UPDATE: It wasn’t the doctor appointment we were thinking it was. Thanks for splashing cold water over everything, Coach.
“Actually, it’s next Thursday.” said Martin when asked about MPJ’s doctor’s appointment. “Now there are appointments that are here in town, but there’s one that’s next Thursday, the one that you guys are probably talking about.” pic.twitter.com/NuFXZz7xZn— Tashan Reed (@tashan1996) February 16, 2018
Missouri freshman basketball player Michael Porter Jr. indeed has a medical checkup for his back injury on Thursday. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed that much during a segment on St. Louis radio station KFNS 590 AM in an interview with Frank Cusamano.
Martin wasn’t sure what to expect from Porter’s visit but insisted he won’t play Saturday when the Tigers play at Louisiana State.
“Not at all,” Martin said. “Not at all. Not at all.”
What about Tuesday’s home game against Ole Miss?
”I’d be shocked if he’s on the floor,” Martin said.
So he had a checkup. It maybe went well. Or not. But he’s not playing tomorrow, and he’s not playing Tuesday. Probably.
Glad that’s all settled.
Martin shot down any notion that Porter Jr.’s return would create a chemistry issue for the team, because Missouri already sits at 18-8 and is prime position to make its first NCAA Tournament in five years.
He thought Porter Jr.’s biggest issue, should he return, would be not having the ball in his hands and not getting as many shots as he’s used to.
So yeah. Business as usual tomorrow at LSU.
Yesterday at Rock M
- It wasn’t pretty, but led by Jordan Frericks’ 19 points and eight rebounds, Mizzou Women’s Hoops won at Auburn, 59-51, and is now tied for third in the SEC. Mizzou committed a whopping 24 turnovers but held AU to 28 percent shooting. 21-5, baby.
- OH HELL YES.
- Harry Ballard III: ready to finally contribute.
- I hadn’t even thought about this: Mizzou Wrestling is unbeaten ... without J’den Cox. Damn.
- Here’s what mental performance coaches do:
- Baseball season starts in 13 hours.
- Next up for Mizzou Gymnastics: THREE ranked opponents in St. Charles — No. 4 LSU (again??), No. 8 Arkansas, and No. 21 George Washington.
- Next up for Mizzou Track & Field: the Missouri Collegiate Challenge.
- Next up for Mizzou Tennis: home matches against Minnesota (Friday) and Memphis (Sunday).
- NEW PAPN! A day late this week. We talked about the Sun Belt, Finebaum, and what it means if Scott Frost really does do big things at Nebraska.