Subject change! Kony Ealy is having a great spring!
Mizzou Basketball Links
The Trib: Missouri will have some big shoes to fill
The good news for Missouri is it will again be strong at the point with Phil Pressey and Mike Dixon likely to form one of the top guard tandems in the country next year. Both performed better than their more veteran teammates against Norfolk State. Dixon, the Big 12's sixth man of the year, scored a team-high 22 points off the bench, and Pressey added 20 points, including four 3-pointers, with a game-high eight assists. Both connected on clutch shots in the final two minutes as the Tigers tried to rally.
Rejoining them in the lineup will be forward Laurence Bowers, the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder in 2011, who missed this season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Missouri will gain the services of transfers Jabari Brown (Oregon), Keion Bell (Pepperdine) and Earnest Ross (Auburn) to help make up for the loss of Denmon and English on the perimeter. All three have been sitting out under NCAA rules since enrolling at MU, though Brown won't be eligible to play until the end of the first semester.
The Tigers became the object of much admiration across the nation for their selfless, energetic style, perhaps best expressed by Notre Dame coach Mike Brey after the Tigers pulverized the Irish 87-58. [...] That was early in the season, but the accolades never stopped until the 86-84 loss to Norfolk State.
In between, Haith became one of four finalists for the Naismith national coach of the year award, and he’s believed to be in contention for several others.
But, already, that was then and this is now.
Mizzou is about to enter an entirely new phase of program history, in more ways than one.
The next time the Tigers suit up, they’ll be members of the Southeastern Conference.
Kentucky, not Kansas, will be the blue-blood at the top of the conference, but a more natural rival will be Arkansas – Anderson’s team, the most proximate and the one MU has played the most in the SEC (with an 18-19 record against the Razorbacks).
Closer to home, though, MU’s team itself will be nearly entirely new as players recruited by Haith perform for the first time.
Oh, Hey, Look, Norfolk State Made 17 Percent Of Their 3-Pointers Yesterday; Never Saw That Coming
Post-Dispatch (Bryan Burwell): Norfolk State's lopsided loss punch to gut for MU fans
PowerMizzou: 2013 point guard nearing decision
(And yeah, for those who complain about Missouri's eat-the-clock offensive sets ... wow, was Purdue amazingly aimless in the last 2-3 minutes. Dribble around for 25 seconds, find your first option is defended, then either take a panic shot or turn the ball over. Rinse, repeat. Credit KU for playing killer defense down the stretch, but ... Purdue, it would have been great if you'd made them work a little harder...)
Mizzou Football Links
And yes, if nothing else the end of Mizzou's basketball season means more spring football analysis ... and maybe even the finishing of the 2012 Walkthrough series that got put aside for a while.
The Trib: With Franklin sitting, Berkstresser looks the part
PowerMizzou: Earning his stripes
- Saturday Scrimmage
MUtigers.com: Football Holds First Spring Scrimmage
The Trib: Berkstresser gets first test in scrimmage
The Trib (Dave Matter): Led by Ealy, defense wins the day
The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri scrimmages in the offseason
PowerMizzou: Defense prevails
College Football Talk: Numbers aside, Mizzou scrimmage good for Berkstresser
- Iam Simon
PowerMizzou: A safety opportunity
- Donovan Bonner
PowerMizzou: Bonner ready for a restart
We Are Mizzou: Spring Competition
SI.com: Jaguars sign Henne to push starter Gabbert
The Sporting News: Jaguars add Chad Henne to push Blaine Gabbert
Memphis Commercial Appeal: Q and A with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive: Football slates coming together
Q: How have the future football scheduling (for 2013 and beyond) meetings progressed with the league's athletic directors?
A: "The First Amendment is alive and well in the SEC. When we put together this year's 2012 schedule including our two new members, time was of the essence. It was very complicated, and I was proud that every athletic director had to give something. It wasn't easy, but in the final analysis, we got it scheduled.
"Looking ahead, each institution is trying to figure out how to protect their interests, but also what's in the best interest of the league to help us maintain the success we've had. Some rivalries have been lost nationwide in expansion, and we value rivalries. Protecting rivalries is something we clearly want to do. Our goal is get the scheduling done before Destin (at the annual SEC spring business meetings in late May)."
The Final Sentence Makes The Piece
Crystal Ball Run: Missouri-to-SEC exposé a window into realignment melodrama
Daily Oklahoman: Is the Big 12's new deal with ABC/ESPN a good idea?
Mizzou Softball Links
Mizzou 24, Kansas 0. A small consolation prize after the tough weekend, but a consolation prize nonetheless, especially when accompanied by a clinch of the Border Showdown title. Mizzou pitchers held kU bats to 7 HITS for the weekend over 19 innings. Of course, yet another Showdown win might be a lot more exciting if KU actually were to put up a fight in a sport other than basketball (points: Mizzou 3, Kansas 3 in basketball; Mizzou 18, Kansas 1 in all other sports) ... but alas.
- Mizzou 10, Kansas 0
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Snaps Kansas' 20-Game Winning Streak
The Trib: Missouri pushes for run-rule win vs. Kansas
The Missourian: Missouri beats Kansas with walk-off home run
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou defeats Kansas for 13-game winning streak
Mizzou 5, Kansas 0
Mizzou 9, Kansas 0
MUtigers.com: Tigers Complete Sweep of Jayhawks
The Missourian: Missouri silence rowdy Jayhawks with three-game sweep
KBIA Sports Extra: Missouri softball ends Kansas rivalry with three shutout victories
Mizzou Baseball Links
Mizzou 8, High Point 7
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Walks Off Against High Point
The Missourian: Missouri wins ninth straight after blowing lead in ninth inning
KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou wins 'sloppy' game over High Point, 8-7
Mizzou 4, High Point 0
MUtigers.com: Holovach Dazzles as Tigers Win 10th Straight
The Trib: Holovach beats the count to shut out High Point
The Missourian: Missouri extends win streak to 10 with shutout
The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri improves winning streak to 10
KBIA Sports Extra: Holovach leads Mizzou to another win over High Point, 4-0
High Point 13, Mizzou 7
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Win Streak Snapped By High Point
The Missourian: Missouri's 10-game win streak snapped with loss to High Point
The Missourian: PHOTO GALLERY: Loss to High Point snaps Missouri's 10-game winning streak
- SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: High Point, Former Tigers
Other Mizzou Links
D-tackle Lucas Vincent @The9extBi6Thing is the O in M-I-Z-Z-O-U among the painted bellies at MU's gymnastics meet. That's dedication— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 17, 2012
MUtigers.com: No. 16 Tigers Upset No. 9 Arkansas at Senior Night
The Trib: Missouri gymnastics beats Arkansas
The Missourian: Missouri beats high ranked future SEC opponent
The Maneater: Missouri gymnastics upsets No. 9 Arkansas
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Eliminated from NCAA Championships
The Missourian: Missouri wrestling ends season in disappointment, confusion
Mizzou Women's Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Finishes 14th at 2012 NCAA Championships
MUtigers.com: Bouchard and Stafford Break Two More Records on Second Day of NCAA's
MUtigers.com: No. 56 Mizzou Falls to No. 8 Texas, 5-2
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