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Mizzou Links: Watch lists are still dumb, and the new point guards might be ready

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J.T. Tiller hits a game-winner, watch lists are dumb (but Shane Ray is on one), two hoops freshmen will be charged with disturbing the peace, and Kim Anderson's new point guards might be ready to contribute early.

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What's On

What's on? What isn't on?

Let's talk to Bud Sasser in a "cage"!

Let's watch J.T. Tiller hit a game-winner!

Let's look at more Black & Gold Game stuff!

And then let's find ourselves in one of those billion-pixel panoramas from the Georgia game! (The Beef and I were apparently sitting down, though I found his wife and my father...

2 days (well, 2.5) until Florida

The Trib: MU football team's defense shows progress, but Tigers expect more

Dig deep enough, though, and there were blemishes in the defense’s performance, said defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.

Georgia converted 12 of 21 third downs, a 57.1-percent clip, which is the highest rate Missouri has allowed. The Tigers also didn’t secure a takeaway for the third straight game. That comes on the heels of MU’s nation-leading 47-game streak with at least one takeaway.

The inability to get off the field on third downs plus Georgia’s lack of turnovers meant MU’s defense didn’t set up its offense with good field position. Missouri’s average starting field position for its 12 offensive drives was its own 22-yard line.

"We have some measurable factors that can help us win a game, and we didn’t get enough of those measurable factors," Kuligowski said. "If we were able to get some takeaways on defense, if we were able to get better on third downs, if we could’ve maybe got a couple more stops deep in their" territory "so that they had to punt and our offense got a short field, those kind of things really could have increased our chances of winning."

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Gary Pinkel on the SEC teleconference: Week 8
Post-Dispatch: Muschamp still impressed by Mizzou's Mauk
Post-Dispatch: Senior specialist could help Gators against Mizzou
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: Offensive Showing
The Missourian: Jokes aside, a sense of urgency weighs on Missouri football team

And a guy who might be playing in next year's Florida game
PowerMizzou: Official visitor could see himself at Mizzou

And a bold plan for an unorganized fanbase
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Calls for Fans to "Tiger Stripe" The Zou

Watch lists are still dumb

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou's Ray Added to Bednarik Award Watch List

Disturbing the peace

The Trib: Gant, Allen to be charged with peace disturbance by fighting
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou freshmen basketball players face reduced charges

More B&G reaction

The Trib (Courtside View): Notes from Missouri's Black & Gold scrimmage

Anderson seemed particularly encouraged by the play of new point guards Shamburger and freshman Tramaine Isabell. Both had four assists with Isabell also notching six points, a blocked shot and a pair of steals.

He sees both of them being able to play with or alongside projected starter Wes Clark, a sophomore who had six points and a steal and produced the game-tying three-point play in the waning seconds.

"Keith, Wes, Tramaine, they can run the point, but they’ve also got to learn how play everywhere else, too, because you guys have heard me say, I’ll play three point guards," Anderson said. "It doesn’t matter to me. I want to put the best guys on the floor, and those guys have done a pretty good as we’ve gotten further and further. We’ve only practiced what, seven times, since last Monday."

On a different hard court...

MUTIGERS.COM: Hine And Brittany Lashway Travel To ITA Central Regionals

For fans of the longform

SB Nation: The Other Side of the River: A football coach in East St. Louis tries to bridge the racial divide