Nothing to report on.
Nothing at all.
Okay that’s not entirely true, there was actually plenty of happenings in the world of Mizzou athletics last weekend that no one really remembers because of Sunday night’s announcement that Kim Anderson would not be returning as the head coach of Missouri’s men’s basketball team. We’ll have plenty of coverage on that front later today. For now, let’s get caught up on everything else that transpired over the weekend because that is a much happier subject!
Things that happened:
- Mizzou’s baseball team is officially on a roll, folks. They’ve won eight games in a row, which is well beyond the heater threshold. From the Post-Dispatch:
On Friday, after devouring his pregame ritual Little Caesar's pizza, Houck opened the weekend’s three-game series with his sharpest performance of the young season. UIC's only damage came in the first inning on Bowen Ogata’s RBI double just beyond third baseman Alex Samples’ glove down the line. It went down as an unearned run because of a fielding error earlier in the inning.
Houck was mostly untouchable the rest of the night, allowing only a pair of singles. The Flames didn’t get beyond second base with Houck on the mound through the next five innings as he retired 10 straight hitters through the fifth.
Look, I’m not about to suggest that any changes be made when things are going so well, but... Little Caesar’s? There are so many superior options my dude, but you keep doing what works.
Houck wasn’t the only baseball player to have a big weekend. He was joined by basically everyone who stepped up to the plate for both the Tigers and their competition on Sunday.
In a game featuring 21 total runs, four lead changes and seven home runs, including five assisted by winds over 20 miles per hour, Missouri's resiliency and clutch two-out hitting earned the team an entertaining 11-10 victory. The Tigers (10-1) have tied with their best start since 1985 and have a 10-game winning streak for the first time since the 2012 season.
- Wrestling also had a good weekend, as they locked up their fifth straight MAC title.
Buoyed by six individual titles, Missouri crushed the competition Sunday in winning its fifth consecutive Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships in record fashion.
Sophomore John Erneste, redshirt freshman Jaydin Eierman, senior Lavion Mayes, junior Joey Lavallee, sophomore Daniel Lewis and senior J’den Cox all claimed solo gold inside the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Two other Tigers — junior Barlow McGhee and redshirt freshman Austin Myers — also placed high enough to earn automatic berths at the NCAA Tournament on March 16-18 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
- Unfortunately, women’s basketball wasn’t able to get in on the fun. They lost their first SEC Tournament game to Texas A&M on Friday.
Missouri, coming off its highest conference finish since 1990, raced out to a 9-0 lead and led by as many as 10 points in the first half but couldn’t sustain its early hot shooting. Turnovers stalled the Tigers’ momentum in the first half as Texas A&M closed to a 27-24 deficit at halftime. Missouri turned the ball over nine times in the first half and did most of its damage from the 3-point arc, shooting five of 12. The Aggies were scoreless from behind the arc while Anriel Howard led A&M with 11 first-half points.
The Tigers went cold in the second half as A&M outscored them 15-4 in the third quarter. Mizzou went into the fourth quarter having missed 13 straight 3-pointers and stretched the skid to 14 until Sierra Michaelis made a 3 with 2:30 left.
Not quite a recipe for success.
- Softball broke in their new digs by splitting a double-header and finishing the weekend with a record of 3-3.
Coach Ehren Earleywine gave his team a C- grade for the weekend. He said he expected the team to go at least 4-2, if not 5-1.
"To be 3-3 is just unacceptable,” Earleywine said. "But I will say this: We seem to be making incremental, small, baby steps of making improvements.”
- Oh yeah, also the NFL Draft is coming up I guess. Charles Harris will probably be drafted quite early on, and he can thank his track record of adapting to a lot of change during his time at Mizzou.
One of the last things any player expecting to enter the NFL Draft wants prior to his final season in college is change above his head, meaning a new head coach, new coordinator, new position coach and a new scheme.
But that’s exactly what defensive end and Kansas City native Charles Harris had to deal with heading into his redshirt junior season at Missouri in 2016.
“It was pretty tough, but I’m a savage, so I can adjust to any type of coaching staff,” Harris said. “I can adjust to any type of game plan, whatever it is. I couldn’t cry about (it), couldn’t throw a fit about it. I had to adjust, I had to adapt, I had to survive in my environment. So that’s what I did.”
Just a heads up, there’s a movie about Harris’ savagery that just released last Friday and it’s supposedly quite good.
It’s called “Logan” for some reason. Don’t ask me.