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Mizzou News for Friday, January 3

Hoops Hodgepodge

Greetings! I thought I’d do something a bit different today, and rather than focus on one specific aspect of my favorite Mizzou topic, I’ve decided to share several tidbits of hoops info I found Thursday afternoon from a variety of places.

To kick things off, I read Dave Matter’s STL Today chat as I always do (and you should too), and I found a few interesting notes to share. Aside from the weirdo commenter “David” who thinks the football Tigers should be on par with the Alabamas & Georgias of the SEC like right now, it was a good one. You can read the chat in full here, but here’s what I think is the most pertinent hoops content.

First up, someone asked what fans should expect from Kentucky this weekend.

Matter’s answer:

Kentucky is a tough team to figure out. They had a really bad home loss to Evansville earlier in the year but they also have two of the SEC’s best wins over Michigan State and Louisville. They don’t shoot many 3s and when they do they don’t make a high rate. That could neutralize one of Mizzou’s strengths, guarding the 3-point line. Kentucky has two big post players in Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery, so this will be a pivotal game for MU’s fours and fives. UK scores a high percentage of its points at the foul line - and shoots very well from the line. The Tigers have to play sound defense without fouling. That’s been a challenge for this team at times. It’s always a tough matchup at Rupp, but Missouri’s playing well right now - and if you’re going to face Kentucky, it’s usually better to get them in early January than late February or early March.

So, basically, it’s as good a time as any to get the ‘Cats, and Mizzou only has to face them once! Yay! If the Tigers keep up the suffocating defense and don’t foul too much, there’s a beacon of hope. Easy enough, right?

Another reader asked what Mizzou could do to prove it’s a tourney team.

Matter’s answer:

Cut down turnovers, shoot well from 3. I wouldn’t say Missouri’s defense is consistently elite, but when they invest in their defense and do it without fouling, it’s hard to score against this Missouri team. Offense is the unknown from night to night. If MU can get Watson or Mark Smith hitting 3s and cut down on turnovers and offensive fouls this team can beat anyone in the SEC. There’s the Tilmon factor, too. He’s not 100 percent healthy. What can you get out of him for 20-25 minutes?

Seems reasonable enough... Fans — if you can — pleaseeeeeeee show up to support your Tigers! It’s really weird that the most attended game of the season thus far was Chicago State when students were gone (and I was gone too)...

Next up, I know have previously expressed my affinity for Xavier Pinson, but man, how can you NOT root for this guy?

And finally, some pretty cool stats provided by Associate Director of Strategic Communications, RJ Layton, huh? DE-FENSE!!!

Onto the links!


Yesterday at Rock M


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Football

Hoops

  • The men’s team is begins SEC play Saturday as they visit storied Rupp Arena to take on the #17 Kentucky Wildcats. Our preview will be up later this morning.

Other Mizzou Sports News

  • Mizzou Gymnastics is back in action this weekend with a meet against Illinois and SEMO at Hearnes!
  • Volleyball picked up a commitment in the way of Anna Dixon. From the comments, it looks like she’s transferring from K State. Welcome, Anna!

Mizzou in the Pros

  • CB DeMarkus Acy has signed with an agent as he prepares himself for the NFL Draft. Best of luck, DeMarkus!
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