It’s time to appreciate the big guy, Reed Nikko.
It’s not often, at least in these parts, for a basketball player to stick around all four years. Mizzou Hoops has been through a lot, and one really couldn’t blame someone for getting out when it was bad (hell, if you consult some of the “fan” base, you’d think we were still the absolute worst). But every so often, we get a few players who have spent their entire college careers at Mizzou. Last year, we had several— KP, The Wolf, and CVL (medically retired but still on the team). Before that, Rosburg. This year, we have Reed Nikko. Big ‘Sota. The Legend.
When JT went down, Reed stepped right up and filled in admirably, playing more minutes than ever before, and really taking a big step forward in all areas. As you can see from the career stats chart below, he’s played more minutes and has better numbers across the board, with the exception of blocks, which he’s close on. Sure, he has more fouls and TO, but that’s to be expected with his expanded role, and I can’t see ANYONE being upset with him over anything he’s done this season. He’s been a big ol’ breath (gulp? gust?) of fresh air.
Reed has been a great leader for this young roster both on and off the court, he’s super smart, and who knew he was so funny?! For nostalgia’s sake, please rewatch this— Reed in his natural habitat, talking about the non-con schedule. It’s perfection.
He was named to the SEC Community Service Team today. Are you surprised? You can read more here in the release from the SEC on what he did to warrant his inclusion. Pretty awesome.
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m gonna miss this guy so much.
To the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate the Great introduced us to Coach Casey Woods, the new tight ends coach from Auburn/UAB fame.
- Fearless Leader Sam published his Study Hall piece from Wednesday’s game, where it is noted that Dru Smith looks — shocker— tired.
- PowerMizzou: Mitchell wrote that Coach Drinkwitz was shaped by unique coaching roots. In this week’s PowerMizzou podcast, Gabe and Mitch sat down with none other than Coach Drink himself! Mitchell was quite busy, and also previewed the Linebackers.
- Columbia Missourian: Adam Cole asked, What comes after Kelly?
- Yardbarker ranked the top 20 new coaching hires of this offseason, and guess where Mr. Eli comes in?!? NUMBER TWO!
- Technically one more day with this posting, but it was two as of Thursday.
- Coach Drinkwitz introduced himself to Mizzou students Thursday at a press conference/Q&A session in the MU Student Center at lunch time. I happened to be there, and the students were into.it. Lots of photos and videos; he definitely had their attention. LOVE TO SEE IT.
- A message from Coach himself:
- KC Star: Souichi wrote about Reed Nikko’s journey in a cool post. He also wrote that the team continues to hope for lessons learned.
- Next up on the schedule— the LAST regular season game of the season— is home vs Alabama, Saturday at 1:30pm. I may be crazy, but I think in honor of Reed, we’ll get this one. We’ll need some help from other teams (cough-cough- Auburn- which honestly hurts to say, and A&M) to miss the dreaded Wednesday slot, but who knows what could happen?
- Souichi tried to explain the situation in more detail here:
Mizzou still in play for No. 10 seed in the SEC Tournament and a bye. I *believe* this is what the Tigers need to happen on Saturday to jump Arkansas.— Souichi Terada (@SouichiTerada) March 6, 2020
Bottom two are most likely going to happen. Comes to Tigers needing to beat Bama and Hogs needing to lose to Texas A&M. pic.twitter.com/13G1Enp8hf
- For your consideration, Dru Smith is deserving of some All-SEC praise. He’s playing with one leg, for God’s sakes.
- The Tigers took on the Lady Vols (I dislike that their team feels the need to put ‘lady’ in front of their name) in the second round of the SEC Tourney last night, and lost 64-51. That first half was great though. This effectively puts an end to Mizzou’s season, which is disappointing after making the tourney 4 straight years. It truly was a rebuilding year, despite what Coach Pingeton had hoped.
- A cool stat was shared earlier today. Congrats, Aijha! The future is bright for you!
- Choose Your Own Gamers: Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Souichi Terada (KC Star). Andrew Kauffman (ABC17)
- And I’m tearing up... We’ll miss you, Jordan. You ARE a fighter.
Heart is broken. 17 year journey has come to an end. The inevitable ending is part of life but it hurts all the same. I love this team, I love this game, I love The University of Missouri. I hope if you can remember me by anything remember me as a fighter. #22out ✌ https://t.co/ByeKUImOpC— Jordan Roundtree (@JRound22) March 6, 2020
- My mind is blown that Track coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown, Olympic silver medalist, is Elle Brown’s mother. I had no idea! She was honored as Mizzou’s SEC Legend during the opening round of Mizzou’s Wednesday game.
▪️Olympic Silver Medalist— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) March 5, 2020
▪️Six-time NCAA All-American
▪️Five-time Conference Champion
Read up on the stellar athletic and coaching career of Coach Brown https://t.co/BHNzxUwHkI
Other Mizzou Sports
- PowerMizzou’s Gabe & Mitchell were back with some new predictions in their Blowing Smoke, Presented by Weston Tobacco post, where they talked MU-Bama scores, MU’s SEC Tourney win total and who wins the tourney, breakout Spring Football performers, and dove into the number of NCAA Tournament games that will be played with no fans (because of the virus).
- Tiger Gymnastics is facing off against # 19 Nebraska! You can watch ‘em doing cool flips n stuff on the BTN+ on Saturday at 7pm (if you can get access). Mizzou currently ranks # 16 in the RoadtoNationals.com national rankings, which is computed by the top 6 overall team scores. The Tigers also rank 14th nationally on vault and beam, 16th on floor, and 20th on bars. Here’s a preview from MUTigers.com.
- Here’s a look at freshman Sienna Schreiber’s awesomeness.
- Track will be sending a trio of jumpers (one long and two high) to the NCAA Championships next week. More info on MUTigers.com
NEWS | #Mizzou Track & Field will send 3️⃣ to the @NCAA Indoor Championships— Mizzou Track & Field (@MizzouTFXC) March 4, 2020
Ward, Roman and Vilches will represent the Tigers in Albuquerque❗
https://t.co/gDGgkE5xjk#MIZ #TigerTough pic.twitter.com/um4q72wQKA
- #TigerStyle is headed to the MAC Championships this weekend. (Preview from MUTigers.com)
- Men’s golf is in Arizona this weekend. Looks pretty nice out there. (Preview from MUTigers.com)
Views from today’s practice round at Desert Mountain. pic.twitter.com/s3JpEyvH57— Mizzou Men's Golf (@MizzouMensGolf) March 6, 2020
- Volleyball’s middle blocker, Tyanna Omazic, was named to the 2020 US Women’s Collegiate National Team- Gold Team roster, according to the Missourian’s local news briefs.
- Softball did an in-depth feature on Cayla Kessinger, who has twice battled back from thoracic outlet syndrome (Former Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter had it, if I’m not mistaken – it is “a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between the collarbone and the first rib are compressed”). And according to Madi Norman, she’s still rakes even with a missing rib.
"It was one of those gut checks, like is this over for me?"— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) March 5, 2020
After losing the sport she loved for more than a year, @caylakessinger is happy to just be able to put on a jersey again. #OwnIt pic.twitter.com/h2dZa3VF2C
- This photo essay of sorts about Kessinger is AMAZING. Definitely worth a click.
A two-year battle with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome hasn't stopped Cayla Kessinger.— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) March 5, 2020
A year after reaching her breaking point, she's excited to be back on the field in a #Mizzou jersey.
» https://t.co/TV1hnVYTOV#OwnIt pic.twitter.com/alPFapBrkD
- Speaking of softball, Larissa Anderson’s group starts SEC play this weekend. Here’s their schedule, along with promotions.
It's @SEC Opening Day this weekend ‼️#Mizzou looks to start off conference play on the right foot against Ole Miss, March 6-8.— Mizzou Softball (@MizzouSoftball) March 6, 2020
» https://t.co/Mr0Pwsw1DO #OwnIt
Full promotional schedule ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/V5rCQ2AQS2
- Bieser Ball’s Home Opener is TONIGHT. 6:30. Taylor Stadium. Be there. (Preview on MUTigers.com)
- Emma Moloney of the Missourian wrote a preview for baseball’s home opener against Western Illinois.
Mizzou in the Pros / Other #MizzouMade News
- Come spend an evening with CHASE DANIEL and GP on April 10!
This year, @MizzouAthletics is happy to partner with @gpmade_ to present An Evening with @ChaseDaniel and @GaryPinkel on April 10.— TigerScholarshipFund (@MizzouTSF) March 3, 2020
Proceeds benefit GP M.A.D.E. Foundation and the Tiger Scholarship Fund. Reserve your tickets ⤵️
️ https://t.co/s6NEezqRhh#MIZ | #ShowMe pic.twitter.com/DWFHKr7WIe
- Oh, hey. We know him!
Shout out to @MizzouFootball legend @jmac___19 for delivering the game ball on Saturday!— St. Louis BattleHawks (@XFLBattleHawks) March 5, 2020
Thanks for coming out and supporting the squad! #ForTheLoveOfFootball x #ClearedToEngage pic.twitter.com/yOOIBDTfi5
- Non-Mizzou news, but in case you’re interested in bad things about the school to the west, kU officially released a state about their NCAA amended Notice of Allegations.
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