Missouri basketball advances to play Auburn on Thursday
And it’s only fitting, because the LAST time Missouri player Auburn in the SEC Tournament, we had the (lone) highlight of the Kim Anderson era.
Two years ago on this night, Kevin Puryear hit a game-winner to beat Auburn in the opening round of the SEC Tourney and Kim Anderson walked off the court yelling “Shove it…” (you know the rest). It is my favorite SEC Tournament memory and will be difficult to ever beat.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) March 13, 2019
Back to Wednesday — Missouri showed it isn’t going out without a fight, and it was led by a huge game from Jordan Geist (30 points, 9-for-15 shooting) which allowed the Tigers to overcome foul trouble (imagine that!) in the 71-61 win.
Also of note: Ronnie Suggs wore No. 21 for the game. Was it because Missouri retired Derrick Chievous’ No. 3 and decided Suggs had to give it up after the regular season?
Why did Ronnie Suggs wear No. 21 instead of 3? He might have left his 3 in Columbia. But, as I pointed out to him, 2 plus 1 equals 3.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 14, 2019
But maybe this is just the spark Missouri needs to go on an improbable run to the NCAA Tournament!
Next up, obviously, is fifth-seeded Auburn. Those Tigers handed these Tigers their worst loss of the season at the end of January, so maybe some revenge is in order.
Here are the details for Missouri’s Thursday matchup with Auburn:
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Thursday, March 14
Location: Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network
Seeds are set for TigerStyle wrestlers at NCAA Championships
After announcing qualifiers on Tuesday, the seeds for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships were announced Wednesday.
To the surprise of no one, Missouri is led by Daniel Lewis, who at No. 2 for 174 pounds is the Tigers’ highest-seeded wrestler.
Here are all the pertinent seeds and matchups for the nine Missouri wrestlers who begin their national title quest on March 21, from the MUTigers.com release:
- 125 Pounds – RS Freshman No. 28 Dack Punke (11-10) vs. No. 5 Jack Mueller (Virginia – 17-0); Wrestled Mueller on Dec. 20 – L, Fall (2:55)
- 133 Pounds – RS Senior No. 8 John Erneste (18-4) vs. Derek Spann (Buffalo – 21-4); Wrestled Spann in the MAC final on March 9 – W, 6-2
- 141 Pounds – RS Junior No. 5 Jaydin Eierman (23-3) vs. Chris Debein (Chattanooga – 24-11); First meeting this season
- 149 Pounds – Freshman No. 4 Brock Mauller (29-2) vs. Matthew Zovistoski (Appalachian St. – 26-13); First meeting this season
- 157 Pounds – Freshman No. 13 Jarrett Jacques (27-6) vs. Luke Weiland (Army - 24-10); First meeting this season
- 165 Pounds – RS Junior No. 15 Connor Flynn (20-7) vs. Gordon Wolf (Lehigh – 19-6); Wrestled Wolf at the South Beach Duals on Dec. 29 – W, Major Decision, 12-3
- 174 Pounds – RS Senior No. 2 Daniel Lewis (24-1) vs. Travis Stefanik (Princeton – 19-13); First meeting this season
- 184 Pounds – RS Junior No. 14 Dylan Wisman (16-7) vs. Cameron Caffey (Michigan St. – 29-7); First meeting this season
- 285 Pounds – Freshman No. 20 Zach Elam (22-9) vs. Matt Voss (George Mason – 30-6); First meeting this season
Mizzou baseball yet again throttles Arkansas State
It was a clean, crisp two-game sweep for the Tigers against Arkansas State, as Steve Beiser’s squad beat the Red Wolves 14-4 in seven innings on Tuesday.
After the Red Wolves went up 4-0 in the top of the first, Missouri answered with four runs of its own in the bottom half. From there, the Tigers scored one run in the second and then seven in the third to all but end the game.
That seven-run third was capped by a grand slam by (who else?) Kameron Misner, who continues his torrid start to the season. He’s now hitting .393 with five home runs and 14 RBIs after going 2-for-3 with a walk (and that grand slam) on Tuesday.
Here’s the full box score:
Yesterday at Rock M
- Jontay Porter checks in at No. 21 on SI’s latest NBA Draft Big Board.
- Two more Missouri divers earned berths into the NCAA Championships (via MUTigers.com)
- Missouri women’s basketball is hosting an open-to-the-public watch party at 5 p.m. Monday at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at Memorial Stadium. Head on over to see where the Mizzou women will end up in the NCAA Tournament.
- Missed this on Tuesday, but more proof that Drew Lock has an absolute howlitzer for a right arm:
- Drama to the west of us and I, for one, am here for this. Anytime the phrase “dead hookers” is used in regard to your rival, you’ve got to tune in.