBSchedules.com

The Missouri Tigers and the Colorado Buffaloes have agreed to a home-and-home football series in 2025 and 2030.


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Missouri lands junior college offensive lineman Angel Matute as 2019 class rounds out – Kansas City Star

Missouri lands junior college offensive lineman Angel Matute as 2019 class rounds out  Kansas City Star

Missouri's 2019 football class inched closer to completion on Monday as the Tigers received a commitment from Angel Matute, a junior college offensive lineman ...


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Missouri football adds JUCO OT Angel Matute – Rock M Nation

Missouri football adds JUCO OT Angel Matute  Rock M Nation

This is Missouri's 22nd commitment of the 2019 class.


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Missouri football adds JUCO OT Angel Matute

This is Missouri’s 22nd commitment of the 2019 class.

During Barry Odom’s tenure, one of the program’s strongest units has been the offensive line. That consistency should carry into 2019 with several starters returning, but the coaching staff seems set on adding lots of depth for the future in this year’s class.

On Monday, the Tigers locked in another big body for the trenches.

Matute is a 6’4”, 275 pound offensive tackle. That may appear a bit slight for the position, but consider that Matute was recruited out of high school as a quarterback and is listed on 247 Sports as a tight end. We’ve seen Missouri use linemen fluidly in the recent past (paging, Daniel Parker, Jr.), so Matute could be use in a more flexible manner depending on how he develops.

Get to know Angel Matute

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.

School: Mt. San Antonio Community College

Position: Offensive Tackle

Rivals Ranking: N/A

247Composite Ranking: N/A

Total announced offers: 4

Offers to note: Coastal Carolina, Massachusetts, Liberty

Angel Matute’s Highlights

What they’re saying about Angel Matute’s Commitment

Welcome, Angel!


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Mizzou football: 5 realistic goals for 2019 offseason – Saturday Down South

Mizzou football: 5 realistic goals for 2019 offseason  Saturday Down South

The Missouri Tigers have improved their win totals each of the past two seasons, going from 7 wins to 8 between 2017 and 2018. Still, there's much to be desired ...


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Robin Pingeton and Dawn Staley want tonight’s game to be positive

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Missouri vs. South Carolina is tonight and there are some things to discuss

Tonight, two of the better women’s college basketball teams in the country will play at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. Robin Pingeton’s Missouri Tigers are 15-4 and currently rank second in the SEC; Dawn Staley’s South Carolina Gamecocks are 12-5 and rank third.

Unfortunately, there will be more to this game than just good basketball. To rehash the reason for bad blood would be pointless, though this is a decent catchall article for those who aren’t familiar. As the two teams prepare to square off for the first time in 2019, both Robin Pingeton and Dawn Staley say they want to move forward from the drama of the past.

[T]he figures at the center of it all are doing their best to diffuse the tension — Carolina coach Dawn Staley and Missouri coach Robin Pingeton have spoken several times since last year’s game at Colonial Life Arena. Staley on Sunday said they had discussed the idea of meeting the night before Monday’s game to prevent any further ugliness.

“We talked about some things at the SEC meetings. We have an opportunity to make something really positive from this,” Pingeton said. “No matter what we do, we have two teams that want to win the game. That’s why you play.”

That’s all important, especially considering the impact Staley and Pingeton have had on their respective programs — they’re both incredibly respected and successful coaches who have instilled their specific brand of basketball at their respective schools. If they actively encouraging the fans to leave the past behind, that will work wonders for the future of what should be a fun rivalry.

That should be it, right? Now all we need to look forward to is good, hard-fought basketball, correct?

Not if Greg Hadley at GoGamecocks.com has anything to say about it! On Sunday — before the above article detailing Staley and Pingeton’s efforts to make peace — Hadley published an article with the headline, “Is Sophie Cunningham a dirty player? It’s not just South Carolina asking anymore”

Feel free to click on the article above, if you so desire. However, if you don’t want to give it a click out of the risk of your blood pressure rising, let me distill it down to a few points.

  • The subtext of the article’s headline implies there are influential voices outside of South Carolina who believe Cunningham is a dirty player. The extent of this “claim” amounts to two separate ESPN analysts who had a brief discussion during a recent televised game. Neither called Cunningham a dirty player; instead, one attributed her aggressiveness to, “swag, and playing with, “an edge,” while the other said, “She’s physical, and she’s aggressive and she’s annoying. But none of those things are dirty.”
  • Hadley follows this with a note that Cunningham has fouled out five times — five!!! — this season and ranks high in the country in personal fouls per game. He then points out that several former Gamecocks have been vocal about their distaste for Cunningham. Imagine that!
  • The column ends by inferring, “And the debate over the cleanliness of her play will continue,” despite there being extremely little evidence of any real debate outside of the state of South Carolina.

So, to recap, the foundation of his article rests on an incredibly subjective claim — focused about a young woman’s character — based on the amount of fouls she records in a few basketball games and the fact that she seems to like playing the, “heel,” role against other teams.

There are other things Hadley discusses — notably, how similar A’ja Wilson and Sophie Cunningham are viewed by their respective Columbias — but the above points hit on the key elements of his, “thesis.”

For a more concise recap from a journalist formerly on the Mizzou beat:

But, hey — anything for those sweet, sweet clicks.


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More Links:

  • At PowerMizzou, Sean Williams wrote about a 2020 running back recruit who has ties to the Missouri program ($$.)
  • Dave Matter wrote about Jordan Geist and the Tigers’ fight to regain their footing in SEC play. Alex Schiffer also wrote about Saturday’s victory, focusing on how the players’ mentality could shift after a tough road win. The Columbia Tribune also contributed some of its own post-game thoughts.
  • Condolences to all of you Chiefs fans and to Mizzou alum Mitch Morse, who has been a key part of one of the NFL’s best offenses. But at least all of America now gets to celebrate the accomplishments of two really great, high-character guys — Stan Kroenke and Robert Kraft!
  • Alright, Rock M Nation, let’s talk a little shop: the editorial board has had some conversations lately about generating new ideas for #content in 2019, and we wanted crowdsource some opinions around the water cooler.

In the past, we’ve flirted with doing Q&A pieces, but have never really found a formula that works. Q&A’s allow us a way to engage with each other in a fun, accessible format, and we’d love to see something unique come together that can last for a long time. We’ve got some of our own ideas, but we also want to hear from you... would y’all be interested in seeing a regular Rock M Q&A? If so, what kind of things would you want to see? Traditional sports coverage? Questions about anything and everything (food, drink, TV, movies... we’ve got takes on them all)? Are there any writers you want to hear from specifically, or would full editorial board engagement be more appealing? Let us know your thoughts, opinions, ideas, concerns, etc. in the comments. Happy Monday!


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Study Hall: Mizzou 66, Texas A&M 43

Defense travels, and Martin and the Tigers brought their defense to College Station to capture a much needed win.

It’s never easy starting off league play taking that many L’s in a row. For a man like Cuonzo Martin, who’s competitive fire burns at all times, it eats him up. After a tough few days of practice, Martin took his team to College Station and his team played what was perhaps its best 40 minutes of defense in the last couple years.

I don’t want to overreact to one game because it’s a long season and Missouri has proven they’re just as likely to play ugly next game as they are turn in a performance like this one. When the team is relying upon a host of younger players there are going to be bumps, yet it was certainly nice to get a win in a place that’s been tough to get wins in over the years.

Texas A&M isn’t the team they’ve been in those years either, I picked them preseason to be the worst team in the league and they just got run off their home court by a team who hadn’t yet won a league game. I look at the Aggies as a team in a real danger zone right now because of how the Tigers squeezed the fight right out of them in the first half. There’s a very good chance A&M is looking at 7-14 and 1-8 in the league when they make the trip to Columbia for a rematch on February 9th.

Regardless, going on the road in conference play and winning by 20+ points no matter the opponent is a good thing. And this is certainly something Missouri can build upon.

Team Stats

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  • What stands out to me the most is Missouri was mostly average offensively: Their 1.07 ppp is basically equal to their KenPom AdjustedORtg of 106.9. For those unaware, Offensive Rating is how many points a team would score in 100 possessions, so a 1.07 points per possession would be 107 ORtg. That they were so average offensively and won going away speaks to the way they played defensively.
  • I found this interesting statistic following the game:

The last part was important because that Mississippi State team was awful. Texas A&M is bad, but they aren’t even Kim Anderson years bad, and nowhere close to Rick Ray Mississippi State bad. So having a defensive performance like that against a team with at least a little bit of a pulse is good for the growth of this program.

  • Getting back to the averageness of the offensive performance: because things always look better when you’re making some shots while your opponent isn’t making any... but the Tigers still can’t figure out a way to get to the Free Throw line. I attribute some of this to youth, some of it to a little lack of overall team athleticism, and some of it to offensive sets.
  • But you can’t stop the FT Defense: After taking a few games off the Tigers FTD% is back in full effect.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Jordan Geist, Jeremiah Tilmon, Mark Smith

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On the season: Jordan Geist 26 points, Mark Smith 22 points, Jeremiah Tilmon 15 points, Javon Pickett 11 points, Kevin Puryear 8 points, Xavier Pinson 6 points, Torrence Watson 5 points, Reed Nikko 1 point.

The return of Jordan Geist and Kevin Puryear, coupled with Jeremiah Tilmon staying on the floor is going to make good Mizzou a thing more often than not. At this point Mark Smith seems to be pretty consistent. In conference play he’s scored 8, 14, 13, and 13 points on 8, 7, 11, and 9 shots. My hope is to eventually figure out how I can factor defense into this piece because A&M thrives off two players: T.J. Starks and Savion Flagg. And it was Mark Smith who virtually took Flagg out of everything he’s used to doing.

Flagg is a strong physical wing, who usually over powers smaller guards on the glass and around the rim. But Smith is 6’5 and 225 lbs, he’s incredibly sturdy and Flagg couldn’t move him around. Flaggs line? An ORtg of 59 and 1-of-7 from the field.

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I’d be lying if I said I knew what we can expect from K.J. Santos. He looks the part, and maybe he’s still knocking some rust off but Santos wasn’t good, and was the only one who wasn’t good yesterday. Mitchell Smith played a minute and was +2 while he was on the floor, Geist was +24, Puryear was +29.... Santos was -10. He was the only player who played in the minus. I’ll add the caveat that +/- is a difficult stat to truly gauge, but on a day when Mizzou won by 23 and every player was in the positive column that does make me pause.

I often like to mention the Floor% here because it’s a good indicator of good offense and holy crap Jordan Geist had a 63% Floor%! That’s very good.

I’m also weirdly fascinated by how high usage Javon Pickett is. He’s only about 20% on the season but it does seem like he’s gotten a lot more confident lately and when the ball hits his hands he’s either looking to shoot or drive and he’s been far more effective of a driver since the Bragging Rights game. That’s only a good thing for the Tigers, even if he isn’t having his best game simply having someone willing to attack the rim with regularity stresses the restaurant.

On Xavier Pinson: it’s clear at this point Martin is trying to send the young man a message. The good news is, according to much of Pinson’s social media accounts, he’s bought in on the program. Martin has been preaching effort and intensity on defense, and more focus on simplicity on offense. There’s no question Pinson has talent, and he’s capable of making a healthy amount of wow plays. But like a lot of freshmen point guards he occasionally falls in love with the excitement and the oohs and aahs from the crowd. But Pinson is going to make himself a stalwart in the rotation for years to come by taking care of the ball, being efficient offensively, and defending with effort. It’s good to see him staying positive through a little down time on the bench.

So positives abound, Mizzou took care of business and now they’re 1-3 instead of being 0-4 in league play. To continue the momentum they need to win another road game against another struggling team in the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday at 8pm.


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Tigers get back on track with thrashing of Texas A&M

Jordan Geist did a little of everything, Jeremiah Tilmon stayed on the floor and Cuonzo’s defense dominated in a 66-43 road blowout

After a six-game winning streak to end conference play, most had higher hopes for Missouri than a 0-3 start against SEC competition. The team’s road trip to 7-8 Texas A&M begged the question: If the slide didn’t end now, how far could things tumble?

The Tigers answered the call by focusing on Cuonzo Martin’s calling card: defense. Although the unit still got off to a solid start this season, it didn’t play up to Martin’s usual standards. Saturday was a different story, as the team played with boundless energy. Combined with some sloppiness on the Aggies’ end, it resulted in an absolutely dominant effort. A&M made only 26 percent of its shots and four-of-22 from beyond the arc. The Tigers were especially impressive in the paint, where Tilmon’s continuous presence (one foul in 27 minutes) helped boost Missouri to a 28-10 advantage down low.

Jordan Geist returned to form with 17 points (six-for-seven from the field and four-for-five from three), five rebounds and five assists. Jeremiah Tilmon racked up 14 points and six rebounds while Mark Smith put up 13 points, including some timely treys early. Kevin Puryear played the kind of bully-ball game Tigers fans haven’t seen from him in weeks, scoring eight points and shooting four-of-seven from 2-point range while collecting 10 rebounds, tied for his season-high. Only two Aggies scored in double figures: junior forward Josh Nebo and sophomore guard Jay Jay Chandler recorded 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Missouri got off to a 5-0 lead as Geist found Tilmon for an open dunk and Smith followed with a 3-pointer after corralling an errant Tilmon pass. The Aggies responded with a 9-0 run before Pickett dropped a soft layup high off the backboard. Both defenses soon settled in, forcing contested shot after contested shot in the half’s early going — the teams combined for just seven points in a 4:57 span.

Geist ended the drought with two treys sandwiched around a Walker 3-pointer. Although Geist’s 3-pointers sparked Missouri’s offensive run, the Tigers’ newfound ability to create space inside opened up their attack. Geist, Smith, Javon Pickett, Puryear and even Ronnie Suggs sliced through A&M’s defense to get looks at the rim, with mixed success. Tilmon, who didn’t record a foul in the first half, followed with a soft-touch fadeaway to extend the lead before a tough Smith drive made it 19-14. Reed Nikko piled on with some uncharacteristic athleticism, finishing a missed Pickett layup with a one-handed putback jam.

Turnovers, including one caused by Tilmon’s failure to capitalize on a double team, briefly halted Missouri’s momentum, but the big man got his team back on the board with a well-contested hook shot, stretching the lead to 25-18. Luckily, Texas A&M also had ball security issues, giving the ball away five times over the course of just 4:22.

The Aggies switched to a zone defense late in the first half in an effort to stop the Tigers inside, but Torrence Watson made them pay with a 3-pointer to give Missouri a 12-point advantage. One possession later, Geist, who finished the half with 14 points on five-of-six shooting (three-of-four from 3-point range), nailed a trey through a foul. He then hit the free throw to give his side a 34-20 lead. The score was 36-21 at halftime.

Missouri carried its momentum over into the early second half, especially on the defensive end. Texas A&M didn’t score its first point of the period until 4:14 had elapsed. The Tigers had built a 20-point lead by then on the back of more strong work down low.

The game was essentially over at the under-12, and Billy Kennedy knew it. The Aggies had scored only three points, and no field goals, 8:32 into the half, so the coach emptied the end of his bench (probably to send a message). 6-foot-3, 181-pound Chris Collins and 5-foot-8 (yeah right), 160-pound Mark French saw extensive playing time. Missouri maintained control in garbage time to close out the victory.

The 10-6 Tigers (1-3 SEC) will look to build on the win with another road game against the mediocre Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday. The game starts at 8 p.m. on SEC Network.


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Basketball Game Thread: Alabama at Missouri – Rock M Nation

Basketball Game Thread: Alabama at Missouri  Rock M Nation

Two of the three worst teams in the SEC in KenPom take the court on CBS today.


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Game Thread: Missouri at Texas A&M

Two of the three worst teams in the SEC in KenPom take the court on CBS today.

Missouri hasn’t beaten Texas A&M in College Station since 2012. In 2013 they lost by a bucket, in 2014 they didn’t make the trip down to A&M, then for some reason in 2015-2017 the Tigers failed to field a basketball team for some reason, forfeiting three scheduled games. Last season the trip resulted in an ugly 60-49 loss which started a 3 game losing streak. Now the Tigers are on a 3 game losing streak to start conference play and while winning at Reed Arena isn’t easy, the Aggies might be the worst team Billy Kennedy has had since his 2012 team. See how I bookended that?

The Details

Opponent: Texas A&M Aggies (7-8, 1-3 SEC)

Time: 2:30 p.m. CT

Where: Reed Arena, College Station, TX

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Texas A&M, -4.5

What Does KenPom Say? Texas A&M 70, Missouri 66

Where To Watch: SEC Network | WatchESPN

Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review

Recap | Missouri Bullied Down Low Early as Tigers Fall to Tide, 70-60

Study Hall | Alabama 70, Missouri 60

Preview | Texas A&M aren’t [isn’t?] great, but they’re good enough

Podcast | How does Mizzou avoid an 0-3 start in SEC play?


Five Questions

  1. Pick Mizzou’s Offensive RB% against the 322nd worst defensive rebounding team in the country?
  2. Pick Tilmon’s line O/U: 19.5 min, 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 fouls
  3. Who will be the first to break out of their slump, Puryear or Geist?
  4. (not a question but...) Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?


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Game Thread: Missouri at Texas A&M

Two of the three worst teams in the SEC in KenPom take the court on CBS today.

Missouri hasn’t beaten Texas A&M in College Station since 2012. In 2013 they lost by a bucket, in 2014 they didn’t make the trip down to A&M, then for some reason in 2015-2017 the Tigers failed to field a basketball team for some reason, forfeiting three scheduled games. Last season the trip resulted in an ugly 60-49 loss which started a 3 game losing streak. Now the Tigers are on a 3 game losing streak to start conference play and while winning at Reed Arena isn’t easy, the Aggies might be the worst team Billy Kennedy has had since his 2012 team. See how I bookended that?

The Details

Opponent: Texas A&M Aggies (7-8, 1-3 SEC)

Time: 2:30 p.m. CT

Where: Reed Arena, College Station, TX

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Texas A&M, -4.5

What Does KenPom Say? Texas A&M 70, Missouri 66

Where To Watch: SEC Network | WatchESPN

Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review

Recap | Missouri Bullied Down Low Early as Tigers Fall to Tide, 70-60

Study Hall | Alabama 70, Missouri 60

Preview | Texas A&M aren’t [isn’t?] great, but they’re good enough

Podcast | How does Mizzou avoid an 0-3 start in SEC play?


Five Questions

  1. Pick Mizzou’s Offensive RB% against the 322nd worst defensive rebounding team in the country?
  2. Pick Tilmon’s line O/U: 19.5 min, 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 fouls
  3. Who will be the first to break out of their slump, Puryear or Geist?
  4. (not a question but...) Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?


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Hoops Preview: Texas A&M aren’t great, but they’re good enough

Two of the SEC’s weaker teams square off to jockey for position in the middle of the conference pack.

Welcome to SEC basketball - It just means more! - where the teams picked 11th and 14th in the preseason are currently 2nd and 5th, respectively. There have already been buzzer-beaters, road upsets and crying in locker rooms.

When the conference slate started, Sam and Matt talked on Dive Cuts about where the different programs in the SEC slotted in by tiers. Sam specifically mentioned the fact that the SEC has a soft middle where teams are good enough to beat up on each other, but also flawed enough to lose to anybody on any given night.

There may not be any elite teams outside of Tennessee or Kentucky, but anybody can find themselves on top of the standings. Ask South Carolina.

Which brings us to Saturday’s tilt in College Station, one of the — how do we go about this nicely? — lesser match ups of the weekend, slating two teams vying for position in the soft middle and hoping to get themselves out of the basement.

In his seventh season as the Aggie head coach, Billy Kennedy’s program is coming off of a high — the Aggies appeared in their second Sweet 16 in three years, led by first round NBA Draft pick Robert Williams and long-time contributors Tyler Davis and D.J. Hogg. A&M brings back All SEC freshman T.J. Starks and touted sophomore Savion Flagg, but it’s been even more of a transitional year for the Aggies than for the Tigers.

Kennedy’s took non-conference losses to UC Irvine and Texas Southern (at home!) and are one Starks heroic moment away from joining Missouri and Vanderbilt as the only SEC teams without a win in conference play.

The Aggies are young though. Only one senior — Christian Mekowulu — plays meaningful minutes, and Kennedy’s program may be primed for a major bounce back next year, when Flagg, Starks and small forward Brandon Mahan all enter their junior seasons. They’ve also got an exciting recruiting class (including former Mizzou target, Kobe Brown) on the way, meaning the Aggies probably won’t be going anywhere for the near future.

For now, though, it’s a year in the doldrums. Sounds familiar, right? If only Missouri had a few deep March runs to hang their hats on...


The Scout

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Texas A&M vs Michigan Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Due to his strong efficiency and rebounding numbers, sophomore Savion Flagg has played more minutes than anyone in the Aggies’ rotation.

Note: These starting lineups are projected.

When Missouri has the ball...

Missouri Offense | Over the past few games, we’ve seen Missouri’s offense stalled when its key guy — Jeremiah Tilmon — isn’t on the floor. Even three-point shooting north of 38 percent hasn’t been enough to keep the Tigers particularly close in any of their games so far. Much of it has to do with dip in Jordan Geist’s production (only 36 percent on field goals in SEC play) and the lack of dimension once Tilmon is forced to sub out. The Tigers have seen valiant efforts from Javon Pickett and Mark Smith, who continues to shoot the lights out, but only Tilmon has the size and strength to create his own shows down low. Reed Nikko is what he is, and KJ Santos hasn’t developed enough to out-maneuver bigger defenders in the paint. So if Geist isn’t creating shots for his teammates and Tilmon isn’t working things on the block, Missouri has to go motion until a lane or a three-ball opens up.

Texas A&M Defense | Missouri should be able to create some second chances on the offensive glass, and won’t have to worry too much about the Aggies creating too many turnovers. However, Missouri’s size advantage amongst the bigs won’t mean a lot if they can’t take advantage of those opportunities. The Aggies have a very good two-point defense and two good-to-elite shot blockers in Mekowulu and Josh Nebo, whose block percentage (16.1) ranks third in the NCAA. It’s old hat at this point, but if the Aggies can find a way to get Tilmon on the bench early — and Mekowulu draws 5.8 fouls per 40 minutes — they could make Missouri’s sluggish offense one-dimensional early. If that happens, Missouri may have to rely on an elite shooting day.

When Texas A&M has the ball...

Texas A&M Offense | With a usage rate and shots taken percentage in the Top 50 nationally, the Aggies offense typically runs through T.J. Starks. He has proven himself an adept passer, but sports a turnover rate that’s actually higher (23.5 to 24.5 percent). His offensive rating sits at a paltry 83.5 coming into Saturday, so he might not be the Tigers’ biggest concern. That distinction doesn’t go to any one player in particular, but the Aggies do have a host of threats. Flagg has been the Aggies’ most efficient scorer from close and Mekowulu ranks in the country’s top 40 in offensive rebounding percentage. The Aggies aren’t a talented shooting team, which works in Missouri’s favor, but they are close to elite at cleaning up their own misses. The outcome could be determined by which team is able to take better advantage of their second chances.

Missouri Defense | The Tigers’ defense is far from elite, but thus far in the season it has been effective in slowing down the pace of the game to Cuonzo Martin’s liking. What could be a major boon to the defense is preventing easy buckets from offensive mishaps. A&M isn’t overtly skilled in any one offensive area (save rebounding), so the Tigers would be wise to prevent the Aggies from getting any easy run outs or transition buckets. The Aggies do find a way to get to the line more often than the average team, though, so surprise surprise the Tigers will have to find a way to stay out of foul trouble. This goes beyond Tilmon, though. Mark Smith and Kevin Puryear have given themselves over to silly fouls in the recent past, and Martin will need all hands on deck to win any SEC road game.


KenPom predicts...

Texas A&M 70, Missouri 66 | This seems about right, given the way the two teams have played so far in conference. A&M isn’t a great team, but they did find a way to stay close enough to Alabama to be bailed out on a running bank three from their star player. Missouri has yet to get a game within 10 points, and it’s hard to imagine them doing so on the road. If Tilmon stays out of trouble, Missouri will have a chance to outplay its offensive peripherals, but it would be unwise to expect that outcome until we’ve seen it a time or two. Given the Tigers proclivity toward the deep ball (and their skill in doing so), this should be close until the end. Still, it’s tough to ask a young team to steal a game on the road this early in the conference schedule, and A&M could get back to .500 with a win. It’s probably closer than the 63/37 split KenPom has currently listed, but it’s no coin flip either.


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Hogs need help at home: Cut the noise – WholeHogSports

Hogs need help at home: Cut the noise  WholeHogSports

The Arkansas band performs during a timeout in the first half of the Razorbacks' 79-67 win on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.


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Tyrone Christian, St. Louis native and a leader in the creation of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, passes at 64 – St. Louis American

Tyrone Christian, St. Louis native and a leader in the creation of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, passes at 64  St. Louis American

Tyrone Christian, a leader in the effort to create the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., passed away January 10 at age ...


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MATTER’S ALL-MIZZOU FOOTBALL TEAM – STLtoday.com

MATTER'S ALL-MIZZOU FOOTBALL TEAM  STLtoday.com

QUESTION: If you could pick a Mizzou football team from past players, what would that team look like and would it be on par with Alabama and Clemson?


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Mizzou future football schedules taking shape with Colorado, UMass – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mizzou future football schedules taking shape with Colorado, UMass  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For a while Missouri planned to get out of the business of scheduling road football games against teams from outside the Power 5 conferences. But piecing ...


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Mizzou future football schedules taking shape with Colorado, UMass – The Daily Star-Journal

Mizzou future football schedules taking shape with Colorado, UMass  The Daily Star-Journal

Tigers have secured nonconference games through 2022.


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Gladys Knight gets slammed for Super Bowl gig – ABC17News.com

Gladys Knight gets slammed for Super Bowl gig  ABC17News.com

Gladys Knight's decision to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl has stirred controversy.


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The 5 best SEC RBs for 2019: Where does Vanderbilt’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn rank after torching Baylor in Texas Bowl? – Dallas News

The 5 best SEC RBs for 2019: Where does Vanderbilt's Ke'Shawn Vaughn rank after torching Baylor in Texas Bowl?  Dallas News

The SEC's best running back in Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams may be opting for the NFL draft, but the conference still has plenty of talent...


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Is Drew Lock really not a sure-thing first-round draft pick? – Rock M Nation

Is Drew Lock really not a sure-thing first-round draft pick?  Rock M Nation

This morning, I stumbled upon this tweet from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report: Bold Prediction: Drew Lock leaves the @seniorbowl a Round 1 pick. — Matt Miller ...


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Is Drew Lock really not a sure-thing first-round draft pick?

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Drew Lock’s first-round status not a slam-dunk, I guess?

This morning, I stumbled upon this tweet from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report:

My pithy response was, “Was he not already?” And, as some people in the Twitterverse pointed out — no, there are some projections with Drew Lock not going in the first round.

Namely, Mel Kiper’s latest projection. The article is behind a paywall, but he has three quarterbacks going in the first round — Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones.

I’m befuddled by this. I understand that some of the most QB-needy teams (Cleveland, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Arizona) picked quarterbacks last year. And other teams might be tempted to wait until 2020 for Justin Herbert or the possibility of Tua Tagovailoa.

But, at the very least, Drew Lock compares favorably to Josh Rosen and Josh Allen a year ago, without even mentioning his college numbers were better than those two. It just seems bizarre that there are projections where Lock isn’t a first-rounder.

I do believe that will change and change fast, but, man. Draft season is a weird time, I guess.

2. Mizzou women put the clamps down in dominant win over Georgia.

The Missouri women only had 25 points at halftime against Georgia on Thursday night — but a dominant defensive effort held the Bulldogs to 13 (THIRTEEN!) first-half points, en route to an eventual 61-35 home win.

Sophie Cunningham led the way with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, adding eight rebounds as well.

Here’s the full box score, and check out the Columbia Tribune’s game story from Daniel Jones:

Now, Missouri travels to face (checks schedule) (squints at schedule) (wipes brow) South Carolina on Monday.

3. Missouri wrestling extends its winning streak to 32.

Missouri’s fifth-ranked wrestling program dominated No. 14 Northern Iowa in a 29-12 win at the Hearnes Center on Wednesday.

Daniel Lewis (174 pounds) and John Erneste (133) had pins, and freshman Brock Mauller beat No. 8 Max Thomsen 9-3 at 149 pounds.

Missouri is 12-0 on the season.


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So, yeah. It’s been an eventful ten days or so for the Crimson Tide.


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Quick Hits: Matter on Mizzou sports | Mizzou – STLtoday.com

Quick Hits: Matter on Mizzou sports | Mizzou  STLtoday.com

Rounding up the hot topics from Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter's chat with fans of Tiger athletics.


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UMass adds Missouri, Penn State and more to future football schedules – FBSchedules.com

UMass adds Missouri, Penn State and more to future football schedules  FBSchedules.com

The UMass Minutemen have added the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Missouri Tigers, and several other opponents to their future football schedules.


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Missouri football to play Massachusetts in 2024 and 2025 as part of non-conference schedules – Kansas City Star

Missouri football to play Massachusetts in 2024 and 2025 as part of non-conference schedules  Kansas City Star

Missouri continued its unique trend of scheduling non-Power 5 opponents in home-and-homes with Massachusetts announcing that it will host the Tigers for the ...


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Most important recruit for every top 25 college football team – WPVI-TV

Most important recruit for every top 25 college football team  WPVI-TV

Lincoln Riley has produced back-to-back Heisman winners. Now he gets a crack at Spencer Rattler, the top freshman QB recruit in the country.


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The 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25 – WLS-TV

The 2019 Way-Too-Early Top 25  WLS-TV

Clemson is the new king, but Alabama will be back, along with Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame, while a couple of teams from Texas elbow their way into the ...


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Most important recruit for every top 25 college football team – WLS-TV

Most important recruit for every top 25 college football team  WLS-TV

Lincoln Riley has produced back-to-back Heisman winners. Now he gets a crack at Spencer Rattler, the top freshman QB recruit in the country.


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Too-early college football 2019 All-America team – KGO-TV

Too-early college football 2019 All-America team  KGO-TV

Trevor or Tua? Tua or Trevor? Quarterback is only the start of the debates for this early look at next season's All-America team.


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Odom announces new coach for Missouri Tigers – KOMU 8

Odom announces new coach for Missouri Tigers  KOMU 8

Head Coach Barry Odom says he is excited about the new addition to his coaching team.


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Odom announces new coach for Missouri Tigers – KOMU 8

  1. Odom announces new coach for Missouri Tigers  KOMU 8
  2. Missouri football hires former Chiefs assistant David Gibbs, promotes Garrick McGee  Kansas City Star
  3. Missouri football: Garrick McGee promoted to offensive assistant  Rock M Nation
  4. Missouri Tigers add David Gibbs to staff, promote Garrick McGee  ESPN
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Mizzou football hires Gibbs, promotes McGee – ABC17News.com

Mizzou football hires Gibbs, promotes McGee  ABC17News.com

The Mizzou football team has hired David Gibbs as a defensive assistant coach. The Tigers have also promoted Garrick McGee to an offensive assistant coach.


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Missouri hires former Texas Tech DC David Gibbs

Missouri has hired Gibbs to serve in an unannounced role on the defensive staff.

Only a few days ago, Missouri fans were wondering where the defense was headed after linebackers coach Brian Odom was hired away by the Oklahoma Sooners.

A mid-afternoon news dump on Thursday may provide some answers.

Gibbs joins the Tigers after spending four seasons as the defensive coordinator for Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech University. He also has multiple years’ experience in the NFL, as well as one season as an SEC defensive coordinator. Gibbs was Auburn’s DC in 2005, and his unit led the SEC in sacks and placed sixth in the country in scoring defense.

Based on Gibbs’ coaching history, we may see him take over coaching defensive backs. He coached the position for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans in the NFL, as well as for the Virginia Destroyers in the United Football League. This would allow defensive coordinator Ryan Walters to (a) commit full-time to his coordinator duties or (b) take over for Brian Odom as a linebackers coach.

The major concern (which has already been raised by several Twitter users) is that Kingsbury was fired from Texas Tech for his teams’ routinely poor defenses. Obviously, Gibbs had a major hand in that lack of success. However, with Gibbs has a long track record in positional coaching — you don’t spend five seasons in the NFL if you’re no good.

We’ve also seen Barry Odom make head-scratching hires that turn out to be major successes — look no further than Derek Dooley. There’s no reason to think Gibbs’ hiring will turn out any different.

Welcome, Coach Gibbs!


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Missouri elevates Garrick McGee to assistant coach

McGee was formerly the head coach of UAB, among other stops.

The former UAB head coach and Arkansas OC was an offensive analyst for Missouri in 2018.

In addition to hiring former Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs to a yet-to-be-announced role, Missouri promoted offensive analyst Garrick McGee to an assistant coaching position on Tuesday.

The school announced the McGee promotion in a release.

Via MUTigers.com:

McGee joined the Mizzou staff prior to the 2018 season as senior offensive analyst. In that role, McGee aided Mizzou’s potent offensive attack with advance scouting of opposing defenses, where he helped break down video and provided initial direction for the coaches to design game plans and strategies. His work helped the Tiger offense develop into one of the nation’s top units, as Mizzou finished the 2018 ranked 13th nationally (third in the SEC) in total offense (481.8 yards per game) and 18th nationally (third in the SEC) in scoring (36.6 points per game).

McGee’s contract and official position will be released “pending completion of the human resources process,” the release says.

McGee was the interim tight ends coach during the bowl season, following the departure of former tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley. Finley left for Texas A&M after the regular-season finale against Arkansas.

According to Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com, McGee’s final position will either be tight ends or receivers:


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Missouri hires former Texas Tech, Chiefs assistant David Gibbs to staff, role TBD – Kansas City Star

Missouri hires former Texas Tech, Chiefs assistant David Gibbs to staff, role TBD  Kansas City Star

Missouri announced the hire of David Gibbs, a longtime assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball, to its football staff on Thursday. MU also promoted ...


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Missouri football: Analyzing the recipe for Barry Odom’s rebuild – Rock M Nation

Missouri football: Analyzing the recipe for Barry Odom’s rebuild  Rock M Nation

What positions have Barry Odom and Co. had to work on the most over the past three years?


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The Recipe for Missouri’s Rebuild

Tyler Badie has been part of the solution after a sea of attrition at running back from the final recruiting classes of the Gary Pinkel years.

What positions have Barry Odom and Co. had to work on the most over the past three years?

Much has been made in Barry Odom’s three years about the job he and his staff have had to undertake rebuilding the program, after some less-than-whelming returns from the final recruiting classes of the Gary Pinkel era.

Some positions were decimated and needed a massive facelift. Some positions were pretty well set for the future and didn’t need all that much tweaking.

We looked at the 2012-18 recruiting classes (including Division-I transfers) to see where Odom and the staff needed to make the most immediate infusions and how well they addressed those deficiencies. To do this, we looked at how many players in each group signed with the Tigers in each class, then what proportion of those completed their eligibility or are currently on track to do so.

People who signed twice were counted both times. Because they were taking up a recruiting slot both times. People who left early for a good reason (early entry to the NFL Draft) were treated the same way as those who left early for a not-so-good reason, because both were leaving before the time their eligibility ran out.

Odom has spoken before about the importance of not missing in recruiting. Let’s see where he’s had to cover up for misses the most, and how well he has covered them.

Quarterback

2012-15 signees: 5
Played/Playing out eligibility: 1
Completion %: 20.0

This is kind of understandable. You recruit at least one quarterback every year and, if they don’t end up shoring up the starting spot, they have a good chance of transferring. So, with Maty Mauk and Drew Lock ascending, Trent Hosick, Eddie Printz and Marvin Zanders all fell by the wayside. Then Mauk did as well...for other reasons...leaving Lock the last man standing. Odom and Co. have set themselves up very well for Lock’s departure by securing transfers from Kelly Bryant and Shawn Robinson, but that also means that attrition percentage of signal-callers currently on the roster might rise over the next couple years.

Running Back

2012-15 signees: 9
Played/Playing out eligibility: 2
Completion %: 22.2

Possibly the most snakebit of these positions, all told, the backfield has seen its share of career-ending injuries (Morgan Steward), early defections for the draft (Damarea Keener-Crockett) and guys who just didn’t work out (Trevon Walters, Ryan Williams, Chase Abbington, Natereace Strong, Marquise Doherty). The two on pace to finish their eligibility – Larry Rountree and Tyler Badie – are looking pretty good, though, and Simi Bakare and 2019 signee Anthony Watkins are waiting in the wings.

Defensive Line

2012-15 signees: 20
Played/Playing out eligibility: 8
Completion %: 40.0

The 2013-14 classes were especially disastrous for the depth of D-Line ‘Zou. Out of 10 signees, only two completed their eligibility: A.J. Logan and Josh Augusta. Charles Harris left for the draft, Nate Crawford medically retired, Marcus Loud and Walter Brady were dismissed, Rocel McWilliams and Spencer Williams left, and Dequinton Osborne and Antar Thompson never showed up...even though Thompson re-signed in 2018. That’s why you’ve seen so many JUCO stopgaps (Rashad Brandon, Walter Palmore, Nate Anderson, 2019 signee Chris Daniels) and a transfer (Jordan Elliott) to go along with a bunch of high-schoolers playing as true freshmen and sophomores. The line seems to be in pretty good shape going forward, even with Terry Beckner leaving, though whatever’s going on with Tre Williams might throw a bit of a wrench into things at end.

Offensive Line

2012-15 signees: 15
Played/Playing out eligibility: 7
Completion %: 46.7

2015 was the rough class here, with only Tyler Howell lasting out of four signees...and even he had to wait a semester before he could show up. Malik Cuellar “quit football,” Tanner Owen supposedly medically retired (but then showed up at Northwest Missouri State), and AJ Harris medically retired as well. Paul Adams and Kevin Pendleton were the success stories, and 2016 helped a bunch with Trystan Colon-Castillo and Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms. Yasir Durant, Hyrin White and Case Cook also appear to be hits, and the staff has done a good job identifying and retaining depth in the 2017-19 classes.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

2012-15 signees: 18
Played/Playing out eligibility: 10
Completion %: 55.6

The 2014 class netted only two of seven – Nate Brown and Kendall Blanton yes, Darnell Green, Lawrence Lee, Keyon Dilosa, DeSean Blair and Thomas Richard no – which led to pursuing some immediate stopgaps such as Chris Black, Dominic Collins and Alex Ofodile. Johnathon Johnson has been steady, and Jalen Knox, Kam Scott and Dominic Gicinto look promising from 2018, but the Odom regime has also been weirdly unsuccessful holding onto wideouts – six of the 2016-18 signees are not finishing their eligibility here. That includes two Harry Ballards (still on the roster, but don’t tell Arkansas-Pine Bluff!), DaRon Davis, Dimetrios Mason, O’Shae Clark and Danny Gray.

Defensive Back

2012-15 signees: 17
Played/Playing out eligibility: 10
Completion %: 58.8

2012 was a bit of a setback – John Gibson yes, Chaston Ward, Torey Boozer and Ka’Ra Stewart no – but nine out of 13 from the next three classes stuck it/are sticking it out to provide a bit of stability at the back end, including short-timers Kenya Dennis, Duron Singleton and Anthony Hines. And, actually, 2016 was another step back, with only DeMarkus Acy and Christian Holmes sticking around out of five signees (so long, Greg Taylor, Jerod Alton and Kaleb Prewett). But Missouri is recovering a bit, with nine signees still hanging around from the past two classes and help such as 2019 signees Jalani Williams and Ishmael Burdine on the way.

Linebacker

2012-15 signees: 10
Played/Playing out eligibility: 9
Completion %: 90.0

The most immune position to attrition, by far. Out of 18 linebacker signees from 2012-18, only two – Trey Baldwin and Grant Jones – didn’t make it to the “have finished/going to finish eligibility” track. That’s why linebacker play was a bit of a boon on an inconsistent defense this season and, with Cale Garrett back and Nick Bolton and Ronnell Perkins stepping up, should be the same again in 2019.


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MU Spring football game date set | Ncaa – Kokomo Perspective

MU Spring football game date set | Ncaa  Kokomo Perspective

Missouri football will be back in less than three months. The 2019 Tigers will play their annual Spring Game on April 13.


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MU Spring football game date set | National – news-herald.net

MU Spring football game date set | National  news-herald.net

Missouri football will be back in less than three months. The 2019 Tigers will play their annual Spring Game on April 13.


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MU Spring football game date set | National – Iosco County News Herald

MU Spring football game date set | National  Iosco County News Herald

Missouri football will be back in less than three months. The 2019 Tigers will play their annual Spring Game on April 13.


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Study Hall: Alabama 70, Mizzou 60

Alabama’s defense showed up and that was bad news for the Tigers.

Sitting at 0-3 in the SEC, this isn’t how we expected it to go for Mizzou.

When you hire Cuonzo Martin, you’re bringing in an experienced coach with the bonafides to will the program to a few more wins than you might expect. The optimists in the crowd were likely thinking Missouri could be 2-1 at this point, while pessimists thought 0-3 was possible. A 1-2 start, though, seemed probable. And after winning six straight games in December, MU’s now dropped the first three in conference games and whatever goodwill it earned over the previous month seems all but gone.

For most of the offseason and non-conference play, we talked about the soft entry the Tigers had going into conference play, with a realistic chance to start 4-2. They’re about to head on the road to Texas A&M and Arkansas, then follow that up with a home game against LSU. They’ll need a sweep to reach .500 and remain on track for an NIT bid.

Before we get into too much of the bigger picture stuff, let’s talk about why this game turned out the way it did.

Team Stats

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  • Alabama’s missing defense picked a GREAT time to show up: Since Avery Johnson took over the Tide have been at worst a top-50 defense, but that edge had been missing through non-conference play. With a roster stocked full of big-time athletes and depth to the 10th or 11th man, it was a matter of time until they started defending well. It just sucks for Missouri that it happened when they needed a win.
  • Offensively, Missouri kind of went away from what they do best: Give Alabama some credit. They were running Mizzou off the 3-point line, and the Tigers struggled to convert around the rim. On the season, the Tigers usually take around 40 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Last night, it was closer to 30 percent. If the Tigers had a typical night shooting the ball — and Avery Johnson Jr. doesn’t pick this game to have a career night — perhaps this game goes a different way.
  • A BCI split is kind of weird: I don’t have any real deep thoughts on it, just thought it was strange.
  • The difference in the glass was even worse than the expected rebounds: One of the things Missouri needs to figure out is how it can be more competitive around the rim. There were zero blocked shots on defense, and the number of rim attacks was problematic. A large part of that is the foul trouble Jeremiah Tilmon gets into, which takes away his ability to protect the rim aggresively. The result is the Tigers weakness in 2-point defense.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Mark Smith, Javon Pickett, Jeremiah Tilmon

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Where would this team be without Mark Smith? He struggled around the rim but again continued his assault from the 3-point line. And on top of that, he grabbed eight rebounds (and was an effective defender). When Smith gets some help, he’s going to be a terrific player.

The problem is the Tigers’ thin depth. Missouri relies a lot on Jordan Geist, and he is scuffling. Mitchell Smith played five minutes and had the same game score as the one Geist put up in 33 minutes. I don’t mean this as a criticism of Geist, because I think we know where this team would be without him, but his struggles have coincided with a heavier focus from the defense. His shooting has gone downhill since conference play began, with the senior going just 3-of-19 from 3-point range. Mizzou’s recipe for success largely hinges on Geist being at least somewhat efficient.

It also relies on Jeremiah Tilmon staying on the floor. You could see the plan was modified with Tilmon. Yes, he started, and he was noticeably less aggressive at certain points. That being said, he logged 27 minutes and completed the entire second half without a foul. Progress is progress. The putback dunk had to feel good, and I’m pretty sure he let go of some frustration on the rim.

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Offensively, the Tigers need to get a little more from Kevin Puryear. He’s mainly been an opportunist, but he’s not shaking loose for many outside jumpers, while his rim attacks have largely fallen flat. Since scoring double figures in four of five games during an early stretch of the season, Puryear’s struggled to have any real kind of scoring impact.

The small ball lineups also have a lot of kinks to work out. They’ve held their own at times, but the only version I seem to like is the one with Geist, Smith, Pickett, Torrence Watson, and Tilmon. The only problem is those lineups really struggle to rebound and defend around the rim.

Overall, this game was weird. The lack of flow benefitted the road team, while a fairly sparse crowd failed to get into the game. Then there are the oddities like Johnson’s 14-point night for the Tide. Mizzou did enough to win. If Johnson, who came in averaging 1.4 points per game, doesn’t go off the Tigers probably win. His breakout was more than enough for the Tide to overtake Mizzou on the road.

So now we turn towards Texas A&M, who lost by 19 to Auburn at home last night.


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Too-early college football 2019 All-America team – ESPN

Too-early college football 2019 All-America team  ESPN

Trevor or Tua? Tua or Trevor? Quarterback is only the start of the debates for this early look at next season's All-America team.


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Too-early college football 2019 All-America team – ESPN

Too-early college football 2019 All-America team  ESPN

Trevor or Tua? Tua or Trevor? Quarterback is only the start of the debates for this early look at next season's All-America team.


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BenFred’s 5: Mizzou basketball needs to rediscover its defensive swagger, and fast – STLtoday.com

BenFred's 5: Mizzou basketball needs to rediscover its defensive swagger, and fast  STLtoday.com

Five Tiger basketball topics Mizzou fans should be discussing.


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Missouri football’s spring game is set – Rock M Nation

Missouri football’s spring game is set  Rock M Nation

Missouri's spring game will begin at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 13 this season. #Mizzou Football's Spring Game time is set April 13 ⏰ 3 p.m.. TBA


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Missouri football’s spring game is set

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Mark your calendars — the date for Missouri’s 2019 Black and Gold game is set.

Missouri’s spring game will begin at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 13 this season.

It seems wild that the season just ended and we’re already within three months of the spring game. I imagine there’s a good chance this one is more robustly attended by fans, as it will be the first opportunity to get a look at Missouri’s new presumptive starting quarterback, Kelly Bryant.

While nearly every Power 5 spring game is televised in some capacity (certainly every SEC spring game is), I’d also venture a guess that Missouri will get some more attention because of the Kelly Bryant angle.

2. Missouri basketball comes up short against Alabama.

Missouri fell to Alabama 70-60 on Wednesday night, dropping to 0-3 in SEC play in the process. The Tigers were led by Javon Pickett and Mark Smith, who scored 13 points apiece and were the only two Missouri players in double figures.

Here’s the full box score:

As of press time (otherwise known as my bed time), our post-game content had not yet gone live, so please make sure you check out our front page for more basketball content — and get ready for Study Hall later on Thursday.

3. Kendall Blanton confirms that Missouri is, in fact, Tight End U.

Blanton — currently at the East-West Shrine Bowl — had a nice interview with Football Gameplan in which he confirmed his believe that Missouri remains TE-U.

You can watch the whole interview here. Also, love the zero hesitation in pronouncing Albert Okwuegbunam. SEC Network announcers need to take lessons from Blanton on that.

4. Nothing but respect for my G.O.A.T., Red Panda

Effortless talent.

She also got some assistance from another G.O.A.T.


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Post Game: Mizzou drops home game to Alabama 70-60 – Rock M Nation

Post Game: Mizzou drops home game to Alabama 70-60  Rock M Nation

Jeremiah Tilmon got in foul trouble early and it plagued the Tigers in the end.


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Missouri Bullied Down Low Early as Tigers Fall to Tide, 70-60

Jeremiah Tilmon got in foul trouble early and it plagued the Tigers in the end.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Jeremiah Tilmon in early foul trouble.

Missouri’s sophomore big-man got the whistle called on him for the first time just over two minutes in on what seemed to be a clean block (from my view in the press box). A little over five minutes passes, and an off-ball foul was called on Tilmon — his second of the game with 12:00 remaining in the first half.

About as unsurprisingly as Red Panda bringing the crowd to its feet at halftime by flipping countless bowls on top of her head with her feet (all while on a unicycle), the Crimson Tide began its dominance down low.

An 11-0 Alabama run ensued, made possible by easy lay-ins and extra opportunities offensively. Even when Cuonzo Martin subbed Tilmon back in the game with six minutes remaining, it was evident the fouls got to his head a little too much, as he didn’t even try to body up Alabama center Donta Hall on what ended up being an easy reverse layup to put the Tide up 26-16 with 5:48 remaining in the first.

Plays like that were par for the course against just about any Missouri defender in the paint, as Alabama out-rebounded (23-13) and out-scored the Tigers in the paint (20-6) in the first half en route to a 70-60 Crimson Tide victory Wednesday night.

This same narrative of Tilmon being absent from games due to early foul trouble has become an all too familiar one as of late, as he hadn’t played more than 13 minutes since Missouri’s Braggin’ Rights game against Illinos Dec. 22. He fouled out in each of the Tigers’ three games since then and logged 12, 9 and 13 minutes, respectively.

That just isn’t going to cut it with league play already three games underway. When Tilmon is on the court, Missouri is a far more dynamic team on both ends of the floor. He brings double-teams that lead to kick-out swing passes and open three’s, while his shot-blocking and rebounding abilities keep teams honest when attacking the paint.

When Tilmon is on the bench, however, Cuonzo Martin likes to play a smaller lineup or opt for the far-less athletic Reed Nikko. Both options are less than ideal for the Tigers, as the team seems to have hardly any rhythm both offensively and defensively.

Early on this season, it looked as if Tilmon was changing his heavily-fouling ways, or at least saving his fouls for the end of ballgames — he played over 20 minutes in seven of Missouri’s first eight, averaging 3.5 fouls per contest.

The sophomore still has a lot of learning to do, and it was encouraging to watch him have a solid second half during which he was foul-less. He dominated on the glass on both ends, played stout defense and looked fairly solid scoring the ball in the final 20 minutes, but his absence in the first half set the tone early on in this one, and the Tigers played from behind from then-on.

Missouri travels to College Station to square off with Texas A&M (7-9) at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday.


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Alabama at Missouri Game Thread – Roll ‘Bama Roll

Alabama at Missouri Game Thread  Roll 'Bama Roll

The Crimson Tide hit the road looking to get one back in conference play after collapsing against Texas A&M this past Saturday. The Missouri Tigers will play ...


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Game Thread: Alabama at Missouri

The Tigers are looking to get their first SEC win and quell any anxiety.

The Details

Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide (10-5, 1-2 SEC)

Time: 8 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Alabama, -1

What Does KenPom Say? Missouri 72, Alabama 70

Where To Watch: SEC Network

Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review

Recap | Mizzou drops to 0-2 in SEC play with loss to South Carolina

Postgame | It’s going to be OK, everyone

Study Hall | South Carolina 85, Missouri 75

Preview | What version of Alabama will Missouri see?

Podcast | How does Mizzou avoid an 0-3 start in SEC play?


Five Questions

  1. Which will be higher: Jeremiah Tilmon’s minutes or Missouri’s turnover count?
  2. How many offensive rebounds will MU pull down?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, what is your anxiety level at this point in the season?
  4. (not a question but...) Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?


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3 Reasons Tate Martell’s New Home is Way Better Than Ohio State – Fanbuzz

3 Reasons Tate Martell’s New Home is Way Better Than Ohio State  Fanbuzz

The former Ohio State quarterback is heading to Coral Gables, and there are three big reasons why his new home is far better than Columbus.


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Hoops Preview: What version of Alabama will Missouri see?

Senior forward Donta Hall churns out double-doubles and might be Alabama’s most reliable cog.

The Crimson Tide are capable of knocking off Kentucky and blowing a lead to Georgia State. Bama’s blend of youth and experience is a boon — if its engaged when the ball is tipped against the Tigers.

What will be mercurial Alabama’s mood when it takes on Missouri?

Will it be the focused bunch that fended off the Ja Morant-led Murray State and felled Kentucky in its SEC opener? Or will the Crimson Tide’s attention drift away as it did in a 16-point loss to Northeastern? Or will Avery Johnson’s program showcase both sides of its personality, as it did in blowing a 22-point lead to Georgia State?

For MU, volatility is part and parcel of a rebuild that’s just now truly underway. Even then, it’s easy to trace its root cause: When Jeremiah Tilmon sits, matters get dicey in a hurry. What’s not in doubt, though, is the Tigers’ engagement, energy level and tenacity — no matter what lineup combination coach Cuozno Martin rolls out on to the floor.

Explanations, however, aren’t so convenient when it comes to their visitors from Tuscaloosa.

On Tuesday, Joe Lunardi’s updated bracket showed the Tide lurking on the fringes of the bubble, among the next four teams to miss the cut for an at-large bid. As I wrote in The Watch, Johnson’s mastered the art and science of assembling a schedule to keeps his team in the conversation. Look no further than Alabama’s upset of Kentucky, which offsets a pair of losses to quality mid-majors that might earn automatic bids out of their respective conferences.

Four years into Johnson’s tenure, we also have a good sense for the Tide’s rhythm. They will drop a non-conference game to a team on the borderline of KenPom’s top 100 and pair it with a head-scratching loss to a team near the SEC cellar. The question is whether the second box has its check mark. Against Texas A&M, Bama squandered a 10-point halftime lead and saw Texas A&M walk off on T.J. Starks’ banked-in 3-pointer at the horn.

With that collapse out of their system, maybe the Tide will proceed to finish 9-9 — and eat up some time as the selection committee debates the merits of their resume. It’s not an unfamiliar problem, either. Last season, Alabama needed a closing sprint to the finals of the SEC tournament to offset sub-.500 conference record and a five-game losing streak to close the regular season.

Given that Johnson’s only sporting a .473 win percentage in SEC play, one wonders how Alabama’s administration will view the one-time NBA Coach of the Year ahead of his fifth season in T-Town.

Fortune smiled on Johnson when Kira Lewis Jr., the No. 30 prospect in the nation, committed in early August and announced he was reclassifying to start his college career earlier than expected. Without him, Alabama’s chances of survival after Collin Sexton’s inevitable jump to the NBA would have been more dire.

In fact, you could have made a plausible case in the preseason that life after Sexton wouldn’t be bleak at all. Lewis signed on to a core of veterans in Dazon Ingram, Donta Hall and Riley Norris, a sophomore duo in John Petty and Herbert Jones on the cusp of breaking out, and a high-profile transfer in Tevin Mack. All the while, Johnson inked the 18th best recruiting class for 2019, according to 247 Sports.

Assessing Bama leaves you slightly disoriented. The on-court results hint that Johnson’s standing should be more tenuous. At the same time, he’s importing enough talent that there’s always a lingering sense of optimism.

Usually, losing in the fashion Alabama did last weekend is a low ebb in a season. For the Tide, it’s the second time in five weeks that an opponent climbed out of a hole to win as the clock struck zero. Is it the byproduct of the Tide’s youth? Is it inattention to detail? Is it Johnson’s system? Is it a potpourri of all those factors?

Whatever the mix, the Crimson Tide oscillate wildly, and they seem destined to zigzag their way to a middle of the pack finish after being picked seventh in the media’s preseason poll. Circuitous route aside, we know the expectation is reasonable: a return to the NCAA tournament, which would be the first time a dozen seasons the program made back-to-back forays into March Madness.

The Tide has certainly flashed its potential, but they’ve also given you ample reasons for doubt.


The Scout

NCAA Basketball: Alabama at Louisiana State Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Freshman point guard Kira Lewis leads the way with 14.7 points per game and has helped to Tide transition after Collin Sexton’s one-and-done campaign in Tuscaloosa.

Note: These starting lineups are projected.

When Missouri has the ball...

Missouri Offense | In back-to-back losses, the Tigers’ offense hasn’t been the culprit. (MU is putting 1.03 PPP over the last five games.) Sure, a 24-4 drought against Tennessee weights your efficiency down, but the Vols are currently a fully operational doomsday machine. What hasn’t slackened is Mizzou’s mask imperfect lineups by raining down 3-pointers. Given the Tide rank 12th in the SEC for defending catch-and-shoot 3s (37.8 3FG%), I don’t expect MU to tweak the blend of its offense.

How they create those shots will be interesting, though. Bama’s guard all do a bang-up job communicating and understanding what Johnson wants them to do in pick-and-roll coverage, especially those run at the top of the circle — a spot where 76.9 percent of Mizzou’s ball-screens that ended in a pass began. While MU does run side pick-and-rolls, they’ve found success (1.571 PPP) doing it on the right wing — all of 17 possessions’ worth.

Now, Missouri has other sets in its arsenal, but the most conventional way of collapsing a defense — middle penetration, jumbled help responsibilities and guards stunting in — might not be an option. So, once again, having Tilmon available as a passer of out the post would be a boon.

Finally, there’s the matter of live-ball turnovers.

Like Tilmon’s foul trouble, they remain an evergreen source of angst. When you drill down, though, there’s a reasonable explanation: MU coughs up the ball against teams that are good at extending their defense. Jordan Geist’s improvements are noticeable — he’s curbed his turnover rate against elite teams by six percentage points — but still crop up. Then there’s fact MU is using a true freshman in Xavier Pinson (28.2 TOV%) as a secondary ball-handler. But I’d also point to the fact that with Jeremiah Tilmon (27.6 TOV%), K.J. Santos (36.8 TOV%) and Reed Nikko (37.1 TOV%) aren’t exactly sure-handed when they’re on the floor.

Maybe Alabama ratchets up its pressure tonight, but they haven’t profiled as a group stalking passing lanes or stripping bigs on the block. We’ll see if MU’s turnover count ticks down as a result. Long-term, though, the only resolution is getting Pinson seasoned, Dru Smith eligible and see what Mario McKinney Jr. provides when he shows up on campus.

Alabama Defense | This isn’t the caliber of defense we expect from Johnson’s group, which has finished in the top 20 each of the past two seasons for adjusted efficiency, per KenPom. So far, the Tide ranks 224th nationally and last in the SEC for defending in the half court, according to Synergy.

As a team, Alabama will give up its share of three-point attempts, but it doesn’t help that Lewis, Ingram and Mack will occasionally watch a shooter blow-by them after they’ve rushed out to the 3-point line. There also times where Hall, Giddens and Galen Smith don’t tag their man after coming out to defend a pick-and-roll. Finally, if you’re going to post up Tilmon, he’s had success attacking Hall and Giddens on the right side of the lane.

Playing through Tilmon and Jontay Porter was a formula for success last season, while Kassius Robertson’s 22 points carried the water for MU’s backcourt. Now, Geist and Mark Smith have slid into premier roles on the wing, but having Pickett pick up where left off against South Carolina might evenly distribute the production.

When Alabama has the ball...

Alabama Offense | The Tide are consistently inconsistent. When you look at the statistical profiles of each player, what stands out is how much each has stayed the same. Petty remains reliant on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. Despite having an offseason to flesh out his game, Herbert Jones is an abyss offensively (0.722 PPP), redeemed only being a steady defensive stopper. Hall is a double-double machine who thrives as a roll, dunker in the short corner, rim runner in transition and a high-motor rebounder.

The Tide’s wings, however, shot roughly 53.3 percent around the rim and generate a little under nine points a game. On top of that, only Lewis is reliable pushing the ball in transition, while shots taken by Hall, Alex Reese and Daniel Giddens out of post-ups net just 0.586 PPP, which ranks 348th in Division I, per Synergy Sports.

Add it all up and the Tide — outside of Hall — struggle at times to generate high-percentage shots around the rim.

When the offense is humming, Lewis is attacking out of ball screens and driving on closeouts with the option to dish the ball off to Hall or pitching it out to Petty, Mack and Ingram. Yet Mack, who arrived from Texas, hasn’t been able to string together a run of good games, cracking the 20-point mark just twice and failing to eclipse 12 points in the other 13. And it’s a problem when Ingram has a lower usage rate than Jones, who generates 14 fewer points per 100 possessions.

It’s what makes the Tide tantalizing and maddening. They have all requisite members of an orchestra, one that doesn’t always read the shoot music at the same time.

Missouri Defense | Given the Tide’s reliance on Hall as their source of paint production, having Tilmon available for long stretches is crucial. Aside from rim protection, Tilmon’s a 6-foot-11 impediment keeping Hall, who ranks second in the SEC for defensive-rebound percentage and 12th in offensive-rebound percentage, from crunching MU on the backboards. Finally, we saw in the second half last season at Tuscaloosa that Tilmon’s capable of besting Hall when solo covered on the block.

Through two games, nearly 60 percent of points allowed by the Tigers are the result of dunks, layups and free-throws. They don’t need to make it easy for Alabama by having Tilmon consigned to a folding chair near the end of the bench.

Nearly halfway through the season, Missouri’s shown it can runs teams off the 3-point arc, which may force Petty, Ingram and Jones to make plays attacking closeouts. If that’s the case, the Tigers don’t give up better than 30-percent shooting on pull-up jumpers.

If Bama’s offense is a redux of last season, only with Lewis reprising Sexton’s role as sole creator, the Tigers have shown they can clamp down on Alabama’s personnel. Last season, the Tigers spread 13 fouls among Tilmon, Jontay Porter and Reed Nikko — managing to keep one obstruction planted in the paint all times. Do it again, and maybe you get the same result.


KenPom predicts...

Missouri 72, Alabama 70 | Deeming this game a must-win is probably overstating its importance, but it is one where the opponent is as almost as young and inconsistent as the Tigers. For Missouri to get in spitting distance of breaking even in SEC play, they need to hold fast on their home floor. Having Tilmon log more than 20 minutes is the barometer for how this game might unfold. If he’s parked on the bench, Mizzou’s small-ball rotations, which have been used heavily the past three games, are going to be strained.


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Arizona Football has big shoes to fill with loss of OL coach Joe Gilbert – FanSided

Arizona Football has big shoes to fill with loss of OL coach Joe Gilbert  FanSided

Already days after the news that offensive line coach Joe Gilbert will be returning to the NFL, Arizona Football will have a tall task in replacing him.


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Missouri football: Analyzing the draft decisions of Damarea Crockett and Albert Okwuegbunam – Rock M Nation

Missouri football: Analyzing the draft decisions of Damarea Crockett and Albert Okwuegbunam  Rock M Nation

Missouri's draft decisions didn't go as many expected.


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Missouri football: Analyzing the draft decisions of Damarea Crockett and Albert Okwuegbunam – Rock M Nation

Missouri football: Analyzing the draft decisions of Damarea Crockett and Albert Okwuegbunam  Rock M Nation

Missouri's draft decisions didn't go as many expected.


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Bigger impact: Damarea Crockett’s departure or Albert Okwuegbunam’s return?

Missouri’s draft decisions didn’t go as many expected.

With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft come and gone, Missouri was one of a handful of SEC teams that were hit rather lightly in the departure category.

Missouri’s lone departure came in the way of running back Damarea Crockett, who left the TIgers after three years, 2389 total yards and 21 touchdowns. That was a surprise but maybe not completely unexpected, given the status of running backs in the NFL (CJ Anderson just ran for 123 yards in a playoff game, for God’s sake).

The bigger surprise was when Albert Okwuegbunam decided to return for his redshirt junior seaason. Projections aren’t the end-all, be-all, but it certainly seemed like Okwuegbunam would be a top-three round pick — some projections had him even going in the first round. With a shoulder injury that cut his redshirt sophomore year short, it seemed like the NFL would be the decision for Missouri’s talented tight end.

But no more hypotheticals. Crockett is gone; Okwuegbunam remains.

Which will have the bigger impact for 2019?

We already knew one thing, for sure, going into next season: Larry Rountree will be The Man in Missouri’s backfield. He’s done enough over his first two years on campus to deserve to be the featured back in what will still be a rotation. Rountree is the SEC’s second-leading returning rusher (trailing Vanderbilt’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn) with 1,216 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Even with the emergence of Tyler Badie, though, Crockett’s departure will be felt. With a Rountree-Crockett-Badie backfield, Missouri knew what it had with each running back. Crockett’s departure means a heavier workload for Rountree and Badie, or — most likely — a third back (Simi Bakare? Anthony Watkins?). Missouri has talent, but now there’s uncertainty and less to rely on, which can be especially important considering Missouri has a bigger transition to make at quarterback.

Okwuegbunam’s return gives Kelly Bryant a proven receiving threat to utilize, which is all the more important with no Emanuel Hall. In his only full year as a starter at Clemson, Bryant didn’t necessarily utilize the tight end often — TE Milan Richard caught 18 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown in 2017. However, that’s not all on Bryant, as Richard led Clemson’s tight ends in receptions in 2018 with six, despite having Trevor Lawrence as the starting quarterback for 11 games.

Surely, Derek Dooley will scheme to get the ball to Okwuegbunam. It’s also probably a boon for Bryant that his two leading returning receivers are Okwuegbunam and Johnathon Johnson — not similar in stature but two guys are work well getting the ball on short-to-intermediate passes and working from there.

But there’s a very real chance that Okwuegbunam’s numbers won’t look that dissimilar from his output the last two years. If he stays healthy, a 60-reception, 700-plus yard year might be the top-end.

The bigger impact, however, is what Okwuegbunam does to the players around him. Crockett was a very solid running back, but Okwuegbunam is a mismatch wherever he lines up. He also makes Missouri’s offense versatile and deceiving when he’s on the field. That will free up space for Johnson, for Jalen Knox, even for Rountree and Missouri’s running game.

If Crockett came back, he may have put up over 1,000 yards rushing. He was trending that way before his injury in 2018, after all. Okwuegbunam may not put up gaudy numbers in 2019, but his return means more for the offense and the statistical output of his teammates, as well as the comfort level of Missouri’s new starting quarterback.


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Everyone’s diagnosing Mizzou after an 0-2 SEC start – Rock M Nation

Everyone’s diagnosing Mizzou after an 0-2 SEC start  Rock M Nation

It's been a few days since Missouri's loss to South Carolina and, coupled with the relative slow nature of this time of year, the Mizzou beat is full of ideas on how ...


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Everyone’s diagnosing Mizzou after an 0-2 SEC start

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Missouri plays today, and everyone’s got ideas on how to win

It’s been a few days since Missouri’s loss to South Carolina and, coupled with the relative slow nature of this time of year, the Mizzou beat is full of ideas on how the Tigers can stop their losing ways.

First, Alex Schiffer at The Star:

In almost all of Missouri’s games against high-major competition, the Tigers haven’t gone into halftime without a three- to four-minute scoring drought in the final 10 minutes. According to KenPom.com, Missouri is averaging just 15.1 points in the final 10 minutes of the first half in games against high-major competition. That’s not going to get in done in the SEC. In Missouri’s overtime win against Central Florida, the Tigers scored just six points in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Last Tuesday against Tennessee, MU scored just 12.

Along with Jeremiah Tilmon’s struggles and the issue with turnovers, Schiffer spent most of the time focusing on Missouri’s scoring droughts. I can’t say I disagree with him — it would seem that the way to win games would be to avoid long periods of time where you don’t score any points.

How about Dave Matter at the Post Dispatch?

In the past we’ve heard Martin subtly question officiating in some of [Tilmon’s] fouls, but that wasn’t his take after Sunday’s game. Martin insisted that Sunday’s game wasn’t about Silva getting the best of Tilmon. This is about Tilmon.

Yeah, yeah, more stuff about Tilmon. Look, no one is disagreeing that Tilmon needs to be better. But at this point, what use is there in beating this particular dead horse? Until Tilmon figures out how to stay on the floor, we’ll just be repeating the same talking points — refs need to let him play; Tilmon needs to keep his emotions under control; he’s turning a corner; he’s in another slump. Time is a flat circle.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Matter also talked a little bit about Xavier Pinson, who barely saw the floor in Columbia, SC. Coincidentally, it was after last year’s South Carolina game that Blake Harris decided to pack his things and head back east. Not that the two are related in any way — just a weird coincidence that freshmen point guards who struggle with turnovers in a hard road environment wouldn’t get any playing time, oh wait now that I’m typing this I realize it’s not a coincidence at all and just part of learning how to be a college basketball player, and wow this is quite a run-on sentence, we need better editors here at Rock M!

Finally, let’s check in with Mitchell Forde at PowerMizzou:

Missouri has also been fouling at an alarming rate. The Tigers have committed a foul on 28.5 percent of opponents’ possessions this season. That ranks No. 316 nationally — out of 353 Division I teams. In the team’s losses this year, its opponents have scored 17 points per game at the free throw line. In its wins, that number falls to just 9.9 points per game. The Tigers have been outscored by 17 points, 47 to 30, at the free throw line during their two SEC games.

Yes, he also talks about Tilmon’s struggles, but he also takes a team-wide perspective, which is helpful. It makes sense too. Mark Smith and Kevin Puryear are often playing with two or three fouls early, and KJ Santos hasn’t yet shaken the rust off of his long absence, leading to some slow feet.

So what’s the diagnosis: Turnovers and fouls. Nothing we hadn’t known already. Hopefully they find the cure to what ails them before tonight’s game against the Crimson Tide.


Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

  • In premium PowerMizzou content, reporter Sean Williams did a football recruiting Q&A ($$.)
  • Garrick Hodge at the Columbia Tribune thinks the talks of Jeremiah Tilmon coming off the bench are a little silly.
  • Alex Schiffer takes a look at tonight’s game against Alabama, a team that’s had a strange first half of their season.
  • Alec Lewis at The Athletic took his best guess at Missouri’s starting depth chart for the 2019 season.
  • Finally, I want to make a bit of a personal tribute unrelated to Mizzou sports, but not unrelated to Mizzou.

It was announced yesterday that Bob Burchard, long time men’s basketball coach at Columbia College, will retire after this season.

“Bob has positively impacted thousands of lives over his three decades at CC,” said Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple. “He has served as role model and mentor not just to the athletes on his teams, but to countless others. He has earned the respect of his staff members, his athletic peers nationwide, his colleagues across the college, the media and the community.

This is very true. Let me tell y’all a story.

When I was at the Missouri school of journalism, I was sent out to do an interview in one of my freshman year classes. I’d had experience interviewing people, but I’d never interviewed a complete stranger (I wasn’t exactly the reporter type.) I had a few ideas turned down before I did some searching around town and Bob’s name came up. I’d never realized Columbia College was such a powerhouse program, so I went to do a small interview about his team that year.

I showed up — feeling very, very nervous — with my rented J-school equipment and set up in his office, where he was already waiting. He probably had to sit around for 10 minutes while I fiddled with everything. Still, he wasn’t working or multitasking; just patiently waiting for me.

I did my 20-minute interview, got my nerves out and thanked him at the end. I was probably overly thankful, but I was also an 18-year-old who was very nervous about interviewing a college basketball coach.

When I thanked him for the millionth time, he smiled, shook my hand and said something to the effect of, “I’m used to it by now.”

I’ve thought about that a lot in the ensuing years. Bob Burchard probably conducted more interviews from Missouri J-School students than the past five Missouri coaches combined. For the most part, they probably weren’t even for stories. His team wasn’t going to get any coverage — it was either for an in-class assignment (like mine) or some other random interview project. But Burchard likely accepted the offers anyway. I can’t imagine all of them went wonderfully, but it seems like he did them with a smile.

I wish there were more people like Bob Burchard — people who are incredibly good at what they do and don’t need to make time for students trying to get their feet under them. I know he’s a legend on the court — especially in Columbia — but I’d bet there are hundreds of young journalists and students like me who could testify that he’s also a great man off of it.

Cheers on your retirement, Bob. You deserve it.


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Tilmon’s foul problems send Tigers searching for solutions – STLtoday.com

Tilmon's foul problems send Tigers searching for solutions  STLtoday.com

On a two-game skid, Mizzou could go for small-ball approach against Alabama if Tilmon can't avoid foul issues.


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Oklahoma adds Roy Manning, Brian Odom to defensive staff – ESPN

Oklahoma adds Roy Manning, Brian Odom to defensive staff  ESPN

Oklahoma has hired Roy Manning as cornerbacks coach and Brian Odom as inside linebackers coach.


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Quick Hits: BenFred on STL sports | Sports – Rheaheraldnews

Quick Hits: BenFred on STL sports | Sports  Rheaheraldnews

Rounding up the hot topics from columnist Ben Frederickson's weekly chat with St. Louis sports fans.


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Quick Hits: BenFred on STL sports | Ben Frederickson – STLtoday.com

Quick Hits: BenFred on STL sports | Ben Frederickson  STLtoday.com

Rounding up the hot topics from columnist Ben Frederickson's weekly chat with St. Louis sports fans.


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What are Missouri basketball’s biggest issues during its two-game losing streak? – Kansas City Star

What are Missouri basketball’s biggest issues during its two-game losing streak?  Kansas City Star

Missouri basketball is off to an 0-2 start in Southeastern Conference play and there are a number of issues facing MU if it wants to get its act together. What are ...


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Matter on Mizzou: Tigers’ flaws exposed at South Carolina – FOX 28 Spokane

Matter on Mizzou: Tigers' flaws exposed at South Carolina  FOX 28 Spokane

COLUMBIA, MO. • Much like Missouri's last game, some travel complications pushed back the postmortem blog a day late, but never fear, we're finally here to.


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Matter on Mizzou: Tigers’ flaws exposed at South Carolina – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Matter on Mizzou: Tigers' flaws exposed at South Carolina  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Turnovers, foul troubles on full display in 10-point loss as Tigers look to regroup vs. Alabama.


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Matter on Mizzou: Tigers’ flaws exposed at South Carolina – The Mountaineer

Matter on Mizzou: Tigers' flaws exposed at South Carolina  The Mountaineer

Turnovers, foul troubles on full display in 10-point loss as Tigers look to regroup vs. Alabama.


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Matter on Mizzou: Tigers’ flaws exposed at South Carolina – STLtoday.com

Matter on Mizzou: Tigers' flaws exposed at South Carolina  STLtoday.com

Turnovers, foul troubles on full display in 10-point loss as Tigers look to regroup vs. Alabama.


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Turnovers, fouls causing Tigers’ defensive struggles – Rivals.com

Turnovers, fouls causing Tigers' defensive struggles  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! After finishing its non-conference schedule with six consecutive wins, the ...


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PODCAST! How does Mizzou avoid an 0-3 start in SEC play?

Talking Alabama, Texas A&M, and Jeremiah Tilmon

It was not that long ago that expectations around this Mizzou basketball team were changing for the better. Now, they look to be drifting the opposite direction.

Welcome back! It’s time for episode 47 of Dive Cuts! Sam Snelling and Matt Harris get into dissect the Tigers’ loss to South Carolina, give their outlook on the rest of the season, discuss how Jeremiah Tilmon can avoid fouls and much more.

Episode Breakdown:

  • 0:15 – 2:50: Intro and welcome back to another episode of Dive Cuts after a week off. Let’s catch up.
  • 2:51 – 16:35: Overall, Mizzou is now 0-2 in SEC Play. Time to discuss the South Carolina loss and how the Tigers just couldn’t quite rally.
  • 16:37 – 36:27: Time to talk Jeremiah Tilmon.
  • 36:28 – 41:58: The SEC has a soft middle, this much we know, right?
  • 41:59 – 51:00: Let’s talk a little bit about Alabama, Texas A&M, what’s ahead this week, and make some predictions!
  • 51:01 – END: Final thoughts and wrap-up!

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Auburn Football Recruiting: Two Top Targets Name Auburn Leader – College and Magnolia

Auburn Football Recruiting: Two Top Targets Name Auburn Leader  College and Magnolia

It was good weekend on the Plains as two official visitors left with the Tigers on top.


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Tennessee Vols morning report: Jauan Jennings stays, Tee Martin returns – FanSided

Tennessee Vols morning report: Jauan Jennings stays, Tee Martin returns  FanSided

Jauan Jennings returning to the Tennessee Vols and the reported hire of Tee Martin lead our Volunteers news for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019.


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