There’s not a lot of use for moral victories when you’re 6-17, but Mizzou acquitted itself pretty well in College Station last night. The Tigers still lost by three, of course, and have now lost 32 consecutive road games. A lot has happened since that 2014 win in Fayetteville.
Last time Missouri won a road game "Ride Along" was No. 1 at the box office. "Ride Along 3" is currently in production.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 9, 2017
That was just piling on.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 9, 2017
When your last road loss was a 39-point destruction, a three-point loss almost feels like a win. But the disappointment was still obvious in this one considering where the game stood with about five minutes left.
[Mizzou] rallied to pull even at 65-65 when Jordan Barnett made a 3-pointer with 5:32 remaining.
“It’s tough because we were so close,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. “We were there. We did like we’ve done a lot. We fought. We’ve got to learn to win on the road.”
Turnovers and rebounds hurt the Tigers during the last five minutes. A&M (13-10, 5-6) answered Barnett’s tying basket with a second-chance hoop by D.J. Hogg, and then a bad pass by Mizzou’s Jordan Geist ignited an Aggie fast break that resulted in a dunk by Robert Williams.
Barnett hit a jumper to get the Tigers within 69-67, but Mizzou missed its next three shots while A&M extended the lead to 76-68.
Next up: a semi-winnable home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Commodores are 50th in KenPom and have won three of five, and Pomeroy projections say Mizzou has a 28% chance.
The Tigers are given a 32% chance at home against Alabama on Wednesday and a 35% chance of beating A&M at home on February 28. Odds are good that they’ll win one of those three. Two ... might be a stretch. Meanwhile, per Pomeroy odds, there’s still about a 31% chance that Mizzou wins one of its three final road games. If not, then the road drought will be at nearly 1,400 days the next time Mizzou gets a chance.
(Can they schedule a road game at Alabama A&M or Longwood or Presbyterian to start next season?)
- Tonight: Mizzou Women’s Hoops at No. 24 Tennessee (6pm CT, SECN). Yet another tough SEC test.
- This Weekend: The Mizzou Softball season begins in Charleston against No. 14 James Madison (twice), Charleston Southern (twice), and SC Upstate (once).
- This Weekend: The Mizzou Women’s Golf spring season begins in Tallahassee.
- PowerMizzou’s 2017 film room breakdowns continue with looks at new defensive tackle Rashad Brandon and new cornerback Terry Petry.
- Brian Odom’s got a salary.
- MOLLY KREKLOW’S BACK!
- A former Olympian is helping to make Mizzou Swimming & Diving an elite program.
- Mizzou put 82 athletes on the SEC’s fall honor roll. NERDS.
- The haves and have nots have become very, very obvious in college sports, even within the power conferences. Luckily, this isn’t all one big revenue bubble at all! Nope!
- This might be the best thing that’s happened to a Mizzou student all school year.
- New PAPN! And it wasn’t terrible this time! It even talks about the SEC for a bit! And the Big 12’s eventual implosion!