We talkin’ about practice, man (said in best Allen Iverson voice)
The Missouri football team may be on its bye week, but the Missouri men’s basketball team held its first official practice of the 2019-2020 season yesterday.
Afterwards, head coach Cuonzo Martin met with reporters at media availability. The biggest takeaway from the session? He truly thinks this is an NCAA Tournament team, if healthy.
Cuonzo asked if he can tell this time of year if he has an NCAA Tournament team: "This team has the parts - minus injuries. ... When you lose key guys that can change a lot. I like what they’re doing. I like what I see now."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) September 25, 2019
Now, almost every coach in America is going to speak highly of their team on the first day of practice, but Martin is right on this one— especially about the injuries.
Losing Michael Porter Jr. in 2017 was supposed to be a death blow to the season. At the very least, making the NCAA Tournament despite this disaster turned out to be maybe the best coaching job of his career, all things considered. Last season was already lost after the injuries to Jontay Porter and Mark Smith, but if you think about it, Missouri wasn’t that far off an NIT bid, finishing with a 15-17 record.
For once, we need to see what Cuonzo Martin can do with a fully healthy roster, and maybe that comes this season. Here’s hoping that the third time’s a charm, because he has an intriguing roster to work with.
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Yesterday at Rock M
- Film Room: Stuffing the Gamecocks, by Tim Bussen
- Bye Week Breakdown: Offense by the Numbers, Nate Edwards writes
- Missouri makes final cut for Caleb Love, by Matthew Harris and Sam Snelling
- Notebook: Mizzou Football heads into a bye week before preparing for Troy, writes Sean MacKinnon
- PODCAST: Dive Cuts with Sam Snelling and Matthew Harris
- Missouri makes the Top 3 for three-star defensive back Nate Floyd, along with Texas Tech and Arizona
- Sam Snelling joined Brendan Wiese on The Big 550 KTRS to discuss the Caleb Love recruitment
- Alex Schiffer of the KC Star asked if Kobe Brown and Tray Jackson can bring balance to Mizzou’s power forward spot
- Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about Odom blowing up Mizzou’s normal bye week routine
- Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou caught up with Cuonzo Martin, Kobe Brown, and Tray Jackson after practice (video- free)
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