Defense trumps Pressey, Gooden and Moe take on the Combine, and Chelsea Thomas wins her second award in two weeks.
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Mizzou Basketball Links
- Media Day
The Missourian: Missouri still trying to find consistency
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- This Sounds Familiar...
Post-Dispatch: Pressey gets blame but defense derailed Mizzou
"We had nobody playing on that end of that court," [Frank Haith] said. "And when you don’t have (anybody) playing on that end of the court, you ain’t got a chance. And I can’t say one guy did."
If his tone sounded casual enough, his words seemed somewhere between a challenge and a warning.
"We’ve got to find some other guys who want to do it," he said. "So we’re not going to tolerate it."
If MU were putting out on defense and just not able to cope, Haith might view it differently.
But the breakdowns against the Wildcats came a game after MU held SEC-frontrunner and top-shooting team Florida nearly 10 percent below its shooting percentage (.492 to .407) and 14 points below its scoring average (from 73.7 to 60) in a 63-60 win at Mizzou Arena.
"You can’t be as good as we were against the best offensive team in the league, Florida, then we don’t compete like we need to compete against a Kentucky team that was playing very well," Haith said.
Other Basketball Links
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Mizzou Football Links
- The Combine
The Trib (Dave Matter): Zaviar Gooden blazes through combine
The Trib (Dave Matter): T.J. Moe shines in NFL quickness, strength drills
Post-Dispatch: Good news, bad news for Mizzou's Moe at NFL Combine
- 2014 Recruiting
PowerMizzou: 2014 Recruiting Primer
Already in 2014, Missouri seems to be following its new SEC recruiting distribution as it did in 2013. Last year, the majority of the team's offers were distributed across four states -- Texas (26), Florida (21), Georgia (20) and Missouri (18). This year, Missouri is focused mainly on five states -- Georgia (9), Missouri (9), Texas (8), Florida (7) and Illinois (6). That constitutes 71 percent of total offers. In 2013, those main four states made up 61 percent of total offers.
The jury remains out, however, on whether the Tigers will see returns on the new states under its spotlight. A year ago, Missouri signed one player from Georgia, one player from Florida and three from Texas, with in-state recruits making up the majority of its final signing class. The influx of offers in Illinois seems to be taking advantage of a banner year for recruiting in the St. Louis metro area, and also attempting to offer recruits from the Land of Lincoln an opportunity to play in the SEC while staying relatively close to home.
Among those early Illinois offers, three reside close to St. Louis (Craig James, Edwardsville; Kyron Watson, East St. Louis; Dewayne Hendrix, O'Fallon) and two more reside in the swath of land between St. Louis and Springfield (Blake Hance, Jacksonville; Daniel Helm, Chatham).
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Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
- Two Weeks, Two Awards...
MUtigers.com: Thomas Earns Second SEC Weekly Honor
KBIA Sports: On the wrong side of history: Mizzou baseball 0-6 following Memphis sweep
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- In The Pros
SimmonsField.com: HI NOTES: Gibson & Tepesch Impress
Other Mizzou Links
- Mizzou Soccer
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Soccer Announces Spring Schedule
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MUtigers.com: Missouri Leads Washington State Snowman Getaway
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MUtigers.com: Tigers in Eighth at Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge