Mizzou Links, 2-14-12

COLUMBIA, MO - FEBRUARY 11: Phil Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with Michael Dixon #11 after scoring during the game against the Baylor Bears on February 11, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

First off, a Happy Valentine's Day, both to my wife and to HyVee for being open at 3:30 AM today when desperate teething measures were needed. And a happy nap time to me this afternoon.

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • So ... Good Season, Huh?
    PowerMizzou: Mizzou's road to a top seed
    The Missourian: Missouri moves up to No. 3 in rankings
    Post-Dispatch: The contrasting fates of Bruce Weber and Frank Haith
  • Flip, Etc.
    The Trib (Steve Walentik): Haith talks Ricardo Ratliffe's offense, Phil Pressey's defense and rematch with OSU

    On the defensive play of Phil Pressey against Baylor’s Pierre Jackson on Saturday …

    "He was outstanding. He was outstanding. We challenge him. We challenged Phil to get back to guarding the ball the way he’s capable of because Phil can be just a terror on the ball, and he was great — and without gambling. I know Phil’s the steal leader or one of the steal leaders in the Big 12, but those steals will happen if you just stay solid and keep guys in front of you, and we wanted all of our guards to do that, a much better job of that so the ball doesn’t get on our big people. As I said in the press conference, when the game is stretched out and pushed away from the basket, it’s to our advantage. But when it’s closer to the rim, it’s too our disadvantage. So we did a nice job at the frontline of our defense, and Phil spearheaded that with how he was able to contain and guard Pierre Jackson."

    On where Pressey ranks as an on-ball defender …

    "He’s as good as I’ve been around. Phil has great hands, too. He’s got big hands for a little guy. If you’ve ever watched Phil, he palms the ball. That’s a quality that he has that’s very unique for a guy his size, but he’s as good as I’ve been around — a guy that can control the game from a defensive standpoint, and we need that because we don’t have that backline shot-blocker and whatnot. And creating turnovers, we’re not playing helter-skelter type defense, but he can still have the same kind of effect playing solid. It’s a nice quality to have on your team."

    The Missourian: Phil Pressey's defense inspires Tigers' defensive thinking
  • The Grind
    Men's Health: The Missouri Tigers' Surprising Turnaround
    Post-Dispatch: MU tries to balance hard workouts with staying fresh
  • Oh Yeah, Shapiro
    The Trib: Bitter ex wants to ruin Haith honeymoon

Other Basketball Links

Mizzou reaeeeeeally needed K-State to win last night. Alas.

Mizzou Football Links

Other Football Links

  • Guess This Means I Have To Respond At Some Point
    MGoBlog: Football is not Baseball: Why You Should Ignore Success Rates
  • Agree With Most Of These Potential Changes
    Birmingham News: NCAA takes a crack at slimmer, more efficient rulebook

SEC (And Expansionapalooza)

  • Mount USA
    CBS Sports: C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Gymnastics
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Move Up in National Polls
  • Mizzou Baseball
    SimmonsField.com: Hi Notes: Big 9, SEC, Recruiting & Silliness
  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    KBIA Sports Extra: Low attendance has little impact on Mizzou recruiting
    The Missourian: For Missouri women, men's success frustrating and inspiring
  • Mizzou Swimming & Diving
    MUtigers.com: Missouri Sees Success in Final Day of Grand Prix


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