The Eagle has landed.
Cuonzo Martin’s first public appearance as Mizzou’s head coach will be a 4pm “campus celebration” at Mizzou Arena. The general public is invited. Martin is a charismatic, passionate guy — I assume the public will be won over in short order (if it isn’t already).
- The Trib’s Daniel Jones did an online Q&A about Martin at the end of last week. It is (predictably) mostly about the Porters and potential transfers.
- PowerMizzou posted a recruiting roundup of sorts to lay out who Martin might be pursuing in the near future.
- The Missourian dived into the Gene Keady coaching tree a bit, and it’s pretty damn impressive. Keady and Norm Stewart sort of competed from afar in their respective careers, coaching for much of the same era, finishing with exactly the same win percentage at their primary employers (0.656), and going to the same number of Sweet 16s (five) and Elite Eights (two). But while Keady did inherit a sturdier situation (Purdue was in the Final Four the year before he took over), and maybe that gives some nod to Norm for degree of difficulty, there’s no question who wins the Better Coaching Tree competition.
- Here’s some great news: Brad Loos will remain at Mizzou. He will be working for the Tiger Scholarship Fund. That likely means the Rally For Rhyan charity will continue forward with solid footing.
- For the first time in history, Mizzou Women’s Hoops made the second round of the NCAAs for the second straight year. Unfortunately, neither of those runs ended up including a trip to the Sweet 16. The Tigers looked good early against host and No. 3 seed Florida State but got run over in the third quarter and couldn’t recover. The Noles outscored Mizzou 24-10 in the opening stanza of the second half, and that was that. Final: 77-55. Sophie Cunningham scored 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting, and Cierra Porter had 12 points and six rebounds. But the Tigers committed 23 turnovers, and players not named Sophie or Cierra shot 10-for-34 from the floor. The Trib, KC Star, and Post-Dispatch have more.
- Holy cow, the winning streak continues. Mizzou Baseball won its 17th, 18th, and 19th consecutive games over the weekend, opening SEC play with a road sweep of Alabama. The wins came in all different flavors — Mizzou won 3-0 on Friday behind a Tanner Houck masterpiece (7 innings, 1 hit, 9 Ks), 7-4 on Saturday thanks to a three-run sixth inning (sparked by Robbie Glendinning, naturally) and some solid late defense (Bama loaded the bases with no outs in the 8th, but Mizzou gave up just one run), and 9-5 on Sunday in a bullpen festival. It was 5-5 after four innings, but Cole Bartlett and the masterful TJ Sikkema pitched six scoreless innings while Mizzou scored five runs off of Bama relievers. This is absolutely absurd. It’s the longest win streak since 1964, and it sparked an entertaining discussion on Twitter regarding what actually is the school record winning streak.
Member of Mizzou's 1964 baseball team tells me MU won 22 straight that year, not 19 as team record states. Hoping to clarify— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 19, 2017
This is the Mizzou baseball 1964 schedule from the 1965 Savitar (MU yearbook). It shows 22-game win streak pic.twitter.com/35HzMMgWBB— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 19, 2017
Mizzou media guide shows two games vs SLU, 1-1 tie & 2-1 win. 1965 yearbook says only 1 game was played, the 2-1 win. pic.twitter.com/bYItEjnbIW— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 19, 2017
(Why yes, we’ll be revisiting this series of tweets later this morning.)
- It was a solid weekend in St. Louis for Mizzou Wrestling. Granted, the hope of Friday night dissipated a bit with some Saturday losses, but the Tigers still finished an up-and-down season fifth in the final standings. Hard to be too disappointed with that this year. Brian Smith won NWCA coach of the year honors, Joey Lavallee and Lavion Mayes each finished second, and redshirt freshman Jaydin Eierman finished an exciting fifth.
- And, of course, there was J’den. Three-time champion J’den. King J’den. Hasn’t-lost-a-championship-match-since-he-was-7 J’den. Four-years-in-the-blink-of-an-eye J’den. Gonna miss that dude soon.
- Mizzou Women’s Swimming & Diving finished a solid 13th at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. Sharli Brady (400 IM), Maddie Gehrke (200 medley relay), Nadine Laemmler (100 back, 200 medley relay), Katharine Ross (100 breast, 200 medley relay), Hannah Stevens (100 back, 200 medley relay) all won first-team All-American honors, two more claimed honorable mention, and relay teams won one first-team and two honorable mentions. As head coach Greg Rhodenbaugh pointed out, "We outperformed our seeds by over 100 points. I think we moved up more than any other school.” Hard to ask for more than that.
- Mizzou Gymnastics, ranked 14th in the country, finished seventh in the SEC Championships ... and may not fall in the overall national rankings. The SEC is stupid-good.
- Mizzou Softball had a decent run in the USF tournament in Clearwater. After dropping its opening game to 13-6 Ohio State in extra innings, the Tigers romped over Rutgers, outscored North Dakota State and USF by a combined 29-10, and jumped Monmouth 10-1 to move to 17-11 for the season. Mizzou needs to win some more games against good teams soon, but this weekend simply required wins of any kind, and the Tigers got them.
- Not a great weekend for Mizzou Tennis. The Tigers fell 4-0 to No. 41 Mississippi State on Friday and 4-1 to No. 25 Ole Miss on Sunday. There were plenty of tight matches, but almost none swung the Tigers’ way.