If you haven’t already, you should read this preview: Auburn as SEC favorite? Sure why not?
If you do, you’ll remember Auburn was the last SEC win for Kim Anderson after he was told he would not be retained as coach. That game was fun and provided some much needed relief after an awful season. You might remember this:
WE HAVE A BUZZER BEATER!!! Kevin Puryear's walk-off three wins it for Missouri over Auburn!!! It's even better with Titanic music!!! pic.twitter.com/Po6M6PL312— TITANIC HOOPS (@TitanicHoops) March 9, 2017
Missouri actually has a 5-3 record against the Auburn Tigers. Frank Haith was 2-0 and Kim Anderson was 3-3. Missouri was 0-2 in a home and home before their come from behind win in the SEC tournament which means Coach Anderson had a winning record against Bruce Pearl going into 2016-17 season.
So there’s not much history between these two teams, but I still contend Mizzou’s loss at Auburn in early 2015 set the stage for the ultimate demise of the season and Kim Anderson’s tenure. Not that things would’ve turned out differently had they won that specific game, but I don’t think that teams talent was as bad as their record is all.
It’s also Coaches vs Cancer tonight. Which is a great cause, but as an appreciator of a good pair of dress shoes... it makes me cringe. BUT IT’S A GREAT CAUSE! And on top of that, it was essentially the brainchild of Norm Stewart who himself is a cancer survivor.
Coaches vs. Cancer evolved from a concept championed by Norm Stewart, former head coach of the University of Missouri’s men’s basketball program, cancer survivor, and member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He started the program by challenging fans to pledge a dollar amount for every three points made by his team during the season.
The American Cancer Society and the NABC adopted that concept in 1993 and transformed it into a nationwide effort to unite coaches across the country in the common mission to provide help and hope to all people facing cancer. Today, more than 500 Division I, II, and III college coaches are involved in the program. Coaches vs. Cancer has raised nearly $40 million since its inception to support the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease. Additionally, more than 100 high school coaches also participate in the program.
In 1998, the Coaches vs. Cancer Council was formed—a distinguished group of NABC member basketball coaches, American Cancer Society volunteers, and business leaders from across the country - to explore new and innovative ways to raise funds, recruit prominent coaches, enhance the program, and send the powerful message that we can win the fight against cancer.
- ICYMI: Auburn had some big questions going into the season
- The Watch: the SEC’s depth perception
- Post A&M Thoughts: the Aggies woke up against Mizzou
- Post A&M Study Hall: Texas A&M 60, Mizzou 49
- Auburn flexes muscles after early turmoil
- PODCAST: Dive Cuts, Episode 16
Opponent: Auburn Tigers (17-2)
Time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
IS MIZZOU RECEIVING TOP 25 VOTES? No
WHAT DOES VEGAS SAY? MIZZ -2, O/U 147.5
WHAT DOES KenPom SAY? Missouri 53%, 76-75
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN:
- TV: SEC Network, Tom Hart, Jon Sundvold
- Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199
Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
- Predict the Tempo (Auburn 72.9, Mizzou 64.7)
- How many 3P Attempts will Mizzou have?
- Which non-Tilmon tonight will be the first to foul out?
- (not a question but...) Predict the score!
- Who is your trifecta?