Mizzou just striving to be the best version of itself
First off, have you read Kortay’s press conference recap yet? If not, give it a read. While he focused mainly on this weekend’s game and how the team matches up with the Aggies, here’s some other highlights from the presser:
Before knocking off the no. 1 team in the country last week, Texas A&M was off to a slow start, much like the Tigers. However, Drinkwitz stressed that it’s important not to focus on how other teams are doing, or what they have in common (having both left the Big XII together 10 years ago). From the Columbia Tribune’s Eric Blum, who covered this in a new Tiger Extra piece:
“I try not to get into the ebbs and flows or comparisons,” Drinkwitz said. “The process is we’ve got to try to be 1-0 this week. You can’t get up and down because of every different thing that happens. Obviously our season has had some ups and downs, but we’ve got to try to maintain even keel. You can’t get too high or too low, can’t get into those emotional swings.”
Drinkwitz also talked about football (or - I’d argue - any high level sport), being something that will humble you. From Dave Matter, in regards to not only Mizzou’s struggles, but that of the Kansas City Chiefs:
And finally — we all asked and we got it, you guys. YAY! Defensive Coordinator Steve Wilks was back on the interview circuit on Tuesday, talking with reporters later in the afternoon. Here’s a couple of tidbits from Dave Matter, who got the scoop.
On what he was happy about in regards to the first half defense on Saturday:
Wilks said LB Chad Bailey did Saturday what he did in practice to earn the start: He shed blocks to make the tackle.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 12, 2021
And on who will take over at CB now that Rake is out for the season with a torn ACL:
Wilks said Mizzou will take on a cornerback by committee approach with Ennis Rakestraw out. He likes freshman DJ Jackson but says he had some eye discipline mistakes Saturday. Says he's got a high ceiling.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) October 12, 2021
I love to read/listen to these press conferences later, as Drink and his staff typically does a great job of providing extra insight into the team’s preparation and performance in great quotes.
On to the Links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Kortay attended the latest press conference.
- Nate wrote an analysis of the HoCo win in a new Beyond the Box Score, saying winning is the most important part.
- Sam and Matt podcasted with special guest, Eric Bossi, in regards to his very knowledgeable thoughts on Aidan Shaw, Mark Mitchell, Trevon Brazile, and the job Cuonzo Martin is doing. It’s a great one for hoops fans.
- Josh’s new Revue talks about good HoCo vibes, giving it a three-star review. And giving an M’y to…. A tweeter?
- COMING UP: Nate’s previewing the Texas A&M game, BK writes about the defense, and much more…
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Mr Matter was quite busy, giving readers an early look at the Mizzou-ATM matchup, writing about how a change at linebacker — to one Josh Bailey — was a big positive for the ailing defense, and about Mizzou’s identity coming into focus at the halfway point.
- Saturday Down South’s Stacy Mickles told readers about the four biggest concerns Mizzou has about facing Texas A&M.
- The Maneater’s Mason Arneson assigned some midterm grades to the Tigers as they hit the second half of their season.
- SAVE THE DATE, y’all. This could be a B-I-G one.
7days who ready??— luther (@lutherburden3) October 12, 2021
- Want to relive this past weekend’s Homecoming fun? Check out this video!
- Want to read a transcript of Drinkwitz’s press conference Tuesday? Check out Power Mizzou.
- Congrats to Mizzou commit, Sam Horn, who was named an All-American!
- On Tuesday in Mizzou Football history, this wild thing happened. NINETY-NINE times?!? In case you are having trouble recalling the year this occurred, the majority of you were not born yet— it was 1968.
This date in Mizzou football history-The Tigers ran the ball 99 times in 27-14 win over Colorado. Still an NCAA record.— Tom Orf (@MU4124) October 12, 2021
- PowerMizzou’s Joel Lorenzi continued his player previews, this time looking at the younger Brown sibling, Kaleb. Give it a read. Joel is doing a great job on these.
- Women’s Hoops is channeling their inner football team, and Coach Drinkwitz approves.
- Also good news for Mizzou Women’s Hoops? Their engagement on social media amongst other women’s hoops teams continues to do quite well.
- The people behind the @DataMizzou account are busy doing a statistical analysis on each of the new members of men’s hoops. Today they looked at Jarron “Boogie” Coleman.. I recommend checking out the entire thread on Coleman… there’s a few more tweets that go with it.
Coleman is at his best when playing with tempo, creating shots for teammates and getting open spot up opportunities. His plus size as a guard also allows for solid activity on the glass.— Mizzou Basketball Analysis (@DataMizzou) October 12, 2021
When on the ball, a stat comp of Dazon Ingram is close. Off the ball, Allen Flanigan fits.
- Larissa Anderson and her staff were again hinting all morning that a big commit was coming…
- Welcome, Madison! Madison Walker, from Olathe KS, is an infielder in the 2023 class.
Other Mizzou Sports
- The Missourian’s Anthony Kristensen wrote about the race for SEC Soccer Tournament heating up as the regular season winds down.
- Kristensen also recapped TigerStyle’s first official practice of the year as a member of the Big XII.
- The Maneater’s Izabelle Cool wrote about tennis stars Bronte Murgett and Marta Oliveira, whose differences have helped them to become better teammates.
- Congrats to seniors Danny Kovac and Sarah Thompson, who were named SEC Swimmers of the Week for their performances at the SMU Classic on Oct. 8-9 and the Show-Me Showdown on Oct. 1. According to MUTigers.com, Danny won the 100 Fly and 50 Free at the SMU Classic, and took third in the 200 Fly, while Sarah took second in the 50 free and 100 fly and third in the 100 free at the SMU Classic. She was also a part of Mizzou’s winning 200 free relay.
- Mizzou Volleyball is still looking for its first conference win, and hopes to do so against Alabama (8-9, 0-5 SEC) tonight 6:30pm. You can catch the match on SEC Network+. More info at MUTigers.com
- Mizzou Golf wraps up their at the SEC Match Play Championships. The Missourian staff recapped it. And according to MUTigers.com, here’s how it went:
As a team, Mizzou dropped its opening match to Tennessee 4-1 before bouncing back in pool play with a 4-1 victory over Auburn. Rounding out match play the Tigers fell in a tightly contested match-up with Kentucky 3.5-1.5 prior to a 4-1 loss against Mississippi State.
Mizzou in the Pros
- Sophie Cunningham and the Phoenix Mercury have a chance get a win tonight in Game Two of the WNBA Finals. You can watch the game on ESPN at 8pm. Sophie will be back in action — looks like they’ve wrapped her calf up pretty good — and the team will need her against a very confident and talented Chicago Sky team.
- Looks like Tilly’s NBA stay with the Orlando Magic was very short-lived. However, he is likely to sign with the Magic’s G-League team in Lakeland.
The Orlando Magic have released former #Mizzou men's basketball standout Jeremiah Tilmon. This was likely the plan, as he is now likely to sign for the Lakeland Magic in the G League. @CoMoSports https://t.co/kJRfYSxf6K— Anthony Kristensen (@AMFKristensen) October 13, 2021
- In regards to the Gruden disaster and his terrible comments about basically everyone, including former Tiger Michael Sam, Jeff Fisher shared this:
Jumping on Twitter to clarify the below.— Jeff Fisher (@CoachJeffFisher) October 13, 2021
Hope everyone is doing good. pic.twitter.com/4bqFDUYSR6
- The Tribune’s Chris Kwiecinski wrote about Missouri football alum Michael Sam, who took the high road after Jon Gruden’s homophobic emails.
- The Mizzou contingent in the NBA was off on Tuesday, but most of the teams will be back on the court this evening as the Nuggets play the Thunder at 7pm (NBA League Pass, maybe) and the Jazz play the defending champion Bucks at 8pm (NBA TV). You’ll have to wait til Thursday to see Dru again as the Heat play the Hawks at 6pm (NBA League Pass, maybe).
Monday’s stat lines— DRU: DNP (knee). JC: 18min, 17 points on 6-12 shooting (3-6 from three), 2 rebounds, 1 assist.
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