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Missouri basketball and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

1. Missouri basketball suffers two losses in one day.

Early on Tuesday, Missouri announced that guard Mark Smith would have surgery on his injured ankle and is done for the year. This wasn’t unexpected. Smith missed six games after injuring his ankle and then was ... not himself ... in two games against Ole Miss and Kentucky.

And then, of course, Missouri still had to play at Mississippi State — a game it lost, 68-49, after cutting its deficit to five with just over ten minutes to go in regulation.

Mississippi State 68, Missouri 49 — Game Story Round-up

It was more of the same for the Tigers. In addition to another game that Missouri was competitive into the second half, Jeremiah Tilmon again battled foul issues, before disqualifying himself with around two minutes to go. This came after Tilmon didn’t start (Reed Nikko started in is place) and didn’t play for the first six minutes.

After the game, Cuonzo Martin seemed to express some exasperation with Tilmon’s continued foul issues:

Tilmon finished with 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting with six rebounds; Torrance Watson lead Missouri with 12 points.

It was Missouri’s fewest points in a game in just over a calendar year:

Missouri is 12-15 on the year with at least four games left (including one SEC Tournament year).

2. Hey, at least Missouri baseball won!

After trailing 4-3 through five innings against Alabama A&M on Tuesday, Missouri scored ten runs over the final four frames to win 13-5.

Kameron Misner scored three runs despite going 1-4 from the plate; Connor Brumfield had four RBIs despite also going 1-4 (and that one wasn’t a grand slam!).

Missouri baseball moves to 5-4 on the early season and faces Central Arkansas on Friday.

Here’s the full box:

3. Missouri offers three (at least) new players on Tuesday.

These were all announced by the recruits via Twitter, so here’s the rundown:

  • 3-star Missouri City (Texas) CB Avery Helm — 21 offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU
  • Jackson (Miss.) Copiah-Lincoln C.C. WR Malik Heath — 7 offers, including Mississippi State. He signed with the Bulldogs as a four-star recruit out of high school.
  • Shreveport (La.) OL/DL Vincent Hall — Hall doesn’t have a Rivals or (fleshed-out) 247 Sports profile yet, but he’s reporting the offer (as are other reporters) on Twitter. Listed at 6-4, 320-pounds.

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More Links:

  • Per Dave Matter, Alec Abeln is a grad assistant at UCF, under former Missouri OC Josh Heupel and his former OL coach, Glen Ellarbee. This makes Abeln’s recent retweeting of UCF basketball games a bit more understandable.
  • This is behind a paywall, but 3-star Dublin (Ga.) linebacker Romello Height named Missouri in his top five.
  • Sounds like quite the post-game scene in Columbus, Ohio, last night: