An update and a confirmation:
First, Mizzou officially added one more home game to the 2017-18 basketball schedule on Wednesday, announcing the Tigers would play Wagner on November 13, halfway between the Iowa State opener and the trip to Utah.
SCHEDULE ALERT @AdvoCareInv bracket announced, along with another opportunity to see the Tigers inside #Mizzou Arena! #MIZ pic.twitter.com/HwFv1bvh6N— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) July 26, 2017
Wagner went 16-14 last year under Bashir Mason, ranking 247th in KenPom. The Seahawks began the season upsetting UConn but couldn’t really follow up on that with much. They played at a relentlessly slow tempo and hit the offensive glass very hard. Their best returning player appears to be 6’3 Corey Henson
Next, we appear to have confirmation that the AdvoCare Invitational reported earlier this week is correct.
The @AdvoCareInv Bracket... #Mizzou vs. Long Beach State (Nov. 23) tips at 10:30 a.m. CT on ESPN2. #MIZ pic.twitter.com/PAyMMmgAoz— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouHoops) July 26, 2017
Mizzou will play Long Beach State in the first round, then (theoretically) play the winner of St. John’s-Oregon State in the second.
So if you’re keeping track at home, here’s the current status of Missouri’s non-conference schedule:
- Nov. 10: Iowa State
- Nov. 13: Wagner
- Nov. 16: at Utah
- Nov. 23: vs. LBSU (AdvoCare Invitational)
- Nov. 24: vs. St. John's/Oregon State (AdvoCare Invitational)
- Nov. 26: vs. ??? (AdvoCare Invitational)
- Nov. 30: at UCF
- Dec. 5: Miami (Ohio)
- Dec. 9: Green Bay
- Dec. 16: North Florida
- Dec. 19: Stephen F. Austin
- Dec. ??: Illinois
With an 18-game SEC schedule, that makes 30 games. I believe you can have up to 31, so there are basically only three steps remaining before schedule completion: finding out the date of the Illinois game, finding out official SEC dates (kind of a big step there), and likely finding out one more non-conference matchup — I’m guessing a home game/cupcake for late-December or early-January.
So uh, in case you missed it, Mizzou landed three more football commits yesterday. Catch up with our profiles of linebacker La’Dedric Jackson, offensive lineman Mike Ruth, and nickel back Tyrus Wheat. And once you’ve done that, here are some links from other places:
Rivals.com’s Texas analyst Nick Kreuger gave a quick scouting report on Ruth, and The Trib’s Blake Toppmeyer talked to his high school coach, who said, “He just mauls people. That’s his biggest asset.” *swoon* Toppmeyer also talked to Wheat’s coach: “Once he signs and gets on the training table and gets in the weight room like SEC schools are doing, which Missouri is, he’s going to be a super huge kid.”
Who’s next? Well, this would be a good place to start:
Decisions Decisions— Tank Jenkins (@_MJ70_) July 27, 2017
(That’s four-star offensive lineman Tank Jenkins of, yes, Montgomery, Ala. #BAMAtotheZOU)
- Preview season continues: Dave Matter took a look at the Mizzou secondary.
- Nate Howard’s initial hearing regarding his June drug arrest had been bumped up to this week ... but is now postponed to August 2. Fall camp begins on August 1, so he’ll miss the very start of it, at least.
- NERDS. NERRRRDS.