Mizzou falls in Top 25, but not far
Missouri looked, all things considered, pretty good against Texas A&M this past Saturday. They overcame a shaky start in the first half to exert their will for the final 20 minutes, coasting to a comfortable road win. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to keep them from slipping in some peoples’ minds.
With the new Associated Press poll coming every Monday, the Tigers slipped a couple of spots to No. 19, a fall likely aided by a lack of seeing the Tigers in action over the past few weeks. They were surpassed by fellow SEC brethren Alabama, who have been on fire as of late.
In this week's AP poll, Missouri ranked as high as No. 10 on two ballots. Unranked on 15 ballots. Otherwise, MU got the most votes at No. 16.https://t.co/K7NKgpafJ8— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 18, 2021
I’m still not sure how you can leave Missouri outside of the rankings based purely on their resume. But hey, maybe that’s why I don’t have a vote. But also, to those two folx who placed the Tigers at No. 10? Well, I guess maybe you see something I don’t!
Then again, maybe they were just looking at the RPI numbers. While a bit outdated in determining NCAA selections nowadays, RPI is still held up as a sort of traditional standard for good teams. And guess what? Missouri currently ranks first overall in RPI! Yay RPI! That’s our favorite thing now!
To round out the week’s rankings, NCAA’s NET still has Missouri as a Top 25 team. The Tigers even moved up one spot to No. 24. These are changing all the time, so look for Missouri to move once again after the game against South Carolina tonight. That preview will be up on this here site later this morning.
Yesterday at Rock M
- PowerMizzou subscribers can read an insightful Q&A with brand new Tiger Blaze Alldredge, who breaks down why he chose Mizzou and the charisma of Eli Drinkwitz. Subscribers can also read Gabe’s Monday morning thoughts, while all readers can access a basketball notebook from Mitchell Forde.
- Kansas City Star beat writer Souichi Terada previewed tonight’s South Carolina game, noting how few times the Gamecocks have seen the floor.
- Frank Martin has been out of commission with a rare second COVID-19 diagnosis, but he’s back on the sidelines for tonight’s match up, it would seem.
Frank Martin led practice today and is planning to coach the team at Missouri tomorrow, USC spokesperson said.— David Cloninger (@DCPandC) January 18, 2021
Bruce Shingler doing media today as he's been the guy in charge of the team the last week.
- It was literally a tough beat for Robin Pingeton last night, as she drew a key technical foul for calling a timeout when she had none. The foul allowed LSU to hold off Missouri, which mounted a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell 66-64.
- One of the best members of the in-state 2022 football class is off the board. Despite ending in his top group, Missouri couldn’t land the services of Tyson Ford, who ended up choosing Notre Dame.
- Anyone ready to watch another tire fire coaching search on Rocky Top? The Volunteers fired Jeremy Pruitt yesterday “for cause” as a specter of potentially bad violations hangs over the football program.
Tennessee in its termination letter to Jeremy Pruitt: “Your failures are likely to lead to significant penalties to the University and has jeopardized the eligibility of our student athletes.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) January 18, 2021
Of course, that’s not stopping Tennessee from going after some of the biggest names on the coaching circuit, as reported by Football Scoop. That is, if Kevin Steele doesn’t complete his second coup of the offseason and finally land that SEC head coaching gig he wants.
- It’s almost softball season, and voters in the polls are feeling good about Missouri, who begins the season in the Top 25.
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