5 quarterbacks the Broncos should consider in the NFL draft — and how they would work in Denver – The Denver Post

5 quarterbacks the Broncos should consider in the NFL draft — and how they would work in Denver  The Denver Post

Each week leading up to the 2019 NFL draft, we will be breaking down a position of need for the Denver Broncos along with the top prospects at those positions ...


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Robin Pingeton’s team awaits NCAA seeding and Cuonzo Martin hits the ‘crootin trail

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

While the women await their destination, Cuonzo Martin begins the offseason in earnest

Folks, we’re going to need you to sit down for just a second. Take a deep breath. Because we’ve got some bad news.

That is, of course, unless you’re talking about the men. The women, who will look to move past the first weekend of the tournament for the first time in almost 20 years, will find out their seeding tonight. They’re hoping to avoid anything below a four or five seed, which seems possible if the selection committee is willing to overlook losses to some of the SEC’s bottom-feeders.

ESPN’s Charlie Creme currently projects the Tigers as a No. 5 seed in Corvallis, Ore. facing Boise State in the first round, with Oregon State potentially waiting in the second round.

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Tigers, but Missouri will enter tournament play on a high-note, with Sophie Cunningham playing some of the best basketball of her career.

While you’re waiting to hear where Robin Pingeton’s Tigers will end up, be sure to take some time and VOTE SOPHIE CUNNINGHAM FOR THE CHERYL MILLER AWARD!

Back to the men: Cuonzo Martin’s squad may be out of it this year, but he doesn’t anticipate them being down for long.

Asked after Thursday’s loss if Mizzou will be equipped to make the NCAA Tournament next year, he didn’t back down from setting high expectations, with one qualifier.

“I think if we’re healthy, with what we have returning, guys you are bringing into your program, you got a chance to be as good as anybody” in the SEC, he said.

We’ve yet to (officially) hear about Jontay Porter’s NBA draft decision, but with Porter and Ronnie Suggs potentially going back to walk-on status, Martin could have two more scholarships to play with. We’ve yet to see what he’ll do with them, but we did get a better look at Martin’s future plans after the program extended an offer to three-star center Eddie Lampkin out of Katy, Texas. He’s sporting offers from Georgetown, Texas A&M and TCU.

We’ll be on women’s basketball tournament coverage as it continues this week and (hopefully) the next. We’ll also start basketball postseason coverage in the coming weeks.

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  • Garrick Hodge at the Columbia Daily Tribune listed every Missourian involved in the NCAA Tournament. Also at the Trib, Cameron Teague-Robinson gives a detailed look inside the Elite Eight run from Mike Anderson’s 2009 squad.
  • PowerMizzou had quite a Sunday for content: Mitchell Forde talked to freshman corner Chris Shearin; Gabe DeArmond aggregated the site’s spring football coverage from Week 2; Sean Williams broke down the commitment of 3-star OL recruit — and St. Louis area star — Drake Heismeyer; and, for premium subscribers, Williams also spoke with a Mississippi high schooler about a recent visit to campus.
  • Dave Matter profiled Albert Okwuegbunam, who is seeking to make the most of what will likely be his last year in Columbia.
  • On the diamond, the men struggled in their opening SEC series, getting swept by Arkansas. The women, however, clinched a big-time series victory over No. 8 Georgia. Watch the walk-off here:
  • Missouri hadn’t been involved seriously for a long time, but one-time target (and recent state champion) Isiaih Mosley announced he’ll be joining Dana Ford’s team in Springfield, Mo.


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Join Rock M Nation’s 2019 Bracket Challenge!

It’s just for braggin’ rights or Denmoney, but have at it!

It’s that wonderful time of year and obviously not all of us are “near” St. Louis, but that Atlantic 10 championship game was pretty crazy. So, as usual, time to fill out a bracket and hopefully not watch it tank by the first weekend! (Also, of course, figure out the 5-12 upset and which mid-major takes out kansas.)

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Weekend Recap: Missouri baseball swept by No. 10 Arkansas

Solid pitching performances over the weekend couldn’t carry the Tigers past one of the top-ranked teams in the SEC .

Missouri hit the road for a trip to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend riding a five-game winning streak and owning a 9-1 record in its previous 10 games.

Arkansas was not going to be the easiest opponent for the Tigers (11-8, 0-3 SEC) to open up conference play against, as the Razorbacks sit in the top-20 of every major college baseball poll and as high as No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. But with the team’s top three lefties on the bump and junior Kameron Misner anchoring the lineup, Missouri had high hopes of knocking off Arkansas.

Dreams wouldn’t become reality, though, as the Tigers were swept by the Razorbacks and head back to Columbia winless in the Southeastern Conference.

Here are some notes from Missouri’s weekend set in Arkansas.

Quality starts on the mound not enough

These are the combined stats of Missouri’s starting pitchers from the three games: 20 innings pitched, 14 hits, six earned runs, four walks and 19 strikeouts.

Those numbers came from three quality starts by juniors Jacob Cantleberry and T.J. Sikkema and senior Tyler LaPlante. None of those performances, though, amounted to wins. The Tigers dropped all three games by a total of four runs, and none of the starters pitched with a lead in those 20 innings.

This has become a common occurrence as Missouri transitions to conference play; the bats go cold, and the pitching staff pitches from behind more often than not. Playing in the brutal SEC doesn’t make anything easier, but the Tigers can’t make any excuses for a constant lack of run support.

The starters pitched their arms off — Sikkema even threw 122 pitches through eight innings — but it may take even better starts for Missouri to knock off conference opponents.

Bullpen sees improvement

Remember the bullpen’s struggles in that Florida trip to start the season, when six different pitchers held ERA’s over 4.90?

Lately, some relievers have started figuring things out.

Head coach Steve Bieser put his confidence in seniors Jordan Gubelman and Cameron Dulle on Friday and Sunday, and they delivered. The duo both had outings with at least two innings pitched, combining to allow just two hits, two walks and no earned runs while striking out four. Even though Dulle eventually gave up the walk-off single Sunday, without the catcher’s interference putting runners on first and second with one out, it’s very probable that Dulle sends the game into extra-innings.

None of the outings ultimately ended up in wins, but knowing he has quality relievers to give the ball to has to be a nice feeling for Bieser.

Late-inning rallies come up just short

Missouri couldn’t muster up a run Friday, but Saturday and Sunday was a different story.

On Saturday, facing a 4-1 deficit in the top of the eighth, the lineup finally made some noise.

Sophomore Clayton Peterson started things off with a single, then a double down the right field line two batters later by freshman Luke Mann cut the lead to two. Junior Chris Cornelius hit one through the left side to knock in Mann, bringing his team within one for the first time since the second inning. Sophomore Chad McDaniel flew out to end the inning, though, and a 1-2-3 top of the ninth led to a Tigers’ loss.

Missouri’s bats were ice cold for the majority of the game Sunday, and they entered the top of the ninth in danger of getting shutout for the second time in the series. Down 2-0 with one out in the ninth and a runner on first, junior Peter Zimmermann smacked one over the center field fence, tying the game up and eliciting some of the first cheers of the day for the Tigers.

Missouri got nothing else out of its lineup, though, and a single, a catcher’s interference and another single sent the Tigers packing.

Misner hits a dry spell

Junior Kameron Misner is one of the best players in the SEC. That much is certain.

At the plate against Arkansas, though, he didn’t look like it.

The highly touted prospect couldn’t buy a hit against the Razorbacks, going 0-for-12, striking out six times and dropping his batting average to .306. These numbers are a far cry from the numbers Misner put up against non-conference opponents, as he came into the weekend hitting .393 with 22 hits, 14 RBI and 5 home runs.

With the amount of talent Missouri lost at the plate after the 2018 season, the Tigers were always going to lean on Misner to help carry the load. For the team to reach any of their goals in 2019, though, Misner will have to perform much better at the plate


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Barry Odom continues to recruit St. Louis as Missouri adds a 2020 offensive lineman – Kansas City Star

Barry Odom continues to recruit St. Louis as Missouri adds a 2020 offensive lineman  Kansas City Star

Barry Odom continued to keep the recruiting momentum rolling in St. Louis on Sunday as Missouri landed its second 2020 commitment from the east side of the ...


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BREAKING NEWS: Francis Howell OG Drake Heismeyer Commits to Mizzou

This is Missouri’s 2nd commitment of the 2020 class.

In a surprise St. Patrick’s day commitment, Mizzou picked up it’s first 2020 commitment since Brady Cook jumped on his Mizzou offer back in September. The commitment came from Drake Heismeyer, a 3-star offensive lineman from Francis Howell in St. Charles.

Get to know: Drake Heismeyer

Hometown: St. Charles, MO

High School: Francis Howell

Position: Offensive Guard

Rivals Ranking: 3-star (5.6)

247Composite Ranking: 3-star (0.8577)

Total announced offers: 8

Offers to note: Purdue, Michigan State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Indiana

Drake’s Highlights

With Cook and Heismeyer committed that two more commitments from the St. Louis area heading to the Tigers. Barry Odom and his team continue to make inroads in the area and building up the talent from in-state, but St. Louis in particular. We’ll obviously have to wait and see if this percolates into more commitments from the area but the trend has already been set.


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Mizzou Football offers go out, and Softball nets a big win – Rock M Nation

Mizzou Football offers go out, and Softball nets a big win  Rock M Nation

Be there when #Mizzou finds out where its headed for the 2019 NCAA Tournament! Monday, March 18. Columns Club 5 PM Selection Show - 6-7 PM#MIZ ...


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Selection Sunday is here but we have to wait until Selection Monday to find out where the lady Tigers are going.

Plus FOOTBALL OFFERS!

There’s a watch party for Selection Monday if you want to attend

The Mizzou men are done for the year, but we know the women are going dancing we just don’t know where. So attend and support the ladies if you’re in CoMo. From MUTigers.com:

Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to park in Lot J on the west side of the Hearnes Center (overflow in Lot K on south side of Hearnes) and enter through the southeast doors of Memorial Stadium. The watch party will feature a program, the entire Mizzou Women’s Basketball team and the coaching staff. Head Coach Robin Pingeton and select student-athletes will address fans. The Mizzou spirit squads and Marching Mizzou will also be in attendance.

Mizzou Baseball wraps up a weekend series against Arkansas today

I won’t provide much here because Ryan Herrera will be providing a full scope update later today on the series but it’s been a tough couple days for the Tigers on the field.

Meanwhile Mizzou Softball toppled Georgia 7-3

It’s the Tigers first win in SEC play as they improved to 12-11 (1-4) but it’s their second win over a top 15 opponent. You can read about it here.

Mizzou Football sends out a couple offers, a hosted a visitor this weekend

Henry Lutovsky visited and got dressed up and received an offer, he’s a 2021 O-Lineman from Mount Pleasant, Iowa who is very big according to his twitter page: 6’6 295.

Trey Boll is a 2021 DE from Virginia. Here’s his Hudl.

Mitchell Walters is a behemoth 6’8 290 lb O-lineman from Mehlville High in St. Louis. Here’s his Hudl.

Going too deep on football recruiting is tough because there are a lot of offers thrown out and it’s more about getting guys on campus. Getting an early foot on a 2021 recruit out of Iowa is good, but the offer out to a St. Louis area recruit might be something worth keeping an eye on.


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With eye on NFL career, Mizzou’s Okwuegbunam driven to fulfill potential – STLtoday.com

With eye on NFL career, Mizzou's Okwuegbunam driven to fulfill potential  STLtoday.com

Sidelined last year with a shoulder injury, MU's junior tight end passed on the NFL draft, returns as one of the country's elite talents.


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Mizzou’s Okwuegbunam driven to fulfill potential – STLtoday.com

Mizzou's Okwuegbunam driven to fulfill potential  STLtoday.com

Sidelined last year with a shoulder injury, MU's junior tight end passed on the NFL draft, returns as one of the country's elite talents.


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Mizzou’s Okwuegbunam driven to fulfill potential – STLtoday.com

Mizzou's Okwuegbunam driven to fulfill potential  STLtoday.com

Sidelined last year with a shoulder injury, MU's junior tight end passed on the NFL draft, returns as one of the country's elite talents.


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A&M, South Carolina remaining permanent cross division rivals? – 247Sports

A&M, South Carolina remaining permanent cross division rivals?  247Sports

The Aggies permanent game with South Carolina might be going away if the majority of the SEC presidents have their way with cross division scheduling.


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The Mizzou mens season is over but basketball is still great

Zion Williamson is simply unreal.

So I watched basketball last night.

There is nothing on the planet like Zion Williamson

I’ve watched a lot of basketball in my life and I’m certain I’ve seen better basketball players at all different levels. But I’ve never ever seen anything like Zion Williamson. He’s 6’7 and 280 lbs and is the quickest most explosive player on the court. Boban Marjanovic, the 7-3 monster who plays in the NBA is 290 lbs.

I’m not a huge Duke fan, and the Blue Devils without Zion are only marginally interesting. But he makes them must watch television.

The SEC Marches on, without LSU and with Admiral Schofield

Tennessee disposed of Mississippi State, this dunk from Schofield was basically when they called the rest of the game off and just advanced the Vols to the next round. Kentucky took out Alabama, and Auburn beat South Carolina. But the game of the day came down to a hot Gators team facing the LSU mess of a basketball situation and Florida freshman Andrew Nembhard sent the Tigers back home to Baton Rouge.

In a bizarre twist post-game, LSU sent Javonte Smart of all players to the podium post game. I’d consider maybe a moratorium on Smart in the media if you’re letting him play considering his coach hasn’t spoken to the media nor is he cooperating with LSU, so cool.

  • If you missed it: Texas A&M fired Billy Kennedy, marking at least one job (and almost certainly just the one job) coming open in the SEC. The rumors are flying the Aggies plan to make Buzz Williams a very very attractive offer. Williams is a Texas native and has long rumored to be interested in returning home, plus he’s probably peaked at Virginia Tech. Tech is currently 11th in KenPom and 24-8 on the season. It’d be a terrific hire for A&M.
  • Meanwhile Tom Crean has recruiting going in Athens: Crean landed the commitment of 4-star wing Christian Brown yesterday. Brown is an energetic 6-6 wing from Oak Hill, and the 61st ranked player in the country. Crean now has 6-5 guard and #2 ranked Anthony Edwards, 6-6 #61 ranked Brown, 6-6 #69 ranked Jaykwon Walton, and 6-6 #96 ranked Toumani Camara. Not bad.
  • Kentucky picked up a commitment from a 5-star: When the Wildcats got the nod from 5-star wing Keion Brooks. That’s now #23 Brooks, #9 wing Tyrese Maxey, #7 wing Kahlil Whitney and #109 ranked wing Dontaie Allen.

Recruiting is heating up. Man.

Missouri meanwhile is likely going to be keeping an eye on the State Championship game. Rock Bridge takes on CBC which means a big time matchup of one time 2019 Mizzou recruit Isiaih Mosley and current top 2020 target Caleb Love. It’s a rematch of an early January game which saw the Cadets nick the Bruins by a point 67-66. So it should be a good matchup and I’d bet Missouri coaches will be in the building.


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Spring Preview: No. 6 LSU primed for potential CFB Playoff run – 247Sports

Spring Preview: No. 6 LSU primed for potential CFB Playoff run  247Sports

Narratives swing quickly in sports. Few programs better exemplify that than LSU. Ed Orgeron appeared on more than a few hot seat lists entering the 2018 ...


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Spring Preview: No. 6 LSU primed for potential CFB Playoff run – 247Sports

Spring Preview: No. 6 LSU primed for potential CFB Playoff run  247Sports

Narratives swing quickly in sports. Few programs better exemplify that than LSU. Ed Orgeron appeared on more than a few hot seat lists entering the 2018 ...


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How to Watch: Arkansas vs. Missouri – 247Sports

How to Watch: Arkansas vs. Missouri  247Sports

The Arkansas Razorbacks will play the Missouri Tigers in their SEC opening weekend baseball series starting Friday night at Baum-Walker Stadium. Arkansas is ...


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How to Watch: Arkansas vs. Missouri – 247Sports

How to Watch: Arkansas vs. Missouri  247Sports

The Arkansas Razorbacks will play the Missouri Tigers in their SEC opening weekend baseball series starting Friday night at Baum-Walker Stadium. Arkansas is ...


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Enter the Chamber – Rivals.com

Enter the Chamber  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! D6lvcd6v8rveoo3fbq20. It's officially the offseason in both major sports, which ...


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Study Hall: Auburn 81, Mizzou 71

Auburn was just better but Mizzou gave them a helluva fight.

As the clock ticked down and the Tigers refused to go quietly, finding ways to sink 3-pointer after 3-pointer, and finding a way to threaten the heavy favorited Auburn Tigers. After getting down 10 after the first six minutes of the second half, the Tigers went on a 13-3 run over the next three minutes to tie it at 52.

But good fortune didn’t seem to favor Missouri on this day. On the ensuing possession Horace Spencer converted a jump shot and the foul shot after a Mitchell Smith foul. Two more three-pointers from Auburn extended the lead back out to nine and Mizzou was never able to get back over the hump.

They cut it to four, and again nibbled it down to five. The Tigers were able to convert offensive opportunities but never able to get a stop when they needed one down the stretch. In particular Jared Harpers only made basket with 3:12 to play, and Bryce Brown’s three with 1:36 to play.

In a lot of ways this game was a metaphor for the season. Close to good, but not quite there yet.

Team Stats

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  • Mizzou won the pace battle: in Auburn Arena the pace was over 70 and yesterday Mizzou held it to 64. Auburns PPP and PPS were virtually the same as they were in Auburn Arena (1.26 and 1.33) but with the decreased pace Mizzou was able to set their own tone a little more offensively and execute in the half court. As evidenced by their 0.30 increase from the last go around.
  • The difference between the 2FG and 3FG shooting, well: that leaves a little to be desired. Mizzou’s hot shooting from the outside suspended the complete inability to get anything going on the inside. Jeremiah Tilmon was 4-5 from inside the arc, the rest of the team was just 4-17 and I think I remember each of those. One from Pinson, Puryear, two from Geist. Blah.
  • Here’s something new: Mizzou went up against a team that forces a lot of turnovers and didn’t turn the ball over (if you simply subtract Xavier Pinson’s day). I don’t mean to bag on Pinson who’s been pretty good from a turnover standpoint down the stretch but WOW is eight a lot of turnovers.

Mizzou has dominated the glass but doing so against Auburn is difficult to accomplish. They attempt a lot of three’s which forces long rebounds, and they’re athletic as hell and are more capable of chasing down long rebounds. The raw split was just -1 so all in all not too terrible.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Jordan Geist, Torrence Watson, Mitchell Smith

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Since we glossed over Mitchell Smith making the trifecta yesterday I thought it would be good to give him a little love here. Smith, in this version of his role, has excelled the last few games. There are some obvious holes in his game but I think if you’re looking for supplemental minutes at the four spot next year it looks like Mitch has the ability to carve out a role. You don’t need to ask him to do a lot and maybe less than 27 minutes is better, but it’s still hard to argue he hasn’t brought some solid contributions down the stretch.

Torrence Watson’s confidence recently has been just really fun to watch. When he’s hitting step back threes on Bryce Brown from 23 feet it makes you realize a lineup that involves Watson and Mark Smith next season is one that is going to create a lot of space. Space is good.

I’m not going to read too much into the descent of Javon Pickett. He was bad since sitting out with a back injury and hasn’t actually played well since Florida. The season is long and he was dealing with a back ailment, which is tough to play with. Get to the offseason, get healthy and get stronger for next season.

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There’s been a lot of attention paid to Jordan Geist, and sometimes it still feels like it’s not enough. I’m sure Jordan would have preferred to been more of a rotational piece on a tournament team and one winning or at least competing for conference championships. But that wasn’t in the cards this season and he adapted. He adapted into a reliable scoring option on a team devoid of scoring options. He’s been a leader on a team in need of leaders, and he saved his best for last. 30 points against Georgia, 25 against Auburn, an Offensive Rating of 133, or 1.33 ppp. Geist was exceptional.

This being the last single game study hall of the season, I’m going to try to keep this about the game itself. Missouri replayed the game against the team responsible for the worst beating in the Cuonzo Martin era and cut the point differential by 24 points. All of this while leading up to the game and the experts (me included because I’m expert-y) talked about how bad of a matchup this is for this Tigers team.

Martin doesn’t want a pat on the back for a job well done when he’s paid to win games, and Mizzou only won 15 this year. But 15 is right about what they were expected to win the roster he had. Beating a team like Auburn was always going to be a long shot... for now. The way Martin is working and shaping this program you have to think those wins are going to come sooner than later. We do have to wait until November for it to start happening though.


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Mizzou Football: Drew Lock to Dolphins in USA Today mock draft – KC Kingdom

Mizzou Football: Drew Lock to Dolphins in USA Today mock draft  KC Kingdom

The biggest storyline to follow with Mizzou football at the moment is where will quarterback Drew Lock go in the 2019 NFL Draft? USA Today thinks he's Miami ...


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What Just Happened? Vol. 58 – Rivals.com

What Just Happened? Vol. 58  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! Nitabn17rh9lqpnfj6zt. INTRODUCTION (HELLO DARKNESS). This marks the ...


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Jordan Geist’s Missouri finale provides bittersweet end for 2018-2019 season – Rock M Nation

Jordan Geist’s Missouri finale provides bittersweet end for 2018-2019 season  Rock M Nation

What an end to his career at Missouri. Geist emerged as Missouri's leader this season and saved his best for last, nearly willing the Tigers into the SEC ...


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Jordan Geist’s Missouri finale provides bittersweet end for 2018-2019 season – Rock M Nation

Jordan Geist’s Missouri finale provides bittersweet end for 2018-2019 season  Rock M Nation

What an end to his career at Missouri. Geist emerged as Missouri's leader this season and saved his best for last, nearly willing the Tigers into the SEC ...


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Jordan Geist’s Missouri finale provides bittwesweet end for 2018-2019 season

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Let’s give Jordan Geist some freakin’ credit

What an end to his career at Missouri. Geist emerged as Missouri’s leader this season and saved his best for last, nearly willing the Tigers into the SEC Tournament quarterfinals by his plan alone.

Geist followed up a career-high 30 points on Wednesday with 25 points in the Tigers’ 10-point loss to Auburn.

Geist finishes his senior year with 14.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, and he averaged 20 points over his final five games.

Missouri will improve next year — it has to — and the guard play of Torrence Watson (20 points on Thursday) and Xavier Pinson is increasing expectations. But maybe one of the best things that happened in their development is learning from Geist this year. Watson and Pinson are more talented than Geist; but Geist showed them (and all of us) how a good college player can evolve, mature and lead a team.

Thanks, Jordan.

A wild ride of emotions surrounding Markus Golden’s Thursday

First, there was this:

Hell yeah! Even if you’re not a Chiefs fan, seeing Markus Golden — one of the true all-time great guys to come out of Missouri’s football program — return to his home state would have been a great story.

And then this happened:

Well, crap. Golden did indeed sign that one-year contract with the New York Giants, whose recent roster moves are a brilliant crossover marketing campaign with Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.

Here’s hoping Golden has a big year for New York and then gets the hell out of there.

Sheldon Richardson signs with Cleveland; talks about how much he’s matured

Sheldon Richardson made it official with Cleveland Browns, the new cool kids in the NFL. Richardson signed a three-year, $36-million deal with $15 million guaranteed.

And now, Richardson said he’s grown up.

To his credit, Richardson has stayed out of any issues like that since the issues in July of 2015 — a four-game suspension, in addition to his excessive speeding/resisting arrest charges.

Now, Richardson is on one of the (surprising) front-runners in the AFC. I sincerely hope Richardson returns to form for the Browns.


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

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

QUESTION: Could you just lay it out there for us about what is going on with Jontay Porter? MATTER: I have seen Jontay Porter no more than three times since ...


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Comeback in the works for Mizzou tight end Swinson – STLtoday.com

Comeback in the works for Mizzou tight end Swinson  STLtoday.com

Redshirt freshman tight end is turning heads in spring practices after missing last season with a torn ACL.


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Warren Dampf, 1921-2019 – Aurora Advertiser

Warren Dampf, 1921-2019  Aurora Advertiser

Warren Dampf, 98, of Columbia, formerly of Jefferson City died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the University of Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be at Our Savior's ...


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Comeback in the works for Mizzou tight end Simpson – STLtoday.com

Comeback in the works for Mizzou tight end Simpson  STLtoday.com

Redshirt freshman tight end is turning heads in spring practices after missing last season with a torn ACL.


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R.I.P. Mizzou Basketball 2018-19

Lets hope this sets the absolute floor for a season under Cuonzo Martin.

The end always comes too quickly.

One minute you’re scrapping and fighting and searching for ways to keep the run going, then the clock just runs down, you get subbed out, and the game is over. Despite two of the best offensive performances for a Mizzou player in the SEC tournament, Jordan Geist’s will wasn’t enough to suspend the Tigers season for another night. Mizzou Basketball’s season, the 2018-2019 version, ended tonight when the Tigers were overwhelmed by Auburn in the second half and they finished the season 15-17.

It’s not what we’d hoped would happen as the season neared in the fall. The Tigers were building a team around the playmaking ability of a skilled 6’11 playmaker who tore his ACL before playing a minute this season. It was the second year in a row where a much hyped top rated player with the last name of Porter had his season cut off before it got started. Mizzou head coach Cuonzo Martin adapted on the fly again, boosted by the help of Illinois transfer Mark Smith and we talked about the possibility of this team getting back onto the NCAA bubble.

The losses began to mount in league play. 0-3, then 1-6, then 2-8, then 3-12. Somewhere in there Smith aggravated a foot injury he’d been dealing with, tried to mount a comeback but wasn’t right. Then Mizzou shut him down, they were already behind the eight-ball and a long shot for even the NIT at that stage. Yet, they fought on.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Auburn vs Missouri Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Credit the Head Coach, and his floor leader

Geist’s story has been told over and over this season and for good reason. He was a late addition to Kim Anderson’s last recruiting class, and drew the ire of Mizzou fans for much of his sophomore and junior seasons. Some (including me and Matt — heheh) did what we could to turn opinions on Geist through the second half of his junior year. But whatever opinions weren’t turned then, have been turned now. Geist averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists while improving his OffensiveRating to 112.8 and increased his usage to 23.1%. Geist's numbers impress, but he set the tone for the level of effort he expected his teammates to play with.

Geist helped elevate the play of a group of freshmen who are going to be the foundation for where Cuonzo Martin wants to take this program. And when this team is cutting down some nets, Martin is going to look back up this season as the one where they set the tone.

While the season didn’t quite go as Kevin Puryear planned, he’ll long be remembered as the guy who came into a bad program and helped re-establish what Mizzou basketball can and should be. There will be plenty of time to dissect and breakdown the contributions of Mizzou’s two scholarship seniors as they’ve wrapped up their career, but the impression they made on a young and talented roster is something which should push this team next year and the year after that.

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Missoiuri vs Georgia Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The youth grows up

We’ve seen the progress of Torrence Watson.

Xavier Pinson and Javon Pickett were key players all season as well. Jeremiah Tilmon bumped his averages up across the board and even looked at times like he’s started to figure out the foul thing. Mark Smith was the top 3-point shooter in the league before his season ended prematurely.

Coaches often talk about getting old, and staying old is important. Next year the rotation is going to include a whole lotta Sophomores and Juniors. Plus at least a couple of Freshmen.

The offseason awaits — with new faces coming in

I don’t know what to expect as far as roster turnover outside of Geist and Puryear. I feel pretty certain Jontay Porter will stay in the draft this year, his stock has improved and coming off a knee injury there’s incentive to start collecting paychecks.

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Will there be transfers out of the program? I don’t know. Ideally you’d like to bring everyone back but that never seems to happen anymore.

Here’s the scholarship situation heading into the offseason:

Martin put Ronnie Suggs on scholarship following his strong efforts in carving out a role on the team. There’s no guarantee for Suggs or for Parker Braun that either will be on scholarship next season, though the possibility exists. The existing two man class of Mario McKinney and Tray Jackson will be on campus in June, the only question which remains this season is who will be there with them?

If you’re a Mizzou fan, there’s very good reason to feel optimistic

Next season is a reset. For the first time in a while the Tigers should have a large amount of continuity and depth. They’ll have experience and talent and with the flexibility in the middle of the league anything should be on the table for what they’re capable of achieving.

College basketball is always a long offseason, so there will be plenty of time to break down what the Tigers are doing and how they’re handling recruiting as well as any potential staff changes. We’ll be there every step of the way, for now we’re pressing the up button int he elevator excited to get off the ground floor of the Cuonzo Martin rebuild.


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Missouri bows out to Auburn in SEC Tournament second round

Missouri hung around for 38 minutes, a vast improvement from its last game against Auburn, but it wasn’t enough

Goodbye, Jordan Geist. And goodbye, Kevin Puryear.

Despite a second consecutive herculean performance from the former, Missouri lost to Auburn 81-71 in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. The other Tigers will face South Carolina in the quarterfinals Friday.

The loss stings, but this was a much better performance for MU than the first go-round. Missouri suffered the worst loss of the Cuonzo Martin era, 92-58, when these teams squared off at Auburn on Jan. 30. MU committed 20 total turnovers and was outscored 58-27 in the second half. This time, Martin’s squad limited itself to 14 turnovers, eight at the hands of Xavier Pinson, and gave itself a legitimate chance to win for 38 minutes.

Geist led Missouri with a game-high 25 points on 14 field goal attempts, including a 5-for-11 clip on triples. Torrence Watson was also hot from deep, scoring 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting beyond the arc. Jeremiah Tilmon scored eight points, all in the second half, on 4-for-5 shooting. In his final collegiate game, Puryear on 2-for-4 shooting from the field with three boards and one assist.

Guard Bryce Brown paced Auburn with 17 points. Forward Chuma Okeke dropped 12 on an efficient seven field goal attempts. Wing Malik Dunbar and forward Horace Spencer added 11 apiece; the latter also grabbed a game-high 10 boards.

Spencer’s long and-1 hook shot with 11:02 remaining shifted the tide decisively (it also resulted in Tilmon’s fourth foul). 3-pointers from Danjel Purifoy and Brown, the second of which was a third-chance basket, extended the lead to 62-51.

Missouri had one more mini-run left in its season courtesy of Watson. The freshman nailed a trey and was fouled on a fast-break attempt shortly after, resulting in two made free throws. The 61-57 deficit was the closest the Tigers would get. They cut the lead to five points three times in the last 4:30 of play but never got over the hump, as Auburn went 2-for-3 from deep and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line during that span to close out the game.

Tilmon finally got on the board to trim Missouri’s deficit to 38-35 with 16:21 remaining, although he committed his third foul 14 seconds later. The sophomore remained on the floor. The big man scored the Tigers’ next two baskets, as well, but Auburn responded with two consecutive treys, taking a 49-39 lead and forcing Cuonzo Martin to call timeout.

Puryear ended the offensive drought by squeezing inside for 2, then a pair of Geist 3s clipped Auburn’s advantage to two. Jared Harper canned a trey off a Pinson turnover, but Missouri continued to battle, as Geist spun his way to a nifty layup, and Watson made a deep triple off a Geist assist to tie the game. The Tigers made six field goals in a row during the 13-3 run.

Midway through the first half, the pace started to quicken and Missouri’s sloppiness intensified, as the Tigers committed four turnovers in less than two minutes. Consequently, the high-flying Auburn offense opened up and scored 11 unanswered points, highlighted by Dunbar’s ferocious one-handed throw-down, over 4:24 of action to take a 30-21 lead.

Watson snapped Missouri’s cold spell with a 3, and it took only two minutes for Puryear and Geist to follow with treys of their own, tying the game once more. Defensively, Auburn continued to push the ball even after Missouri’s half-court defense settled down, resulting in rushed possessions and a single field goal make over the last 3:25 of the period. Auburn took a 32-30 lead into the break.

Both offenses struggled to get going in the half court. Auburn’s pressure defense gave Missouri early trouble, forcing an early five-second violation on an inbounds pass and using half-court traps to bring out the worst of MU’s sloppiness. Pinson’s struggles were particularly noteworthy, as the freshman gave up six turnovers in the first 20 minutes alone. AU locked down Tilmon in the first half at the expense of leaving perimeter shooters open. Missouri went 8-for-16 beyond the arc before the break as opposed to 1-for-9 inside it.

Auburn was up 3-2 about three minutes in when Geist hit the first of two treys in 43 seconds. The senior scored Missouri’s first eight points. AU retook a 9-8 lead, but Watson hit his second shot of the day, a deep 3, to start his recovery from Wednesday’s win over Georgia, when he missed all five attempts from the field in 36 minutes of action.

Auburn, on the other hand, struggled from deep early, missing its first eight shots beyond the arc, a surprise from the SEC’s second-ranked 3-point offense (37.5 percent). The team hit its first trey at 12:03 of the first half, cutting the lead to 13-12. However, Pinson responded by cutting to the basket and powering through the post defender for a strong and-1 (he missed the free throw).


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Arkansas Falls to Florida in SEC Tournament – Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Falls to Florida in SEC Tournament  Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas was knocked out of the SEC Tournament by Florida 66-50 on Thursday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Daniel Gafford led the ...


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Game thread: Tigers face tough second-round matchup with Auburn

Jordan Geist kept Missouri alive with 30 points last night. This time, his teammates will need to step up, too.

Missouri won its first-round SEC Tournament matchup with Georgia on Wednesday night, and a winnable contest against South Carolina awaits in the quarterfinals if the Tigers win Thursday.

The problem is that Missouri suffered the worst loss of the Cuonzo Martin era earlier this season against its second-round opponent, the No. 22 Auburn Tigers. That 92-58 loss at Auburn Arena came at the end of MU’s worst stretch of the season, which saw the team drop six of its first seven games to start conference play. Expect a better performance from Missouri this time around, but make no mistake, this is not a favorable matchup.

Another marquee performance from Geist, who dropped a career-high 30 points against the Bulldogs in Round 1, would certainly help the Tigers’ cause. More important, however, he needs to receive support from Jeremiah Tilmon, Torrence Watson and some of the other impact players who went quiet in the tournament opener.


The Details

Opponent: No. 22 Auburn Tigers (22-9, 11-7 SEC)

Time: About 2:28 p.m. CT

Where: Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, Tenn.

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Auburn, -9.5

What Does ESPN’s Basketball Power Index Say? Auburn, 87.1%

Where To Watch: SEC Network

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

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review

Recap | Geist’s big night carries Tigers past Georgia

Links | Missouri gets another chance to (ahem) beat Auburn in the SEC Tournament

Study Hall | Mizzou 71, Georgia 61

Dive Cuts | Mizzou basketball turns its eye to the future


Five Questions

  1. Will Jeremiah Tilmon or Torrence Watson score more points?
  2. Are the Tigers within six points of the lead at halftime?
  3. Will Missouri commit more or less than 15.5 turnovers?
  4. Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?


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Auburn vs. Missouri SEC Basketball Tournament game thread – 247Sports

Auburn vs. Missouri SEC Basketball Tournament game thread  247Sports

Updates, including statistics, are featured on Auburn's SEC Men's Basketball Tournament game vs. Missouri are featured.


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LIVE: Arkansas v. Florida – Arkansas Razorbacks

LIVE: Arkansas v. Florida  Arkansas Razorbacks

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri locked down on the final defensive possession and squeaked by Arkansas 79-78 Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers were ...


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Spring Preview: No. 7 Florida reshuffling its offensive line – 247Sports

Spring Preview: No. 7 Florida reshuffling its offensive line  247Sports

Florida's got all the necessary offensive pieces to contend for a CFB Playoff spot. But the offensive line, which lost four starters, must come together first.


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Kelly Bryant: Predicting his top receiving targets at Mizzou – Rock M Nation

Kelly Bryant: Predicting his top receiving targets at Mizzou  Rock M Nation

When transfer quarterbacks take over, do they usually go with trusted receivers, or are opportunities ripe for new guys?


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Who stands to benefit the most from Kelly Bryant’s transfer to Mizzou?

Recent history favors established options over fresh faces when grad transfer quarterbacks step into a Power-5 situation. Good news, right, Johnathon Johnson?

When transfer quarterbacks take over, do they usually go with trusted receivers, or are opportunities ripe for new guys?

Missouri spring football practice this year, officially, is Kelly Bryant Watch Season.

If dispatches from the people who cover the team every day aren’t evidence enough of that, then perhaps this story from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd is enough to convince you.

But I’m not here to talk about Bryant today. I’m here to talk about the guys he’ll be throwing to.

Who benefits the most when a graduate transfer quarterback steps in and takes the reins? With only, if they’re lucky, spring and fall practice to get acquainted with their new cast of characters, do these signal-callers end up falling back on the guys who have produced for their new team before, or do they seek out fresh faces with which to forge a connection?

I looked back at Power-5 graduate transfer quarterbacks since 2014 — using The Grad Transfer Tracker, FOX Sports and Athlon Sports to pull names — and found 19 examples of grad transfer quarterbacks who ended up starting at least five games the next season for their new teams.

Did they rely on experience? Should Johnathon Johnson, Albert Okwuegbunam and Jalen Knox be excited? Or should newish weapons such as Jonathan Nance, Dominic Gicinto...or Micah Wilson?...be chomping at the bit.

Let’s see what the past five years of history tell us.

2018

A.J. Bush, Illinois
Top Target: Ricky Smalling, Soph. (33 catches, 406 yards, 5 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was also the Illini’s leading receiver as a true freshman the year before.
Rating: Continuity

Gardner Minshew, Washington St.
Top Target: James Williams, Jr. (83 catches, 613 yards, 4 TD)
What’s His Story?: The Cougars’ running back was also the top pass-catcher the year before with Luke Falk slinging the ball.
Rating: Continuity

Wilton Speight, UCLA
Top Target: Caleb Wilson, Jr. (60 catches, 965 yards, 4 TD)
What’s His Story?: Wilson, a tight end, was on track to be the Bruins’ leading pass-catcher the year before, but injury derailed his season after five games.
Rating: Continuity

Joe Burrow, LSU
Top Target: Justin Jefferson, Soph. (54 catches, 875 yards, 6 TD)
What’s His Story?: Didn’t have a catch the year before, so he was a fresh face. LSU also lost its top three pass-catchers, but Burrow eschewed more experienced receivers for Jefferson.
Rating: Fresh Face

2017

Max Browne, Pittsburgh
Top Target: Rafael Araujo-Lopes, Jr. (43 catches, 531 yards, 2 TD)
What’s His Story?: Had only three catches the year before and benefited greatly from Browne coming into the picture. Had 26 catches over the first six games with Browne starting then, with Browne lost to injury, only 17 over the final six.
Rating: Fresh Face

2016

Ryan Finley, NC State
Top Target: Jaylen Samuels, Jr. (55 catches, 565 yards, 7 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was also the top pass-catcher under Jacoby Brissett the year before and would continue to be under Finley in 2017.
Rating: Continuity

Davis Webb, California
Top Target: Chad Hansen, Jr. (92 catches, 1249 yards, 11 TD)
What’s His Story?: Caught only 19 passes in 10 games the year before, so Webb was a huge boost to Hansen’s fortunes. So was Cal losing its top six pass-catchers from the year before.
Rating: Fresh Face

Dakota Prukop, Oregon
Top Target: Charles Nelson, Jr. (52 catches, 554 yards, 5 TD)
What’s His Story?: Little-used option the year before, catching 17 passes over 12 games and being the fourth option on the wideout pecking order. With Prukop and, after his benching, Justin Hebert behind center and two of those other options still around, Nelson rose to the top. Well, co-top with Darren Carrington.
Rating: Fresh Face

Austin Appleby, Florida
Top Target: Antonio Callaway, Soph. (54 catches, 721 yards, 3 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was the big-play guy, while Demarcus Robinson was the possession receiver, the year before. With Robinson gone, Callaway easily assumed his role as more of an every-down option.
Rating: Continuity

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Top Target: Christian Kirk, Soph. (83 catches, 928 yards, 9 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was a 1,000-yard receiver with Jake Allen and Kyler Murray throwing the year before, so just kept on keeping on.
Rating: Continuity

2015

Vernon Adams, Oregon
Top Target: Bralon Addison, Jr. (63 catches, 804 yards, 10 TD)
What’s His Story?: Missed the entire previous season with a spring injury, but was the co-top target in 2013 with Josh Huff. So he just picked up where he left off.
Rating: Continuity

Everett Golson, Florida St.
Top Target: Kermit Whitfield, Jr. (57 catches, 798 yards, 6 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was the eighth option the year prior, behind four returners. Actually benefited much more from Golson’s time as starter than fellow top targets Travis Rudolph and Jesus Wilson.
Rating: Fresh Face

Greyson Lambert, Georgia
Top Target: Malcolm Mitchell, Sr. (58 catches, 865 yards, 5 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was the leading returner after the graduations of Chris Conley and Michael Bennett, although his role changed to more of a home-run hitter with Lambert.
Rating: Continuity

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Top Target: Sterling Shepard, Sr. (86 catches, 1288 yards, 11 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was far and away the team’s leader under Knight the year before, with 51 catches for 970 yards.
Rating: Continuity

Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh
Top Target: Tyler Boyd, Jr. (91 catches, 926 yards, 6 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was a 1261-yard receiver under Chad Voytik – who was still on the roster in 2015, by the way – the year before.
Rating: Continuity

Jake Rudock, Michigan
Top Target: Amara Darboh, Sr. (58 catches, 727 yards, 5 TD)
What’s His Story?: Played second fiddle to Devin Funchess the year before and, with Funchess an early draft entry, rose to the top along with Jehu Chesson and Jake Butt.
Rating: Continuity

2014

Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech
Top Target: Isaiah Ford, Fr. (56 catches, 709 yards, 6 TD)
What’s His Story?: Eschewed the top three options from the year before – all still there – for a true freshman. That’s the definition of going with a fresh face.
Rating: Fresh Face

Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Top Target: Bo Hines, Fr. (45 catches, 616 yards, TD)
What’s His Story?: Again, leapfrogged more accomplished wideouts on the roster as a true freshman. Then transferred to Yale after the season to follow dreams of running for political office. As one does.
Rating: Fresh Face

Tyler Murphy, Boston College
Top Target: Josh Bordner, Sr. (27 catches, 346 yards, 3 TD)
What’s His Story?: Was a quarterback until 2014. A Micah Wilson role model, maybe?
Rating: Fresh Face

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Verdict? Looks like the continuity picks have it, by an 11-8 margin. Also, teams that return significant weapons from the year before — like Missouri and Johnson, Okwuegbunam and Knox’s combined 129 catches — seem to trend more toward established options as well.


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Study Hall: Mizzou 71, Georgia 61

The Tigers take care of the Bulldogs for the second time in a week and they play on for another night.

I want to preface all of this with one thing: Georgia is a bad basketball team.

Nicolas Claxton is a good player, and so is Rayshaun Hammonds, who went down late in the season with a foot injury. The rest of the Bulldogs roster, though, leaves a lot to be desired. And then there’s the reality that it’s a group tailored to Mark Fox’s style, not the free-flowing, up-tempo system preferred by Tom Crean.

Put it all together, and you have a team that is just lousy.

So, if you’re going to come out and not play your best game, it’s probably best to do so against a team like Georgia. Your margin for error improves when you can get Claxton into foul trouble. A career night from Jordan Geist is also a perk.

Geist was unreal for Mizzou, throwing up a 133.0 offensive rating and 30 points to offset a roster that was struggling as a whole. But that’s kind of been the M.O. of Geist all season. If there’s a hole for MU, the senior will slide in and plug it. He’s found a way to be everything this Tigers team has needed this year — and they’ve needed a lot. So it was good to see him have this kind of game.

Team Stats

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  • It shouldn’t surprise you that the game was ugly: Missouri has found some rhythm late in the season offensively, but that relied mainly upon Torrence Watson hitting shots. The freshman didn’t do that last night. Neither team shot well from deep, and if you subtract Geist, Xavier Pinson and Georgia’s Jordan Harris from the equation, the teams combined to shot 4.5 percent from long range. Read that again. Four. Point. Five. Percent. And Pinson, Geist, Harris only combined to make six 3s. The rest of both rosters made one of 22 attempts. Woof, I’m glad that game is over.
  • The Tigers have largely been dominating the glass: However, the struggled to gather offensive rebounds. Part of it was the Tigers weren’t attempting long jumpers, but an expected margin of plus-1.4 and a raw difference of plus-3 is vastly underselling where the Tigers have been coming from when it comes to rebounding lately.

After kicking the crap out of Georgia a week ago in Athens, there was likely to be some more push back this time around. But the biggest issue is Mizzou just didn’t knock down open shots they’ve made over the last three weeks, which seemed to give us more hope. They struggled around the rim again, with Tilmon finishing just 1-of-7. Meanwhile, Pickett and Watson didn’t make a shot from the field, and the Tigers were fortunate to have Geist and some extra offense from Pinson.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Jordan Geist, Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith

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On the season: Jordan Geist 57 points, Jeremiah Tilmon 30 points, Mark Smith 25 points, Javon Pickett 19 points, Xavier Pinson 16 points, Kevin Puryear 14 points, Torrence Watson 13 points, Ronnie Suggs 3 points, Reed Nikko 4 points, Mitchell Smith 1 point, K.J. Santos 1 point.

GEIST!

PINSON!

Hey, MITCH made his first trifecta, everyone!

Noooooot a great night offensively.

I already talked about Geist. Pinson continues to excel with his opportunities. But I want to take a moment and ask people to watch how Pinson gets his points. How often does it come within the structure of MU’s offense? Last night, he missed swinging the ball to open shooters, and in a ball-screen, he failed to take his man into the screen set by K.J. Santos, earning the redshirt sophomore an illegal screen call. I get everyone’s excitement, and I think his ability to score is a huge unexpected bonus, but in the areas you want a point guard to be he’s still behind. Learning how to use screens and handoffs — and making reads out of those actions — are near the top of the list. He also struggles at times defensively, but he is playing with effort and energy on that end — a crucial first step to improving. Still, his recent offensive spurt is going to give him confidence and momentum heading into an important offseason.

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Pickett had a rough night, but it’s probably to be expected. The freshman’s been fighting a sore back and trending downward as the minutes and season wore on. His counterpart in Watson had been on a tear — until last night. Watson didn’t make a shot from the floor for the first time since the Tigers’ meltdown against LSU. The difference is he played 36 minutes last night. It’s an indicator of how Martin’s trust has grown to reach the same level as crucial cogs in Geist and Pickett.

Mizzou can’t afford to have as many missing pieces have off nights when they face the Auburn Tigers. Need I remind you the last time these two teams met, it wasn’t a good night. The 34-point loss was the worst of the Martin tenure. I certainly don’t expect Mizzou to lose by that margin again, but Auburn is a daunting match-up for this Tiger team. They’ve got the depth and bodies to roll out and make life difficult on Geist while forcing tempo and popping threes at a clip which makes keeping up a tall task.

There may only be one more game for the Mizzou basketball team this season, but we’ve learned a lot. And if they’re able to continue for one more night past tomorrow, we’ll take it. But at this point, we’ve learned enough about them to know what to say and what to takeaway from each game. There hasn’t been a lot of new insights over the last few weeks. We understand the best version of the Tigers, and that version is capable of beating Auburn. In fact, the odds are about 24 percent, according to KenPom.

Tonight I’ll either be writing another Study Hall or writing a season-ending piece. Either way, it’s been a really interesting year where we’ve learned about the fight you can expect from this team in even their darkest of seasons.


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Missouri gets another chance to (ahem) beat Auburn in the SEC Tournament

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Missouri basketball advances to play Auburn on Thursday

And it’s only fitting, because the LAST time Missouri player Auburn in the SEC Tournament, we had the (lone) highlight of the Kim Anderson era.

Happy anniversary!

Back to Wednesday — Missouri showed it isn’t going out without a fight, and it was led by a huge game from Jordan Geist (30 points, 9-for-15 shooting) which allowed the Tigers to overcome foul trouble (imagine that!) in the 71-61 win.

Game Stories: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Kansas City Star | Columbia Tribune | Columbia Missourian | PowerMizzou.com

Also of note: Ronnie Suggs wore No. 21 for the game. Was it because Missouri retired Derrick Chievous’ No. 3 and decided Suggs had to give it up after the regular season?

Not quite:

But maybe this is just the spark Missouri needs to go on an improbable run to the NCAA Tournament!

Next up, obviously, is fifth-seeded Auburn. Those Tigers handed these Tigers their worst loss of the season at the end of January, so maybe some revenge is in order.

Here are the details for Missouri’s Thursday matchup with Auburn:

Time: 2:30 p.m. CT

Date: Thursday, March 14

Location: Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, Tenn.

TV: SEC Network

Online: WatchESPN.com

Let’s go.

Seeds are set for TigerStyle wrestlers at NCAA Championships

After announcing qualifiers on Tuesday, the seeds for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships were announced Wednesday.

To the surprise of no one, Missouri is led by Daniel Lewis, who at No. 2 for 174 pounds is the Tigers’ highest-seeded wrestler.

Here are all the pertinent seeds and matchups for the nine Missouri wrestlers who begin their national title quest on March 21, from the MUTigers.com release:

  • 125 Pounds – RS Freshman No. 28 Dack Punke (11-10) vs. No. 5 Jack Mueller (Virginia – 17-0); Wrestled Mueller on Dec. 20 – L, Fall (2:55)
  • 133 Pounds – RS Senior No. 8 John Erneste (18-4) vs. Derek Spann (Buffalo – 21-4); Wrestled Spann in the MAC final on March 9 – W, 6-2
  • 141 Pounds – RS Junior No. 5 Jaydin Eierman (23-3) vs. Chris Debein (Chattanooga – 24-11); First meeting this season
  • 149 Pounds – Freshman No. 4 Brock Mauller (29-2) vs. Matthew Zovistoski (Appalachian St. – 26-13); First meeting this season
  • 157 Pounds – Freshman No. 13 Jarrett Jacques (27-6) vs. Luke Weiland (Army - 24-10); First meeting this season
  • 165 Pounds – RS Junior No. 15 Connor Flynn (20-7) vs. Gordon Wolf (Lehigh – 19-6); Wrestled Wolf at the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29 – W, Major Decision, 12-3
  • 174 Pounds – RS Senior No. 2 Daniel Lewis (24-1) vs. Travis Stefanik (Princeton – 19-13); First meeting this season
  • 184 Pounds – RS Junior No. 14 Dylan Wisman (16-7) vs. Cameron Caffey (Michigan St. – 29-7); First meeting this season
  • 285 Pounds – Freshman No. 20 Zach Elam (22-9) vs. Matt Voss (George Mason – 30-6); First meeting this season

Mizzou baseball yet again throttles Arkansas State

It was a clean, crisp two-game sweep for the Tigers against Arkansas State, as Steve Beiser’s squad beat the Red Wolves 14-4 in seven innings on Tuesday.

After the Red Wolves went up 4-0 in the top of the first, Missouri answered with four runs of its own in the bottom half. From there, the Tigers scored one run in the second and then seven in the third to all but end the game.

That seven-run third was capped by a grand slam by (who else?) Kameron Misner, who continues his torrid start to the season. He’s now hitting .393 with five home runs and 14 RBIs after going 2-for-3 with a walk (and that grand slam) on Tuesday.

Here’s the full box score:


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Hochman: Ladue High takes aim at rare state-championship double – STLtoday.com

Hochman: Ladue High takes aim at rare state-championship double  STLtoday.com

There were enough palpitations for a whole postseason. In the fourth quarter, the Ladue boys basketball team was down by nine points … but the Rams came ...


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Warren Dampf, 1921-2019  Columbia Daily Tribune

Warren Dampf, 98, of Columbia, formerly of Jefferson City died Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the University of Missouri Hospital. Visitation will be at Our Savior's ...


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Hochman: Ladue High has a shot at a rare state double  STLtoday.com

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Geist’s big night lifts Mizzou over Georgia

Senior Jordan Geist racked up 30 points, while Missouri navigated foul trouble to earn a date with Auburn on Thursday at the SEC tournament.

Missouri extended its stay at the SEC tournament for at least 18 hours.

Behind a career-high 30 points from Jordan Geist, the 12th-seeded Tigers rolled to a 71-61 victory against Georgia on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. MU advances to face fifth-seeded Auburn, who handed the Tigers a 34-point loss in late January.

The Tigers needed every bit of the senior’s grit on a night when foul trouble put MU in a bind and two members of its freshmen trio went dormant.

Unlike a week ago, when MU marched into Athens and dispensed a beatdown, the Tigers methodically pulled away to build a comfortable working margin. Knotted at 39-39, combo forward Mitchell Smith flashed to the free-throw line — and a soft spot in Georgia’s zone — to knock down a mid-range jumper on back-to-back possessions, putting MU ahead for good.

Geist, who went 9 of 15 from the floor and 10 of 13 at the free-throw line, then took firm grasp of the controls. The senior tallied eight of the Tigers’ next 12 points, helping MU extend the lead to 55-48 with 6:54 to go.

While Xavier Pinson chipped in 15 points, the rest of Cuonzo Martin’s rotation turned in a sluggish night, shooting a combined 34.2 percent (13 of 38) from the floor. No one else reached double figures. Torrence Watson, who had averaged 15.8 points over the past four games, missed all of five of his shots, avoiding a scoreless night by burying four free throws. Meanwhile, Javon Pickett struggled in his return from a back injury, going scoreless on 0 of 5 shooting.

Along the frontline, foul trouble hamstrung Jeremiah Tilmon and Reed Nikko, who only mustered 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting.

Fortunately, the Bulldogs were equally hamstrung on the offensive floor, shooting just 36.7 percent, including 4 of 19 from behind the 3-point arc. Despite a career-high 26 points from Jordan Harris, UGA’s backcourt slumped. Turtle Jackson, who suffered a shoulder injury in the game’s opening minutes, chipped in a lone bucket, while Tyree Crump went scoreless.

It took Tilmon sitting in a folding chair to create an opening for Georgia to exploit.

Once the Tigers’ sophomore went to the bench with his second foul, UGA used the remaining nine minutes of the half to rally and take a 34-32 lead into the break. No one benefited more than Nicolas Claxton, who scored nine of his 11 points with Tilmon watching from the sidelines. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were finally able to exert some muscle on the glass, yanking down four offensive rebounds and converting them into eight points.

In the second half, though, Martin rolled the dice and bet on Tilmon to be prudent in playing through foul trouble. With the steadying presence of rim protector in the middle of the floor, Claxton and Derek Ogbeide, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, found it tough to score over the top.

Here is the complete box score from the Tigers’ victory.


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Rapid Reaction: Mizzou wins ugly, physical matchup with Georgia to kick off SEC Tournament – Saturday Down South

Rapid Reaction: Mizzou wins ugly, physical matchup with Georgia to kick off SEC Tournament  Saturday Down South

The Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs met in Athens last Wednesday night, with the Tigers routing the Bulldogs 64-39. This Wednesday night, they met in ...


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Rapid Reaction: Mizzou wins ugly, physical matchup with Georgia to kick off SEC Tournament – Saturday Down South

Rapid Reaction: Mizzou wins ugly, physical matchup with Georgia to kick off SEC Tournament  Saturday Down South

The Missouri Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs met in Athens last Wednesday night, with the Tigers routing the Bulldogs 64-39. This Wednesday night, they met in ...


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Game Thread: Missouri faces Georgia to open SEC tournament

Seven days after winning in Athens, will the Tigers put another hurting on the Bulldogs?

How much has changed since Missouri put Georgia in a sleeperhold last week?

The day after the Tigers left Athens, Bulldogs combo forward Rayshaun Hammonds underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot, squelching any hopes that an anemic offense would get a booster shot. That prognosis was confirmed on Saturday, when South Carolina treated Tom Crean’s squad as a pinata.

While there’s no guarantee MU will inflict a similar flogging today, the SEC tournament opener for both teams doesn’t offer conditions ripe for the Bulldogs to change the ending to this redux.

No, Mizzou isn’t going to pass on an opportunity inch closer to .500 overall, but its reward isn’t one that leaves you feeling giddy: a rematch with Auburn. You know, the other set of Tigers that laid a 34-point beating — the worst of Cuonzo Martin’s short tenure — on MU in late January. Now maybe another blowout of UGA is enough to stir some momentum that carries over into Thursday, but as it stands, there’s decent likelihood that the offseason arrives early tomorrow evening.

Over the past couple of weeks, Sam Snelling and I have tried to drum the message into heads that the latter stages of this season are about pushing young players as far down the developmental curve as possible. To a degree, that’s panned out. Torrence Watson is shooting the cover off the ball. Xavier Pinson tried to be a catalyst in a loss to Ole Miss. And while Javon Pickett’s back has been bothersome, he’s still a reliable presence in the rotation.

This week, Martin told reporters he also expects Mark Smith, who is recovering from his own season-ending surgery, to be back in fighting shape by the time MU starts offseason conditioning.

Exiting this season with a quartet of underclassmen fusing into a core counts as progress — regardless of what transpires in Nashville. No one would be opposed to them learning how to cope with a short turnaround and cause some mischief at Bridgestone Arena, but it’s not going to radically alter our assessment of this season.

We can fixate on four leads squandered and the resulting opportunities missed, but it’s also worth mentioning that Mizzou’s largely met expectations without Jontay Porter in the fold. Once the sophomore was lost, for example, KenPom’s model adjusted and projected the Tigers to go 15-15 overall and post a 6-12 mark in conference play.

They just missed.

So the expectations (and excitement) are modest tonight: take care of business and keep whatever momentum exists rolling along.


The Details

Opponent: Georgia Bulldogs (11-20, 2-16 SEC)

Time: 5 p.m. CT

Where: Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, Tenn.

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Missouri, -3

What Does KenPom Say? Missouri 68, Georgia 65

Where To Watch: SEC Network

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

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review

Recap | Missouri cant’ hang on against Ole Miss

Study Hall | Ole Miss 73, Missouri 68

Dive Cuts | Mizzou basketball turns its eye to the future


Five Questions

  1. Which Missouri freshmen will have the highest point tally?
  2. After Nicolas Claxton, who will be Georgia’s next best scoring option?
  3. Over/Under: Georgia scoring 29 points in the first half?
  4. (not a question but...) Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?


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Arkansas Opens SEC Tourney vs. Florida – Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas Opens SEC Tourney vs. Florida  Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas, winners of three straight and seeded ninth, will face eighth-seed Florida in the teams' opening game of the 2019 SEC Tournament on Thursday (Mar.


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Blackshear, No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Miami 71-56 in ACCs – NBC Sports

Blackshear, No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Miami 71-56 in ACCs  NBC Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kerry Blackshear had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Miami 71-56 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast ...


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How Much Money Would it Take to Fire Every SEC Basketball Coach? – Fanbuzz

How Much Money Would it Take to Fire Every SEC Basketball Coach?  Fanbuzz

How much do SEC basketball coaches make in annual salary? What would it cost to fire them, if anything? Check out the full breakdown.


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Sporting News:’40 Minutes of Hell’ to Hog Heaven – Arkansas Razorbacks

Sporting News:'40 Minutes of Hell' to Hog Heaven  Arkansas Razorbacks

By Bill Bender. The defining sequence of Arkansas' 1994 national championship run came in the final game of its season, fittingly, with “1:00” left on the clock ...


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Spring Preview: No. 8 Oregon looking for WRs to emerge – 247Sports

Spring Preview: No. 8 Oregon looking for WRs to emerge  247Sports

The best news of Oregon's 2018 came on Dec. 26 when Justin Herbert announced he'd return to school for his senior season, spurning the NFL and what ...


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College Football News picks Georgia’s potential ‘letdown game’ – UGA Wire

College Football News picks Georgia's potential 'letdown game'  UGA Wire

This team could be UGA football's 2019 trap game.


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2019 Tiger Mailbag: 11th Edition – Rivals.com

2019 Tiger Mailbag: 11th Edition  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! Every week, PowerMizzou.com publisher Gabe DeArmond answers questions ...


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Auburn’s Path in the SEC Tournament – College and Magnolia

Auburn’s Path in the SEC Tournament  College and Magnolia

When you look back on this season at a later date, the defining play of the year for me will be Chuma Okeke's 3-pointer with 30 seconds left against Georgia that ...


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Rock M Nation Awards: How do we define coach of the year?

We’re split between Ole Miss’ Kermit Davis and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, a debate that gets to the heart of how we judge who’s worthy of the honor.

In a way, Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis was the beneficiary of low expectations during his first season.

Barring a total calamity in Nashville at the SEC tournament, the Rebels will pop up in the NCAA tournament bracket on Sunday afternoon, the program’s first foray into the 68-team field since 2015. That’s a far cry from its moribund state just a year ago following a tumble to the bottom of the SEC standings — punctuated losing 11 of 12 games to close the season — and the resignation of long-time coach Andy Kennedy.

And how was the hiring of Davis greeted? Tepid applause. And that’s a generous interpretation. In a way, it even ran counter to the logic laid out by athletic director Ross Bjork before he scoured the country searching for Kennedy’s replacement.

Instead of paying a premium for a proven commodity or betting on youthful vigor, Bjork settled on a 59-year-old coach who spent 11 years methodically building at Middle Tennessee. No one doubted Davis acumen. Instead, the question was whether he was at a point in his career to wrestle with the challenges that come with running the show in Oxford.

Bear in mind, Ole Miss only recently moved into a glittering new facility, leaving behind the 8,700-seat Tad Smith Coliseum, where the visiting locker room was infested with vermin. During Kennedy’s 11-year tenure, his financial resources regularly rated near the bottom of the conference, spending an average of $4.6 million, per data maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. Finally, good luck trying to pry recruits out of Memphis with Penny Hardaway on the job.

So apart from a new building, the fundamentals of the Ole Miss job remain mostly unchanged in a conference whose membership is now pumping resources into their programs.

What Davis did inherit, however, was an underrated roster. Back in January, I laid out why the Rebels might defy expectations, and that case largely rested on the presence of Breein Tyree, Devontae Shuler and Terence Davis, a ready-made backcourt for a coach who relies on athletic wings hounding opponents in a zone press. He was also equipped with senior forward Bruce Stevens, an undersized and underrated post player who didn’t need sets run for him to produce.

Unlike Tom Crean at Georgia, whose personnel didn’t quite fit is preferred scheme, and the mass exoduses that occurred at Texas A&M and Arkansas, Davis had the hardware required to optimize his software. The only question was how much debugging would be necessary.

Yet recency bias isn’t a rare phenomenon, and back in October, the Rebels were picked to again finish in the SEC cellar. Judge against those prognostications, Davis’ debut was an unabashed success.

While you could make a case for South Carolina’s Frank Martin, the Gamecock’s analytic profile largely tracks with expectations. His team managed to be beneficiary of going 5-0 in SEC games decided by less than two possessions — a fact Martin himself acknowledged after taking a loss to Missouri. As for LSU and Will Wade, you don’t need to invoke the quickly mushrooming pay-for-play controversy engulfing him in Baton Rouge. Equipped with a top-five recruiting class, the Tigers were a trendy preseason pick to contend for a conference title.

In a minute, Sam will lay out his case for Rick Barnes and his qualms with how we select coach of the year. And I don’t think you can dismiss his critique. Over the past couple of years, Tennessee’s coach has wrung every last drop of improvement out of his roster. If we’re judging coaching success on a longitudinal curve, the evidence for Barnes is more than robust.

My view is that we judge each season on its own merits, and while Tennessee did improve — see Sam’s pitch below — it’s not nearly to the same degree as what Davis pulled off. For example, Ole Miss’ offensive efficiency rose 40 spots (No. 28), while its defensive efficiency made a tremendous leap to 76th from 168th nationally, according to KenPom. Take a look below, and you can see a side-by-side comparison.

Perhaps observers grossly undervalued the talent bequeathed to Davis, but Ole Miss’ woes in Kennedy’s final years always appeared to be equal parts psychological and cultural. We can debate how much schematic retrofitting Davis needed to do, but there’s little doubt he generated buy-in from veterans, quickly integrated freshmen Blake Hinson and KJ Buffen, and primed a moribund program for early success.

To me, the debate boils down to whether you reward Barnes for putting the finishing touches on a wildly successful rebuild, or single out Davis for getting a head start on his reclamation project. None of this sets aside doubts about Davis’ long-term viability, but judged on this season alone, his case for coach of the year seems sound.

Matt Harris

Don’t discount what Rick Barnes has done

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve made this argument in private over the last few weeks multiple times, and I keep having to impress an essential part of all of this: by saying I’m not sure Kermit Davis deserves coach of the year in the SEC, I’m not saying he didn’t do a great job.

Davis had, without a doubt, one of the top coaching jobs in the league this year. But my argument is more about the process by which we decide these kinds of categories. Teams with higher expectations are punished by meeting expectations while middle-of-the-road teams are rewarded for having lower expectations.

Maybe the problem has to do with the expectations rather than the final product.

It seemed early on that Ole Miss was far better than their awful projections from the beginning of the season. The Rebels entered league play at 13-2 and were already sitting in an excellent position to vie for an NCAA bid. They had success against Auburn and split with Mississippi State, but otherwise, they beat a bunch of bad teams in Georgia, Missouri, Vandy, Texas A&M and Arkansas. This season amounted to a nice rebound season for the Rebels, and I think Davis is a good fit for that program to maximize the program’s talent and finances going forward.

Tennessee is built differently right now. The expectations were high because Barnes and his band of under-recruited veterans set the bar high, and they exceeded the expectations this season. Rick Barnes made a gamble years ago when he took the job in Knoxville, he gambled on his ability to assemble the kind of talent that could compete for SEC titles. He gambled on a 6-foot-5 forward thought to be headed to the Ivy League, and helped him become an SEC player of the year. He gambled on Jordan Bone, Jordan Bowen, Kyle Alexander, and Admiral Schofield. (Schofield was only player who previously committed to UT before Barnes arrival).

Barnes took all these guys and in a few short years earned a share of the league title. He deserved the Coach of the Year last year. And I think he deserves it this year again.

The Vols got better offensively, going from 1.15 PPP to 1.22 PPP. Their defense got worse by basically not defending the 3-point line as well, but in every other defensive statistical category, they improved. Fewer offensive rebounds, fewer free throws, better block percentage.

We tend to spend a lot of award season for coaches giving out the awards to guys whose teams had low expectations and exceeded them, and not considering the guys whose teams had higher expectations and had less room to improve but still do. Kermit Davis improving the Rebels from an expected 13th or 14th place finish all the way up to 7th is excellent. Tennessee was picked to finish second and, well, finished second. They missed first place by a weirdly officiated game in Baton Rouge and still improved year over year in the conference by two wins.

All of that is just impressive. And I hate that everyone is fairly dismissive about the job Barnes has done with this team in favor of Davis, who, as Matt mentioned, arrived to find three excellent guards on it.

The last thing I want to say is this, and I don’t mean this pit one coach against another, but I’m not sure how I would vote. Last year Barnes was a slam dunk. This year it’s a toss up, but I might give the edge to the guy in Knoxville.

— Sam Snelling


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Second Chance, Last Chance – Rivals.com

Second Chance, Last Chance  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! Twelve months ago, Kelly Bryant was the incumbent starting quarterback on a ...


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Former Missouri players hit big paydays, big opportunities in the NFL – Rock M Nation

Former Missouri players hit big paydays, big opportunities in the NFL  Rock M Nation

On Monday, Mitch Morse became (clears throat) THE HIGHEST PAID CENTER IN NFL HISTORY with a maximum salary of $44.5 million with nearly half of that ...


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Former Missouri players hit big paydays, big opportunities in the NFL

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Former Missouri linemen have had quite a memorable 24 hours in the NFL

On Monday, Mitch Morse became (clears throat) THE HIGHEST PAID CENTER IN NFL HISTORY with a maximum salary of $44.5 million with nearly half of that guaranteed. Morse will make nearly $20 million in 2019 alone.

But the good news (well, good for Mitch, bad for Chiefs fans) doesn’t stop there.

Sheldon Richardson is expected to sign a three-year $36 million contract with the Cleveland Browns with $21.5 million guaranteed. That news came out well before the Browns traded for Odell Beckham — which means Richardson is suddenly on one of the most talented teams in the AFC.

Finally, this isn’t that hot, nasty contract talk above, but Connor McGovern got some good news, too.

McGovern started seven games at center for the Broncos in 2018, and he’s set to be a free agent after this season — so he also could be in for a big payday, should things go well. Before that, though, he could be snapping to another former Missouri teammate: Drew Lock.

Missouri wrestling qualifiers NINE of ten wrestlers for NCAAs

Missouri already had eight automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, but the Tigers added 165-pounder Connor Flynn as a wildcard when the seedings were announced on Tuesday.

Here’s the full list of Missouri qualifiers:

The NCAA Wrestling Championships take place from March 21-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Missouri baseball rolls Arkansas State, 16-1

For the second-straight game, Missouri baseball put up 16 runs, this time routing Arkansas State 16-1 in the series opener.

Notable performances:

  • Gubelman: (W) 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
  • Misner: 1-for-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB
  • Vierling: 2-for-3, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
  • Cornelius: 2-for-4, R, 3 RBI, BB
  • Josh Holt Jr.: 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI, SB

Missouri 16, Arkansas State 1: Box score

Joshuah Bledsoe makes an unbelievable interception

Missouri’s right in the meat of its spring football season — a month exactly until the spring game! — and safety Joshuah Bledsoe just made the play of 2019 (so far).

Now I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news here, but if this happened against South Carolina, the interception would absolutely be overturned.


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Five Downs: Tuesday, March 12 – Rivals.com

Five Downs: Tuesday, March 12  Rivals.com

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP EVERY DAY WITH YOUR PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION! Missouri returned to the Devine Pavilion for the fifth practice of spring football.


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BetOnline releases 2019 win total odds for several key college teams, including UGA – UGA Wire

BetOnline releases 2019 win total odds for several key college teams, including UGA  UGA Wire

BetOnline has released 2019 win total odds for college football's key contenders, including UGA football.


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Missouri announces Jalani Williams, team’s highest-rated 2019 signee, will miss the rest of spring football – Saturday Down South

Missouri announces Jalani Williams, team’s highest-rated 2019 signee, will miss the rest of spring football  Saturday Down South

The Missouri football program has a ton of momentum heading into 2019. When Kelly Bryant announced he would finish out his college career in Columbia, that ...


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Small plane crash in rural Waterloo – The Republic-Times

Small plane crash in rural Waterloo  The Republic-Times

By Andrea F.D. Saathoff on March 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm. Pin It. A small plane crashed Tuesday at about 2:45 p.m. in rural Waterloo in the area of Gilmore Lake ...


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Gafford and Joe Named USBWA All-District – Arkansas Razorbacks

Gafford and Joe Named USBWA All-District  Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas sophomore Daniel Gafford and freshman Isaiah Joe were named All-District VII as voted on by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), it was ...


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Hog Pod Episode 1: Nolan Richardson – Arkansas Razorbacks

Hog Pod Episode 1: Nolan Richardson  Arkansas Razorbacks

Former Arkansas men's basketball coach Nolan Richardson talks about his time with the Razorbacks, how his daughter convinced him to take the Arkansas job ...


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Gafford and Joe Pick Up SEC Honors – Arkansas Razorbacks

Gafford and Joe Pick Up SEC Honors  Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas sophomore Daniel Gafford was voted consensus first team All-SEC (coaches and the Associated Press) as well as being and named to the SEC ...


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Spring Preview: Can No. 9 Texas handle the hype? – 247Sports

Spring Preview: Can No. 9 Texas handle the hype?  247Sports

Texas is officially back on the national stage. The question is, can the Longhorns handle the hype? Well ... that and replace the majority of their starters.


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Spring Preview: Can No. 9 Texas handle the hype? – 247Sports

Spring Preview: Can No. 9 Texas handle the hype?  247Sports

Texas is officially back on the national stage. The question is, can the Longhorns handle the hype? Well ... that and replace the majority of their starters.


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Rock M Radio: Mizzou basketball turns its eye to the future

Dive Cuts gives its initial impressions on the Tigers regular season and what lies ahead in the offseason.

The regular season is officially over, which means Sam and Matt are here to offer an early review and sketch out what the offseason might hold. They also touch on the SEC Tournament and what is ahead of the Tigers. Let’s dive in.

Episode Breakdown

  • 0:15-8:33: Intro and recap what happened in the last week in Mizzou basketball.
  • 8:34-11:16: A little preview of the the Tigers’ SEC tourney opener against Georgia and the path facing MU in Nashville.
  • 11:17-40:40: A look at the year that was for the Tigers.
  • 40:41-51:30: This is the early stages of what a program build looks like among some other thoughts and recruiting updates.
  • 51:31 -END: Final thoughts and we’ll see you next week when Dive Cuts returns to prepare you for the off-season!

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Eric Moss, ex-Ohio State Buckeye and Randy Moss’ brother, dies at 44 – NBC Sports

Eric Moss, ex-Ohio State Buckeye and Randy Moss’ brother, dies at 44  NBC Sports

The Ohio State football family, and an NFL Hall of Famer, is mourning the loss of one of their own.


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Eric Moss, ex-Ohio State Buckeye and Randy Moss’ brother, dies at 44 – NBCSports.com

Eric Moss, ex-Ohio State Buckeye and Randy Moss’ brother, dies at 44  NBCSports.com

The Ohio State football family, and an NFL Hall of Famer, is mourning the loss of one of their own.


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Rock M Nation’s SEC Award Winners

Grant Williams surpassed lofty expectations to continue his reign as the SEC best player, but who else takes home hardware?

Rock M Nation is handing out postseason hardware. On Monday, we unveiled our picks for All-SEC teams, and today we’ll single out players who garnered individual recognition.


Player of the Year

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Grant Williams, Tennessee

Let’s cut to the chase: Why pick Williams over PJ Washington? No doubt, the Kentucky sophomore displayed the consistency we pined for a year ago. Yet Williams, who was sterling in taking home the hardware, also improved. As a junior, Tennessee’s bulwark stretched his range to the 3-point line and displayed a knack for burying contested jumpers in the mid-range — all while bullying opposing bigs on the block. Sheer brawn and brutality were once his calling card. This season, he showed the polish and versatility to counter his status as the focal point for opposing scouting reports.

Meanwhile, Williams grades out slightly better on the defensive end of the floor, allowing 75.9 points per possessions, which ranks second among high-usage SEC players, according to Synergy Sports. (Washington allows 81.3 points.) To spot the gap that gives Williams the edge, we can turn to net rating — the gap between their offensive and defensive efficiency — and see Williams (41.1) clearly has the edge over Washington (21.6). When you look at the impact of their presence, Tennessee is 16 points worse per 100 possessions when Williams sits, according to HoopLens. UK sees a similar dip with Washington off the floor.

In reality, we’re parsing decimal points — and acknowledging that Williams lived up to his already lofty billing.


Freshman of the Year

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Herro, Kentucky

The freshman sharpshooter didn’t just have an uptick in production as the season wound down. It was a bonafide breakout. Over the four weeks, Herro averaged 17.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and shot 41.9 percent from behind the 3-point arc. That surge helped him lead the Wildcats in minutes (34.5) and finish second in scoring (16.1), assists (2.2) and steals (0.9) during SEC play. While Herro thrives when flying out of screens for jumpers, he can use those same curls to drive the ball, and he’s actually been really productive (1.314 PPP) when asked to lead the break.

Meanwhile, he arguably became coach John Calipari’s most reliable defender, ranking 11th among high-usage SEC players by allowing just 81.8 points per 100 possessions, according to Synergy Sports. He’s also shown plenty of pluck and moxie by getting on the backboards. Undoubtedly, Keldon Johnson had an equally productive freshmen campaign, one where his jumper was more consistent at times than some might have expected. In late January, he might have been a consensus pick. Instead, Herro put together a compelling closing argument.

Remaining SEC All-Freshman Team

  • A.J. Lawson, South Carolina: The Gamecocks’ surprising SEC run boiled down to guard play, and the freshman wing showed he could create offense in a multitude of ways: drilling spot-up jumpers, hitting catch-and-shoots coming left off screens and attacking the rim out high ball-screens. And he did it all efficiently, posting a 106.0 offensive rating in league action.
  • Isaiah Joe, Arkansas: A major question confronting Arkansas was how it would replace perimeter shooting to keep defenses from collapsing on Daniel Gafford. The Fort Smith native was the answer, shooting a 42.6-percent clip from deep and setting a program record 3-pointers by a freshman.
  • Keldon Johnson, Kentucky: His tool kit is more fully equipped than Herro’s on the offensive end of the floor, but Johnson’s efficiency on both ends slipped a bit during SEC play. That’s a soft critique, though. The wing can still score at all three levels and is a nightmare in the open floor. And it’s not as if Johnson is lackadaisical on the defensive end.
  • Naz Reid, LSU: A late surge by Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry needs to be noted, but whatever analytic advantage he might have might erode if he had Reid’s usage. While Reid struggled at times scoring out of post-ups, the rest of the big man’s arsenal, whether stepping out to the 3-point line, rolling to the rim or taking passes in the short corner was sterling. And while it took some time for his defense to improve, you can’t doubt his effort on the glass.

Defensive Player of the Year

NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Texas A&M John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

Tremont Waters, LSU

Last season, Waters’ stature and frame made him easy to mash in ball-screens, while he also learned the hard way at times when to gamble in search of takeaways. This season, the sophomore could trigger a potent a transition game — his 5.38 steal percentage was far and away the best in the SEC — without putting the Bayou Bengals in a bind.

Only Grant Williams averaged more defensive possessions than Waters’ nine per game. Despite the heavy workload, he only yielded 0.736 points each time down the floor, including 0.67 PPP when guarding pick-and-rolls. Meanwhile, he remained sound off the ball, allowing opposing guards to connect on just 28.9 percent of their catch-and-shoot attempts.


Sixth Man of the Year

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Vanderbilt Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Hassani Gravett, South Carolina

After a woeful non-conference performance, the major issue confounding the Gamecocks was easy to see: None of their guards could reliably fill up the scoring column. While A.J. Lawson emerged over SEC play and graduate transfer Tre Campbell eventually settled in, Gravett’s perimeter shooting stroke ensured Frank Martin’s team had a legitimate floor-spacer. During SEC play, Gravett’s ranked third in the conference for 3-point shooting (43.9%), and only Breein Tyree might have been better at knocking down catch-and-shoot jumpers. Gravett’s reliability was a godsend for a backcourt that featured a slashing freshman in Keyshawn Bryant, a streaky shooter in Campbell and saw three of its members — Lawson, Justin Minaya and T.J. Moss — lost to injuries.


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Missouri’s new QBs profiled at the start of spring football – Rock M Nation

Missouri’s new QBs profiled at the start of spring football  Rock M Nation

With barely a week passed in 2019 Spring Football, we're still in the, “get to know your team,” portion of the proceedings. While this part of spring training is ...


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Missouri’s new QBs profiled at the start of spring football

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Kelly Bryant, Shawn Robinson’s differences highlighted in profiles

With barely a week passed in 2019 Spring Football, we’re still in the, “get to know your team,” portion of the proceedings. While this part of spring training is usually pocked with goal-oriented puff pieces about how the players we already know plan on working-harder-doing-better-getting-faster, there are more than a few notable players we don’t know much about at this point. And as anything in football does, things are starting with the quarterback.

Recently — and obviously —minted starter Kelly Bryant sat down with CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, who asked the quarterback about why he chose Missouri, how he feels about Clemson and what his first impressions of Columbia were.

Whether it was a strategic decision or not, Mizzou offensive quality control analyst Austin Carta-Samuels picked up Bryant from the St. Louis airport on his visit. Carta-Samuels was a transfer quarterback himself, going from Wyoming to Vanderbilt.

”It was a long ride,” Bryant said. “He said it would be an hour and a half, two hours before we get to Columbia. I said, ‘What?’

”When I got back on the plane, it was like, ‘OK, they have my attention.’ There were these other schools, but Mizzou was still in the back of my head. I was trying to convince myself, ‘I don’t want to go to Missouri.’ I just couldn’t.”

We’ve gotten so many Kelly Bryant profiles in the past few weeks, that there are a lot of leftovers to parse through — Dabo Swinney quotes, references to Bryant’s Clemson record and mentions of other transfer quarterbacks abound.

There is, however, another transfer quarterback we haven’t learned about — TCU transfer Shawn Robinson. Robinson, a self-described quiet type, spoke with Mitchell Forde at PowerMizzou about the process of ending up in Columbia and how he sees himself fitting in after Kelly Bryant’s departure.

...when Robinson first decided to change schools, Missouri wasn’t on his radar... [Kelly] Bryant’s decision to transfer to Missouri instead of the likes of Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State caught Robinson’s attention, and when he started examining the Tiger offense last season, led by first-year offensive coordinator Derek Dooley, he was impressed.

“Just saw Kelly went there, and just was like ‘huh, I wonder what they’re doing?’” Robinson said. “Obviously they had a good season last year. I got to talk to coach Dooley to see what they were really about, and everything they were talking about really stood out to me. What they want to build and with their quarterbacks, it’s exactly what I was looking for.”

Forde’s profile contains quotes from Robinson’s father, who talks about the family’s attraction to Missouri, and high school coach, who describes Robinson as a, “pass-first guy [who] can pull it down and run it.” It’s a really good piece that provides texture to a guy who has taken a narrative backseat during a year where he won’t get a lot of shine.


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  • PowerMizzou has a few recruiting updates for premium subscribers ($$).
  • Our sister site, Buffalo Rumblings, reacted to the news that True Son Mitch Morse will be leaving the Show-Me State for a contract with the Bills.
  • Not that it means a lot to the appeal itself, but kudos to the Missouri Student Association for getting behind the #MakeItRight initiative.
  • It’s a busy week across Mizzou Athletics, so the school’s official page tweeted out a handy dandy schedule for you to be the most dedicated fan possible!


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David Gibbs, who played for Colorado in ‘Fifth Down Game’, adds veteran voice to Mizzou staff – STLtoday.com

David Gibbs, who played for Colorado in 'Fifth Down Game', adds veteran voice to Mizzou staff  STLtoday.com

New cornerbacks coach came from Texas Tech, where his defenses sacrificed yards for extra possessions.


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Gibbs, who played for Colorado in infamous game, adds veteran voice to Mizzou staff – STLtoday.com

Gibbs, who played for Colorado in infamous game, adds veteran voice to Mizzou staff  STLtoday.com

New cornerbacks coach came from Texas Tech, where his defenses sacrificed yards for extra possessions.


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