Mizzou Links, 1-20-14: A big hoops win and a new batch of hall-of-famers

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Happy MLK Day! Mizzou gets a much-needed hoops win over Alabama, James Franklin tries out for the pros, and Aaron Crow headlines a new Mizzou Hall of Fame class.

Sorry for the tardiness. I slept in a bit. And while it wasn't enough, this was pretty impressive from Aldon Smith...

1. Mizzou > Alabama

MUtigers.com: Brown Leads Missouri Past Alabama, 68-47
MUtigers.com: Postgame Quotes

Head Coach, Frank Haith

Opening Statement...

"Obviously, it was a great win for us. I thought our guys played extremely hard. I thought defensively we were outstanding. The back line of our zone and Johnathan Williams, III was just terrific. We had great close outs and I thought our team's defense was outstanding on (Trevor) Releford and knowing where he is at and how good of a player he is. I thought our guys did a really good job on him."

On this game being the best defensive performance the team has had all season...

"Yes, because I think Alabama is a really good team and I think that we did a really good job. We are getting better and better on the defensive end. With defensive rebounding though, we still have to continue to grow. Obviously, I thought second half we were outstanding."

On the length of the Mizzou players contributing to turnovers on the defensive, and playing off that advantage...

"No question. I think our length on the perimeter and on the backline with Williams, III. Our big guys all have good length, quickness and good feet. If we are active, shrinking the gaps, rotating and having good closeouts then it can be a positive factor. When you are not as aggressive and when you are not assertive and you are not using your length, you become a nonfactor. I think this was the best game we had with guys doing work early and anticipating it and having great closeouts."

MUtigers.com: Postgame Notes
The Trib: Tigers dominate second half in win over Alabama
The Missourian: Missouri men's basketball stops Alabama with defense
Post-Dispatch: Tigers roll Tide with smothering defense
KC Star: Missouri overpowers Alabama in second half en route to 68-47 win
KC Star: Alabama’s Trevor Releford struggles against Missouri
PowerMizzou: Rolling the Tide
PowerMizzou: PMTV-HD: Alabama Post-Game
PowerMizzou: Mizzou vs. Alabama photos
Fox Sports MW: Tigers D-up in second half to pound Crimson Tide, 68-47
Mizzou Network: Highlights: Mizzou Defeats Alabama
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME INTERVIEW: Frank Haith after win over Bama
Mizzou Network: POSTGAME INTERVIEW: Jabari Brown w/ 24 pts vs Alabama

The shaky SEC
The Trib: Recent stumbles by likes of MU, Tennessee again leave SEC in sorry shape for tourney

2. Tank

KC Star: Missouri’s James Franklin starts in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

3. Continuity? What's that?

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): SEC Coaching Staff Turnover since 2001: A Paean to Entropy

Since Gary Pinkel arrived at Missouri in 2001, the Tigers have had to replace only four assistants from their nine on-field posts: offensive coordinator Dave Christensen and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus after the 2008 season, safeties coach Barry Odom after the 2011 season and offensive coordinator David Yost after the 2012 season.

How abnormal is that among Missouri's new SEC brethren? Very.

The average SEC team has had used an average of 44 different coaches in its 10 on-field posts -- head coach, plus nine assistants -- since 2001.

Meaning, subbing out the original 10 staff members from 2001, the average SEC team has had to replace 34 coaches in the past 13 seasons.

Florida leads the league with 56 total coaches, 46 being replaced. All but Missouri and Georgia have had to replace more than 30.

4. Revenge (for a loss last year)!

MUtigers.com: Cox's Major Decision Helps Tigers Edge Central Michigan

5. Mizzou Hall of Fame

MUtigers.com: Aaron Crow, Ashley Wysong Headline Hall of Fame Class
KC Star: Royals pitcher Aaron Crow, three others to join MU sports hall of fame


Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Peoples Opens Weekend with School Record
MUtigers.com: Another School Record Closes Out Weekend

Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Earns Five Wins in Triple Dual
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Earns Split in Double Dual

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Posts Array Of Career Highs At Pink Out
The Trib: Tigers show progress in second meet

MUtigers.com: Tennis Opens Spring Season Monday with Doubleheader

Mizzou Marriage
The Missourian: MU athlete balances wedding plans with basketball

7. Other

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