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Mizzou Links, 2-25-08

Mizzou Baseball 9, Stetson 5.  This time it was Ryan Lollis coming through with some offense, going 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs to lead the way.  Meanwhile, Kyle Gibson gave up 2 ER's in 6 innings while striking out 10.  The rotation has all sorts of promise, but the bullpen needs to get its footing after giving up 6 ER's in 9 innings on Saturday and Sunday.  Either way, though, 3-0 is 3-0.  The Missourian has more.

The Missourian also has some interesting numbers in regard to Mizzou Basketball's bench scoring.  The Mizzou bench has averaged 30 points per game in Tiger wins and only 21 in Tiger losses (impressive considering the bench came up with a combined 87 points in losses to Tech and ATM).  Of course, who's actually on the bench has changed quite a bit, and starting Vaidatos Volkus while having Leo Lyons come off the bench has accounted for some of this, so it probably makes more sense to look at the players who are actually playing starter-level and bench-level minutes, but still...interesting.  And I'm still trying to figure out what Mike Anderson means by this.

"It’s a brother-in-law team. It might not be your day, but it’s going somebody’s day, you hope," Anderson said.


And it's good to know the team thinks it's still playing for something this season.

Missouri stands one game behind four teams at 6-6 in the league. Win home games against Oklahoma State and Iowa State and road games at Baylor and Oklahoma, the Tigers could finish at least fourth and earn a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament.


Win out, and a 19-12 MU team with victories over Texas, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma and Purdue might not have to win the Big 12 tournament to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

I will say this: the standings get more and more jammed every week.  There are now SEVEN teams at either 6-6 or 5-7.  I cannot even imagine the tie-breaker process for that, though it's certainly entertaining realizing that with four games left, we could finish 4th or 11th in the conference.

So Will Franklin ripped off an impressive 4.37 40 at the NFL Combine this weekend.  And after years of being 6'3, 200 at Mizzou, he's now 6'0 1/2, 214.  Funny how that works.  But those are some good speed numbers for the 'Copta--apparently Cal's DeSean Jackson put up the best 40 time at 4.35...barely better than Franklin.  He could very easily be a first-day pick now.

A 3-point win in women's basketball yesterday has given Mizzou a 9.5-9.0 lead in the Border Showdown.  Hoooooraaay!