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Final Week Depth Chart: Okwuegbunam Back on Roster
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Missouri released its official depth chart following its blowout victory over Tennessee. The Tigers have a short week and face Arkansas in the Battle Line Rivalry Friday afternoon. Here is the full depth chart with a quick reaction to it following ...


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Final Week Depth Chart: Okwuegbunam Back on Roster

The recently-named Mackey Award finalist has been plagued with a shoulder injury since the Florida game.

Missouri released its official depth chart following its blowout victory over Tennessee. The Tigers have a short week and face Arkansas in the Battle Line Rivalry Friday afternoon.

Here is the full depth chart with a quick reaction to it following:

Quarterback

  • 3 Drew Lock*** 6-4 225 Sr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit)
  • 5 Taylor Powell 6-2 210 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)
  • 2 Micah Wilson 6-3 210 RSSo. Tulsa, Okla. (Lincoln Christian)

Running Back

  • 16 Damarea Crockett** 5-11 225 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Christian)

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  • 34 Larry Rountree III* 5-10 210 So. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
  • 6 Tyler Badie 5-9 190 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)
  • 20 Simi Bakare 5-11 205 Fr. Round Rock, Texas

Wide Receiver

  • 9 Jalen Knox 6-0 195 Fr. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
  • 10 Alex Ofodile 6-2 200 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Oregon/Rock Bridge HS)

Wide Receiver

  • 84 Emanuel Hall*** 6-3 195 Sr. Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial)
  • 13 Kam Scott 6-2 170 Fr. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Slot Receiver

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto 5-9 180 Fr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)
  • 30 Barrett Banister 6-0 190 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Left Tackle

  • 70 Yasir Durant* 6-7 330 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep/Arizona Western)
  • 50 Hyrin White 6-6 305 RSFr. DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Left Guard

  • 71 Kevin Pendleton*** 6-4 325 RSSr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)
  • 56 Samson Bailey* 6-5 295 RSSr. Lamar, Mo. (Lamar)

Center

  • 55 Trystan Colon-Castillo* 6-4 315 RSSo. Webb City, Mo. (Webb City)
  • 67 Jonah Dubinski** 6-2 295 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

Right Guard

  • 75 Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms** 6-5 330 Jr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 59 Case Cook 6-5 295 RSFr. Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)

Right Tackle

  • 77 Paul Adams* 6-6 315 RSSr. Nashville, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian)
  • 79 Larry Borom 6-6 340 RSFr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

Tight End

  • 11 Kendall Blanton*** 6-6 265 RSSr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South)
  • 82 Daniel Parker, Jr. 6-4 260 Fr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)
  • 81 Albert Okwuegbunam* 6-5 255 RSSo. Springfield, Ill. (Sacred Heart Griffin)

Defensive End

  • 97 Akial Byers* 6-4 280 So. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)
  • 93 Tre Williams* 6-5 260 RSSo. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)
  • 15 Trajan Jeffcoat 6-3 245 Fr. Columbia, S.C. (Irmo HS)

Defensive Tackle

  • 5 Terry Beckner, Jr.*** 6-4 295 Sr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 13 Rashad Brandon 6-3 300 Sr. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Anthony’s/ASA Academy)
  • 78 Kobie Whiteside* 6-1 310 So. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)

Nose Tackle

  • 99 Walter Palmore* 6-4 320 Sr. Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway/Eastern Arizona JC)

-OR-

  • 95 Jordan Elliott 6-4 315 RSSo. Missouri City, Texas (Westside/Texas)
  • 90 Markell Utsey 6-4 295 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview)

Defensive End

  • 39 Chris Turner* 6-4 255 So. Hammond, La. (Hammond)
  • 29 Nate Anderson* 6-4 255 Sr. Toronto, Ontario (Pratville, Ala./NM Military Institute)

Weakside Linebacker

  • 24 Terez Hall* 6-2 230 Sr. Lithonia, Ga. (King)
  • 32 Nick Bolton 6-0 235 Fr. Frisco, Texas (Lone Star)

Middle Linebacker

  • 47 Cale Garrett* 6-3 230 Jr. Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
  • 46 Jacob Trump 6-3 230 RSJr. Kahoka, Mo. (Clark County)

SAM Linebacker

  • 4 Brandon Lee** 6-2 225 RSSr. Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central)
  • 3 Ronnell Perkins** 6-0 205 RSJr. St. Louis, Mo. (University City)

Cornerback

  • 21 Christian Holmes 6-1 200 RSSo. Leland, Miss. (McNair)
  • 14 Adam Sparks* 6-0 180 So. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)
  • 8 Jarvis Ware 6-1 190 Fr. Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)

Cornerback

  • 2 DeMarkuus Acy** 6-2 195 Jr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)
  • 10 Terry Petry 6-1 175 RSFr. Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point)

Strong Safety

  • 7 Cam Hilton** 6-0 190 Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves)
  • 18 Joshuah Bledsoe* 6-0 205 So. Houston, Texas (Dekaney)

Free Safety

  • 9 Tyree Gillespie 6-0 210 So. Ocala,Fl. (Vanguard)
  • 20 Khalil Oliver 6-1 210 RSJr. Meridian, Ida. (Rocky Mountain)

Kicker

  • 19 Tucker McCann** 6-2 215 Jr. O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon)

Punter

  • 26 Corey Fatony 5-11 205 Sr. Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin)

Long Snapper

  • 51 Drew Wise 6-2 235 So. Lawrence, Kan. (Free State)

Punt Returner

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)

Kick Returner

  • 34 Larry Rountree III* 5-10 210 So. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)

Depth chart analysis

Unsurprisingly, wide receiver Richaud Floyd will not play Friday due to a concussion. The Missouri return-man and wide receiver got knocked out cold in a nasty helmet-to-helmet collision against Tennessee Saturday and will sit out for the season finale. We all hope he makes a speedy recovery.

Albert Okwuegbunam is on the roster this week. However, as a third-stringer. A shoulder injury has plagued the Mackey Award finalist since the Florida game, but it seems like he could get a few reps in Missouri’s bout with Arkansas. His health will certainly become important with #BowlSZN coming up.

Larry Rountree III will handle kick returns in lieu of Floyd’s concussion and Tyler Badie coming off a recent injury. Missouri’s speedster running back is experienced with returning kickoffs, and the Tigers will rely solely on him for those duties with the recent injuries to Floyd and Badie. He took on that role for a bit last year and performed admirably in doing so.


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Missouri found some identity in the Virgin Islands

For a weekend that began with a disastrous near-loss, the Tigers were able to come away with clearer expectations for the season.

As fans of college basketball, there’s almost no phrase we like hearing less than, “transition year.”

It is truly the worst kind of year. Who wants to be in the middle phase of success — just separated from the heart-rending delights of the NCAA Tournament, but knowing it will likely be another year before we can taste them again? It’s nice-sounding basketball jargon that sounds a lot like, “mediocrity,” and honestly, I’d be OK never hearing it again.

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It’s been hard to get a grip on this Missouri team early on in what should be a transition year. Of course, only having two games — a blood donor at home and a Top 30 team on the road — won’t produce much of a workable sample size. Luckily, the early season tournaments always provide a few more answers.

This year, Missouri traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam. And for a weekend that started with a near-disastrous game against Kennesaw State, Missouri came away pretty nicely, securing a second place finish to Kansas State, who returned a lot of production from last year’s Elite Eight squad.

With a full week before the team’s next game, let’s take a look at what the tournament can teach us about this year’s Tigers.

Jordan Geist is the team’s unquestioned leader

With the loss of Jontay Porter, this team needed a leader on and off the court to step up and will them to some wins. We know Kevin Puryear will fill that role every now and then, but it appears Jordan Geist will be the main man in the 2018-2019 season.

Geist has had an unconventional start to the year. His effective field goal and true shooting percentages have taken a dive while his usage rate has risen from 16 to 25 percent since last season. His offensive rating, a pretty solid 111.8 last year, has fallen to 101.5 despite averaging nearly 13 points a game. However, he has also cut his turnover rate to 16 percent — it was 21.4 last year — with a 19 percent assist rate to go with it. And his defensive rating is down to 100.9, the lowest of his career.

He’s done all of this with a back injury that has kept him out of practice, but not stopped him from producing two straight 20+ point games against high major opponents. Without him, Missouri likely doesn’t even make the Paradise Jam championship. If Geist can find the decent jumper he developed last year, it could be a fun senior season for the oft-maligned guard.

Has Jeremiah Tilmon developed?

Before the season, a lot of talk came out of the Missouri locker room — including some from the man himself — that Jeremiah Tilmon had been working on the mental parts of his game to avoid foul troubles that plagued his freshman year. Things seemed to be on track early, with Tilmon only getting seven fouls in his first three games, including only one to go along with 12 points and 9 rebounds against Kennesaw State.

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However, the Tigers had to go the rest of the tournament mostly without their star big, who only averaged 18.5 minutes against Oregon State and Kansas State. He fouled out in both games, only contributing 8 points and 6 rebounds in the process.

Last week, Matt looked at how Tilmon’s developing role will impact Missouri’s offense this year. But all those new wrinkles will be moot if Tilmon can’t stay on the floor. It’s probably too early to determine that he hasn’t moved past his foul problems, but the Paradise jam wasn’t encouraging in that regard either.

The rotation is coming together

Cuonzo Martin said before the season he wants to run with a rotation of nine players. While he deployed most of the roster at one point or another in the Virgin Islands, the championship game against Kansas State offered the clearest look at Martin’s preferred rotation.

Mizzou player minutes vs. Kansas State (Nov 19, 2018)

It’s not a perfect match, but those first eight names (Geist through Watson) have seen the most consistent run with Mitchell Smith also rounding out the top nine. Martin likely has a few more games before his rotation needs to be tightly set, but it looks like we have a clear idea of who will be on the court this season.

Side note: I think it’s a little curious Martin put Guess in for only 7 minutes against Kansas State. I’ve been of the opinion that I’d like to see Guess get a red shirt year in, and it’d be odd to see that burned just so Guess could get energy minutes in a few games. However, Martin clearly thinks he can be of some value on the court this year, so who am I to say otherwise?

The freshmen are playing like freshmen

This roster provides is the perfect opportunity for Javon Pickett, Torrence Watson and Xavier Pinson to get lots of playing time — they’re averaging 21, 19 and 17 minutes, respectively.

So far, they’ve been... mostly OK? Pinson probably had the best tournament of the three, bolstered by his 12-point performance against Kansas State in the championship game. He looks like he could’ve used a summer in the college weight room, but he’s also more than capable of handling himself against high major competition. Pickett continues to get starter’s minutes, but there’s still a lot of room for growth — he shot 5-16 from the field this weekend. And Torrence Watson is still struggling to find his offensive rhythm, going 2-13 from the field with no free throw attempts in the tournament’s three games.

So all of that to say the freshmen are, well, playing like freshmen. We’ve seen flashes of what they can do and the future is bright, but it might take a while before consistency becomes the norm with these three.

An overall successful weekend

There’s a lot more we could dig into regarding the Paradise Jam, but it’s hard to argue it was anything but an encouraging weekend for the program and its fans. Missouri proved it can overcome adversity, beat a legitimate Power Five opponent and, at the very least, not get blown away by an elite team. We didn’t know much about who Missouri was — or who they could be — before they flew to the Virgin Islands. Now? We have a much clearer picture.

There are obvious problems, and they’re not going to go away because Mizzou had a good weekend. But now Cuonzo Martin can operate with a better picture of what exactly he has on the roster and how it matches up with the full scope of NCAA teams.

Fans should also be able to properly set expectations at this point. So far, Missouri has played the number 14, 30, 75, 290 and 331 teams in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings — they’re at 84 themselves. We know they can beat teams in the 70s range on a neutral court. And, if they catch one of those better teams at home, maybe they can swing an upset.

Making a second straight NCAA Tournament was always going to be a tough ask for a transitional team without its potential NBA Lottery pick. But maybe the Paradise Jam showed us how Missouri can make this season intriguing while Cuonzo Martin continues to build a foundation for the future.


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A mixed bag for Missouri basketball and looking forward to Black Friday

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

Mizzou basketball split Monday night outings

Both the men and the women were in action Monday night — the men, going for a Paradise Jam championship; the women, trying to move past a dreadful home loss to Green Bay.

One succeeded. The other didn’t.

Let’s start with the positive — the women were able to shake off their disappointing performance last week to stifle SIUE’s offense while getting strong performances from stars Sophie Cunningham (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Amber Smith (10, 5). They’re also starting to get more consistent outings from freshmen like Grace Berg (10, 2) and Akira Levy (7, 2.)

Monday’s win also marked a big moment for Robin Pingeton’s time in Columbia.

Congrats Coach RP! Here’s to many more!

To the Virgin Islands — after a nice win against Oregon State on Sunday, Mizzou started well against their former Big XII rivals before letting up a 13-point run before the end of the first half. They never recovered, falling 82-67 behind a 24-point effort from Jordan Geist.

Sam will have more on the championship game later and I’ll have a tournament takeaway piece up later today. But as Alex Schiffer points out, Missouri still had an overall positive experience.

Going into the weekend, a 2-1 performance with an encouraging performance against KSU would have been seen as a good trip for Martin’s squad. The Tigers achieved that 2-1 mark and go into their next game, against Temple, feeling good about themselves. They should be able to give the Owls a game.

The Tigers now get 8 days to rest before Temple comes to town next week.

Looking toward Black Friday

We could spend much of Thanksgiving Day arguing whether or not the Mizzou-Arkansas rivalry has lived up to the billing the SEC has tried to give it over the past few years. Personally, I feel more animosity toward teams like South Carolina and Tennessee, but Arkansas is definitely my least favorite team in the SEC West? So that’s something.

However, the Battle Line rivalry means a lot more to the players — specifically, one of Mizzou’s star running backs.

“With the all the storylines with that one, he [junior Damarea Crockett] wants to play,” Odom said. “I think he’s going to be ready to go do that. I hate it for him to get banged up the other day because he was playing so well. We needed the other guys to step up and they did a nice job. D.C.’s done a great job leading. He’s played really well the last couple weeks. It’s been what I wanted to see out of him.”

Crockett, who hails from Little Rock, has missed the game against his home school the past two years — once for a marijuana-related suspension and the next time with an injury. Crockett has stepped up in a leadership role this year after seeing his snaps split with 2017 breakout Larry Rountree and true freshman Tyler Badie, and he’s been especially excellent in his last few games. It would be nice to see him get a chance to show out for friends and family who may be watching.

As for the rest of the team? They’re looking for other ways to stay motivated.

Following that game [Missouri’s 28-24 win in 2016], Lock had gone to eat at Chris McD’s and ran into some Razorback fans who had partaken in some beverages during the day.

“One of them was like, ‘have fun at your bowl game this year,’” Lock said. “Obviously we weren’t going to a bowl game, but we won and that was the only comeback they had that day. That still resonates in my head that we do have the bowl game bragging rights, but that’s nothing compared to winning the actual game.”

Sounds like it the game may matter more than some fans are willing to admit...

Other football notes:

  • Arkansas is already over-matched on defense... but they’ll be even more so after Chad Morris suspended two of his starting defensive backs for flirting with Mississippi State cheerleaders. When your team is bad, you have to find something else to take up your time, I guess.
  • Also in Gabe’s PowerMizzou notebook, he covers the latest on injuries to Richaud Floyd and Albert Okwuegbunam. You can also check the site to catch Barry Odom and the coordinators thoughts on Tennessee and Arkansas.
  • Alex Schiffer points out in his Five Things to Know piece that Kelly Bryant might have a close eye on the outcome of Friday’s game.
  • A few more individual honors for Drew Lock and Albert O:

Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

  • FINAL REMINDER
  • Kansas is too high on its own Miles High Supply to let Bevo XV make an on-field appearance, making it the second time in 73 years the majestic steer will miss Thanksgiving action. Do better.
  • Out of all the problems with college sports, yesterday the Big XII bravely stood up and addressed one of its most pressing issues — players saying minimally offensive things in jest to their rivals. UT’s Breckyn Hager was publicly reprimanded by the conference by saying Oklahoma, “still sucks,” after its poor defensive performance against Kansas. He was also forced to publicly apologize.

Let’s all take a moment today — right now, if you’ve got the time — to honor the steadfast commitment to sportsmanship and fair play the Big XII tirelessly shows. Bravo.


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Study Hall: Kansas State 82, Mizzou 67

The Tigers couldn’t slow the Wildcats hot shooting.

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A lot of nights tend to come down to whether or not you make your 3s. But on a night when Mizzou actually got their outside shots to go down at a very nice clip, they were swamped by a late first-half run, one keyed by Dean Wade hitting three of his four 3-pointers to give Kansas State a lead they never relinquished.

Kansas State is a legitimate top-25 team, but one who had been unable to hit from deep so far this season. Going into the game, the Wildcats were only shooting 20 percent from behind the arc. Wade had taken just four attempts and made none of them. Cartier Diarra was just 1 of 7 on the year, and he made two of his three attempts. He and Wade combined were shooting 9 percent on the season. Against the Tigers, they connected at a 67-percent clip.

Sometimes it’s just not your night.

Team Stats

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Point 1: Most of the time I like to focus on what Missouri does and less on what their opponent does because with my background in coaching we tended to always focus on the review of what we had done in the previous game. But I think looking at the sort of play the Wildcats put together is worthy here and for a variety of reasons.

We know Missouri is a work in progress. We knew coming it was likely going to be a 2-1 trip as a best-case scenario. Sure there was a faint hope K-State continued their awful shooting, and the Tigers would be able to hang in the game, but it wasn’t meant to be.

I’m skeptical of K-State as a real Big 12 contender, but they’re still a legitimate tournament team, and their one big flaw was not a flaw against Missouri. If Bruce Weber’s crew gets shots to fall, they are going to be as tough of an out for anyone in the country, and that includes our mutual rival.

To beat Kansas State, Missouri needed them to shoot poorly. And the Tigers didn’t get that. Mizzou didn’t help themselves with some of their defense. Sagging on ball screens when Wade was working a pick and pop and leaving him open at the top of the key isn’t ideal. And they got punished. If Cuonzo Martin and his staff were counting on Wade and his teammates to shoot the way they’d done all year it was a fairly significant risk. So you tip your cap and say well done.

  • Point 2: The turnovers creeped back in, especially during a crucial stretch where Kansas State got separation on 13-0 run before half.
  • Point 3: Finishing at plus-1 in expected rebounds is pretty solid against a rough-and-tumble team, particularly an experienced team.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Jordan Geist, Mark Smith, Xavier Pinson

We’re five games in, and there’s a long way to go, particularly with a team relying on as much youth as the Tigers are right now. But we are starting to see how the plan for a successful season takes shape. How the Tigers will need to compete on a nightly basis. The things they need are starting to come around, maybe if sporadicall Jordan Geist has gotten out of whatever funk he’s been in the past few games, and we’ve seen Puryear be more consistent in the past.

Mark Smith isn’t high usage and needs to find a way to finish around the rim, but his shooting from outside has been consistent.

Jeremiah Tilmon played about as bad as he could’ve possibly played the last few games. He spent an entire offseason working diligently to overcome his fouling issues, and he’s improved! So far this season his FC/40 is a mere 5.6 compared to 7.5.

My issue is how Tilmon lets the fouls affect his play. When he picks up a quick foul early, you can see the mental game begin. And this is the test for his coach. When Tilmon is focused and playing hard, he’s a load, when he’s thinking instead of reacting more fouls follow. And if fouls don’t follow, usually turnovers do. Tilmon’s turnover rate is up 6 percentage points this season, and it’s caused his offensive rating to drop.

Tilmon has been too slow to recognize double teams, and when he goes to make his move, he finds himself in trouble. The book is out that you double Tilmon the moment the ball hits the floor, and in those cases, he’s as ineffective an offensive weapon as Missouri has.

TAKEAWAY: A combined 23.2 Adjusted GameScore from Pinson and Nikko was mostly wasted by poor play from a lot of actors. But if you can find consistent minutes from both of those two the floor on the ceiling likely goes up significantly. That’s good.

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My second broken stat sheet this time thanks to Christian Guess, who had his redshirt ripped off for seven minutes of questionable defense, no stats, but good effort. It will be interesting to track where Guess goes from here. He’s apparently behind the other freshman wings, and there won’t be more minutes out there as the season wears on. If anything there will be less. The decision to play him was certainly interesting.

I like the idea of Pinson being a more consistent shot maker.

TAKEAWAY: I think I’ve figured out why Javon Pickett is playing ahead of Torrence Watson right now. Pickett provides more to the box score.

ooking at the combined stats of the two, Pickett seems to fill the box score a little more. He rebounds better, he’s not as big of a liability on defense either.

Torrence is figuring things out for sure, but he’s still got a ways to go. He’s taken some charges, and he’s giving effort on defense. While he’s certainly prone to overplaying and getting beaten on back doors, and he’s still figuring out the level of effort required to play defense. The faster it comes together, the better off he’ll be, and the better off the Tigers will be. They need another consistent perimeter threat on offense.

The Tigers get a break until next week, when Temple comes to Mizzou Arena.

At this point in the season, we’re on track. They have rarely played well together, and we’ve yet to see the best version of what this team can be. That’s either excellent news or just a harbinger of a long season. But I’m choosing to think this team can continue to grow and get better and find a way to beat good teams instead of letting the game get away from them after 15 minutes and being forced to play catch up.


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Game Thread: Missouri vs. No. 12 Kansas State

The Tigers have overcome poor shooting and foul woes to reach the Paradise Jam final — and potentially pick up a marquee victory.

The season is only two weeks old, but after tonight, MU will be closing in on the halfway mark of its non-conference schedule.

Cramming in three games over four days will rapidly grow our sample size to gauge what kind of roster coach Cuonzo Martin has on his hands. The trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands has confirmed that, at least in the near term, this season’s identity will be rooted in the collective: team defense, gang rebounding and balanced scoring up and down the lineup.

While that might lead to some volatility on the offensive end, Martin’s teams have always been able to grit and grind to stay in contention. And as we saw against Kennesaw State and Oregon State, the balances ultimately tip based on whether the Tigers are able to to muster enough offensive juice to gain separation.

Tonight, relying on Jordan Geist stepping to the foul line and coolly sinking freebies might not be enough to pick off a top-15 foe in Kansas State. Yes, it’s still early, but MU’s displayed enough tenacity to make you think they’ll find a way to hang around.


The Details

Opponent: No. 12 Kansas State Wildcats (4-0)

Time: 6:30 p.m. CT

Where: USVI Sports & Fitness Center; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Kansas State -7.5, O/U 129

What Does KenPom Say? Kansas State 69, Missouri 62 (Win expectancy: 25 percent)

Where To Watch: FloHoops ($)

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

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review


Five Questions

  1. How many combined minutes will Jeremiah Tilmon and Mark Smith rack up?
  2. Which will be higher: Mizzou’s turnover count or its offensive rebound tally?
  3. Who will the leading scorer among this trio: Xavier Pinson, Torrence Watson or Javon Pickett?
  4. (not a question but...) Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?


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Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: Kickoff time, TV, five things to know – Kansas City Star


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Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: Kickoff time, TV, five things to know
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After a blowout win at Tennessee, Missouri returns home for the annual Battle Line Rivalry game against Arkansas with a great shot at getting to eight wins for the first time since 2014. Drew Lock, Paul Adams, Terry Beckner and others will play their ...


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Missouri-Tennessee snap counts: A punishing 2-TE set and all-or-nothing corners

The Tigers used Kendall Blanton and Daniel Parker to great effect on offense.

If you followed along with my work in this space last year, you know that I endeavored to provide snap counts for every Missouri player for every offensive and defensive snap that counted during the season.

If you were not...well, I just explained what this is in the last graf. You should have paid attention.

Anyway, I pored over the film of the Tigers’ 50-17 win over Tennessee to see who Missouri used on offense and defense, how often and in what ways. Then I tried to gather it in a way that wouldn’t bore you too terribly.

Did I fail? Did I succeed? I suppose that’s up for history to decide.

On we go with Year 3 of ... Snap Counts...


Observations

  • How did Missouri get by without Albert Okwuegbunam but with Kendall Blanton back in the lineup? Very well, actually.
  • Blanton saw 36 of his 55 total snaps attached to the line and Daniel Parker saw 31 of his 38 at H-back. Missouri ran out of a 2-wideout/1-tight end/2-running back set 32 times and tallied up 209 yards, or 6.53 per.
  • The thing that differentiated the 2-1-2 this week — besides it being the dominant set — was that it was actually a lot more diverse than it’s been in the pass: 23 rushes for 109 yards and 7-of-9 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown.
  • The 4-0-1, while still not diverse (14 passes, four runs) was at least pretty devastating: 162 yards in those 18 plays, or 9.00 per.
  • On the defensive side, it was kind of a go for broke proposition when Tennessee threw at Missouri’s corners. DeMarkus Acy gave up three catches for 108 yards on 10 targets, but also logged two picks. Add in Christian Holmes’ 2-of-3 for 54 yards and, overall, the corners gave up 162 yards on 5-of-13 passing, with two picks.
  • The rest of the defense gave up 11 yards on 2-of-8 passing. Not a bad day at all.
  • The weird thing is the base defense was actually pretty bleh. The Tigers ran the 4-3 on 21 plays and gave up 143 yards, or 6.81 per.
  • The good news, as you probably already know, is that 21 plays was less than half of the 49 Missouri faced. And the 3-4 gave up only 3.81 yards a play and netted a sack and a pick in its 16 outings.
  • The 5-4 goal-line set also became a 5-3 after Tavon Ross’ targeting ejection. Two safeties and a corner in the set instead of Ross, a safety and a corner.
  • Larry Rountree (41) got more than half the team’s carries at back, with Tyler Badie (16) and Simi Baker (10) also getting looks as Damarea Keener-Crockett fought through his injury to 12 snaps.
  • Missouri continues to get great bang for its buck out of Dominic Gicinto, who snared a touchdown on one of his 10 snaps. Johnathon Johnson (50) and Emanuel Hall (48) led the receiving corps, with Richaud Floyd (37) and Kam Scott (32) also featuring.
  • With Floyd’s scary injury, Jalen Knox’s possible(?) concussion and Nate Brown...doing whatever he’s doing with his lingering injury issues, it probably means a heap of snaps for Scott in the regular season finale. And maybe Alex Ofodile gets another look or two.
  • Kevin Pendleton stayed in the whole game, even in garbage time. Maybe Missouri only brought nine offensive linemen on the trip?
  • Found it kind of curious that, even with Markell Utsey on the sideline (I saw him joshing with Crockett once), Akial Byers was Missouri’s junk-time tackle with Kobie Whiteside. Could be trying to preserve a redshirt?
  • Byers and Chris Turner appear to be the pretty clear starters at end at this point, though Tre Williams and Trajan Jeffcoat are still the ends of choice in the Dime. Nate Anderson, at least, got a nice strip on Joshuah Bledsoe’s fumble return before exiting stage left thanks to a retributive targeting.
  • Ronnell Perkins played all but seven snaps in Brandon Lee’s stead, and Nick Bolton (with Cale Garrett) and Jamal Brooks (with Terez Hall) each got series playing alongside a starter. Which is nice.
  • Jarvis Ware replaced Holmes about halfway through and never left the field, and Terry Petry got some snaps at the end. At safety, it looks like it’s still a by-committee approach, with Tyree Gillespie and Cam Hilton as the nominal starters but Khalil Oliver and Bledsoe getting plenty of reps in the defensive backfield as well as playing nickelback in the Dime looks.
  • Speaking of those Dime looks, they kind of reflected the defense as a whole: mostly boom but with a couple busts. On seven plays combined, the look gave up 2-of-6 passing for 51 yards and an interception, as well as recording Gillespie’s sack.
  • I think Ryan Walters will take that.

Tennessee When Targeting...

DeMarkus Acy: 3-of-10, 108 yards, 2 INT
Christian Holmes: 2-of-3, 54 yards
Cornerbacks: 5-of-13, 162 yards, 2 INT

Cam Hilton: 0-of-2
Joshuah Bledsoe: 1-of-2, 6 yards
Tyree Gillespie: 0-of-1
Safeties: 1-of-5, 6 yards

Ronnell Perkins: 1-of-3, 5 yards


Offense

Quarterback
Drew Lock — 70
Taylor Powell — 9

Running Back
Larry Rountree — 41
Tyler Badie — 16
Damarea Keener-Crockett — 12
Simi Bakare — 10

H-Back
Daniel Parker — 31
Kendall Blanton — 8
Logan Christopherson — 8

Wide Receiver
Johnathon Johnson — 50
Emanuel Hall — 48
Richaud Floyd — 37
Kam Scott — 32
Alex Ofodile — 13
Kendall Blanton — 11
Dominic Gicinto — 10
Khmari Thompson — 9
Barrett Banister — 5
Daniel Parker — 4

Tight End
Kendall Blanton — 36
Samson Bailey — 10
Daniel Parker — 3
Logan Christopherson — 1

Line
Kevin Pendleton — 79
Paul Adams — 70
Trystan Colon-Castillo — 70
Yasir Durant — 70
Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms — 70
Larry Borom — 9
Case Cook — 9
Jonah Dubinski — 9
Hyrin White — 9

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Defense

End
Chris Turner — 27
Akial Byers — 23
Tre Williams — 12
Nate Anderson — 9
Trajan Jeffcoat — 7
Jatorian Hansford — 4

Tackle
Terry Beckner — 32
Walter Palmore — 24
Jordan Elliott — 19
Rashad Brandon — 14
Kobie Whiteside — 6
Akial Byers — 4

Rush End
Tre Williams — 5
Nate Anderson — 4
Akial Byers — 4
Chris Turner — 3

Linebacker
Ronnell Perkins — 42
Cale Garrett — 38
Terez Hall — 36
Nick Bolton — 13
Jamal Brooks — 6
Jacob Trump — 2

Nickelback
Joshuah Bledsoe — 7
Khalil Oliver — 7

Cornerback
DeMarkus Acy — 45
Christian Holmes — 23
Jarvis Ware — 21
Terry Petry — 4

Safety
Tyree Gillespie — 31
Cam Hilton — 27
Joshuah Bledsoe — 22
Khalil Oliver — 18


Offensive Set Success

2-WR/1-TE/2-RB
Run: 23 for 109 (4.74 avg.), TD
Pass: 7-of-9, 100 yards (11.1 avg.), TD
Total: 32 plays, 209 yards (6.53 avg.), TD

4-WR/1-RB
Run: 4 for 33 (8.25 avg.)
Pass: 10-of-14, 129 yards (9.21 avg.), TD, fumble lost
Total: 18 plays, 162 yards (9.00 avg.), TD, TO

3-WR/1-TE/1-RB
Run: 10 for 56 (5.60 avg.), TD
Pass: 1-of-2, 8 yards (4.00 avg.)
Sack: 1 for -9
Total: 13 plays, 55 yards (4.23 avg.), TD

3-WR/2-RB
Run: 8 for 32 (4.00 avg.)
Pass: 3-of-5, 20 yards (4.00 avg.)
Total: 13 plays, 52 yards (4.00 avg.)

2-WR/2-TE/1-RB
Run: 2 for 2 (1.00 avg.)

1-WR/1-TE/3-RB
Run: 1 for 4, TD

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Defensive Set Success

4-3
Run: 13 for 75 (5.77 avg.), fumble lost
Pass: 3-of-8, 68 yards (8.50 avg.)
Total: 21 plays, 143 yards (6.81 avg.), TO

3-4
Run: 8 for 17 (2.13 avg.)
Pass: 2-of-7, 54 yards (7.71 avg.), INT
Sack: 1 for -10
Total: 16 plays, 61 yards (3.81 avg.), INT

5-3
Run: 4 for 8 (2.00 avg.), 2 TD
Sack: 1 for -2
Total: 5 plays, 6 yards (1.20 avg.), 2 TD

Dime (3-2-6)
Pass: 2-of-3, 51 yards (17.0 avg.)
Sack: 1 for -8
Total: 4 plays, 43 yards (10.8 avg.)

Dime (4-1-6)
Pass: 0-of-3, INT


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After all of that, Mizzou Football is right where many expected.

After a week off, Pete and David are back for another episode of Zoukeepers!

Another year and another 50-17 victory for Mizzou Football against Tennessee, which is nice. Mizzou is once again finishing the season strong and the Zoukeepers are here to breakdown everything that is Mizzou Football, Barry Odom, Drew Lock and much more. After a week off, episode 12 is here. Let’s get to it.

Episode Breakdown:

:15 – 10:03: Any negative takeaways from the game against Tennessee? And let’s talk Targeting and some of the injuries that happened during the game.

10:04 – 21:00: Mizzou can still finish 8-4… That’s not bad! What are their chances to finish the season with a W against Arkansas? And what are some thoughts on the future of this Mizzou Football team now versus 4-5 weeks ago?

21:01 – 28:30: Drew Lock has really been making a case as to why he should be the first QB taken in this draft over the last few weeks. How big of a game can Drew Lock have to finish this season?

28:31 – 32:20: What changes if Mizzou had a healthy Emanuel Hall all season?

32:21 – END: Final thoughts on the Arkansas game and other Mizzou Football thoughts as we head into the final game of the season.

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Preview: The Paradise Jam finals shapes up as a brawl between old Big 12 rivals

Billed as a top-15 squad, Kansas State and Bruce Weber are — again — scrounging for offensive consistency. Can Mizzou and Cuonzo Martin pull off an upset?

Aside from the joy on Bruce Weber’s face, you could also spy relief after Kansas State sent Kentucky packing in the Sweet 16 this past March.

Reaching the Elite Eight for the first since 2010 appeared to end the lingering reluctance around Manhattan to embrace Weber, who had arrived in 2012 but only notched a lone NCAA tournament victory and posted a .500 record in Big 12 Conference play. Sure, knocking off Creighton, UMBC and a lackluster UK squad before bowing out to Loyola-Chicago is a soft path to tread. However, none of that was in Weber’s control, and he had to orient that trail without a vital piece in stretch forward Dean Wade.

As is the custom in the weeks after the Final Four, though, recency bias reigns supreme. No one benefited more than K-State, a No. 9 seed whose run papered an average KenPom rating (No. 42) and average offensive output. National writers simply concluded that an Elite Eight team bringing back its entire rotation was a lock-tight top-15 pick for the preseason polls and a projected runner-up in the Big 12 race.

How many paused to look at Weber’s track-record?

ver the past decade, only four of Weber’s teams at Illinois and K-State finished better than 75th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency. Of that quartet, a lone squad — his first team in Manhattan — finished better than 10-8 in league play. The Gene Keady disciple is phenomenal at building elite defenses, posting an average finish of 27th nationally over his 15 seasons as a high-major coach. Yet he’s only won 57.9 percent of his conference games when he’s been armed with a top-25 team in adjusted defensive efficiency.

The question isn’t whether his veteran core of Wade, Barry Brown Jr., Cartier Diarra, Kamau Stokes, and Xavier Sneed will clamp down. Instead, Weber’s still trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube to unlock a potent offense to match.

How is that effort unfolding? Judge the early returns for yourself.

This is where we talk about drawing conclusions from small sample sizes, and there’s always the chance Kansas State uses Missouri as a punching bag. Yet we also know the context around those early data points, too. The early slate has been conducive for KSU to bolt out of the starting blocks, but the assumed gains — particularly in perimeter shooting — have been slow in showing up.

After a sluggish win over Denver, Wade said the slow start wasn’t worrisome, but even if you look at last season as a barometer, the Wildcats only shot 34.1 percent from deep. No would accuse Mizzou of putting together a clinic tape of offensive efficiency. Yet Martin, another Keady protege and one coached by Weber, builds his teams on a similar foundation of steady man-to-man defense and sending three bodies to the glass.

Neither coach has shown an inclination to push the tempo, and, as you’ll see, they each have the personnel to make this a 40-minute wrestling match. The finals of the Paradise Jam may not be aesthetically pleasing to the eye — assuming you forked over $30 to FloHoops or hunted down a pirated stream — but it could be a game where Mizzou wears down the Wildcats enough to steal an upset late.

How much goodwill would be extended to Weber in that case?


The Scout

NCAA Basketball: Kennesaw State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Note: These starting lineups are projected.

When Missouri has the ball...

Mizzou Offense | After sputtering starts, seniors Kevin Puryear and Jordan Geist have airlifted MU out of peril on this trip. Yes, Puryear is still struggling on post-ups, but he’s found space in the middle of zone defenses, tracked down misses and occasionally knocked in a spot-up 3-pointer. For his part, Geist has gutted out minutes with an aching back and then inflicted pain by attacking the rim — a prudent move given his 17.6-percent clip from behind the arc — and pushed MU to victory from the foul line.

It’s doubtful that strategy pans out against a top-10 defensive team. Jeremiah Tilmon and Mark Smith need to stay on the floor, supplying MU a mobile big and some semblance of spot-up shooting. Using Tilmon as a distribution hub on the block seems risky, given the ability of KSU’s guards to rove passing lanes, and Wade’s ability to body up defensively. Playing from the elbows or in pick-and-rolls — testing the wings’ ability to switch soundly — and getting Tilmon rolling toward the rim might be a start. When the ball enters the post early, MU tends to stall its movement. It’s dead in the water if that habit continues against Weber’s crew.

Sure, MU’s bigs have been turnover prone. And putting them in space carries risk, but it’s also shown early signs of creating space and movement, all while limiting chances to run hard doubles at Tilmon.

Kansas State Defense | Weber’s system isn’t laden with innovation. It’s just sound man-to-man principles drilled to precision. There are no easy ball reversals. Rotations are crisp and limit dribble penetration to the middle of the floor. Guards understand help-side positioning and close out under control. And when hard doubles are sent, they always come from the right direction at the precise moment.

Now, deploy guards in Diarra, Stokes, and Sneed with good instincts and quick hands to hunt passing lanes. The result is a defense that allows just 0.688 points per possession in the halfcourt and ranks 15th nationally in turnover percentage. Gambles by Weber’s guard don’t always pan out — it’s explains how their PPP on spot-up jumpers might be a tick high — but they all do a stellar job forcing poor mid-range looks when guards attack closeouts or turn the corner on pick-and-rolls. In the post, Wade is a sound positional defender and hard to dislodge on box outs, helping him post a 23.4 DR% through four games.

Oh, and K-State does all of this without racking up a high foul count to bail you out.

When Kansas State has the ball...

Kansas State Offense | Avoiding turnovers turns off the spigot for easy offense. When K-State has to run offense, the Wildcats efficiency plummets (0.763 PPP), and they shoot just 39.6 percent from the floor. Aside from Brown, their backcourt has been anemic against a set defense. Take Stokes, who remains a serious threat as a passer out of high ball screens, but is turning the ball over 28 percent of the time and only knocked in three 3-pointers so far. Sneed is in a similar funk, connecting on a paltry 25 percent of his jumpers, which makes it hard for him to set out defenders to drive toward the rim — a destination where he’s only attempted two shots this season.

Offsetting woeful perimeter shooting is a schedule friendly to Wade and Mawien, but even under the best of circumstances, neither is are getting many direct paint touches. At the moment, Wade is only going to work twice per game on the right block — his preferred locale — and largely been used as a cutter, dump off man and rebounder. We also haven’t seen Wade — a 44-percent 3-point threat last season — spaced to the wing as a catch-and-shoot option. Regardless, Missouri’s displayed an early knack at limiting paint scoring — even if its block percentage is modest — and trying to compete on the glass.

There’s a scenario where KSU’s transition game is choked off, and its wings continue to misfire, putting pressure on Wade, Mawien and Austin Trice — a JUCO rebounding specialist — to bully a way through down low. Given how tightly officiated the games have been so far, there’s always the risk Wade and Co. stumbles into foul trouble.

Missouri Defense | Can Tilmon stay on the floor? How do Watson and Pickett, who have both struggled at times defensively, fair against veteran wings? How aggressively does MU apply ball pressure? Against Oregon State, Mark Smith and Jordan Geist put the Beavers’ Thompson brothers in a vice, allowing 24 points but holding the duo to a 37.5 effective-field-goal percentage. The story was the same against Kennesaw State, where leading scorers Tyler Hooker and Kosta Jankovich were equally inefficient (42.3 eFG%) in pacing the Owls.

Missouri won’t lock up every offensive threat, but they can make it labor-intensive hit your production quota for the day. Maybe Wade and Brown assemble quality stat lines, but if the rest of Weber’s rotation stalls, MU could give itself a puncher’s chance late. Keep in mind, too, that Weber doesn’t deploy a deep bench. Foul trouble and scoring droughts don’t come with easy solutions.


KenPom says...

Kansas State 69, Missouri 62 | Honestly, the first team to 60 points wins this game. The Tigers have shown moxie, but KSU’s backcourt — unlike Oregon State — is steady in its application of pressure. The Tigers might slow the Wildcats in the halfcourt, but Brown, Diarra and Sneed might be able to generate enough transition opportunties to open up a safe margin. And if MU can’t get perimeter shots to drop or generate second possessions, it’s hard to see how they close a potential gap.


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Most knew this would be a tough matchup for the Vols. The Missouri Tigers have a very potent offense led by Drew Lock, who will most likely be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. What made them all the more troublesome was their balance and that ...

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Mizzou Hoops caps a good weekend for Tiger fans

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

It was a good weekend

Happy Monday morning, Tiger fans!

Having a hard time shaking off the sleep this morning? Just trying to make it to Wednesday/Thursday/whatever day you’re off work? Maybe take a few minutes to go over the weekend that was in Mizzou sports.

Friday: Basketball barely scrapes by Kennesaw State, one of the lowest ranked teams in Division I by Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, in the first round of the Paradise Jam.

Saturday: Football travels to Knoxville to take on the charging Volunteers, promptly 50-balls them.

Sunday: Basketball takes the court again, this time notching a flawed, but solid, win over a decent Power 5 team.

Obviously we’re here to focus most on the Sunday aspect of this weekend, but it’s good to be reminded how fun this weekend was overall.

Anyway! Back to yesterday. Obviously the big story is the Tigers 69-63 win over Oregon State, in a game which many people likely pegged for the Beavers after Friday’s debacle against Kennesaw State. However, Cuonzo Martin’s team slowed down the pace — and got to the line — enough to book a ticket to face Kansas State. They were paced by a senior point guard who’s been too injured to even practice.

“It’s been impressive to see how [Jordan] Geist has played due to not being able to practice because of his back,” Martin said. “He’s battle-tested and looks forward to those moments. ... He might say his back hurts all the time so he doesn’t have to practice.”

But it wasn’t just Jordan Geist. Kevin Puryear chipped in his second straight 17-point effort, providing some big plays to maintain the Tigers’ hold on the game.

Smith went to the bench with Missouri up seven and Puryear quickly extended the lead to nine with a floater along the baseline. From there, MU’s large lead began to evaporate. The Beavers responded with a 10-2 run in a three minute span, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 26-24... Puryear stopped the bleeding with a layup. The 6-foot-8 senior forward scored Missouri’s final six points of the half to lead all scorers with eight points in the first half.

Aside from Puryear and Geist’s put-the-team-on-my-back efforts, the Tigers continued their streak of solid ball security, a strength that has only been absent in the Tigers loss to Iowa State

A BCI nearing the 2.0 mark is good. Single digit turnovers is better. One thing I’m curious about is where this team ends up in the turnover area. Iowa State was obviously a low point but otherwise they’ve been fairly solid and the guards were even better, with only Pinson and Mark Smith (a charge) netting turnovers for the guards.

We’ve spent a lot of time digesting how the newcomers — Torrence Watson, Mark Smith, K.J. Santos — could help raise the floor for this season. But it’s still going to take consistently strong performances from Puryear and Geist to make this season one that’s fun to watch. They proved they’re up to the challenge this weekend. Hopefully they’ve got enough to propel the Tigers to an upset win against their old Big XII foe.

Report cards are in!

Per usual, report cards are in from Saturday’s game. They’re almost as fun to read as the game was to watch!


Yesterday at Rock M


More Links:

  • Mizzou Volleyball hosted No. 11 Kentucky for Senior Day, but couldn’t come away with a match win.
  • I have to be honest, I’m having a hard time working up any sort of emotion over Les Miles’ hiring in Lawrence. But for those who feel inclined to do so, here’s a piece detailing what exactly Miles is getting himself into and why things could go north or south.
  • Here’s some incredibly good news that’s probably more important than anything else in this article. Get well soon, Richaud.
  • Mizzou is getting votes in every major poll, but the AP would have the Tigers the highest.
  • Finally, the latest bowl projections are in, and the choices seem to be narrowing for Mizzou.

247 Sports, ESPN: Music City Bowl vs. North Carolina State

CBS Sports: Music City Bowl vs. Boston College

ESPN: Gator Bowl vs. Michigan State

SB Nation: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State

Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports: Liberty Bowl vs. Oklahoma State


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Study Hall: Mizzou 69, Oregon State 63

If you look at the stats it’s not really clear how Missouri won, but the will was there.

It’s nice to be surprised with pleasant play, especially considering Mizzou’s recent play the last few games. The Tigers came into the game tonight with a challenge in front of them. They were terrible against a bad team two days ago and were facing a legit Power Conference opponent and a team hoping to build upon a healthy roster.

The energy out of the gate was obvious, and then the officiating dragged the game down into the dredges and made it a whole lot less fun and interesting. But buoyed by the strong play of their seniors, Missouri overcame serious foul trouble from their two top players to date this season, Mark Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon. Here are some highlights courtesy of Mizzou Basketball’s twitter account:

Team Stats

study hall oregon state team stats 2019
  • Point 1: It wasn’t a pretty game for either team in the shooting department. In a lower pace game as we were expecting every possession was important and Missouri (really it was Jordan Geist) found a way to get to the free throw line enough times to offset their poor shooting and clear the magical 1.00 mark on PPP, which was enough to win the game. Look at the beauty of FTA/FGA at over 0.50. That’s manufacturing offense.
  • Point 2: A BCI nearing the 2.0 mark is good. Single digit turnovers is better. One thing I’m curious about is where this team ends up in the turnover area. Iowa State was obviously a low point but otherwise they’ve been fairly solid and the guards were even better, with only Pinson and Mark Smith (a charge) netting turnovers for the guards.
  • Point 3: One of the primary things we knew about Cuonzo Martin before arriving in Columbia was that his teams rebounded. This is the second game in a row the Tigers lost the expected rebound margin. Oregon state coming into the game is one of the better rebounding teams this early in the season, but as often as Mizzou is clunking shots, they need to find a way to more offensive rebounds as a percentage of shots missed. Generating offense is going to be a theme all season long and the easiest way to points is crashing the glass. **full disclosure, there were actually a couple team offensive rebounds missed so the end results was -2.7, still could be better.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Jordan Geist, Kevin Puryear, Reed Nikko

study hall player % oregon state 2019

This may go down as the quintessential Jordan Geist game. Cuonzo Martin loves Geist because of his will and his fire, and he single handedly willed this team to a win today. There’s no missing that Jordan has struggled from the floor so far this season, he’s only 3-17 from deep on the season. But he nailed a clutch 3 when Missouri needed one and found a way time after time to get to the free throw line.

Against Green Bay last year, Geist got hot from the floor and scored 28 points. This was only the second 20 point game of his Missouri career and this one was completely manufactured of Geist and his determination to win this game. He, along with Kevin Puryear, showed their young team a lot about determination.

TAKEAWAY: Mark Smith was well on his way to having a nice afternoon before he was fouled out by the officials. Of his five fouls, I think two, maybe three, were sound calls. His charge was the product of an offensive player not being able to do anything because he’d left the floor before the defender established position. If he and Tilmon are right and on the floor I think Missouri still wins this game. As it was, they needed Kevin Puryear and Jordan Geist to be who they were.

study hall player % oregon state 2019

Ronnie Suggs broke the damn stat machine. He played nine minutes and didn’t record a single stat. Not a rebound, or a turnover, or a foul. It’s actually a little weird to me seeing that line.

Mitchell Smith needs to be able to give this team something. He had a bad afternoon.

Overall this was a very weird game and the stats reflect as much. As I mentioned above the turnovers aren’t looking great for the bigs, but the guards are all in single digits which is a trend I’d be happy to watch the rest of the season.

The competition steps up next game against a very good Kansas State team.

Bruce Weber has a team who struggles to score but they can defend. They’ve currently got the 5th rated defense in Adjusted Defense on KenPom. Their offense though isn’t good, and Matt will have more on that tomorrow in the preview. But the ball handling will really need to be sound, and I certainly hope the Tigers don’t get the same group of officials for this game as it’ll be nice to see them challenged a little physically.


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GAME THREAD: Mizzou vs. Oregon State

The semi final will be a good test for the young Tigers.

After an ugly and sloppy 25 minutes to finish off round one, Mizzou hopes to get back on track offensively against the 79th ranked Oregon State Beavers. Sure the Tigers won their first round matchup but they scored on 19 second half points.

Time to see a few more shots go in, and that’s the only way they’re advancing to the championship game.

Read the preview first: Is Oregon State a sign of things to come?

Missouri-Oregon State men’s basketball: Live updates, score, analysis

1st media timeout: Mizzou is up 10-4 with 3’s from Mark Smith and Torrence Watson and a pair of buckets from Tilmon who is in foul trouble with two fouls. Oregon State already appear to be struggling with Missouri’s defense.

11:47 to play, 2nd media timeout: Tigers defense is still there but the Beavers have had some second chance opportunities. Mizzou up 14-10.

7:54 to play, 3rd media timeout: both Mark Smith and Tilmon with 2 fouls and sitting. Tigers are ahead by a touchdown: 21-14

Missouri-Oregon State men’s basketball: Game time, information

Time: 4:30 p.m. CT

Date: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018

Location: U.S. Virgin Islands, the Island of St. Thomas

TV Channel: FloHoops.com - Everything you need to know on how to watch

Missouri-Oregon State men’s basketball: Betting odds, preview, prediction

Missouri is an 3.5-point underdog to Oregon State, with an over/under of 131, according to Vegasinsider.com. Mizzou is currently 0-3 ATS this season and each game has been under. Just so ya know.

Missouri-Oregon State prediction

KenPom | Oregon State 67, Mizzou 66 - 49% chance to win


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Drew Lock calls out Tennessee sideline for arguing targeting call that left Richaud Floyd injured – Saturday Down South


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Drew Lock calls out Tennessee sideline for arguing targeting call that left Richaud Floyd injured
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The Missouri Tigers went into Neyland Stadium on Saturday and picked up a huge 50-17 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. However, there was a scary moment in the second half, as Mizzou PR Richaud Floyd was hit in the helmet on a targeting call and ...


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Hoops Preview: Is Oregon State a sign of things to come for Mizzou?

The Beavers might be the earliest litmus test of where Mizzou stands in what appears to be a transitional season for the Tigers.

On Friday, Missouri clearly didn’t follow our advice to use Kennesaw State as a stress ball.

Instead, the Tigers spent the final 25 minutes mired in offensive futility and making people wonder whether it was worthwhile to hunt for the broadcast on a Reddit stream. (Yeah, we know you’re savvy in finding a FloHoops workaround.) Without Kevin Puryear early and Jordan Geist late, MU would likely have been saddled with the worst non-conference loss in the SEC.

Muddling through isn’t an optimal strategy, but it worked well enough to keep the Tigers in the winner’s bracket.

Their reward: a semifinal tilt with mercurial Oregon State, a team with enough skill and experience to make you wonder how coach Wayne Tinkle might be feeling his rump heating up. The Beavers didn’t look any better on Friday, surviving Old Dominion by closing the game with a 17-3 run.

By now, you’ve heard us say MU pushed off the first season of rebuilding by 12 months, pushing in its chips early once it landed Michael Porter Jr. While events didn’t unfold as planned, the program still ended its NCAA tournament drought.

Porter’s tumble in a closed scrimmage and the knee surgery, however, likely initiated a hard reset. Put another way, the bill has come due and with more interest than we might have expected.

Over three games, Martin’s tried to use Jeremiah Tilmon as an offensive conduit, but his backcourt isn’t knocking down enough shots to loosen up the middle of the floor. With the defense compacted, gaps and seams are small or fleetingly open. Even then, the Tigers’ lack a guard who can split the defense open by driving north-south.

During his postgame chat with MU radio, Martin said he might tap Christian Guess and Parker Braun — a pair of freshman who appeared likely for redshirts — to see duty. In Guess’ case, there’s a certain logic I can grasp. While his handle and shooting need work, the Cleveland native and Shaker Heights product’s game is built around slicing into gaps and exploiting angles.

“If you get the game where it’s wide open,” Shaker Heights coach Danny Young told me in September, “he’s going to get to the rim and really, really hurt you.”

And, as you’ll see, Oregon State isn’t a group that relies on applying heavy ball pressure. Having Guess operating off the ball and trying to exploit some space might be worth the experiment. It’s not as if Martin would be subtracting vital spot-up shooting to test the hypothesis.

Labeling this game a bellwether is probably off base. MU will host a pair of AAC foes in UCF, the preseason favorite, and Temple (No. 88 in KenPom) when it returns to Columbia. A retooling Xavier is also a good litmus test. Caveats aside, the Beavers live in the same neighborhood as MU in KenPom and the Sagarin Ratings. They play a similar tempo. They have size along the front line, and they’re also a team searching for perimeter shooting.

Oregon State is also picked to finish near the bottom of a weak Pac-12 pecking order and a reasonable proxy for teams at the bottom of the SEC. How they fare might give us a glimpse at what lies ahead — and how Martin plans to pilot his program through some turbulence.


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NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Note: These starting lineups are projected.

When Missouri has the ball...

Mizzou Offense | While Missouri’s pick-and-roll game showed early promise against Kennesaw State, the Tigers’ have settled into an early rut. They tried moving Puryear and Tilmon the elbows and working some hand-off actions, but ultimately the impetus is still to go through Tilmon on the left block. Unless Geist, Mark Smith and Torrence Watson can loosen up Oregon State, the Beavers have the personnel in the paint to negate Tilmon. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess where MU would turn next. Going back high pick-and-rolls, and pulling Gligorije Rakocevic and Kylor Kelley to the perimeter, might be a decent starting point.

Oregon State Defense | Rakocevic and Kelley are allowing less than 0.5 points per possession on post-ups, while Oregon State as a whole is doing a stellar job limiting offensive boards. Oh, and Kelley is sporting a 19.7 block percentage, which ranks seventh nationally, per KenPom. Toss in Tres Tinkle’s 23.8 defensive rebound percentage, and the Beavers have the personnel to wall off the interior. On the wing, Stephen Thompson Jr. can roam passing lanes, while Ethan Thompson and Tinkle have displayed the ability to keep contact and close down space on shooters. (They’re allowing just 0.838 PPP on spot-ups this season.) Now, Alfred Hollins has been prone to losing track of shooters, and you can pick on Ethan Thompson in pick-and-rolls. But a team capable of hassling Tilmon, consistently closing out and going to the boards is built to asphyxiate MU in the half court.

When Oregon State has the ball...

Oregon State Offense | Will the Thompson brothers be dialed in? Both have struggled to connect from long-range early on, while Thompson’s been turnover prone pushing the ball in transition. The cumulative effect is — as usual — Tinkle bears the brunt of generating offense, which he can do at all three levels. Inside, Rakocevic and Kelley exist as release valves and the clean up misses. Meanwhile, Hollins, who in the past got by the occasional jumper and cutting into gaps, has tried to become a reliable catch-and-shoot threat — only to see it fail so far. Coming into the season, the hope was Jordan Campbell or Antoine Vernon could emerge as a lead guard, pushing Stephen Thompson — a dead-eye shooter — off the ball. That hasn’t transpired, which leaves the Beavers playing with a short bench.

Missouri Defense | There’s early evidence the Tigers’ interior defense might be stout, even if rim protection has been relatively modest. Meanwhile, Mark Smith looks vastly improved as a perimeter defender. That being said, you can still target Geist in ball screens. At times, Kennesaw State picked on Javon Pickett. And the Tigers are letting opponents shoot 37.7 percent from behind the arc. In Ames, we saw Iowa State put a bigger wing (Marial Shayok) or quicker lead guard (Nick Weiler-Babb) into high ball-screens and just mash Tigers guards. Even if Oregon State doesn’t go that route, it has three skilled players who can hit jumpers and effectively attack the rim via straight-line drives at the top of the key. If either of the Thompson’s get going, trouble could be brewing.


The Matchup

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

If Cuonzo Martin could show an example of a combo forward, he might just call up highlights of Tres Tinkle.

The redshirt junior isn’t an explosive athlete, but he’s a smooth and savvy lefty that can score at all three levels. A former top-100 talent, he’s shored up his right hand, sped up his shot release and — so far — curbed his turnover rate. More importantly, Tinkle’s healthy after foot and wrist injuries cost him large chunks of his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

Tinkle’s rebounding ability gives him the ability to grab-and-go, getting the Beavers into transition chances with the Jackson Brothers working down the flanks. In the half court, Tinkle’s a constant spot-up threat, but he thrives attacking defenses down hill from the top of the key. And if you overplay him to deny a catch, he’s adept back cutting into gaps.

How the Tigers try to match up with Tinkle is the riddle. The only opponents who slowed him last season were the usual suspects: Arizona, Oregon, USC and Washington — opponents with the kind the length and switchability on the wing that MU lacks on its roster.


The Breakdown

NCAA Basketball: Oregon State at Oregon Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers won’t have to fit to play this game on their terms.

In Corvallis, Tinkle’s kept playing at a deliberate pace, ranking an average of 294th nationally in adjusted tempo. Add in defenses that typically finish inside the top-100 for efficiency, and you can see that goal is to grind down the opposition.

Down the sideline in the other coach’s box, Cuonzo Martin won’t shy away from that type of affair.

If this one turns into a wrestling match, possessions take on larger value. Oregon State might not push the tempo, but they have a backcourt that can convert on the run. And given the struggles the Tigers have had getting production from their backcourt, they’ll need all the offensive trips they can get.

The formula for this one is familiar: value the ball, find some jump-shooting and hope your perimeter defense keeps the Thompsons in line.


KenPom says...

Oregon State 67, Missouri 66 | Despite its youth, Missouri has shown an ability to defend the rim and hold teams off the glass. Yet Oregon State has shown the same mettle in the the paint. The outcome might hinge on which backcourt can boost its productivity enough to move on. If that’s the case, the scales tip toward OSU and the Thompson brothers in a game that figures to be played a trudging clip.


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Grading Missouri’s 50-17 win over Tennessee and looking ahead to Arkansas – Kansas City Star


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Grading Missouri's 50-17 win over Tennessee and looking ahead to Arkansas
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Drew Lock had a lot to say on, and off, the field following Mizzou’s win – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Drew Lock had a lot to say on, and off, the field following Mizzou's win
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But there's little doubt Lock has played his best football over the last three weeks while decimating the solid defenses of Florida, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee. Locks performance, 257 yards, 21/30, 2 touchdowns no picks, was even better than the stats.


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Mizzou dominates Tennessee, again.

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

The game was a thorough dismantling of a rebuilding Tennessee team in their home stadium.

The final score mirrored a season ago when Mizzou 50-balled UT and got Butch Jones fired.

The defense looked renewed early, held on in the middle and wreaked havoc late.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The legacy for Drew Lock is nearing it’s completion and the bag in the moment is still mixed. But there’s little doubt Lock has played his best football over the last three weeks while decimating the solid defenses of Florida, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee. Locks performance, 257 yards, 21/30, 2 touchdowns no picks, was even better than the stats. Every thrown he had to have he made and then some. If not for a couple untimely drops on deep passes from both Richaud Floyd and Emanuel Hall, Lock would have easily zoomed past 300 yards and possibly had a couple more touchdowns.

After the game Lock, never one to avoid a good verbal spar, set #VolTwitter ablaze while supporting his offensive coordinator — former Volunteer head coach Derek Dooley.

Lock has been a lot of things during his time at Missouri, but boring has never been one of them. He’s never shied away from chirping with opposing defenses, but over the last few weeks we’ve seen the player you wanted to see every time he would tease with some brilliant throw with his “arm talent”. As exciting as last seasons run was, for the first time it feels like Lock is the Quarterback we all knew he could be.

The Derek Dooley offense, whatever that means, has allowed Drew to be Drew and with the compliment of an excellent run game the offense has truly taken off and found the consistency it’s missed over the years.

Ok, some game stories:

STLToday.com: Mizzou throttles Tennessee for seventh win

KansasCity.com: Missouri blows out Tennessee 50-17 in Derek Dooley’s return to Knoxville

ColumbiaTribune.com: Missouri beats Tennessee 50-17 for second straight year

ColumbiaMissourian.com: Tigers roll past Tennessee 50-17 in Knoxville

PowerMizzou.com: Acy’s pick keys second half slaughter

They’re one game away from being 8-4. There’s one final game at Faurot Field on Friday against a reeling Arkansas team. It’s the last time Drew Lock takes the field. It’s senior day and it’s our opportunity to say thanks to the class who brought a lot of pride and swagger back to Mizzou Football. It’s the last go around for Paul Adams, Samson Bailey, and Kevin Pendleton. Its Tavon Ross, Brandon Lee, Kendall Blanton, Nate Brown and the jelly to Lock’s peanut butter Emanuel Halls last trip. It’s the last time to see Terez Hall, Cam Hilton, and Corey Fatony. It’s also the last time Terry Beckner takes the field.

Friday night an elite 4-star recruit from St. Louis committed to Missouri. The last 4-star or higher player to commit to Missouri from the St. Louis area was Beckner. In a lot of ways, Lock and Beckner, the two highest ranked and both in-state recruits of Gary Pinkel’s last true recruiting class, were able to usher in a new era of Mizzou Football. One under Barry Odom and one that looks to be on pretty solid footing right now.


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It was FCS week in the SEC as many of the schools lined up their ceremonial sacrifices like Liberty, Idaho, UMass, Arkansas, or Chattanooga.

  • Alabama 50, The Citadel 17 (so basically Missouri is Alabama to Tennessee’s the Citadel, right?)
  • Georgia 66, UMass 27
  • LSU 42, Rice 10
  • Kentucky 34, Middle Tennessee 23
  • Florida 63, Idaho 10
  • Auburn 53, Liberty 0
  • Mississippi State 52, Arkansas 6
  • South Carolina 49, Chattanooga 9
  • Texas A&M 41, UAB 20
  • Vanderbilt 36, Ole Miss 29


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Let’s just enjoy this one

Tonight, we’re going to stay in the present. And in the present, Missouri just shellacked Tennessee 50-17 on the road.

We’re not going to live in the past tonight.

No, we’re not going to focus on how Missouri is two plays away (South Carolina, Kentucky) away from 9-2.

We’re not going to look to the future tonight.

No, we’re not going to talk about Barry Odom’s job security or Drew Lock’s legacy or What Jim Sterk Needs To Do.

Tonight, we live in the present. In the moment. Or at least the last few hours of moments. Because tonight, Missouri football rolled into Knoxville, Tenn., laid a 50-burger on the Volunteers, with a former Tennessee coach calling the plays.

(Editor’s note: OK we’re going to live in the past and the future A LITTLE BIT but not to talk about what could have been or what will happen with Missouri football.)

RELATED: Quick thoughts, analysis from Missouri’s 50-17 win | Drew Lock passes David Greene for career passing yards

Derek Dooley, the former Volunteers front-man who became a punching bag on his way out of Knoxville, led an offense that scored 50 points against Tennessee — no Iron Curtain, sure, but outside of Alabama and Florida blow-out losses, a respectable defensive team. A Derek Dooley-led team scored 50 points against an SEC opponent in Neyland Stadium for the second time. The first came on Nov. 13, 2010, against Ole Miss.

Drew Lock showed why, despite some struggles, he should be and will be a first-round NFL Draft pick, in front of a national audience, nonetheless. The last time Missouri got the mid-afternoon Saturday SEC-on-CBS slot was against Tennessee in 2016. Lock led a dynamic offense that day. He still lost by 26 points.

A lot has changed. Lock didn’t put up gaudy numbers this time (21-of-30, 257 yards, 2 TDs), but my word, he made some throws that would have Jon Gruden needing an ice bath. The steam from the water hitting Gruden’s body could solve our energy crisis.

The 24-yard pass to Emanuel Hall — the one that moved him past David Greene into second-place in SEC career passing yards? It looked like a Madden glitch. It looked like it clipped right through cornerback Alontae Taylor.

It was a rage-quit throw. It was a “Your Opponent Has Left the Match” throw.

That’s not even counting a few deep balls that would have likely been touchdowns if not for drops. Lock is ending his Missouri career with a flourish, and we get two more games to appreciate just how talented he is.

A 50-17 win over Tennessee doesn’t have to be a job-saving performance by Barry Odom (I mean, we’ve GOT to be past that, right? I know I am). It doesn’t have to be a redemptive performance by Lock — he’s been playing at this level over the last three games, fitting into the flow of the game and leading wins. It doesn’t have to be about the next crop of stars for Missouri, although we’re certainly seeing them (Tyler Badie, Dominic Gicinto, DeMarkus Acy, etc.).

It also doesn’t have to be marked with an asterisk, with a “yeah, but” addendum to talk about the state of the Volunteers’ program. For whatever they’re going through, they still have more resources and more recruiting talent than Missouri; they’ve still been able to manage impressive wins over Auburn and Kentucky. They’re still one win away from bowl eligibility; in fact, if Vanderbilt wins on Saturday night, that means ten of Missouri’s 11 FBS opponents are all at least still in the running for bowl eligibility.

This win, for once, doesn’t have to be qualified with anything.

You know what a 50-17 win over Tennessee was? It was fun. It was damn fun. It was a comprehensive, both-sides-of-the-ball, no-second-half-tension win. Missouri’s best players played to their ability, the coaching staff called a well-rounded game, and Missouri beat a potential bowl team by 33 points.

Let’s enjoy this one.

The next one should also be a lot of fun — and you should make plans to attend.


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Missouri 50, Tennessee 17: Drew Lock, Tigers maul Vols in Derek Dooley’s return to Neyland – Knoxville News Sentinel


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QUICK READ: Missouri 50, Tennessee 17

Hope you like your OJ with pulp, because the Tigers just ground-down the Volunteers

A tense first 28 minutes of game time gave way to a 32-minute romp to end the game for Missouri, as the Tigers turned 13-10 mistake-filed start into an impressive 50-17 rout over Tennessee.

Here’s the quick read from Missouri’s seventh win of the season.

The “Throw the Damn Towel!” Moment of the Game

It actually came after Missouri’s lone offensive misstep of the second half.

After Missouri answered a Tennessee touchdown with one of its own to start the third quarter, Tennessee RB Carlin Fils-Aime fumbled the ball two plays into the next drive. Missouri safety Joshuah Bledsoe scooped up the ball, managed to keep his knee of the ground, and returned it for a 39-yard touchdown.

Now leading 40-17, it was at that point where Missouri clearly put this one away. Tennessee wouldn’t threaten again.

The Miller High Life “Boy That Escalated Quickly” Moment of the Game

Remember, Missouri led this one just 13-10 late in the first half, after having to settle for two short field-goals after impressive drives stalled.

What appeared to be Missouri’s final drive of the first-half ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Drew Lock to Dominic Gicinto on a terrific smash route. After the PAT was blocked — seriously, Missouri special teams, what’s going on this year? — the Tigers led 19-10. Tennessee subsequently drove down the field, and on third-and-eight from Missouri’s 28, DeMarkus Acy picked off a Keller Chryst pass and returned it 76 yards, setting up an eventual three-yard touchdown pass from Lock to Johnathon Johnson.

Missouri 43, Tennessee 17: Final Stats

Passing the Torch

Drew Lock moved past former Georgia quarterback David Greene in SEC career-passing yards. A 24-yard third-quarter completion to Emanuel Hall gave Lock 11,574 career yards, giving Lock sole possession of second place.

Lock finished 21-of-30 for 257 yards and two touchdowns on the day; he was replaced more than halfway through the fourth quarter by Taylor Powell.

Leaving it all on the field

Tyler Badie didn’t lead Missouri in rushing — that would be Larry Rountree, who rushed for 135 yards on 26 carries. Badie only ran for 17 yards. However, he did have two catches for 36 yards, and both converted third downs.

On the first, Badie broke three tackles to convert a third-and-six that looked dead from the start.

His second reception, however, really bared how much he left on the field.

Roster report

  • Scary moment for Richaud Floyd, as he was apparently knocked unconscious while fielding a punt in the fourth quarter. He was helped off the field, and didn’t look steady whatsoever. Tennessee’s Shanon Reid was called for targeting on the play and was ejected.
  • Missouri had two targeting calls of its own: Tavon Ross was ejected in the first-half, and Chris Turner was ejected in the fourth quarter after a peel-back block following DeMarkus Acy’s second interception of the day. Turner will miss the first half of the Arkansas game on Friday.
  • Damarea Crockett played sparingly in the first half, and then was ruled out at halftime with an apparent sprained ankle. Jalen Knox did not play with an apparent concussion.
  • Tennessee QB Jarrett Guarantano was hit hard on the Volunteers’ first drive of the game, and returned for two more drives despite looking woozy and in pain on the sideline. He was eventually replaced by Keller Chryst, who completed 7 of 19 passes for 179 yards and two interceptions.
  • Freshman running back Simi Bakare officially burned his redshirt, but he also picked up his first-career touchdown. On Missouri’s final scoring drive of the night, Bakare carried the ball nine times for 41 yards and scored from 2-yards out.

Next up for Missouri (7-4, 3-4)

Missouri hosts Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, on CBS. Missouri looks for its first eight-win season since 2014.

The Razorbacks just lost to Mississippi State (Missouri’s 2018 SEC West Doppelganger) 52-6 on Saturday and are 2-9 this season.


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Shanon Reid becomes third UT Vols player ejected for targeting this season – Knoxville News Sentinel


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Shanon Reid becomes third UT Vols player ejected for targeting this season
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Tennessee linebacker Shanon Reid was ejected for targeting during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Missouri. Reid delivered the hit on Missouri punt returner Richaud Floyd. FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn. Tennessee takes on Missouri ...


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Drew Lock passes another SEC great in career passing yards

He probably won’t reach No. 1, but he’s all alone in second place now.

Drew Lock is engineering a two-touchdown lead over Tennessee, and on the way, he just passed an SEC legend in career passing yards.

Lock is now in second-place overall, passing former Georgia QB David Greene on Missouri’s first third-quarter drive that ended in a short touchdown run by Larry Rountree.

Lock now has 11,574 (and counting) career passing yards. Lock passed Greene (11,528) on a 24-yard pass to Emanuel Hall.

Unless Missouri somehow figures to turn all the sliders down against Arkansas and a TBD opponent in the bowl, this is probably where Lock will end his career. Another former Georgia quarterback, Aaron Murray, leads the way with 13,166 passing yards.


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We finally have the explanation for Jalen Knox’s absence

After not addressing his absence for the entire first-half, the CBS broadcast crew finally figured it out.

Jalen Knox was notably absent from Missouri’s first-half against Tennessee. The offense didn’t miss much of a beat with out him, taking a 26-10 lead into halftime.

The CBS Broadcast crew of Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson, however, didn’t seem to even notice — until halftime, anyway.

Earlier in the broadcast, Danielson and Nessler mentioned a conversation with Derek Dooley this week in which Missouri’s offensive coordinator was vague about some news, saying they would figure it out during the game. At the time, the CBS announcers surmised that Dooley was referencing Damarea Crockett, who played sparingly for much of the first half.

Looking back, Dooley was probably referencing Knox’s absence.


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GAME THREAD: Missouri can’t afford to pump the brakes against Tennessee

It’s game time in Neyland.

Missouri (6-4, 2-4 SEC) faces Tennessee (5-5, 2-4) in Knoxville, Tenn., as the Tigers look to improve upon another late-season winning streak.

Follow along below for live updates and analysis as Missouri looks to make it a seven-win season.

Missouri-Tennessee football: Live updates, score

Check back at game time for updates.

Missouri-Tennessee football: Time, TV channel

Time: 2:30 p.m. CT

Date: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018

Location: Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.

TV: CBS

Missouri-Tennessee football: Live stream

The Missouri-Tennessee football game can be streamed online at CBSSports.com, with a valid cable/satellite log-in. Fans can also watch the game at that link from the All-22 camera, getting a birds-eye view of the action.

Missouri-Tennessee football: Betting odds, preview, prediction

As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 6 1/2-point favorite over Tennessee, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 57.

Pete Scantlebury: I think Missouri wins and covers. Tennessee’s defense has been good; its offense has not. But Missouri’s offense is rounding into form, and Emanuel Hall is another week healthier and coming off a down game. I think that bodes well for Missouri. I think Hall goes over 100, I think Tre Williams has two sacks and Missouri wins this one, 31-20.

Ryan Herrera: 33-17, Missouri. On offense, as is the case every week, Drew Lock needs to have an efficient performance. I don’t think it will take a career game from Lock to knock off Tennessee, but he has to complete his passes and avoid interceptions for this offense to go anywhere. Defensively, Terry Beckner Jr. has to keep leading that rush defense. We saw the Volunteers rely heavily on their backfield in the win over Kentucky, but again, winning the ground game is something the Tigers have proven to be capable of. If Beckner continues to take charge of that unit, I’m expecting a good day for Missouri in Knoxville.

Josh Matejka: It’s hard to pick a game like this as both teams have the potential to come out firing, flat or any combination of the two. I do think Missouri is the better team overall, but that doesn’t particularly matter when it comes to playing November road games in the SEC (unless you’re Alabama.)

Ultimately, I think the game rides on — who else? — Drew Lock. Tennessee has played three quarterbacks at or above Lock’s level this year, was torched by two (Will Grier, Tua Tagovailoa) and the other (Jake Fromm) never really needed to have his best game in a blowout. So if there were a defense vulnerable to his talents, this would be it. On defense, I think it needs to be DeMarkus Acy. He’s been quietly very good this year, and a big game from him would help mitigate some of the damage Guarantano can do. Assuming all that happens... Missouri 34, Tennessee 27


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The Lazy Fan’s Guide to Week 12 of the SEC Season

The worst set of games we’ve ever seen on a college football schedule

Well my friends, that was a very uneventful weekend of games in the SEC. There’s no sugarcoating it. Well except for one thing…there was one game that kind of stuck out, what was it. OH, yeah that’s right. The Kentucky-Tennessee game. You remember Kentucky right? They of the best season ever, soon to dethrone Georgia and head to Atlanta to take on Bama…For weeks and weeks and weeks we in this space have told you this was a mirage, a team beating teams that were very flawed and that this was allowing them to be a nice story. Well, look what’s happened. Kentucky got stomped by Tennessee. Just linger in that moment, that sweet, sweet moment. Just imagine if Mizzou and Vanderbilt hadn’t played with their, well you know, in the second half of those games! Anyway, I just really felt like riffing on that and am happy, so, so happy that things are righting themselves…But there were other games and we made picks.

To the records!

Picker Results Overall Records
kristina 5 wins, 2 losses 52 wins, 19 losses
Chris 6 wins, 1 loss 57 wins, 14 losses

We’re still killing it my friends, still getting the job no one asked us to do and doing it well. So, kudos all around. Maybe we should start up a fan club. (Do people do fan clubs even anymore?)

But what does this week hold? Well, it’s the worst f’ing week of college football in the SEC imaginable. It is literally crap all up and down the schedule. In what world is Mizzou-Tennessee the game of the week on CBS? This should not happen with these teams with those records and these showings, really ever. And I love Mizzou! Gave them 4 years, oodles of cash and I say this to you, we have no business against those orange clad monsters playing in the mid afternoon the nation over.

I am sorry for everyone here, but let’s treat this like a band aid and get to it…Oh, and we’re rating the games based on chips/crackers, so you know the equivalent of this catastrophe….crackers. (Editor’s note - don’t worry, we, of course, have Thanksgiving foods up next week. Patience is a virtue, friends.)

To the “games”!

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 11:00 AM #1 Alabama The Citadel Does it even matter? SEC Network WatchESPN

What in the name of Zeus’ B*tth*le is this? This is how your day has to start with? Is this game even legal? Can’t the Citadel just get the check and not make the trip? This seems cruel and unusual to all parties involved. I look forward to Saban complaining all day Sunday and Monday about how no one showed up to watch this glorified scrimmage. YOU DID THIS NICK, THIS IS YOUR FAULT.

Scale of Watchability: Off brand water crackers. On their best day, water crackers barely have flavor, just a tad more than a rice cake, but ‘m talking Walmart brand water crackers. Just coasters in a box that people put out because they think they look fancy. This is a travesty of a snack.

Paired Drink: A zombie. This is just a rack of different rums, liqueurs and fruit juices. It’s a hangover with guaranteed vomiting in a glass. It’s awful.

kristina: Yeah, I mean, let Tua have one series and then bench him so he doesn’t get injured? This game is silly. ‘Bama. Are there such things as fancy crackers? Sounds like sham to upcharge $4. Next up, artisan crackers.

Chris: Alabama. I mean what else can I say? Hopefully no one on Bama gets hurt and ends up tanking the season because this game happens. Or do I….?

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 11:00 AM #13 Florida Idaho Bathtub pets ESPNU WatchESPN

Florida aiming for a New Year’s Six Bowl. Whatever, we still beat you and that was really fun. Maybe Idaho can get lucky and not have to really play this one as well. (Their last match-up was permanently postponed / cancelled / however you want to say it due to lightning after the very first play.) Still got paid!! Florida’s line is like almost 40, Idaho is 0-5 on the road, this is just silly. Oh, and Idaho, your mascot is really creepy looking.

Scale of Watchability: Saltines. Basic, boring, and unless you’re topping it with something far tastier, dipping them into soup, and/or coming off the flu, why bother?

Paired Drink: Bud Select, you know, what you drink when there’s just nothing else available. Even worse, the select 55. That’s basically just water-beer at that point. You can’t even drink it fast enough to get a buzz. Lame.

kristina: I get this is just the second game, but doubt we’ll have a lot to disagree on this week, lest, as usual, I try and get too cute with an upset, and we’re definitely not going that route with this one. Florida. One of these weeks we need to discuss which school has the creepiest looking mascot.

Chris: Idaho has wins over directional schools and the state of North Dakota, that’s it. They are going to get waxed in Gainesville. This is slightly better than the Bama game, but only slightly. I’m taking the Gators and would love for coaches to stop wearing visors at night, it looks ridiculous.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 11:00 AM #17 Kentucky Middle Tennessee State Back to Reality SEC Network WatchESPN

Ah hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Look at that, Kentucky, you posers, you pretenders, you are not Mizzou 2014, you are far, FAR worse. You can’t do anything. At the end of this season, Mizzou’s loss to you is going to look bad, worse than the SC game because the coaching insanity that allowed it to happen will become the thing of legend. It will be how you teach teams and coaches not to do anything. It is the bizzaro version of coaching, basically, just do the opposite of everything. Anyway, the Cats can get right with a visit from Middle Tennessee, unless the wheels have truly fallen off the wagon…and I’m kind of hoping they have!

Scale of Watchability: Lays WOW. These are the chips that caused those who consumed them to have diarrhea, abdominal cramping and other uncontrollable issues. That’s this game, in one bite.

Paired Drink: What goes will with your WOWs? Stag beer. People will die on a hill for this beer, but I’m sorry, it’s gross and what it does to your insides, well I can only imagine.

kristina: We’re on the same page here, have to go Kentucky but an upset would be funny as hell. Why would you even buy a product that basically guarantees on the packaging that your digestive system is going to hate life for a while?

Chris: Man I would really like to pick Middle Tennessee, but they have looked kind of dodgy all year long. This is not the MTSU that ruined homecoming in Barry Odom’s first year, so I have to pick Kentucky, those charlatans. But I am hoping for a giant upset on Kroger field. Make it happen MTSU, DO IT!

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 11:00 AM #21 Mississppi State Arkansas D-Wade Stadium, no not that one ESPN WatchESPN

So which is worse, the clanging cowbells (sans the SNL sketch ‘cause that’s hilarious) or woo pig sooie? Poor Arky, still not one conference win, and it’s shaping up to be one of, if not the worst, season in school history. Shocking, given you lost to some directional Texas school and Colorado State, yet hang with LSU. Outside of Alabama destroying everything and everybody, the SEC is just weird this season.

Scale of Watchability: Cream cheese and chive kettle chips. It sounds so good at first, but it kind of was lacking once you really dove in. Sounds like someone just was tired of the sour cream and cheese combo and tried to get creative. I mean, at least they’re kettle chips, but the flavor just isn’t meshing right.

Paired Drink: Michelob Ultra. It’ll do in a pinch, not awful, not amazing. Good thing you can drink a lot of it and not get a hangover, ‘cause we’re getting way too old for those. Save the heavier stuff for later, ‘cause especially if we lose our game, you’re going to need it.

kristina: I have to go with State. First off, they should, win, Arky’s not good, and b. Fayetteville let a waffle house close so they can open up a cookie joint. Spare me the “oh, but the cookies are so good!!!” rant, it’s a college town, and hungover college kids want hash browns and waffles. Artisan cookies? MEH. As Chris would say, hard pass. (We also clearly don’t agree on the basic best chip option. Shocking?)

Chris: Hey, it’s an SEC game, a real one! How refreshing. Arkansas continues to do Arkansas things and State is at home, so you know the play. State wins, Nick Fitzgerald wows a bunch of GMs in the NFL who start planning to take him only to be severely let down when he doesn’t work out. Book it. State for the win and the sort of savior of the morning games.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 2:30 PM Tennessee Mizzou What happened to all the bricks? CBS CBS Sports Network

Well, last week in Pregaming I did ask for Mizzou to pull out a close game, preferably coming from behind, so mission accomplished, thanks Tigers! On the other side of things, Tennessee went out, took Kentucky behind a middle school and beat it with a basketball and got all sorts of confidence going. That win and all of a sudden Jeremy Pruitt is now going to be the next Kirby Smart, at least that’s what Vols fans will tell you. Honestly, this game scares the hell out of me. I have no idea what’s going to happen. Mizzou is wildly unreliable and Tennessee is making moves. Also, there’s the Dooley the factor.

Scale of Watchability: Sour Cream and Onion Pringles. These are the best chips in the world and we won’t even discuss it any further. They’re delicious and great and are perfect for road tripping. Plus Mitch Hedberg, RIP.

Paired Drink: Ricard. It’s French, it takes the edge off and it makes everything better. Have you ever wanted to know what makes Chris be, drink this and you’ll know.

kristina: Sober Chris is just drunk anyone else. One wonders what drunk Chris equals out to be. Sounds like you-tube fodder to me. I’m going to be the good little Mizzou fan and pick our tigers. Um, but can you not make it a “last play to decide the game” game? We have to discuss this chip thing further, cause we’re basically a food blog and that’s just nonsense. Granted, I’ve never been a pringle fan in general, but anyway..................

Chris: I honestly don’t know what to make of this game…it frightens me. It’s a roadie, Mizzou has been good on the road, it’s on CBS, Mizzou not so good on CBS, Tennessee has been bad, but now are good. I am conflicted. Well, I’ll base this on some things, Mizzou loses because this just feels like a game Barry Odom teams tend to lose. But I hope I’m wrong!

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 3:00 PM #5 Georgia Umass Evander is still missing some ear SEC Network WatchESPN

Georgia is favored by around 45 points, why is the game even happening? And why is such an awful week in the SEC happening this late into the season? Enjoy your fun until you have to play Alabama. UMass has yet to win against an SEC team, no surprise there. Apparently, Georgia might pull out the black jerseys for this one, I mean, it’s 99.9% likely a blow-out, at least give your fans the uniforms they want to see? Beats your coach crabbing about attendance.

Scale of Watchability: Plain oyster crackers. By themselves, they serve no purpose. Absolutely nothing. It’s like your basic generic ketchup. Just severely lacking. (Ketchup is definitely one of those things where brand matters.)

Paired Drink: Coors light. (Uh, good thing my FIL doesn’t read these things?) Boring/plain, although at least it’s cheap?

kristina: One of the most boring WS ever. I get there’s a rooting interest to argue that fact, but still. Anyway, Bulldogs. I mean, if coaches are really going to get into fans and why they’re not attending, don’t schedule super-cupcakes maybe? Just a thought.

Chris: Georgia, the Bulldgos, just sitting there waiting for Notre Dame or Michigan to fall…man I hope its Notre Dame. I really don’t care for them. Anyway, UMass gets its paycheck, gets back to Massachusetts and presumably, those from the area enjoy Mookie Betts’ MVP season.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 3:00 PM Auburn Liberty Gus is going nowhere fast SEC Network WatchESPN

This game is only slightly worse than the Bama vs Citadel annihilation, but only slightly. Auburn last week took a beating and this week they get a reprieve against a school that apparently has a football team, or so the schedule says. But this game is just hot stinking garbage. It’s almost as if the SEC wants to highlight Mizzou, so, cool?

Scale of Watchability: Those Ketchup flavored chips. This is lazy and disgusting. It’s not going to have you living in the bathroom, but it’s almost as gross.

Paired Drink: Tequila and Soda. It’s for drinkers who don’t like booze. I mean, what are you even doing?

kristina: It’s like the Heinz ketchup and mayo thing. Why? It’s only good if we’re highlighted and we win though. I get lays likes to introduce new flavors, but you have to at least take a step back and thing about it. The coffee flavored chips? That’s just a no. What were they thinking? Auburn.

Chris: Auburn. Let the season of sort of Gus roll on. I look forward to the severe beating they put on Liberty. Lynchburgh is a hideous, hideous, awful, terrible no good place.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 6:00 PM Texas A&M UAB Bow ties everywhere ESPN2 WatchESPN

Well, given this week has a lot of ‘why bother to watch it games”, I mean it’s already been pegged as a cupcake week, this one might actually be interesting. (Read that as Aggies probably win but it’s not a ridiculous blow-out.) UAB isn’t bad at all, they’re almost ranked, the Aggies have screwed things up a bit in the past, so we may actually have something here. (Outside of the Mizzou game, of course.) Fair random question for the evening, do you watch games after Mizzou loses? Not saying we will, just curious when it does happen.

Scale of Watchability: Your basic, nothing crazy, plain Lays. Tasty, you’ll probably go through half the bag until you realize you’ve made a poor decision, but they’re still good. Chip staple for sure. I almost wanted to go Dorito’s here, but that cheesy powder stuff just gets on everything.

Paired Drink: An actually decent fall craft beer. Yes, we’re wasting another week dissing pumpkin spice beer because we can. And not like it matters, Missouri didn’t have a fall this year. It went from 70’s to measurable snow in like a week. Not a fan.

kristina: I want to say UAB, but after Ole Miss screwed my upset pick last week, we’re going to try and be responsible, right, like who are we kidding, that’s not happening, but have to go Aggies.

Chris: A&M, but I’m pulling for UAB. Bear Bryant’s son decided that the state only had room for his dad’s Alabama and UAB had no place in his little world. Paul Bryant, you are a bad person, and yeah, that’s about it for me on this whole thing. Oh, and thanks UAB for knocking out Kentucky and giving us Mike Anderson, the man who brought Mizzou basketball back from the abyss.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 6:30 PM #7 LSU Rice Death Valley at Night, Drinkers delight ESPNU WatchESPN

I guess you can’t have a day of terrible football without having a night of terrible football. What a night game? I mean who isn’t excited for Rice and LSU in Saturday prime time? Sign me up! Like with Bama and Georgia, Tiger fans better hope that nobody gets hurt and derails the whole thing. What a sham of a game.

Scale of Watchability: Mini Toasts. I mean what even is this? It’s little stale crackers shaped like a loaf of bread, what exactly is the point? This isn’t even a reasonable vehicle for anything.

Paired Drink: Boxed Wine. Just lean right into your evening. This game is a waste of your time, and so is Franzia, so I suppose it pairs well.

kristina: Franzia is pretty horrible. Most boxed wine is, but hey, cheap has its function, and what better way to get to bed really early than plowing through an entire box of wine. Less crazy side effects than Ambien, just saying. LSU. By a lot.

Chris: LSU and I mean, Rice? Really? I’m sure they’ve applied for Big 12 membership at this point. Did they get it? That conference doesn’t have enough Texas schools. Anthony Rendon is the GOAT!

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 6:30 PM Vanderbilt Ole Miss Every bachelor/bachelorette party happens here SEC Network WatchESPN

What’s a SEC fan to do when you have either cupcakes or games like this one? Find some random netflix movie I guess. And some of them are really weird, so that’s saying something. Vandy needs to win both of their next two games to become bowl-eligible, slightly amusing as last week didn’t turn out so well for them (somehow.) Maybe Ole Miss defends the third down really well, uh, too soon?

Scale of Watchability: Spicy sriracha chips. Tasty, but just a little ‘dab will do you, or you’ll end up, yet again, worshiping the porcelain god. Little dab will do you. Just like this game, who really wants to watch Vandy and Ole Miss for the whole time?

Paired Drink: Bud light. This is one of the better match-ups somehow for the SEC, but that doesn’t mean it’s great. But it’s reliable and you won’t wake up feeling like hell, which at our age, is a huge plus.

kristina: I tried Ole Miss last week and it didn’t work out, so as much as I like disparity, we’ll go Vandy. At least I’ll get to watch our game on tv this week? Listening to the end of the vandy game on radio was insanely frustrating.

Chris: Any other week, in a normal week this would be the dregs of the schedule but in this week this is a top 3 matchup and that’s a horrible, horrible shame. I’ll take Vandy because those guys can play some defense and that matters in the SEC or so we’ve been led to believe.

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location TV Streaming
Saturday, November 17 6:30 PM South Carolina Chattanooga A stadium surrounded by nothing, that's SEC? SEC Network WatchESPN

Finally, we’ve reached the end of this docket of games. And what a perfect ending…something just as awful as the rest of them. Chattanooga does have a really fun logo however. It’s a bird driving a train and you better believe he’s wearing the hat that all train conductors in movies and tv wear. I demand that Amtrak bring that back. And make there be coal dust everywhere, even if it’s not needed. BRING ME MY NOSTALIGAI ON THE NORTH EAST DIRECT!

Scale of Watchability: Wheat thins. Those things are blah, and I’ve run out of chips and crackers, so yeah, wheat thins it is. Wheat thins…

Paired Drink: Clamato! It’s not good and it won’t do you any favors, just like this waste of your time.

kristina: We could have gone triscuits? Yeah, have to go South Carolina. Cupcake weeks suck, just no fun in changing up our records. Then again, it’s all for fun and games, once Chris had to send me for real booze, he stopped actual betting. It was tasty though. RMN, meet new friends, get free wine. It’s wonderful!

Chris: We made it! The end, and the end is South Carolina, good on you Gamecocks, you’ve got a win over the Mocs in the middle of November…good lord…


And that’s it my friends. Check out the choices below and wager accordingly, you can’t lose! Actually you can, don’t wager too, too hard.

Picker SEC Winners SEC Losers Non Con Winner (if selected)
kristina Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, State, Mizzou, Georgia, Auburn, A&M, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss NOPE
Chris Bama, Florida, Kentucky, State, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, A&M, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina Arkansas, Mizzou, Ole Miss Are you kidding me?!

Friends, just enjoy the Mizzou game, literally everything else is pretty much unwatchable. Spend this weekend with your friends, family, a good book or just stare at a wall. Next week is so much better than this level of crap, so enjoy this weekend off and get ready for the fun that will be next week.


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Missouri-Tennessee football: Game info, predictions – Rock M Nation (blog)


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Missouri-Tennessee football: Game info, predictions

#Throwback

Missouri looks to move closer to that eight-win mark with a road game at Neyland.

Missouri goes into Neyland Stadium on Satruday for a matinee match-up with a plucky-yet-erratic Tennessee team — a Tennessee team that steamrolled a ranked Kentucky team 24-7 last week.

Missouri has been up-and-down itself this season; that includes the last two weeks, although the Tigers won both games.

Tennessee is looking for bowl eligibility, surely not wanting to leave it up to the season finale against Vanderbilt, which has won the last two in the rivalry and four of the last six.

Here’s what fans need to know to watch the Missouri-Tennessee game on Saturday.

Missouri-Tennessee football: Time, TV channel

Time: 2:30 p.m. CT

Date: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018

Location: Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.

TV: CBS

Missouri-Tennessee football: Live stream

The Missouri-Tennessee football game can be streamed online at CBSSports.com, with a valid cable/satellite log-in. Fans can also watch the game at that link from the All-22 camera, getting a birds-eye view of the action.

Missouri-Tennessee football: Betting odds, preview, prediction

As of Friday evening, Missouri is a 6 1/2-point favorite over Tennessee, according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 57.

Pete Scantlebury: I think Missouri wins and covers. Tennessee’s defense has been good; its offense has not. But Missouri’s offense is rounding into form, and Emanuel Hall is another week healthier and coming off a down game. I think that bodes well for Missouri. I think Hall goes over 100, I think Tre Williams has two sacks and Missouri wins this one, 31-20.

Ryan Herrera: 33-17, Missouri. On offense, as is the case every week, Drew Lock needs to have an efficient performance. I don’t think it will take a career game from Lock to knock off Tennessee, but he has to complete his passes and avoid interceptions for this offense to go anywhere. Defensively, Terry Beckner Jr. has to keep leading that rush defense. We saw the Volunteers rely heavily on their backfield in the win over Kentucky, but again, winning the ground game is something the Tigers have proven to be capable of. If Beckner continues to take charge of that unit, I’m expecting a good day for Missouri in Knoxville.

Josh Matejka: It’s hard to pick a game like this as both teams have the potential to come out firing, flat or any combination of the two. I do think Missouri is the better team overall, but that doesn’t particularly matter when it comes to playing November road games in the SEC (unless you’re Alabama.)

Ultimately, I think the game rides on — who else? — Drew Lock. Tennessee has played three quarterbacks at or above Lock’s level this year, was torched by two (Will Grier, Tua Tagovailoa) and the other (Jake Fromm) never really needed to have his best game in a blowout. So if there were a defense vulnerable to his talents, this would be it. On defense, I think it needs to be DeMarkus Acy. He’s been quietly very good this year, and a big game from him would help mitigate some of the damage Guarantano can do. Assuming all that happens... Missouri 34, Tennessee 27.


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Study Hall: Mizzou 55, Kennesaw State 52

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I’m not sure where to start.

I didn’t get to watch the game as I was at work, and it was only available FloHoops. Somehow, we’re all the better for it today.

In case you missed it, the game was bad, but Mizzou still won. Let’s rip off this band-aid quickly.

Team Stats

study hall team stats kennesaw state 2019
  • Point 1: Not only did Mizzou shoot horribly but the game was played at a plodding pace! Huzzah!

I don’t expect this version of the Tigers to crank up the tempo often this season, but this is plodding for even the most methodical of Cuonzo’s plodding teams.

  • Point 2: I might be willing to go on record saying this might be the only time Missouri has ever won a game where they shot 17 percent from 3-point range while their opponent shot 50 percent.
  • Point 3: In a game where so many bricks were tossed up, you’d have hoped Missouri would win the rebounding battle. Instead, they played to a virtual draw.

The BCI was prettier, for sure, but the Tigers are still hesitant and struggling on offense. The 12 turnovers aren’t awful from the perspective of sheer numbers, but they still constituted nearly 20 percent of the Tigers’ possessions. It’s also very high against a team not known for their defense.

Player Stats

Your Trifecta: Kevin Puryear, Jeremiah Tilmon, Mark Smith

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This was a game where a senior saved his young team. Kevin Puryear stepped up and made some shots and was the difference in the game. But he’s got to have a little help. Mark Smith’ was bound to come back down to earth, and he was still third in the Adjusted GameScore.

TAKEAWAY: After mixing and matching midway through the first half, Cuonzo shortened the bench with it tight. Once it was clear he wasn’t going to get productive minutes from his freshman, he limited their run: 23 minutes for Pickett, 16 minutes for Watson, and just 5 minutes for Pinson.

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The floor percentages are ugly again.

There’s always a lot less to say about a game you didn’t see. But a large part of me is wanting to put this into the Pile O’ Games category and just be happy they won. This was the Tigers worse offensive performance so far — if you strictly look at shooting. Turnovers are also going to be an issue again this season. There’s just too much youth, while the ceiling on Geist is what it is at this point, particularly when we’ve learned he’s nursing a sore back and was a game-time decision.

Missouri is going to be a bad offensive team most nights. The hope is they can defend and rebound well enough to drag most of their opponents down to their level in ugly wins.

Oregon State is up next on Sunday. The Beavers have some skilled offensive players but aren’t known for their hot and heavy defense.

The Tigers will also be underdogs. They’re already projected to lose this game and Bragging Rights in December. For the offense can find its way out of a funk, it’s going to take some guys who haven’t yet found their footing to get a whole lot better — and do it quickly.


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4-star Safety Jalani Williams commits to Mizzou Football

Barry Odom continues his success in St. Louis and bolsters his defensive backfield.

Good news everyone:

Jalani Williams, a top-300 prospect and 4-star recruit out of Parkway North High School in St. Louis, Mo., committed to Barry Odom and the Mizzou Tigers on Friday night. He made his announcement on KSDK Channel Five, the local NBC affiliate in St. Louis, and further confirmed the commitment on Twitter with a nice tribute video to his uncle.

Williams chose Missouri over LSU, Oklahoma, and a host of other elite power five offers including Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia. The Bayou Bengals who were long considered to be the toughest competition for the hometown Tigers.

I never claim to be the biggest football scout, but this video below looks impressive.

Williams is expected to be able to shore up one of the Tigers biggest weaknesses over the last few years with its inconsistent safety play, as David Morrison recently opined.

Williams is Mizzou’s sixth in-state commitment and FIFTH from the St. Louis area alone. He’s the highest rated St. Louis area recruit to pledge to the Tigers since Terry Beckner Jr committed to Gary Pinkel in 2015. He joins C.J. Boone, Maurice Massey, Jack Buford, and Arvell Ferguson from St. Louis, and Martez Manuel from the state. He’s the Tigers 16th commitment in the class and the highest rated along with Charles Njoku as a 5.8 4-star on Rivals.

Welcome Jalani, and M-I-Z!


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Pregamin’ Tennessee

“Revenge is never a straight line. It’s a forest, And like a forest it’s easy to lose your way... To get lost... To forget where you came in,” Derek Dooley, probably.

IT’S DEREK DOOLEY REVENGE SZN, Y’ALL, SO LET’S SUPPORT OUR MAN AND GET TO PREGAMIN’

Get Hype!

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

BLOCK M! WHAT’S UP, PAL?

This is easily my favorite uni combination Missouri has rolled out this year. The all-white look with the clean black-and-white block M on the lid? Too good. Missouri didn’t have to do much to look better than the universal eye-sore that is Tennessee orange, but they really went all out.

What the “Experts” are Saying

While all seemed lost after the Kentucky game, Missouri is now bowl eligible after a Top 15 road win and a drag-em-out win against a tough Vanderbilt team. What has been the biggest key to this team’s surge?

Pete Scantlebury, Football Editor: They played one perfect game and one not-so-perfect game, so the biggest thing I’ve seen is that they’re finally starting to win in different ways. Against Florida, they were largely flawless — that was the most complete game (against a team with a pulse) we’ve seen under Odom. Against Vanderbilt, they made mistakes that likely would have cost them the game if it were a year or even three weeks ago; instead, they responded and hung on just long enough to seal the win. I don’t think it’s rocket science with what they’re doing differently; I think it’s a group of players (and a coaching staff) that’s maturing as the season goes along.

Ryan Herrera, Football Beat Writer: Run defense. Missouri has had to go up against some really impressive running backs over the last few weeks, but the front seven has been stout — if not the best its looked in years. Kentucky’s unit only managed 91 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns, even though it was led by the SEC’s rushing leader at that point. And despite that loss, the Tigers have won three of its last four games on the strength of that defensive unit are in a great position to win out to end the season. Locking down an entire opponent’s plan of attack is critical, and the run defense has been the biggest reason for Missouri’s defensive success.

Josh Matejka, Editor: It’s easy to overlook, but Missouri’s offense returning to form has been the biggest factor. We can point to the defense making big plays when it needs to (in classic bend-don’t-break fashion), but the overall balance of Drew Lock getting his weapons back and Damarea Crockett rediscovering his star form has been massive. It allowed Missouri to sprint away from an offensively challenged team like Florida and outpace an upstart Vanderbilt in a game full of mistakes. The Tigers don’t have to be perfect, but when the offense is ticking there aren’t many teams that can keep up with them.

Freshmen have been the hot topic around Missouri after Daniel Parker Jr. and Dominic Gicinto showed out against Vandy. Which frosh have you been most impressed with this season?

Pete Scantlebury: Daniel Parker, without a doubt. Tyler Badie, Jalen Knox have been stellar all season. Gicinto and Kam Scott have had their moments. But Parker has become a difference-maker at tight end, and he was a freakin’ defensive end until mid-August. The injuries to Kendall Blanton and Albert Okwuegbunam might have derailed this season; instead, Parker -- a true freshman who is still learning the position -- has buoyed the offensive, especially with his run-blocking.

Ryan Herrera: Jalen Knox is the frontrunner for Missouri’s Freshman of the Year, but Tyler Badie is a very close second. Knox stepped up immensely in the weeks both Emanuel Hall and Nate Brown were out with injuries. Drew Lock needed someone to throw to in those games, and Knox took his chance and ran with it. He’s fourth on the team 413 yards on 26 receptions, a better yards-per-catch average than Johnathon Johnson and Albert Okwuegbunam, the two players immediately ahead of him. The receiving corps has faced a ton of adversity this season, and Knox broke out when he needed to. For Badie, all that really needs to be said is that he managed to steal carries from Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III. Statistics aside, if you manage to do that as a freshman, you’ve got a pretty good college career ahead of you.

Josh Matejka: The pure numbers don’t show it, but how can it not be Daniel Parker, Jr.? If you’d have told me a few months ago Mizzou wanted to play Parker as a tight end, I’d have told you he’d be committing somewhere else. But the freshman has taken the position switch and flourished with it, becoming a key component of the offense. He doesn’t cover completely for the loss of Albert Okwuegbunam, but he does give Lock a steady-handed threat down the middle to pick up chunk yardage. And he blocks well. Knox, Badie and even Scott have better highlights, but Parker has impressed me almost as much as anyone on the roster.

Tennessee looked like a rollover win a few weeks ago, but that was before they housed Kentucky in Knoxville last week. Does Jeremy Pruitt’s team scare you now that they’ve got a signature win on their resume?

Pete Scantlebury: Personally, I think their win over Auburn was more impressive than the one over Kentucky, because we all saw the clock start to hit midnight and the chariot started to turn back into a pumpkin against Missouri a few weeks ago. Then Georgia happened, and then a talented if erratic Tennessee team cleaned up the scraps. Basically, I think Kentucky was more smoke-and-mirrors than people are admitting.

What would scare me as a Missouri fan is that Tennessee is a true “I cut the brakes, bitches” wild-card this season. They beat Auburn and Kentucky and then barely squeak by against Charlotte. I don’t know what Tennessee team will show up on Saturday, and I think that scares me the most.

Ryan Herrera: I don’t find Tennessee any more menacing than I did before it took out Kentucky. I mean, Missouri had a complete second half meltdown against the Wildcats, and still only lost by a point after a *cough* controversial defensive pass interference call. Then the next week, the Tigers dismantled Florida and got their own signature win under their belt. The SEC is a great conference with talented teams throughout, so I’d say my initial thoughts that Missouri would have to play a solid, complete game against the Volunteers still hold true.

Josh Matejka: It’s funny, because I think Tennessee fans and Missouri fans are probably talking about each others teams in the exact same way. For as unpredictable as Missouri has been all year, Tennessee hasn’t been any better. They have a very good win against Auburn, which isn’t quite as good as Missouri’s win at The Swamp. They’ve got another good win against an (admittedly regressing) Kentucky team that probably looks a little better than Missouri’s win at Purdue. And they’ve got a, “what the hell was that?” win against Charlotte, much like Mizzou’s win against Vandy last week.

I’ve been nervous about the Tennessee game for weeks, but the Kentucky game didn’t really change anything. It just confirmed that the Volunteers’ season has been just as wacky as the Tigers’.

PICK ‘EM. Let’s get a score and one player on offense and defense who will need to play well to secure a W in Knoxville.

Pete Scantlebury: I think Missouri wins and covers. Tennessee’s defense has been good; its offense has not. But Missouri’s offense is rounding into form, and Emanuel Hall is another week healthier and coming off a down game. I think that bodes well for Missouri. I think Hall goes over 100, I think Tre Williams has two sacks and Missouri wins this one, 31-20.

Ryan Herrera: 33-17, Missouri. On offense, as is the case every week, Drew Lock needs to have an efficient performance. I don’t think it will take a career game from Lock to knock off Tennessee, but he has to complete his passes and avoid interceptions for this offense to go anywhere. Defensively, Terry Beckner Jr. has to keep leading that rush defense. We saw the Volunteers rely heavily on their backfield in the win over Kentucky, but again, winning the ground game is something the Tigers have proven to be capable of. If Beckner continues to take charge of that unit, I’m expecting a good day for Missouri in Knoxville.

Josh Matejka: It’s hard to pick a game like this as both teams have the potential to come out firing, flat or any combination of the two. I do think Missouri is the better team overall, but that doesn’t particularly matter when it comes to playing November road games in the SEC (unless you’re Alabama.)

Ultimately, I think the game rides on — who else? — Drew Lock. Tennessee has played three quarterbacks at or above Lock’s level this year, was torched by two (Will Grier, Tua Tagovailoa) and the other (Jake Fromm) never really needed to have his best game in a blowout. So if there were a defense vulnerable to his talents, this would be it. On defense, I think it needs to be DeMarkus Acy. He’s been quietly very good this year, and a big game from him would help mitigate some of the damage Guarantano can do. Assuming all that happens... Missouri 34, Tennessee 27.


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GAME THREAD: Mizzou vs. Kennesaw State

Mizzou kicks off the Paradise Jam with the Fighting Owls.

Missouri has staggered a little out of the gates but they have a chance to right themselves at the aptly named Paradise Jam. The tournament takes place today through Monday in St. Thomas, and features Missouri with Kansas State, Oregon State, Penn, Northern Iowa, Old Dominion, Eastern Kentucky and the Tigers game one opponent the Owls of Kennesaw State.

The Owls enter as the 329th ranked team in KenPom, and were picked 7th in the league by SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness. Needless to say this should be a game Missouri wins.

Follow along below for live updates and analysis.

Missouri-Kennesaw State men’s basketball: Live updates, score, analysis

Missouri-Iowa State men’s basketball: Game time, information

Time: 2 p.m. CT

Date: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Location: U.S. Virgin Island; Not Iowa, the Island of St. Thomas

TV Channel: FloHoops.com - Everything you need to know on how to watch

Missouri-Kennesaw State men’s basketball: Betting odds, preview, prediction

Missouri is an 18-point favorite over Kennesaw State, with an over/under of 132.5, according to Vegasinsider.com. Mizzou is currently 0-2 ATS this season and each game has been under. Just so ya know.

Missouri-Kennesaw State prediction

KenPom | Missouri 76, Kennesaw State 59


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Matter’s Picks: Mizzou-Tennessee and more – STLtoday.com


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Tennessee has shown progress under Pruitt by winning three straight games, including a 24-7 triumph last week over No. 20 Kentucky (No. 17 College Football Playoff ). The Vols already have exceeded their win total from last year, when they finished 4-8.
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PODCAST: Mizzou Hoops heads to Paradise and what lies beyond

A preview of what to expect today and the rest of the weekend.

With the disappointment of the Iowa State game in the rearview, Missouri Basketball looks ahead to the Paradise Jam where they’ve got a reasonable expectation to leave with at least a couple wins. We talk about round one, potential round two opponents, and what could happen in the third round.

Plus, listener questions is always a good way to finish the podcast. What should Missouri do to kick start their offense? And which freshman will prove to be the best one come February?

Rock M Radio Presents: Dive Cuts Episode 41 w Sam Snelling & Matt Harris

Welcome back to another episode of Dive Cuts! Sam and Matt are here to recap signing day for Mizzou Hoops, Iowa State, and they preview the tournament Mizzou has on their hands this weekend! This good be a good measuring stick for the Tigers this weekend, right? The crew gets into that and much more. So, let’s dive in.

Episode Breakdown:

:15 – 4:00: Intro and a brief recap on what happened to Mizzou against Iowa State… Spoiler alert: Not great things.
4:01 – 16:53: Let’s talk about the upcoming tournament for Mizzou… What are the expectations?
16:54 – 25:10: Why should you be skeptical about Kansas State?
25:11 – 27:58: After this tournament, there’s some games on the schedule that can help build some confidence for this Missouri team.
28:00 – 32:50: Let’s talk signing day! No drama, but Mizzou got the two guys they expected to sign. What does that mean for the future?
32:51 – 50:39: It’s time to take your questions that were submitted on Twitter! Some of the topics include: a 2020 recruiting update, the best Freshman on Mizzou’s Roster in February will be ____ and what should we make of the Mizzou Offense so far and how can it improve?
50:40 – END: Final Thoughts and Wrap-Up! Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to Rock M Radio wherever you get your Podcasts!

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Over the last few years of new uniforms and helmets for Missouri, the most common demand is to bring back the Block M. It happened twice before — a throwback helmet during Homecoming 2017 (against Idaho), and earlier this year with a marble-accented ...


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Mizzou brings back the Block M

Tigers will be wearing a new uniform combination against Tennessee, with a familiar friend on the helmet.

Over the last few years of new uniforms and helmets for Missouri, the most common demand is to bring back the Block M.

It happened twice before — a throwback helmet during Homecoming 2017 (against Idaho), and earlier this year with a marble-accented Block M against Memphis.

It’s coming back for a third time.

The all-whites are becoming more and more common for Missouri, and I’ve got to say, I’m a fan of them.

Now, if only there were snow in Knoxville — Missouri would be taking the camouflaged route. Instead, it’ll be 59 and sunny tomorrow.


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Jeremy Pruitt previews the Missouri Tigers – Rocky Top Talk


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Tennessee’s defense has been hot as of late

The Volunteers have given up just 10 points in their past two games.

Kentucky and Charlotte can attest: points have been hard to come by against Tennessee lately.

The Volunteers have given up just 10 points combined in their past two games against the Wildcats (7 pts) and 49ers (3 pts), dominating both on the ground and through the air.

Kentucky star running back Benny Snell Jr. mustered up just 81 yards rushing without a score in a loss Saturday, proving Tennessee’s 55th-ranked rush defense (152.7 ypg) is much improved from the beginning of the year.

The Volunteers’ defense prides itself on defending the pass and rushing the passer. They allow under a 60 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks on just 205.1 yards per game (40th in FBS, 6th in SEC). Without tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and wide receiver Nate Brown, Drew Lock could have some trouble getting much going against Tennessee on the road — even with Emanuel Hall healthy this week.

Another reason Lock could struggle Saturday is the Volunteers’ pass rush. Linebacker Darrell Taylor has seven sacks so far this year, racking up a whopping four of them against Kentucky’s mobile quarterback Terry Wilson Jr. Saturday. He’s only gotten sacks one other game, but that came against Georgia where he brought down Jake Fromm thrice.

The success of Missouri’s offense Saturday will rely heavily on the performance of the offensive line. The big boys up front have played well lately, giving Lock a good amount of time in the pocket and creating gaping holes for Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III to run through.

Both Lock and the running backs have benefited mightily from the line during Missouri’s two-game win streak. The Tigers’ star quarterback has turned the corner on what’s been a somewhat disappointing season thus far, going 46-for-65 (70.8 percent) for 503 yards and five touchdowns the past two games. In other words, he’s woken up feeling dangerous lately.

Missouri’s running backs are no slouches, either. Crockett has rushed for 114 and 122 yards against Florida and Vanderbilt, averaging nearly 5.5 yards per carry. He’s shown why so many Tiger fans have been so high on him for the past couple years. Rountree has taken advantage of Missouri’s offensive line play lately as well, rushing for 164 yards on 35 carries (4.7 ypc) in the last two games.

So, sure, Tennessee’s defense has been stifling as of late, but Missouri’s offense has been just as hot. It should be fun to watch the two go at it Saturday afternoon.


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Preview: Kennesaw State is a speed bump that can’t become a roadblock

Frankly, seeing Missouri work out some aggression on an over-matched squad might be the best way to start the Paradise Jam.

Get right.

The objective isn’t anymore complex than that for Missouri as it opens play today against Kennesaw State in the Paradise Jam. Conjuring up intrigue is hard when the opponent is pegged to finish near the bottom of the Atlantic Sun and KenPom’s index.

And if we’re honest, that’s all the setup this tilt deserves.


The Scout

NCAA Basketball: Kennesaw State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Note: These starting lineups are projected.

When Missouri has the ball...

Mizzou Offense | Playing through Tilmon on the block again seems like a prudent call. Need proof? Look at the box score from KSU’s trip to Kansas State. The Wildcats only went 1 of 13 from long range, but piled up a plus-30 margin in paint points. (Kennesaw has actually proven itself to be solid defending the 3-point line during Al Skinner’s tenure.) A bounce-back outing from Tilmon and a modicum of reliable shooting by Mark Smith, Torrence Watson and Jordan Geist likely lets the Tigers run away and hide. Meanwhile, outside of Isaac Mbuyamba, the Owls’ front line fits the profile of a group Kevin Puryear can exploit.

Kennesaw State Defense | The only compliment you can pay the Owls was already mentioned. This isn’t a team that’s going to get into you and ramp up pressure. You can go to the glass with relative ease, and their rim protection is modest.

When Kennesaw State has the ball...

Kennesaw State Offense | Without James Scott and Nick Masterson, the Fighting Owls are bereft of known scorers. Tyler Hooker needs to push the ball in transition and can hit spot-up jumpers, but too often settles for poor mid-range looks. Kosta Jankovic spaces the floor, but he rarely drives against closeouts. JUCO guard Bobby Parker supplies some outside shooting but little else. All the while, Mbuyamba and Bryson Lockley subsist on putbacks and dumpoffs. Against K-State, which like Mizzou was a top-40 defense last season, Al Skinner’s bunch only averaged 0.61 points per possession, shooting just 28.6 percent from the floor and committing 21 turnovers. If Hooker can’t get traction, there’s a real question about what — if any — production the Owls can yield each trip down the floor.

Missouri Defense | Just execute and defend consistently. Unless Hooker and Parker get rolling, there isn’t a bevy of options KSU can rely on to create instant offense. MU’s front line should also is stout enough to control the lane — 40.0 2FG% allowed — and the offensive backboards. While Mitchell Smith and Kevin Puryear are searching for consistency on the offensive end, the pair of combo forwards are doing a solid job at the defensive end.


The Matchup

NCAA Basketball: Kennesaw State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

To thrive, Hooker needs the game to be played in the open floor. Yet he suits up for a team that plods. That incongruity explains in part why Hooker’s game rests on using a high-volume of possessions. When the game moves into the half court, he’s woeful operating in ball screens (0.5 PPP) and is prone to loft up poor mid-range jumpers. That tendency to settle instead of sticking with success as a spot-up shooter — esepcially coming of screens to his right — drags down his overall game.

Defensively, though, Hooker holds his own guarding the 3-point arc — 31.7 3FG% allowed as a sophomore — but can be exploited in pick-and-rolls. If matched up with Geist, it might be worthwhile using early drag screens set by Tilmon to see if Missouri can find way to get quality shots at the rim without throwing the ball inside.


The Breakdown

NCAA Basketball: Kennesaw State at Florida State Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

There’s not a ton of analytical grist to mill. Kennesaw State isn’t equipped with the kind of experienced personnel to make this a competitive game. The only scenario in which goes sideways is black swan event.

Last season, Long Beach State helped Missouri, which had been putrid from 3-point range against Utah and Emporia State, flush poor shooting from its system. A week ago, Jordan Geist and Mark Smith went a combined 5 of 12 from long distance, hinting that Missouri might have at least two plausible spot-up threats.

Is this the foe, though, that spurs a breakout from Torrence Watson? Given that K.J. Santos remains sidelined with a foot injury, getting the freshman on track would start to make opponents think twice about doubling up Tilmon.

Oh, value the ball, too.


KenPom says...

Missouri 75, Kennesaw State 59 | Barring a total collapse, this tilt isn’t worth putting a charge on your credit card. (FloHoops is worth the price to see EYBL action, though.) The weekend’s fortunes hinge on Saturday’s tussle with Oregon State or Old Dominion, presumably to earn a date with Kansas State on Sunday. Crass at it sounds, seeing Missouri thump the on a the Fighting Owls is the best sign of progress anyone can expect.


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Santa Barry, offering you tickets tonight

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Barry Odom is offering Missouri fans a pretty nice Black Friday deal.

Pretty cool gesture from Odom, and also needed considering the attendance issues this year (and in recent years). No judgment from me for the fans not going to games — it has become more and more of a commitment, and the longer I live in Kansas City, the longer that drive becomes.

But, if now you’ve got more incentive to consider heading to Columbia next Friday. Call TSF and see about those free tickets.

2. Speaking of Odom, here’s the most compelling reason for why Missouri should extend him.

If you can not rush to judgment based on the headline, Gabe DeArmond lays out a compelling reason for why Missouri has to give Odom an extension, regardless of what happens the next two games.

From DeArmond’s column:

Missouri football is at a fork in the road. The path that involves firing Barry Odom has almost certainly been abandoned at this point, barring something shocking in the next couple of weeks.

The other path involves investing in him and betting on the future. If you’re wrong, it will cost you a few million to correct the mistake. But being wrong is better than not making a decision. If Missouri continues to try to walk down the middle of the road, it will find itself in the woods.

It is a crazy time in college sports where, even if Jim Sterk doesn’t 100-percent believe Odom is the right guy for the job, he’ll have to potentially cost the school a few million dollars to give the PERCEPTION that he is. Either that, or just fire him and move on, regardless of blow-back. But I can’t say I disagree that those are the two options.

3. Drew Lock makes another cut for a national award.

Lock is officially a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

And if you’re like me and just thought, “Man, who has won this award recently?” — well, pal, you’re in luck because I have the ability to Google things:

  • 2008 — Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
  • 2009 — Colt McCoy, Texas
  • 2010 — Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin
  • 2011 — Andrew Luck, Stanford
  • 2012 — Collin Klein, Kansas State
  • 2013 — AJ McCarron, Alabama
  • 2014 — Marcus Mariota, Oregon
  • 2015 — Connor Cook, Michigan State
  • 2016 — Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  • 2017 — Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

4. What’s on tap for Mizzou sports this weekend?

A lot! Here’s the rundown:

  • Friday

We’ve got Mizzou men (2 p.m., Kennesaw State) and Mizzou women (6 p.m., Green Bay) basketball action. In addition, No. 7 Missouri wrestling hosts No. 10 Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. We’ve also got the Mizzou Invite for the men and women’s swim and dive teams, which begins Friday and goes through Saturday.

  • Saturday

Of course you know about the football game in Knoxville (CBS, 2:30 p.m.). But Mizzou wrestling as another meet at Lindenwood.

  • Sunday

Round out your weekend with volleyball hosting No. 11 Kentucky (3 p.m., SEC Network).

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Missouri Can’t Overlook Tennessee’s Last- Place SEC Offense

The Volunteers don’t have one of the more electric offenses in the conference, but the Tigers have to take them seriously, as they just upset Kentucky.

Sure, Tennessee may rank last in the SEC in total offense at just 340.9 total yards per game (113th in FBS), but it knocked off Kentucky in a big 24-7 win Saturday.

The Wildcats have one of the best defenses in the country, and as Missouri fans saw a few weeks ago, they pose some real trouble to opposing offenses. So putting up 24 points and 416 yards on Kentucky is no small feat. Giive credit where credit is due.

Tennessee relied heavily on the run against the Wildcats, accounting for over 65 percent of itsoffensive plays. They dominated on the ground, rushing 38 times for 219 yards (5.8 YPC) and a touchdown.

While the Volunteers rushed the ball for a vast majority of their biggest win of 2018, quarterback Jarrett Guarantano had an efficient day passing the ball. He completed 12-of-20 passes (60 percent) for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Guarantano averaged over 16 yards per completion, picking on a zone of the field Missouri’s had trouble defending all year — 10-to-20 yard passes.

Just as it looked like the Tigers’ secondary finally figured things out, Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur tore them apart early last weekend. He could do no wrong in the first half, completing 14-of-17 passes (82.3 percent) for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

This furthered the point that Missouri struggles time and time again against efficient quarterbacks such as Shurmur. Guarantano is no different, as he’s completed over 65 percent of his passes on the year. He hasn’t been a focal point of the offense so far this year, but Tennessee hasn’t faced a secondary quite as vulnerable as Missouri’s.

It should be interesting to see the offensive approach the Volunteers take come Saturday. Will they use the same strategy that worked in taking down Kentucky last week, or will they rely heavier on the pass like they did against Auburn where Guarantano went 21-32 for 328 yards and two touchdowns?

Even though they may average the least amount of yards per game in the SEC, this is no offense to overlook.


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Missouri Defense Practices Safeties in Numbers

Joshuah Bledsoe, despite being the only one of the Tigers’ main four safeties not to start a game this year, has seen the most snaps of the group against Power-5 competition.

Cam Hilton, Khalil Oliver, Joshuah Bledsoe and Tyree Gillespie have all had their moments in the sun this season.

Gone are the days of Braylon Webb, Ian Simon and Matt White.

Those were Missouri safeties that, through up and down, through thick and thin, through run stuff in the gap and head-scratching arm tackle whiff, rarely ever left the field.

Even if the performance varied in quality, there was always something comforting about that consistency, which has just not been a thing in the Barry Odom era of safeties continually cycling into and out of the proverbial doghouse.

Here an Anthony Sherrils. There a Thomas Wilson. Here a Prewett, there a Hilton, everywhere a Perkins, Ulmer.

The 2018 Tigers have been no different. Cam Hilton and Khalil Oliver started off the year as the starters set in stone, pretty much. Since then, Tyree Gillespie has asserted himself on the depth, Joshuah Bledsoe has expanded his role from nickelback to full-on safety and everything seems pretty dang interchangeable back there...again.

For the season, Hilton has played 61.1 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, Oliver 57.2, Bledsoe 55.5 (or 60.5, if you don’t count the Wyoming game, which he sat) and Gillespie 40.6.

If we denote “starters” purely by amount of snaps played in a game, see how the safeties rotate:

UT Martin — Bledsoe/Hilton/Oliver (tie)
Wyoming — Hilton/Oliver
Purdue — Hilton/Oliver
Georgia — Oliver/Bledsoe
South Carolina — Hilton/Bledsoe
Alabama — Bledsoe/Gillespie
Memphis — Gillespie/Hilton/Bledsoe (tie)
Kentucky — Gillespie/Hilton
Florida — Oliver/Bledsoe
Vanderbilt — Hilton/Oliver

(And, with Adam Sparks out over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of the four of them on the field at the same time in the Dime set.)

With all this in mind — and with that running back post I did a few weeks back fresh on the brain — I wanted to see if there was a demonstrable difference in how the defense has performed with each of the four safeties on the field this season.

Overall

Cam Hilton (Snap% — 61.1)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 18.4
Run: 169 for 742 (4.39 per), 4 TD, 1 TO
Pass: 140-of-244, 1832 yards (7.51 per), 11 TD, 3 TO
Sack: 11 for -64
Total: 424 for 2510 (5.92 per), 15 TD, 4 TO

Khalil Oliver (Snap% — 57.2)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 14.4
Run: 191 for 802 (4.20 per), 5 TD, 1 TO
Pass: 118-of-199, 1569 yards (7.88 per), 11 TD, 6 TO
Sack: 7 for -49
Total: 397 for 2322 (5.85 per), 16 TD, 7 TO

Joshuah Bledsoe (Snap% — 55.5)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 22.0
Run: 165 for 760 (4.61 per), 5 TD
Pass: 114-of-208, 1577 yards (7.58 per), 12 TD, 5 TO
Sack: 12 for -75
Total: 385 for 2262 (5.88 per), 17 TD, 5 TO

Tyree Gillespie (Snap% — 40.6)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 12.3
Run: 128 for 633 (4.95 per), 3 TD
Pass: 84-of-146, 1199 yards (8.21 per), 9 TD, 2 TO
Sack: 8 for -48
Total: 282 for 1784 (6.33 per), 12 TD, 2 TO

Power-5

Joshuah Bledsoe (Snap% — 60.7)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 20.8
Run: 128 for 582 (4.55 per), 2 TD
Pass: 94-of-165, 1291 yards (7.82 per), 9 TD, 3 TO
Sack: 8 for -64
Total: 301 for 1809 (6.01 per), 11 TD, 3 TO

Khalil Oliver (Snap% — 59.7)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 15.2
Run: 137 for 602 (4.39 per), 2 TD
Pass: 93-of-153, 1330 yards (8.69 per), 11 TD, 4 TO
Sack: 6 for -47
Total: 296 for 1885 (6.37 per), 13 TD, 4 TO

Cam Hilton (Snap% — 59.5)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 17.9
Run: 114 for 531 (4.66 per), 2 TD
Pass: 109-of-176, 1516 yards (8.61 per), 11 TD, 1 TO
Sack: 5 for -38
Total: 295 for 2009 (6.81 per), 13 TD, 1 TO

Tyree Gillespie (Snap% — 42.5)

Snaps per Total Tackle: 10.3
Run: 94 for 460 (4.89 per), 2 TD
Pass: 68-of-112, 927 yards (8.28 per), 6 TD, 1 TO
Sack: 5 for -41
Total: 211 for 1346 (6.38 per), 8 TD, 1 TO

A few thoughts:

  • Kind of interesting that, overall, Hilton has the most snaps among the safeties but, once we break it down into Power-5 games, he actually comes in third behind Bledsoe and Oliver. Much of that has to do with a 14-snap outing against Georgia, when he was battling a broken hand, but even in healthy games, he finished outside the top two in snaps against Alabama and Florida.
  • He is the only one to “start” all 10 games, though. Gillespie and Oliver each have five and Bledsoe, despite getting the most exposure against Power-5 competition, has zero.
  • The “Snaps per Total Tackle” measure is for the evolved understanding of total tackles (solo plus one-half assisted) and for only tackles made on defense. Not special teams.
  • Isn’t it crazy how close the top three’s yards per play against is against all competition? Hilton’s is 5.92, Oliver’s is 5.85 and Bledsoe’s is 5.88. Gillespie’s is a little off the pace, at 6.33.
  • The defense has performed best as a whole against the run with Oliver (4.20) on the field and best against the pass with Hilton (7.51).
  • The averages spread out a little bit more against the Power 5: Bledsoe (6.01), Oliver (6.37), Gillespie (6.38) and Hilton (6.81). Hilton’s numbers appear to have been helped the most by non-Power-5 play, and Gillespie’s don’t budge much at all.
  • Against the Power 5, the run defense performs best when Oliver (4.39) is on the field and the pass defense performs best with Bledsoe (7.82).

Here’s my work:


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Jeremiah Tilmon is the early focal point for Missouri

No one expected replacing Jontay Porter to be easy, but his absence literally changes the shape of the Tigers’ offense. Case in point: Jeremiah Tilmon orchestrating from the paint.

Minutes after Missouri polished off a season-opening win against Central Arkansas, Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin doled out praise for Jeremiah Tilmon keeping a level head.

A year after hard-double teams stymied and frustrated the Tigers’ post, the sophomore displayed poise under pressure, splitting defenders to finish softly around the rim or routing passes to the appropriate destination on the floor.

“I think again the biggest growth for him: passing out of the double,” Martin told assembled reporters in his post-game presser. “A year ago, he passed that thing quick, (got) it out of his hand as opposed to being strong.”

For Missouri, Tilmon’s preferences take on more weight in the algorithm that dictates the balance of their offense now that Jontay Porter is shelved for the year. While Tilmon toiled to expand his repertoire over the summer, his game is still defined by quickly converting speed to power on the block, camping out in the short corner or steamrolling down the lane out as a roll man.

Against the Bears, though, the sight of Tilmon was quickly processing plays and zipping passes over the floor stirred a notion: Maybe the low-block can remain a playmaking factory.

Then Mizzou packed up and hit the road to Ames, where Tilmon tallied five of the Tigers’ 25 giveaways. If it seemed each was simply a single highlight playing on a loop, well, that’s not entirely off base. The circumstances for each were carbon copies: an entry pass from the left wing and a guard — usually Nick Weiler-Babb — creeping over to annoy the big man.

The odds MU posts another 37.5 turnover rate — its highest single-game mark since KenPom came online in 2002 — are remote. Yet the Cyclones tactics revealed how the geometry of the Tigers’ offense has shifted, and how the personnel is trying to find a fit as MU jets to the Virgin Islands for a weekend of neutral floor tilts at the Paradise Jam.

Tilting the floor to Tilmon

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After Porter’s injury, Martin rejected the idea that Missouri’s offense would be remade whole cloth.

It was evident early on, though, the orientation of the system might shift directions. Losing the sophomore robbed MU of a player whose innate vision and feel as an initiator of offense on the interior and whose face-up allowed Martin and his staff to invert the floor and warp spacing to induce stress. You could cobble together the lost points and rebounds with a committee of Tilmon, Kevin Puryear, and Mitchell Smith.

Last season, almost 56 percent of Porter’s post-ups resulted in pass-outs from the low block, and 80 percent (44 possessions) of those kickouts went to spot-up shooters. Only Georgia’s Yante Maten and Tennessee’s Grant Williams were used more often as low-post passers. While Porter’s efficiency (0.932 PPP) lagged behind two of the SEC’s premier big men, an offseason spent refining his game could have ticked the number closer to 1.1 PPP — easing pressure on Jordan Geist and Xavier Pinson to spread the ball around.

Early on, though, we’ve seen Martin’s gone about replacing his best ball-mover by promoting Tilmon. The tempo has whirred down — the Tigers are 300th in adjusted pace — and Martin’s play calls have matched the East St. Louis product’s preference: a post entry on the left block, where Tilmon takes a dribble, shoulder fakes and works toward a right-handed hook shot over his left shoulder.

Lacking a dynamo at lead guard, MU has also scaled back its use of staples from last season. For example, the Tigers have only run three pick-and-pop actions in two games. (A year ago, the Tigers averaged almost three per game.) At least against Iowa State, we saw MU big men setting early drag screens near the top of the key and rolling off. But the roll-and-replace action where Porter would pop out for pitch back and a 3-ball? It’s gathering a bit of dust.

Instead, MU has entrusted Tilmon with a larger facilitating role. Two games is a small sample size but look at the early spike in kickouts coming from the low block, per Synergy data.

Tilmon’s possession data also paints a clear picture of how the Tigers’ offense has shifted. In two games, he’s primarily camped out inside, spending 66.7 percent of his time jostling and bumping on the left block.

Finally, Synergy’s analytics shows a nearly seven-fold increase in Tilmon’s passes to shooters out of the low post. Taken together, the data paints a picture of MU relying heavily on one of its few known assets. At times last season, feeding the ball to Tilmon was a tertiary option on a play call after two initial actions failed to spring a shooter free. Now, those paint touches are — to a degree — powering the offense.

Tilting the balance of the floor to Tilmon is a defensible rationale, too.

First, Tilmon’s comfortable around the rim. You’re not introducing new tasks— hand-offs or passing out of short-rolls — that might risk sapping confidence. Second, the offense already builds those touches and actions into the mix, avoiding the task of teaching tweaks on the fly. Punishing opponents for doubling him was always the next step in Tilmon’s development.

Heading into a Big 12 reunion against Iowa State, the strategy looked even more sound given the Cyclones attrition along the front line. With Solomon Young, Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley Jr. sidelined, the conventional wisdom held that Tilmon would wreak havoc in the lane.

Instead, ISU and coach Steve Prohm conjured up a solution that left Tilmon flummoxed and frustrated.

Getting by with timely help

Since arriving in Ames, Prohm’s defenses haven’t feasted on turnovers to power an uptempo offense, never ranking better than 109th nationally in turnover percentage. Instead, the Cyclones dictate pace by thriving on secondary breaks and early-clock offense.

On Friday, though, the Cyclones placed a reasonable bet: send a long-limbed or quick-handed guard to see whether Tilmon would remain unflappable.

The starting lineup gave a hint at their intentions. Inserting freshman Tyrese Haliburton, a 6-foot-6 swingman, who has length and is rangy, gave the Cyclones defensive flexibility on a night where they switched practically every screen. Paired with Marial Shayok and Talen Horton-Tucker, Prohm put a lineup on the floor of bigger wings that could lend help to Michael Jacobson.

In trying to play through Tilmon early, the Tigers quickly saw how their old Big 12 rival would short-circuit an offense where off-ball movement was stiff and the ball had a tendency to stick.

During the opening four minutes, the Tigers used variations of this set, which hinges on Pickett sprinting in from the left corner to set a cross screen. The ball swings to the left side, and Geist maneuvers to get an angle to throw an entry pass.

Keep an eye on the right side of the floor, though. See how Pickett sprints vertically up the lane after screening. Where is his defender? Instead of trailing the freshman, Nick Weiler-Babb hangs around the restricted area, jumping to help Michael Jacobson with hard double-team as soon as Tilmon turns to his left shoulder.

The scene was much the same four possessions later.

Instead of posting up, Tilmon trots out to set a screen. Look at where Jacobson’s positioned. The Nebraska transfer hangs back and hems in Geist while Haliburton recovers. No one tags Tilmon as he rolls off, but there are three Cyclones camped out around the restricted area.

Usually, Weiler-Babb and Talen Horton Tucker might be a step outside the lane on the weak side, making it easier to close out and contest jumpers. However, the scouting reports on Pickett and Puryear wouldn’t classify either Tiger as a spot-up threat.

Unable to feed Tilmon, Geist starts a ball reversal, but it’s too sluggish — allowing Weiler-Babb and Horton-Tucker ample time to recover. Next, Puryear puts the ball on the deck, which is far from an ideal possession, as Weiler-Babb stunts in and jars the ball loose.

A staple of Missouri’s offense are split cuts by guards on the weakside of the floor, movement that unfolds as the ball switches sides. Pickett and Mark Smith swap places, with Geist setting the second of two staggered screens. Ideally, Tilmon could make a catch on the block, take a dribble and see Smith curling open at the top of the circle as a safety valve.

Weiler-Babb’s freelancing chokes it off.

Earlier in the possession, he slipped away from Geist when the Tigers’ combo guard stepped in to screen for Smith. At the same moment, freshman Zion Griffin camped out under the rim, all but abandoning Pickett in the right corner. Once Tilmon puts the ball on the floor, Weiler-Babb gets big and helps hem the Tigers’ post into the corner, forcing an errant heave that sailed into the Tigers backcourt.

Last season, the tax for slanting so much help toward the ball was painful: Porter would whip a cross-court pass to Jordan Barnett. Or Puryear would slice down the lane — exploiting an open lane created by defenders sticking close to shooters — for an easy dumpoff.

Obviously, circumstances have changed.

Is it too soon to panic?

So far, Mizzou has coped by trying to use the left block as a base of operations and play through Tilmon. Iowa State, though, showed how teams will counter. The Cyclones didn’t discover a new tool — plenty of teams ran extra bodies at Tilmon last season — but did prove its still useful.

The character of the offense can also change as Martin homes in on a nine-man rotation he feels comfortable deploying. For now, though, the Tigers are fairly predictable from possession to possession. The early direction of the offense has made it hard for Puryear to get relief, because he’s not getting favorable switches to exploit — outside of three minutes in the second half against the Cyclones. Meanwhile, Smith’s transition to a more perimeter-oriented role has hit some early snags.

Not only is the floor spacing more conventional, but the Tigers — as of yet — don’t have guards capable of putting the defense in rotation or punishing them for slanting so much help toward Tilmon. After two games, Mark Smith looks like an emerging source of jump shooting, but getting Geist on track and Watson will help clear up the middle of the floor.

The only thing that, as of now, could solve the problem: flood the floor with shooting. Lots of it. It needs to be a scramble drill on kickouts. But no one besides Mark Smith is hitting jumpers. Maybe Torrence Watson gets percolating. Or the return of K.J. Santos could break the logjam.


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When Missouri announced it was making the move to the SEC, then head football coach Gary Pinkel said it only made sense if Mizzou was ready to go all-in on every level. Some seven years later, it's time for the University administration to do just that.


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Future of Mizzou basketball — both of them — got some big boosts on Wednesday

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. As expected, both Missouri men’s and women’s hoops picked up some big signatures on Wednesday.

The Missouri men added two four-stars — Mario McKinney and Tray Jackson — to its coffers. This gives Cuonzo Martin seven four or five-star recruits in his three(ish) recruiting classes; between 2010 and 2016, Missouri signed 10 four-or-five star recruits total.

(And, not to beat that dead horse, but, man, hardly any of ‘em actually stayed and contributed for Missouri, outside of the Phil Preseey-Ricardo Ratliffe 2010 class.)

From the MUTigers.com release:

“Tray has the potential to be an immediate impact player in the SEC,” Martin said. “He fits that positionless mold, with the ability to shoot, score at the rim and defend at a high level. The Detroit-to-Mizzou connection has a storied tradition here in Columbia and we’re excited for Tray to join the program and continue that legacy.”

“Mario is an incredible athlete, he’s tough, quick and his ability to attack the rim will help our program immensely,” Martin said. “I know he’s excited to represent his home state and his family legacy at Mizzou, and that’s important to our program. We’re looking forward to him joining the Mizzou Basketball Family next season.”

The news was even better for the Missouri women, who signed the nation’s 11th-ranked recruiting class (according to ESPN) that included two five-star players in Aijha Blackwell and Hayley Frank, in addition to three-star Micah Linthacum.

And Robin Pingeton didn’t even have to leave the state to do this. From the release:

“Words can’t describe how excited we are about this recruiting class,” said Pingeton. “They are elite level players and high character individuals who will help us continue to elevate our program. The fact that they are from the state of Missouri makes it even that much more special.”

Here’s what ESPN said about the class:

Hear them roar? The Tigers are celebrating a class featuring three in-state stars.

Aijha Blackwell, a 6-foot guard at Whitfield (St. Louis), a USA Basketball gold medalist and the No. 8 prospect in the country, headlines the Tigers’ class.

Hayley Frank, the No. 29 prospect, is the reigning Gatorade player of the year in Missouri. The 6-1 wing at Strafford averaged 24.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.0 blocks as a junior. She also led her team to its third straight state title in 2017-18, topping Blackwell’s team along the way.

Micah Linthacum, a 6-3 post player at Jefferson City, rounds out the class.

And here’s a video from Blackwell’s signing:

2. Dominic Gicinto is really easy to root for.

Especially after reading this article by Mitchell Forde of PowerMizzou.com (it’s free).

This part jumped out to me:

During the summer before his senior year, Dominic attended a recruiting camp on Missouri’s campus. When prospects lined up to run the 40-yard dash, Dominic clocked a blazing time, somewhere around 4.4 seconds, according to wide receivers coach A.J. Ofodile. Then he got right back in line. He wanted to run again, to try to better his time. Odom took notice.

Seems like Odom is hitting on a lot of these under-the-radar guys already, doesn’t it? Tyler Badie, Kam Scott, Gicinto — these guys are coming up big as true freshmen. It’s certainly giving more credence to the fact that Odom, like Gary Pinkel, knows what he’s doing in evaluating talent.

Another part in the article jumped out, when A.J. Ofodile mentioned that they needed to see his senior tape before they offered because “sometimes those senior evals are the most accurate ones.” In my years covering recruiting, this always seemed like an area that Missouri had success — keeping some spots open to be able to see how gifted yet unproductive high school players would develop in their final year. This was especially true with in-state players.

Dom Gicinto is carrying that torch well.


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Missouri basketball announces signings of Tray Jackson and Mario McKinney

The Tigers are filling two big needs today at combo guard and combo forward.

Signing day is obviously a big day for basketball programs. Hope springs eternal no matter where your class is ranked. This season Missouri and their two commitments rank just 43rd in the country and ninth in the SEC, but the Tigers answered the bell on their two biggest needs at Combo guard and Combo forward.

Today Mario McKinney, a four-star combo guard out of Vashon High School in St. Louis, and Tray Jackson, a Detroit native and a four-star combo forward from Sunrise Christian, officially put pen to paper and joined Cuonzo Martin’s 2019 recruiting class.

Missouri still likely has one more scholarship to give, and we were waiting to see whether Kobe Brown will take it. Granted, recruiting analysts have predicted Brown — a 3-star forward from Alabama — winds up at Texas A&M. However, he would give Missouri what they sought to add this offseason.

mizzou basketball scholarship count 10-26-18

It’ll be interesting to see the impact of McKinney and Jackson on the roster next season.

They’re going to fit in and be expected to contribute, but the perimeter gets crowded in a hurry with a depth chart of Dru Smith, Mark Smith, Christian Guess, Xavier Pinson, Javon Pickett and Torrence Watson. McKinney will step in and play somewhere, he’s too excitable of a player to keep off the court.

While McKinney might be fighting and scrapping for each minute he gets, Jackson might be looking at a wide open competition at the combo forward spot. I say might because we don’t yet know what Jontay Porter is going to do post injury. Mizzou will also see Kevin Puryear graduate, likely leaving Mitchell Smith and K.J. Santos available to take over the starters minutes. Clearly both are unproven at this stage, leaving the door open for Jackson.


Tray Jackson is on board

Shortly after putting pen to paper on Wednesday morning, Jackson fired off this tweet.

Around 9:20 a.m., Mizzou sent out formal word that Jackson’s letter of intent was in hand.

Catch up and get to know Tray Jackson:


Mario McKinney inks his NLI

At 3:30 p.m., the Vashon combo guard — and younger cousin of former Mizzou guard Jimmy McKinney — signed his letter of intent. MU sent out formal confirmation of its arrival 10 minutes later.

Catch up and get to know Mario McKinney:


Kobe Brown picks Texas A&M

The Tigers’ pursuit of Brown has unfolded largely in the dark. Mizzou offered him on Oct. 12 after Martin watched a workout, and he took an official visit nine days later. Outside of those two events, we’ve been left to decipher clues deposited via social media.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound prospect has passed on interviews, but announced via video that he’s headed to College Station.


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Ahead of Tennessee, let’s take a look at Derek Dooley’s Missouri tenure to date

There has been more regression than improvement for Missouri’s offense under Dooley, through 10 games.

Derek Dooley makes his return to Tennessee this Saturday, his first time coaching in Knoxville since Nov. 10, 2012.

You might remember that day. Dooley’s final home game as the Volunteers’ head coach came against Missouri. It ended in a 51-48 four-overtime loss to the Tigers, a game that included Tennessee blowing a two-touchdown third-quarter lead and eventually ended by 35-yard Andrew Baggett field goal in the fourth overtime.

Dooley would coach one more game for Tennessee — a road loss at Vanderbilt — and that was that.

Tennessee v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Now, Dooley returns as Missouri’s offensive coordinator, six years and one week since the Tigers led his head coaching career at Neyland to the gallows.

After a long spell as the Dallas Cowboys’ receivers coach, Dooley is in his first stint as an offensive coordinator. So far, his tenure has been mixed, at least compared to the offensive output he inherited following Josh Heupel’s departure following 2017.

Brought in to produce a more consistent offense — fewer “empty calories,” as players put it over the summer — Dooley’s offense has also feasted on non-conference opponents while struggling in-conference, much like Heupel’s version.

The biggest difference, however, is the level of feasting on those cupcake foes.

The only category Missouri hasn’t decreased year-over-year was scoring against non-conference opponents.

The biggest step back in terms of consistency has been in the passing game, with Missouri’s passing offense averaging 2.5 fewer yards per attempt against SEC opponents and 1.5 yards per attempt fewer overall.

Of course, this isn’t to stay Dooley’s first year in Columbia has been a disappointment, despite regression. Missouri’s offense holds onto the ball over five minutes longer per game; it’s also converting a nearly identical percentage of third-down attempts.

Most importantly, if you look at advanced statistics, such as Bill Connelly’s S&P+, Missouri’s offense has actually been better this season (37.1 compared to 36.4), although it currently ranks 13th nationally — exactly where it finished in 2017.

So, a push?

Barry Odom brought on Derek Dooley not just for 2018, but for the long run. So far this season, we’ve seen the offense go up and down, but it seems to have found its footing over the last two weeks, and the way its down that is most promising.

In the wins against Florida and Vanderbilt, Dooley’s attack focused heavily on the ground game to open up passing opportunities. On the 99-yard drive, for instance, 11 of the 14 plays were runs.

This is a good thing — because next year, Missouri returns all of its running backs.


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Missouri women struggle to get on track, outlast Missouri State

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

If you ignore the 3rd quarter, it was a pretty good night!

The Tigers didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the 1st quarter either, but vaulted to a comfortable halftime lead behind the strong play of freshman Akira Levy — who chipped in 11 points — and 75% shooting in the second quarter. The lead was brutally squandered in the third quarter where Mizzou missed all of their shots that weren’t free throws.

You read that right. 0-12 and just three points in the quarter and suddenly it was a game again. But if there’s one thing we’ve figured out about Robin Pingeton coached teams is they’re pretty tough and can fight through these kinds of spells. And early in the season if you’re going to throw up a giant clunker like last night, it’s best to do it against a team you can still beat.

A year and a half ago the big focus was on the Tigers Ten

The heralded Missouri state recruiting class of which Mizzou struck out on every last player except one. And the one they got has been pretty, pretty good. Dave Matter took a look at what those same Tiger Ten are doing in college now, and not many have even seen the field much less been as productive as Daniel Parker has been for Mizzou.

Ronnie Perkins has played well in a backup role for Oklahoma, Mario Goodrich has seen the field for Clemson but has been limited to a 3rd string role, and Cameron Brown has seen a few snaps as a cornerback at Ohio State. And several of them got hurt also. It’s been a mixed bag, but Mizzou has shown they don’t need in state recruits as long as they hit on the guys they do sign.

Speaking of signing... it’s the early signing day for Mizzou Hoops and:

Yay!

Also word seems to have 3-star Combo Forward Kobe Brown making his decision soon. We’ll see if Missouri is the pick.

SELF PLUG:

I went on KTRS to talk Mizzou post-Jontay and the impact of their loss to Iowa State:


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  • Nice story from Daniel Jones on Derek Dooley and his return to Tennessee:

Dooley was fired eight days after the loss to Missouri. The loss stuck with him long after his tenure at Tennessee ended.

“That first year after it I thought about it a lot emotionally,” Dooley said. “Then over time, you think about it more objectively. What do you learn from it? That was a real key game and we kinda controlled the game early but didn’t play great at the end on offense and fell apart on the other side. It was a wild finish.”

  • Looks like the SEC Basketball Tournament is stuck in Nashville for the foreseeable future. I’m kidding, I like that I’ll be forced to go to Nashville for a basketball tournament one of these days. I liked having it in St. Louis for the convenience, but truthfully Nashville is a better location for the tournament.


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