Victory Monday of a different stripe!
Happy victory Monday, Tiger fans!
Usually we reserve that sort of lingo for football successes, but here’s the deal: Mizzou Football got walloped on Saturday and was immediately followed by Mizzou Hoops, who beat a Top 10 team that just so happened to be one of their two biggest rivals. So football or not, we’re officially declaring this a Victory Monday.
Missouri’s win, of course, had Cuonzo Martin up in arms about the way people talk about the Tigers. Remember, they finished no better than ninth or tenth in preseason SEC polls. Their 5-0 start has some of the biggest names in the college hoops landscape rethinking their assessments.
Updated Goodman Top 25— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 13, 2020
- Missouri looks to be for REAL.
- Clemson also breaks in.
- Duke, UK and UVA nowhere to be found. pic.twitter.com/2ijelo3tzj
Going from being unranked to No. 16 is quite a jump, especially because of one game. But in those five games Missouri has quietly built a resume that looks better than almost anyone in the country, save a handful of teams. They’ve got: a neutral court win over a Top 25 opponent; a true road win against a respected mid-major program; a Top 10 win in one of the biggest games of the year; and a win over a Liberty team that will likely win the ASUN. If anything, 16 might be too low? That’s probably getting ahead of ourselves... maybe...
Goodman wasn’t the only one who jumped on the Missouri bandwagon. Gary Parrish at CBS Sports followed suit, ranking the Tigers in the Top 20 (one spot ahead of Illinois hehehehehehe) in his Top 25 And 1.
Xavier Pinson finished with 17 points and five assists in Saturday’s 81-78 victory over Illinois. Missouri’s 5-0 record also includes a win over Oregon.
The Tigers were the biggest upward mover of the group. The team with the most downward movement? Illinois, of course.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Yesterday was a reminder, there’s still a lot of work to be done
- Study Hall: Mizzou 81, Illinois 78
- SBN Reacts: Last week’s results show we still like our teams
- SEC Recap: Week Twelve
- Here’s your weekly Mizzou in the NFL recap:
— We usually start this space with Drew Lock (and trust us, that would be well-earned this week), but let’s give major props to our guy Aldon Smith, who registered 3 tackles in the Cowboys’ win over the Bengals. Also, he did this:
Honestly, it feels so good to see Smith doing this on the field. There was a long stretch of time where most Missouri fans would shy away from claiming Smith due to his off-the-field issues, which were extensive. But Smith seems to have taken the appropriate time to work on himself and has been great in his return to the NFL.
— OK, now we can talk about Drew. It’s been a tough second season for our favorite Barry Odom era son, there’s no doubt. But Sunday showed that Lock still has what it takes to be a starting caliber QB in the NFL. Lock was money all day, leading the Broncos to a 32-27 win over the Panthers.
Lock was superb against the Panthers, throwing 4 touchdowns with no interceptions and a 78 percent completion rate. Damn. Hopefully the Broncos commit to improving the offensive line and backfield weapons and Lock may be cooking with gas in year three.
— SPEAKING OF MIZZOU QBS! Our man Chase Daniel, the greatest backup in NFL history, got a chance to stun the Packers, but came up short in his limited time after Stafford went down.
— No other Tigers in action this week, though Sheldon Richardson and Jordan Elliott will be taking on the Ravens tonight on MNF.
- CJ Moore at The Athletic wrote about the Braggin’ Rights win from the perspective of Dru Smith and Cuonzo Martin, specifically focusing one major adjustment that may have won the Tigers the game. Give this piece a read if you’re a subscriber because it’s excellent.
- The Kansas City Star covered the in and outs of Missouri’s imperfect Braggin’ Rights win and gave some room for Cuonzo Martin’s frustrations about how his team is perceived.
- Ben Frederickson wrote about hoops and football, suggesting that Missouri is just getting started on the hardwood, and stating that Eli Drinkwitz needs to continue succeeding on the recruiting trail.
- Gabe DeArmond debriefed from the chaos of Saturday with 10 thoughts on the day in general for PowerMizzou subscribers.
- Yeah, we’re moving grade cards down here for the day because [whispering] they’re bad. PowerMizzou wasn’t too harsh (with one notable exception), but Souichi Terada was, handing out two failing grades.
- In general college football news, two programs who we’re familiar with are now looking for head coaches. First off, Mizzou’s rival across the Mississippi has moved on after several years of Lovie Smith.
The bigger news of the day was Auburn firing Gus Mahlzan, opening a job that is sure to be coveted around the country. Some Missouri fans were understandably worried when considering Eli Drinkwitz’s history with the Auburn program, but Gabe DeArmond stepped in with some sound thoughts.
Just gonna put this out there in advance: #Mizzou fans concerned Auburn could look at Eli Drinkwitz, the expectation is that no way Auburn is replacing Malzahn with a guy that worked under Malzahn.— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) December 13, 2020
The way I see it, if Auburn is firing a coach who just went 6-4, there’s no way on Earth they’re turning around and hiring a guy who just posted the same record (at best, right Mississippi State?!) at Missouri. The fan base would bring out the guillotine.
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