JC with the tough reverse layup and 1. https://t.co/Ti2dVTIrVg— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 8, 2015
Shane, Markus, DeMarre
– Topping the list with a PRP score of 15.3 is James Vaughters of Stanford who notched 38 pressures on only 196 pass rushes this season. Part of a productive defense for the Cardinal, Vaughters rushed on only 70.8% of his snaps but made full use of his almost 200 pass rushes to top this list.
– Second-place Trey Flowers has a relatively low conversion rate in terms of finishing his pressures with hits and sacks, but his relentless work rate against SEC offensive lines is noteworthy. Only Markus Golden of Missouri can match his sheer volume of pressure over the course of the season, but Flowers notched his pressure on 70 fewer pass rushes.
Q. What led you to play for Missouri?
MG: When I was young, my big brother Sherman Golden got an offer to Missouri. That’s what really made me want to go to Mizzou. After that, he wasn’t really able to get there after going the junior college route. I had to get in the same position, going the junior college route. I just had to make sure I had to get there. That was part of it, but mostly, I always wanted to play for Mizzou because I grew up in St. Louis and that’s our home-state school.
- How about Richt and Pinkel? Richt has lasted at Georgia forever. He's basically Mack Brown without the natty. And Pinkel. Didn't it seem like this guy was always on the cusp of getting fired when we were in the Big 12? Now here we are - America and the SEC's seat filler - Missouri - has gone to Atlanta twice in three years since joining the toughest conference in the land. Not too shabby, Stinky Pinkie.
These executives have talked a lot about finding "the next DeMarre Carroll" — a free agent blossoming under the radar, and perhaps in limited minutes, raising the possibility that a smart team could steal him on a below-market contract. The Hawks saw Carroll take baby steps as a 3-point shooter in Utah, hitting 20 of 70 from deep in 2012-13, and wagered he could turn himself into a legitimate 3-and-D starter in the proper system. Atlanta jumped the market with a two-year, $5 million deal that fell into the sweet spot between Carroll’s minimum salary and the midlevel exception.
Smith and his Tigers earned a 24-0 overall undefeated record this past season, including 8-0 in the MAC. Missouri earned its third overall consecutive conference tournament title as the Tigers won the MAC Tournament Title. Missouri finished the 2015 NCAA Wrestling Championship with 73.5 points for fourth overall in the nation and five Tigers earned All-American status, including Drake Houdashelt winning the National Championship at the 149-weight class.
Roark, a Missouri commit and three-time state champion who went 53-0 for the Indians this year and finished his high school career with a 214-4 mark, said he was pleased with his performance at the tournament.
Fouls -- or the lack thereof -- were an ongoing subplot throughout. In the first half, Duke committed seven fouls and drew the Badgers into just two, a low number for any half of basketball but not completely unheard of, given the foul-averse defensive style that gave Wisconsin the lowest fouls-per-game average (12.5) in the country this season. In the first five minutes of the half, referees Joe DeRosa, Michael Stephens and Pat Driscoll seemed determined to even things out. Wisconsin was whistled for four fouls in the first 4:24 of the second half, a couple of them questionable.
By the 11:43 mark, the first half's foul discrepancy had already been reversed: Duke had given up just two team fouls and had already pushed Wisconsin into the bonus. By 9:07, Wisconsin had nine team fouls. The eighth might have been the most arguable of all: Jones appeared to lean in to a well-positioned Bronson Koenig, flailing and selling the officials … while also burying a seemingly impossible, hugely impressive floater to earn the and-1. (The ninth, a block/charge given to a seemingly out-of-control Winslow, wasn't a whole lot better.)
"Some people would say your job just got harder, which makes me even more glad that I'm here now at this time because if you don't have a strong staff in this league right now, you're going to get exposed even more," Pearl told AL.com. "We're going to build a competitive program here and nobody said it was going to be easy. And if it got tougher when we do it, it's going to make the accomplishment even more significant."
Power Mizzou: Porter Jr. scouting video (alas, also subscription)
MBCA All-State: Missouri signees Kevin Puryear & Drew Lock on Class 5 team; Cullen VanLeer Class 4 co-player of year http://t.co/ldYg3MOzqv— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 27, 2015
What's on tap (or not) for diamond sports
Bryce Montes De Oca throwing 96 mph. That's what you call filthy.
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They will pick up the action this Friday at 6:30 CT vs. Mississippi State.
Baseball will start their away series at Tennessee on Thursday at 6 pm CT, coverage on the SEC network.
(pay no attention, young ones)