Senior Night on Saturday honored two of the 10 best transfers in Mizzou history, per Dave Matter: No. 10 Jordan Barnett and No. 4 Kassius Robertson.
Here’s Matter on Robertson:
Coming out of high school in Toronto, the 6-3 guard had just one Division I scholarship offer, from Canisius College, a tiny Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program in Buffalo, N.Y. After redshirting his freshman year, Robertson developed into a productive 3-point shooter and double-digit scorer but by his junior season was ready for a bigger challenge. He earned his undergraduate degree, freeing him to transfer and play immediately at his next destination. Robertson joined a top-five recruiting class and Mizzou and quickly became the team’s elder statesman. Little did he know he’d also move into the starting point guard role and, with Michael Porter Jr. sidelined with a back injury, Mizzou’s primary scorer. He’s scoring a career-high 16.6 points per game while shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range, third-best in the SEC and the best ever for a Mizzou player who’s attempted at least 200 3s. Robertson, recruited to Mizzou as a specialist and role player, will instead appear on his share of first-team All-SEC ballots and be remembered as the leader of Martin’s first Missouri team.
Mizzou made an extra gesture to Robertson, one that I absolutely love.
Band member Tim O’Sullivan found a half-sheet of music sitting in his seat when he arrived at Mizzou Arena before the Missouri basketball team’s regular-season finale. The paper listed the notes of “O Canada,” senior Kassius Robertson’s national anthem. [...]
Coach Cuonzo Martin signed off on the tribute, and it led to a touching moment for the Missouri guard.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” Robertson said. “That was really cool. I wasn’t going to go as far as singing it, but it was cool. I haven’t heard that anthem since high school, so it’s been near five years.”
Mizzou band performs O’Canada for guard Kassius Robertson on senior night. pic.twitter.com/EMqjexZdf5— Josh Helmuth (@Jhelmuth) March 3, 2018
Speaking of awesomeness...
re·sil·ient— Cuonzo Martin (@CuonzoMartin) March 4, 2018
able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement.
These words reflect who we are and what we are accomplishing!#TTFL pic.twitter.com/ZIiFaUuBtG
This has been a cool year, you guys.
More Basketball Links:
- Good god, Jontay Porter was good last week.
- Mizzou is almost certainly dancing now. We’ll look at the bracket possibilities probably a couple different times this week. The SEC Tournament is all about extra padding for the résumé.
This weekend at Rock M
- Death! Taxes! Mizzou winning the MAC! This is March! Mizzou destroyed the field, won seven individual titles, and set the tournament points record. Damn.
- Max Scherzer striking out Tim Tebow: a spring training tradition like no other.
3 pitches, 3 strikes. Tebow takes a seat. pic.twitter.com/yq7NK2UQ0M— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) March 2, 2018
- Mizzou Baseball continued taking care of business after Friday’s no-hitter, walking off with a 6-5, 13-inning win over UMBC on Saturday and cruising to a 5-0 win to finish the sweep.
- Apparently Barry Odom hasn’t given up on St. Louis just yet.
Mizzou has always recruited St. Louis. But the total staff commitment from all 10 coaches, the recruiting department, the GA’s, and all support staff is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Mizzou is going all in on St. Louis.— Carl Reed (@CoachReed314) March 5, 2018
- Mizzou Softball had itself a lovely weekend, kicking off the home slate with sweeps of SE Louisiana and Drake on Friday, SE Louisiana and Creighton on Saturday, and Creighton and Drake on Sunday.
- Mizzou Gymnastics has been posting some crazy-good scores over the last few weeks. On Saturday, their 196.925 was good enough to take down No. 5 Florida. I’m guessing the Tigers’ll improve on their No. 20 ranking this week.
- Lane Kiffin’s new boss is a Mizzou guy.