Sheldon Richardson is evidently still suspended this morning, Elvis Fisher is entering the home stretch, and Mizzou Basketball looks for faster starts.
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The Trib: MU's Richardson expected to miss Syracuse game
KC Star: Sheldon Richardson suspended for game against Syracuse
KOMU: Richardson Suspended for Mizzou Game vs. Syracuse
A source close to the program says Richardson violated teams rules for skipping class multiple times and then failed to complete work assigned to him by the team as a punishment.
The Trib (Dave Matter): Writer's Block: Nolan Weidner breaks down the Orange
Q: What are the strengths of this Syracuse team offensively and defensively?
A: This is a Syracuse team that has discovered an offense in the fourth year of the Doug Marrone era. A hurry up offense that goes no-huddle most of the time gains an average of 470 yards per game of total offense — mainly on the strength of quarterback Ryan Nassib's arm. The fifth-year senior throws for 302 yards per game and has 21 TD passes so far this season. He is very smart and throws a great ball when he has time and finds a groove. He has three solid receivers — especially seniors Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon, who is very hard to cover in the slot.
That said, the offense only really clicks when the ground game is working. That's been clear in SU's past four games, where it is 3-1 and has rushed for 200-plus (or almost 200) each time out. The one loss, Nov. 3 at Cincinnati, should have been a victory as well.
Junior Jerome Smith is the workhorse. He has four consecutive 100-plus yard games. Junior Prince-Tyson Gulley (great name) is a smaller, shifty back who also is effective catching passes out of the backfield.
On defense, the Orange philosophy under D-coordinator Scott Shafer has always been to stop the run first. When it does that, it gives the team a chance. When it doesn't, things usually don't go well. That was illustrated in classic fashion last Saturday, when SU held Louisville to 48 yards rushing and spanked the Cardinals 45-26 even though quarterback Teddy Bridgewater passed for 424 yards and three TDs. The Orange will try to get penetration up front and set up its small but fast LBs to make lots of tackles. The DBs are not great against the pass, but they're serviceable if the D-line can get pressure on the QB. The defense will bring pressure often. Shafer likes to blitz with LBs, safeties and corners. Teams that can get the ball out quick have given SU trouble.
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Special Teams Play of the Week
KC Star: Elvis Fisher finds a groove heading into final home game
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KC Star: MU's Dorial Green-Beckham settles pot charge with trespassing plea
Big Cat Country: Jaguars playing for 'pride' and 'jobs' now
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Mizzou Basketball Links
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Basketball Hosts Nicholls State
KC Star: Basketball preview: Nicholls State at No. 14 Missouri
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Post-Dispatch: Mizzou looking for a fast start
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The Missourian: Bowers, Pressey aware of expectations
KC Star: Jankovic gives Tigers a versatile weapon on the court
PowerMizzou: Atlantis Preview: Stanford
PowerMizzou: Constructing a Class
Post-Dispatch (Gordon): Recruits show faith in Haith
PowerMizzou: Looking likely that Stevie Clark waits until spring
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
SimmonsField.com: 2013 Schedule: 50 games and counting
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Softball Signs Six to National Letters of Intent
Other Mizzou Links
Mizzou Women's Basketball
MUtigers.com: Tigers Earn Hard-Fought Victory, 70-61
The Missourian: Missouri pulls away late against Western Illinois
KBIA Sports: Mizzou hold off Western Illinois, win 70-61
The Trib: Tigers keep prep star in state
The Trib: Porter emerges from shadows for MU
MUtigers.com: Wrestling Announces Five New Student Athletes for 2013-14
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Volleyball Signs Six Commits
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