Mar 10, 2012; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Norfolk State Spartans center Kyle O'Quinn (10) and guard Kris Brown (22) celebrate after beating the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 73-70 in the final of the 2012 MEAC Tournament at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE
And since I got slaughtered and never actually created the second links post yesterday, you get an inordinately large Tuesday links post instead. There are worse things in the world, right?
Mizzou Basketball Links
Tickets! Get Yer Tickets! Wait, What's That? Nevermind
The Trib: Limited tickets for Tigers go fast
The Missourian: Coach Frank Haith says Missouri is ready for NCAA Tournament
KC Star: Missouri well aware of Norfolk State's height
Post-Dispatch: MU opponent is in tournament for first time
PowerMizzou: Tigers ready to start tourney journey
Fox Sports MW: Missouri makes no apologies for schedule
Post-Dispatch (Bernie Miklasz): The Skinny on NCAA tournament
* Mizzou fans shouldn't be steamed at the Tigers being seeded No. 8 overall. I looked at the teams in the West to see how they rank compared to the other teams in the tournament with the same seeds. Michigan State, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida, St. Louis U, Louisville, Long Beach State and Norfolk State were all rated fourth among the four teams that share the same seed. Memphis, Virginia and Murray State were each third among teams with the same seed. If you go by this, Missouri is in the softest of the four regions. One caveat: certainly we're not suggesting that the committee got all of these seedings right, but we're just using it as a barometer.
* This is always a tournament of matchups, so Missouri fans shouldn't stress over seedings. Missouri has a favorable draw for matchups. They are mostly in with similar teams that can shoot, and run, and MU's lack of height and bulk shouldn't be an issue, at least not to the extent where the Tigers are facing a major disadvantage. During Big 12 play, Missouri went 3-0 against a Baylor team that's ranked No. 9 in the nation in Ken Pomeroy's "effective height" rating at kenpom.com. Kansas State, which did beat Missouri twice, was ranked 20th in the nation in effective height. And Kansas was No. 48 in effective height according to Pomeroy.
Predictions And Whatnot
SB Nation (Self-Share!): NCAA Bracket Predictions: In Which Florida State Makes The Final Four
SB Nation New York: NCAA Tournament Predictions: 15 Rules To Follow (2012 Edition)
SB Nation: Amy K. Nelson Talks NCAA Tournament with Kenny Smith
Post-Dispatch: Has the Tigers' time finally come?
The Dagger: Five programs that could make a run to their first Final Four this month
Bring On The Cats: NCAA Tourney: Did the Big 12 get enough respect?
Oh Yeah, and ... win a free McAllister's lunch!
Other Basketball Links
Poor Big East
Grantland: Watching the demise of a once-mighty basketball super-conference
Mizzou Football Links
Friday Practice Reports
The Trib (Dave Matter): Friday's spring practice report
I’ve noticed more of Jaleel Clark and Gahn McGaffie through the first couple days. Both are making good use of their chances in the slot positions and making plays downfield. I talked to receivers coach Andy Hill on Thursday about trying to figure out a rotation from all the returning players in his group. He talked a lot about urgency. "You've got to understand we're trying to get the ball to you," Hill said. "You better fight, scratch and claw to get open instead of just going 'Ok, here's my route. I go 10 yards and then I go out.' That's over with.'
Saturday Practice Reports
The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers put on the pads
PowerMizzou: A hard-hitting Saturday
Jimmie Hunt continues to make the most of his opportunity. Hunt dropped a pass or two on Saturday, but it seems like he's developing quite a rapport with James Franklin. Hunt is getting plenty of balls thrown his direction, and for the most part, he isn't disappointing.
Hunt isn't the only under-the-radar receiver getting attention. Gahn McGaffie looks as solid as any receiver so far this spring, and he's been a hassle for linebackers to cover out of his slot position. One of McGaffie's go-to moves is spinning the opposite direction after catching a ball over the middle with a linebacker too far off his hip. He's added plenty of yards to his catches with that crafty maneuver. Is McGaffie going to start ahead of T.J. Moe, who he backs up? No, probably not. But McGaffie's maturity and consistency means Moe will have a very capable back-up.
QB No. 1
ESPN.com: James Franklin looking to be safer in 2012
The Missourian: Dorial Green-Beckham and his family relieved that hoopla has passed
Receivers Not Named DGB
The Trib: Tigers receivers attempt to give notice in spring
ESPN.com: James Franklin not worried about receivers
Good, Now Stay Healthy
The Trib: Tigers like way Will Ebner looks in early practices
One Way To Make The News...
SB Nation: Mizzou's Ashton Glaser Arrested After Being Punched
The Trib: Backup MU QB arrested for warrants
Other Football Links
I'm Still Not Sold, But This Is A Good Piece
The Rookie Scouting Portfolio: Why Ryan Tannehill Is A First-Round Prospect
Mizzou Softball Links
Oh, the ever quotable Coach Stubble...
Mizzou 14, Alcorn State 1
Mizzou 8, Boise State 0
MUtigers.com: No. 12 Mizzou Blasts Lady Braves, Broncos
The Trib: MU makes quick work of visitors
Missouri lost nine seniors to graduation last year, including offensive spark Rhea Taylor, who was named to the 2011 USA Softball team. But, that doesn't mean the offense has slowed down. Roth, a freshman, is on an 11-game hitting streak.
"We knew four or five of these freshmen are going to have to do good things for us to win this year," Missouri Coach Ehren Earleywine said. "The first weekend we played they were just nonexistent, and I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, here we go. I've recruited the wrong kids.'
"Slowly but surely they've done better each weekend, and now I think you're seeing some kids starting to get comfortable "
PowerMizzou: Softball sweeps home opening double dip
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou softball dominates Alcorn State and Boise State in home opener
Mizzou 9, Alcorn State 1
Mizzou 8, Boise State 0
MUtigers.com: Softball Wins Two More at DeMarini Invitational
The Missourian: Chelsea Thomas leads Missouri to another doubleheader sweep
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou softball wins two, including Earleywine's 400th career win
Mizzou 9, Alcorn State 0
Mizzou 8, Northern Illinois 0
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Finishes 6-0 at DeMarini Invitational
The Missourian: Missouri completes perfect weekend with two run-rule wins
KBIA Sports Extra: No. 12 Missouri sweeps DeMarini Invitational with six run-rule victories
MUtigers.com: Softball Faces Future SEC Foe Arkansas on Wednesday
Mizzou Baseball Links
Mizzou 10, Charlotte 4
MUtigers.com: Tigers Top 49ers, 10-4
The Missourian: Tigers reliever shuts down Charlotte
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou grabs 10-4 win against Charlotte
Mizzou 5, Charlotte 3
Mizzou 3, Charlotte 2
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Sweeps Double Header Over Charlotte
The Missourian: Tigers sweep doubleheader against Charlotte
KBIA Sports Extra: Relief pitching key to Mizzou baseball wins over Charlotte
SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: Sweep, Schedule Change
MUtigers.com: Tigers Look to Extend Win Streak Against North Dakota
- The Trib: Mental game gives Missouri's Turner a big edge
- SimmonsField.com: The Pitcher
Other Mizzou Links
MUtigers.com: Wrestling Ready for Nationals in St. Louis
The Missourian: Intensity fuels Missouri wrestler Mike Larson
Post-Dispatch: Soaring MU wrestling program soon will be homeless
MUtigers.com: Tigers Finish Strong at Tornado Relief Meet
The Missourian: Missouri loses to Alabama in Tuscaloosa
Mizzou Women's Basketball
The Trib: Missouri women can't finish upset bid at Big 12 Tournament
The Missourian: Uncertainty lingers for Missouri
The Missourian: Missouri recruit named state's Gatorade Player of the Year
- Mizzou Men's Golf
MUtigers.com: Men's Golf in Third after First Day at The Farms Invitational
GIFs, GIFs, GIFs
SB Nation: The GIF Bracket: The Quest For The Greatest Animated Sports GIF Of All Time
The Guardian: Noel Gallagher Interviews Manchester City's Mario Balotelli