1. Missouri lost to Kentucky, but seeing Derrick Chievous’ No. 3 head to the rafters was something special.
It was long overdue, but the Band Aid Man finally got his jersey retired.
Derrick Chievous — Missouri’s all-time scoring leader today, same as he was 31 years ago — was honored at halftime of Missouri’s 66-58 home loss to No. 4 Kentucky.
You can watch the entire ceremony right here, courtesy of Gsbe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com:
Derrick Chievous number retiremrent https://t.co/PYm7PqLHzy— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) February 20, 2019
Chievous met with reporters after the ceremony, where he was presented with an autographed jersey of a slightly-less-famous No. 3 Missouri basketball player:
Sophie Cunningham, sporting a band-aid, presents Derrick Chievous with a signed No. 3 jersey. pic.twitter.com/On5R64v8Lv— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) February 20, 2019
Early in the day, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted a long Q&A with Chievous, who rarely gives interviews this day. I full recommend reading the entire thing, as Chievous’ answers are filled with insight but also sadness, especially when he talks about his legacy of never advancing out of the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Chievous also gave the backstory on how he “chose” his number, after his real favorite number (31) was already taken:
When I get here for summer school there’s a guy named Blake Wortham. Blake “The Snake” Wortham had the number. This guy tells me he’s the (expletive) and that’s his number. ‘You need to get a new number.’ So I go to Coach (Rich) Daly and tell him, ‘Hey, man, this tall guy is saying 31 is his number.’ So I basically said I didn’t want the number, even when that guy wasn’t here any more.
2. Missouri starts, finishes strong in eight-point loss to Kentucky.
Missouri trailed by 18 at halftime, but managed to get within six with under a minute to go in the eventual 66-58 loss.
Here’s the full box score:
Only fitting that the dude wearing No. 3 for Missouri — Ronnie Suggs — led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points.
3. Mizzou baseball hangs on for 5-3 win over Florida A&M.
After dropping two of three games to begin the year at North Florida over the weekend, Missouri baseball used seven pitchers to hang on for a 5-3 win against Florida A&M.
The win evened the Tigers’ record at 2-2.
Kameron Misner went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and two walks; Chris Cornelius went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Steve Bieser’s squad faces Northeastern on Thursday before a three-game series against Rhode Island over the weekend; all games will be played in Fort Myers, Fla.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Rock M Radio: Expectations, Power Forwards and Mizzou Basketball
- No. 4 Kentucky spoils special night for Derrick Chievous
- Strong first day for the Missouri men and women at the 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, which included three top-3 finishes to currently sit in third place.
- Mel Kiper spoke with the media on Wednesday, and Drew Lock was a discussion point. PowerMizzou.com has a nice (and free) rundown of Kiper’s thoughts, in which he projects Lock to Washington at No. 15 but also says he’s not a “consensus” first-round projection.
- Speaking of projections, The Ringer updated its mock draft on Tuesday, and Drew Lock is projected to go No. 10 to Denver.
- Recommendation: Read this oral history on Office Space, put together by The Ringer. It’s fantastic.