It wasn’t always pretty, but Missouri notched their first win behind the shooting of a guy who wasn’t even eligible to play a few weeks ago
Mark Smith took nine shots, scored 19 points and also grabbed 10 defensive rebounds in what you might call a pretty good introduction. If you missed it all, you can watch Smith’s post game interview:
- Matter’s game recap: Smith erupts in Mizzou debut
- Cam Teague’s write-up: Smith sparks Tigers to season opening win
- Jack Parodi’s gamer as well: Smith shines from deep as Missouri tops UCA
I’ll have more thoughts with Study Hall tomorrow (still tweaking the spread sheet!), but I thought the defense was largely good, and the team seems to have willing rebounders. They got nothing from Puryear and Geist offensively, which can’t be a standard the rest of the season. The newcomers all had moments, but without Jeremiah Tilmon and Mark Smith the Tigers lose this game.
I expect it to get better and even look pretty at times, but in large part this season is going to be a slog.
The Mizzou Women took care of business by going on the road and beating Western Illinois
I’m not entirely sure why they were playing in Macomb, IL in a true road game against the Leathernecks but they won:
1️⃣-0️⃣#Mizzou defeats Western Illinois, 89-64, to open the season!— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) November 7, 2018
Cunningham leads the way with 31 points, Smith records a double-double with 14 points & 12 rebounds.#MIZ #OurTownOurTeam pic.twitter.com/6kr8463BXX
Here’s a box score courtesy of MUTigers.com and it looks good for Sophie Cunningham, Lauren Aldridge, and Amber Smith.
The women are off until next Tuesday when they take on Missouri State at home, while the men play this friday at Iowa State which will be a true test of their mettle. The Cyclones will be without Cameron Lard, one of their top interior players which should help, but it’ll still be a tough game to win.
Yesterday at Rock M
- The Post-Dispatch looks ahead to Vanderbilt (hint, Mizzou should win)
Lock makes reference to CeCe Jefferson, the Florida DE who took shots at Missouri's home crowd during SEC Media Days in July: “The other guy that doesn’t like quiet stadiums. I guess we gave them another one."— Eli Lederman (@ByEliLederman) November 6, 2018
I appreciate Drew for his jabs like this.
I will be committing next Friday , Nov 16!— Jalani Williams ⁹ (@jalaniw9) November 5, 2018
Meanwhile, one of the Tigers top targets at Safety, 4-star Jalani Williams (from Parkway North in St. Louis) is committing soon and the Tigers are said to be in good shape!