Connor McGovern lifting weights, of course.
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MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Starts SEC Schedule at Home with LSU on Thursday
The Trib (Courtside View): SEC belongs to the big men so far (GULP)
The Missourian: LSU basketball's big men will give Missouri issues
Missouri forward D'Angelo Allen played his best basketball in high school against former rival and now Louisiana State forward Jordan Mickey. [...]
As the two meet again Thursday, Missouri will have to try to contain LSU's (11-2) frontcourt duo of Mickey and Jarell Martin. The 6-foot-8 Mickey is now one of the top forwards in the SEC, averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game, while Martin, at 6-foot-10, averages 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
"I knew coming in that if you’re playing five freshmen double-digit minutes, you’re going to have some ups and downs," Anderson said.
He also knew he wasn’t going to have much choice. Missouri only returned four scholarship players from last season. None of them averaged even six points per game. That put pressure on a five-player freshman group that ranked among the top 15 recruiting classes in the country.
"It’s been tough trying to get my feet wet a little bit," said freshman guard Tramaine Isabell, who was the top option on a Garfield High School team that won the state championship in Washington last spring. "My first few games, I wasn’t feeling too comfortable trying to figure out how to play my game with the minutes that I’m at."
"I just have to go into beast mode each and every time out on the court and just play more aggressively," he said, before re-stating it more bluntly. "Try to be an a-hole on the court."
It is not something that has come easy to Williams. Earlier this season, Anderson challenged him to be meaner. Williams is soft-spoken and non-confrontational. As a freshman, he talked of giving older teammates spiritual guidance to help them through tough stretches on the court. Even in the midst of explaining how he has tried to become a meaner player, Williams asks how a member of the media is doing and stresses the need to be nice to those asking him questions.
"I'm a pretty nice guy. Trying to balance that nice guy and mean guy on and off the court," he said. "I'm just trying to assert myself, be a little bit meaner, but not being a jerk, you know what I'm saying? You don't want to be a jerk. It's okay to be an a-hole on the court, but it's not cool to be an a-hole off the court."
Psst ... the SEC West was still really good this year...
At one point in the season, the SEC West had the top four teams in the country according to not only F/+, but quite a few computer ratings. Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn, and Mississippi State were all dominant, Texas A&M wasn't far behind (at the start of the year), LSU was nearby, and Arkansas was only floating around .500 because of round-robin play. All seven West teams spent a portion of the year in the F/+ top 20.
Six are still in the top 20. Alabama fell from first to third by losing to new No. 1 Ohio State. Ole Miss fell from fourth to seventh after getting its doors blown off by new No. 4 TCU. Mississippi State fell from sixth to 12th after getting run over (and around, and through) by new No. 6 Georgia Tech. Auburn fell one spot after losing a tight game to No. 17 Wisconsin. LSU somehow managed to move up two spots after losing a heartbreaker to No. 35 Notre Dame. And Arkansas stayed at 20th after destroying Texas. Plus, Texas A&M moved back up to 45th after handling West Virginia.
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