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
- St. Louis Post Dispatch: Missouri fades away in Starkville, drops fourth straight
- Kansas City Star: Missouri falls 68-49 at Mississippi State, dropping fourth straight
- Columbia Missourian: Mississippi State trio dismantles Missouri for Tigers’ fourth-consecutive loss
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:
Cuonzo on postgame radio on Tilmon's fouls: "Those were all good calls tonight. At some point Jeremiah has to recognize and really take ownership and figure out the best way. We continue to watch film but after a while, it’s like what’s the point? You have to make that next step"— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 27, 2019
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:
Mizzou scores less than 50 points for 1st time since 1/20/2018 60-49 loss to A&M (outscored in last 7:30 tonight 18-5)— Tom Orf (@MU4124) February 27, 2019
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.
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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.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Breaking down Mark Smith’s diagnosis and what it means
- Tigers can’t find enough offense in Starkville, drop fourth straight
- 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:
Uh, wow. Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey was just screaming at an official walking down a hallway of Value City Arena. "You cheating motherfucker! You're a fucking disgrace!"— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) February 27, 2019