Alright, if anybody hears from RPT before noon, his birthday last night wasn't nearly impressive enough.
Mizzou Basketball Links
MUtigers.com: Tigers Travel to Texas Tech
Missouri ranks #9 nationally with 17.7 assists per game … However the perfect illustration for the Tigers’ unselfishness is that Mizzou has ZERO players ranked among the Top 250 nationally in assists … No one player dominates that basketball and that fuels Missouri’s quick-strike offense … However nine different Tigers have 19 or more assists this season, led by Zaire Taylor (43), J.T. Tiller (41) and freshman Michael Dixon (41) ... And as a reminder, Missouri led the nation in assists last season with 18.4 dimes per contest.
- The Missourian: Missouri hopes road woes end
KC Star: Mizzou sees a wide-open Big 12 race
With Texas having survived a 76-70 home squeaker over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 2, the Big 12 is now full of teams whose prospects need not necessarily be confined by the glass ceiling thought established by the Longhorns and Jayhawks.
Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Missouri, Kansas State and Texas Tech all now appear to belong in that grouping. Perhaps, if it can rally from its disappointing start, Oklahoma could yet join that list. Iowa State as well.
Missouri, which has won 30 straight home games and 10 straight Big 12 games at home, still has to prove it can win on the conference road. The Tigers are the only Big 12 team yet to win on the road this season.
Anderson contends doing that at Texas Tech presents the same obstacle to Missouri as KU’s trip to Tennessee.
"They’re coming off a loss, and they’re going to be scratching and clawing," Anderson said of the Red Raiders. "We want to go out and hopefully prove that we’re a good basketball team, whether we play at home or on the road."
- The Trib (Steve Walentik): Anderson discusses week ahead
- Post-Dispatch (Tiger Tracker): Mike Anderson on Texas Tech, the road and Marcus Denmon
- KC Star (Upon Further Review): Monday grab-bag: Royals defense, Chiefs coaches, and Zaire Taylor's mythical clutchiness
- Bring On the Cats: Postgame Reaction: Missouri
ESPN.com (Andy Katz): Weekly Watch: Week 8
Missouri: Mike Anderson said it in the preseason, Kansas State's Frank Martin said it again Saturday night, and now I will, too: Why wasn't Mizzou given proper credit for returning its backcourt? The coaches compare the Tigers' returning guards to Villanova's. Both teams lost their frontcourts, but Nova was ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll while the Tigers were on the outside. Mizzou, led by Kim English, Marcus Denmon and J.T. Tiller, is quite a watch at home. They simply ran away from K-State in the final few minutes Saturday, caused havoc and won a crucial Big 12 opener 74-68. The Tigers have a huge week at Texas Tech and Oklahoma. But let's not sleep on this squad any longer. At 13-3, the Tigers are an NCAA-bound bid team to consider.
- PowerMizzou: Like father, unlike son: Hoops hopes
The Trib (Steve Walentik): MU recruit Green to have surgery
PowerMizzou: Tiger signee suffers setback
Missouri fans in the Show-Me State were hoping to get a look at a future Tiger this coming week. Turns out, they'll have to wait a few months. North Carolina forward Kadeem Green was set to play in this weekend's Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield. While United Faith Christian Academy will still play, Green won't be in the lineup.
"I ruptured my Achilles in practice last Thursday," said the Tiger signee.
Big 12 Links
ESPN.com: Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 57
Daily Oklahoman: Bedlam: Guards atone for errors, lift OU in OT
- Big 12 Hoops: The Weekend in Big 12 Basketball
- Post-Dispatch: KU was headed for a fall, Self says
- KC Star (Campus Corner): Frank Martin talks about today's 'sensitive times'
Mizzou Football Links
- MUtigers.com (Blog): Texas Bowl TV Ratings Jump 626% From A Year Ago With Mizzou-Navy Matchup