Women’s Hoops is Back in Action, and We Will Re-live the Braggin Rights Glory FOREVER
There will be PLENTY of football to talk about today, with it being National Signing Day and all, so let’s look at some basketball news and notes from Tuesday, shall we?
First up, Mizzou Women’s Hoops is back on the hardwood tonight at Mizzou Arena, looking for their first win. The Privateers are 1-2 on the season and are near the bottom of the standings in the Southland Conference so far. Here’s hoping that with a game under their belt, the Tigers bounce back and bring home a victory.
Because we can’t get enough of that Braggin Rights win and can bask in its glory for at least another year, the phenomenal video/graphics/social media team put out this mini movie. Wow.
The “Illini Killer” (AKA “The LeBron of Braggin Rights”), Javon Pickett, was a guest on BK & Ferrario on Tuesday, and he did a great, great job. As you all are aware, he is my most favorite of all the favorites on the team (and I have many), and it’s about damn time everyone hears a from him, gets to know him, and appreciates him for what he does for this team.
#Mizzou forward Javon Pickett joined #BKandFerrario to talk about the Tigers' Braggin' Rights win & how Cuonzo Martin has been able to develop a special relationship with his players.— 101 ESPN St. Louis (@101espn) December 16, 2020
PODCAST: https://t.co/Ph6QpKLFam pic.twitter.com/YoTISHvukY
And for the stats nerds in all of us, MU historian, Tom Orf, uncovered this cool set of date regarding leading scorers at the Braggin Rights series in the past decade. Pretty cool. 47(!) for Pickett!
Mizzou leading scorers vs. IIini last decade 4 years-Puryear 43, Tilmon 30/3 years Pickett 47, Pinson 38, Clark 35, Geist 32/2 years D.Smith 36, Bowers 36, P.Pressey 30/1 year Clarkson 25, Robertson 22— Tom Orf (@MU4124) December 15, 2020
And since it’s National Signing Day, I’ll throw in a football goodie for you. Y’all, our coach wears personalized Coca Cola shirts. Who WOULDN’T want to come play for this man?!?
Drinkwitz wearing a personalized Coke ad today. pic.twitter.com/3RfUoXV6Xx— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 15, 2020
On to the Links! Stay tuned to the site all day long to cover the signings and see if there’s any surprises!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Jacob attended Drinkwitz’s newest MIZ-ZOOM football press conference.
- Kortay attended the MIZ-ZOOM press conference with the players.
- Hide your eyes! Nate (the Great) analyzed the Georgia game in a new Beyond the Box Score. BIG YIKES.
- Josh was back with a new edition of his movie Revue: Downhill.
- COMING UP: a Signing Day bonanza that will have coverage spanning multiple days
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Dave Matter wrote about how depth issues linger on the defensive side of the ball. Dave also gave an updated list of SEC Power Rankings. Check it out to see where Mizzou falls.
- KC Star: Souichi covered Drinkwitz’s busy week in regards to recruiting, bowls, and this weekend’s finale.
- The Athletic: Peter Baugh wrote a truly wonderful piece on Mizzou’s 2015 boycott, which led to change, backlash and legacy. It’s a MUST READ... if you’re a subscriber. (by the way, I have some guest passes to The Athletic, and I am willing to share them with you all if you want— just reach out to me on the twitter).
- The Athletic (more): Ari Wasserman looked at cheating in college football recruiting in a BONKERS piece, titled, ‘I see cheating all the f—ing time’: An anonymous survey of recruiting staffers.
- MUTigers.com previewed this weekend’s game.
- Columbia Missourian: Adam Cole, in his SEC round up, asked why Gus Malzahn was fired at Auburn. He also asked who’s next, and examined some names to watch for on Signing Day.
- Columbia Tribune: Eric Blum wrote that Drinkwitz and the Tigers are eyeing the finish line. He also laid out where the Tigers may go bowling.
- Saturday Down South: Steve Marik shared a few takeaways from the Georgia game, as well as a recruiting primer. Keith Farner shared Finebaum’s pick for SEC Coach of the Year.
- PowerMizzou (free): Gabe put out a video of Drink’s newest press conference. Mitchell Forde wrote about Mizzou facing a unique test on both sides of the ball in their next opponent. For subscribers, ahead of the big day, you can read about what the Rivals/PowerMizzou staff is hearing. Forde also shared his latest iteration of the Perfect Class, Version 8.0.
- We’re getting a good one with Travion Ford. Check out his accolades! Also, he seems like a nice dude, thanking people in the comments (like BRETT35) for their kind words.
Blessed to be selected as Class 3:— Travion Ford ® (@Tre_Got_Skills) December 14, 2020
*1st Team Metro Conference DE
*Metro Conference Player of the Year
*1st Team District DE
*1st Team All-State DE
*All-State Defensive Player of the Year #Scholarshiphigh #NewZou #NewZou21 #Mizzou pic.twitter.com/E072OyuQzA
- USA Today: Steve Berkowitz, Tom Schad, & Blake Toppmeyer looked at the reality that within some Power 5 programs, some assistant college football coaches took COVID-19 pay cuts and others didn’t at the same school. In fact, according to the article, check out this fact:
According to documents obtained by USA TODAY Sports as part of its annual analysis of assistant coaches’ compensation, there are at least 10 Power Five football programs in which one or more assistants took a pay cut, and one or more did not. Those schools make up roughly 20% of public schools in the Power Five.
- On 101ESPN’s BK & Ferrario Show (Jamie Rivers moved to afternoons), NFL Analyst Eric Edholm had some nice news about Nick Bolton’s NFL future.
.@YahooSports NFL Draft analyst @Eric_Edholm tells #BKandFerrario he believes #Mizzou linebacker Nick Bolton could be a late first or early second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.— 101 ESPN St. Louis (@101espn) December 15, 2020
PODCAST: https://t.co/sptEOKIwI2 pic.twitter.com/rt4Z2UPtHG
- Columbia Missourian: Shannon Belt covered the Tigers’ quest to bounce back in their next home game against New Orleans on Wednesday.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: BenFred told us to say good bye to March Sadness in the local area, because as far as he can tell (and I agree), the area has THREE local teams we’ll see in the tourney.
- News Tribune: Colin O’Brien recapped the Lady Bears’ victory over our Missouri Tigers, discussing how their defense and free throws put them over the top.
- In his Bernie Bits for Scoops with Danny Mac, Bernie Miklasz included some info regarding Chris Hrabe’s interview with Jay Bilas.
Bilas on Illinois and Mizzou: “Illinois is a championship caliber team. They’re Final Four good, and they could win it. They’re going to get substantially better as they go forward. I was really impressed with Missouri. Cuonzo (Martin), you knew he was going to do a great job there. He’s done well everywhere he’s been. And I think they’re going to be a factor this year in the SEC and nationally. And they’re going to be really competitive. That’s sort of the thing you most noticed about them, the fight that they have, individually and collectively. And that’s a reflection of what Cuonzo brings. But now he’s got some talent in addition to that competitiveness.”
- Joe Lunardi’s next way too early Bracketology came out on ESPN and Mizzou finds themselves in a 7 seed (up from an 11 last week).
- Columbia Tribune: Eric Blum wrote about how the long layoff may have impacted Robin Pingeton’s Tigers in their first game back against ranked MO State.
- Defense wins!
- Congrats to former Tiger Cullen Van Leer on his first win as head coach at Owensville High School!
Dutchmen basketball defeats St. Clair 50-43. Congrats to Coach Van Leer on his first win as head coach!— owenathletics (@owenathletics) December 16, 2020
*** If I missed other Mizzou Sports social media stuff, I apologize. I didn’t search all that much aside from these things that I saw throughout the day.
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