It seems like ages ago that the Tigers last played, but they still managed to pack a lot of living into the past week, with one loss you’ll always remember and one win you’ll gladly forget. Wanna make sense of it all? Let’s go around the nation.
Marcus O RLY-us?: Mizzou hoops sports information director Dave Reiter delivers the tweet of the week: "What a week for #Mizzou's Marcus Denmon. 15-19 FGs, 8-11 treys, 46 total pts, 23.0 ppg and 7.0 rebounds per game. 22 total treys in 7 games."
I mentioned this Friday on my award-winning performance on The Closers (it hasn’t won any awards yet, but that seems like a formality at this point): Marcus Denmon is becoming Melvin Booker, or something very much like him. Booker’s scoring averages in his first three seasons: 8.3, 11.6 and 15.8 points per game. Denmon’s through the seventh game of his junior year: 6.0, 10.4, 16.4. The comparison isn’t exact. Denmon plays off the ball more than Booker did, and takes (and makes) considerably more of his shots from three-point range. But from their size to their demeanor to their ability to take the ball to the hoop or to stop and pop, the two players have lots of similarities.
Denmon is currently shooting 56.4% from three-point range and averaging a ridiculous 1.67 points per shot (his points per shot number is exactly the same as Kemba Walker’s, who, as noted below, is having some kind of year). Will those numbers stay sky-high? Probably not. But
How soon I forget: With word that Denmon and Ricardo Ratilffe had been named the Big 12 player and rookie of the week, respectively, I wondered when the last time two Tigers had been so honored simultaneously, assuming it was a once-in-an-epoch event. So I asked Dave Reiter. His answer? It last happened less than a year ago, when Kim English and Michael Dixon earned props for their efforts against
Heartbreak Hotel: Maybe it’s a case of time healing all wounds, but I’m at a loss to come up with a non-conference, non-postseason loss that caused as much existential pain as Tuesday’s loss to
When you’re not, you’re not: I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the way
Opposition Research: Vanderbilt comes to
Saturday brings Presbyterian to town, and the Blue Hose are an enigma. They lost by just nine at
Holy Moses: One of the Big 12’s breakout stars this year has been
It keeps getting worse: After opening the season with wins over
Required reading: Baylor is recruiting an eleven year old, and Ballin’ Is a Habit is nonplussed.
Messed around and got a triple double: I know I write about Kemba Walker every week, but as long as he puts up numbers like the 24-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist effort against UMBC on Friday, I’m going to keep doing it. It has been a long time since a guard has dominated the game nationally like
It’s pronounced "KY-ree", Mr. Mister: I’ve previously slobbered all over collegiate newcomers Jared Sullinger and Terrence Jones in this space, but the new Greatest Freshman of All Time (G-FAT) is Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.
Quote of the Week: "I've made mistakes, I clearly did, but what I was hoping for was that some other dumbass would get on the front page and take me off the hook. I miss Lane Kiffin.''
And Finally . . . : I got the holiday spirit, and I’m here to share it.