ORU highlights, of course!
Mizzou's a great shooting team now!
They will be this good at shooting 3s the rest of the year! Book it!
On the team's shooting performance...
"Coach (Scott) Sutton said when we shook hands that he thought we couldn't shoot. I said that we hadn't shot well. I thought tonight we had good rhythm. This team needed something good to happen like that. They've worked hard and I thought tonight they made the extra pass and this was the first game I think that we had more assists than turnovers. We had 16 assists on 25 made buckets. I looked at our stats today and over the first two games I couldn't believe we were even one and one. We were shooting 35-percent overall, bad from three, free throws weren't really good, and our assist to turnover ratio was negative. This team is still really young and I think this was really good tonight for their confidence level." [...]
On the team's identity...
"I'm going to stay with what I said. I think this is going to be a balanced team. I think Monday night, someone else could score 20 points and Montaque Gill-Caesar might score eight. The way we're going to win is to be a balanced team. We have to have guys come in and do a good job. We've got to have D'Angelo Allen come in and stir things up defensively and get an easy bucket. We've got to have Tramaine Isabell come in and knock down an open shot. These guys are freshmen. Namon Wright comes in and does a good job. We've got to have balance. There's going to be nights when Wes will have points or Gill-Caesar will have points or Williams, III will have points, but I think overall we've got to share the basketball and we still have to throw the ball inside and have a presence there."
The Trib: Tigers bust out of shooting funk, blitz Oral Roberts
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou takes down Oral Roberts from long range
PowerMizzou: Bombs Away
The Missourian: Strong team performance pushes Missouri men's basketball past Oral Roberts
Fox Sports MW: Splash! Mizzou's second-half 3-point barrage sinks Oral Roberts
KBIA Sports: Gill-Caesar overcomes illness, puts up 19 in Missouri’s 78-64 win over Oral Roberts
Things are looking up!
Jakeenan Gant will not travel to Maui with #Mizzou, which leaves Thursday.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) November 20, 2014
Things are looking slightly less up!
Yo, I was making fun of kU for losing to Kentucky like that, but I just realized #Mizzou has to play them twice this season .. Optimism— JarrellHarrison (@JarrellHarrison) November 20, 2014
Working crazy hours for crazy money
A four-star JUCO WR will visit
JUCO recruiting is sometimes a dead giveaway. If Mizzou offers JUCOs at a given position, it's probably either a sign that they are worried about departures and depth next year, or they really don't like the crop they've got there and need a talent/experience upgrade. (It could also just be that they find a player they really like.) Mizzou has offered quite a few JUCO offensive tackles in this year's class and might still land one, and they've thrown some offers at JUCO defensive ends as well, which makes perfect sense given next year's inexperience at that position.
Gary Pinkel and company hadn't, however, offered any JUCO receivers yet. Given both the experience level of the starters (all seniors) and the general lack of production from the unit as a whole (especially the backups), one would have assumed they'd have dipped their toe in the waters at this position a while ago. But either they hadn't found one they like, or they weren't going to do it unless another scholarship opened up. Rumors for now seem to leaning away from Darnell Green enrolling in January as originally planned, so Mizzou offering DeDe Westbrook might be a hint that Green's not coming. Or that they're worried about next year's receivers. Or, of course, that Westbrook's just awesome. We'll see.
A blurry process
The SEC league office will decide its SEC participants for its next six bowls: Outback, Belk, Liberty, Music City, Texas and Taxslayer. There is no pecking order within these six and no significant differences between payouts, SEC executive associate commissioner Mark Womack said.
"We’ll certainly have discussions with the bowls on which teams they have interest in," Womack said. "We’ll certainly have discussions with our institutions about which bowls they would have an interest in. But at the end of the day, the conference will make the decision as to how those teams would be placed in those six bowls."