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
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."
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.
Kansas > KSU
Rock Chalk Talk: Jeff Withey With Another Big Game As Kansas Sweeps Kansas State
KC Star: KU holds on for 59-53 win over K-State
KC Star: Self, and Withey, show off more surprises
KC Star: Jamar Samuels has big game, but leaves discontent
Lawrence Journal-World: Toughened up, Jeff Withey 'fabulous'
ESPN.com: HIGHLIGHTS: Kansas 59, Kansas State 53
Baylor > ISU
Our Daily Bears: Overreaction Central: Iowa State vs Baylor Recap
ESPN.com: HIGHLIGHTS: Baylor 79, Iowa State 64
Mizzou Football Links
SB Nation: Tigers Hold Successful Junior Day
PowerMizzou: Kurzu the traveler
PowerMizzou: Zeke Elliott takes off
We Are Mizzou: Tigers in the NFL Come Home
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)
CBS Sports: C-USA, MWC dissolving to form new league
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Tigers Move Up in National Polls
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