One out of three.
It was a huge Wednesday tripleheader for the Mizzou Athletics program right before Christmas.
Well, it started off well. Mizzou Women’s Basketball got their Braggin’ Rights win with an 84-65 win over Illinois.
Aijha Blackwell did Aijha Blackwell things, leading the team with 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Tigers improved to an impressive 11-2 on the season. They will host South Carolina up next (yes, the No. 1 team in the country) to begin SEC play. That’s on December 30th on the SEC Network with the tip-off at 6 PM CST.
Unfortunately, that would be the only win of the day.
On the men’s side, the Braggin’ Rights wasn’t any fun. Like, at all.
In a second straight rivalry game, Mizzou wasn’t even competitive. It was the second most lopsided Mizzou loss in Braggin’ Rights history. Yikes.
I don’t even know what to say at this point. It’s the first time under Cuonzo Martin they are not over .500 heading into SEC play. They’re 6-6 and it doesn’t get any easier. with conference play starting December 29th at Kentucky. Woof.
But, if you’re looking for any positive, it’s Trevon Brazile.
Brazile definitely has some ability. Gonna be a fun player as he gains confidence, especially offensively. https://t.co/2NomvJwETF— CJ Moore (@CJMooreHoops) December 23, 2021
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces Bowl game was a lot of fun, but of course ended in a heartbreaker.
Listen, Army is a good team, and Mizzou was depleted, and it came down to a game-winning field goal by the Black Knights, 24-22. There was still a lot to like in this game. In his first ever start, Brady Cook was terrific — going 27/34 with 238 yards and two total touchdowns. He definitely made a case to be QB1 entering next season.
So sure, it was a tough loss. They still haven’t had a winning record since 2018 and still haven’t won a bowl game since New Year’s Day 2015. However, the best recruiting class in program history is coming.
Here’s some perspective:
Missouri had no tight ends, no corners, down their two starting defensive tackles, no star running back, backup quarterback...and still almost beat a much better team in a fun exhibition game. Keep building to '22!— #NEWZOU22 NATION (@RockMNation) December 23, 2021
If you all have some long-term opinions about the potential of this football team based off of the performance of an undermanned squad in a bowl game you need to take a breath— Nate Edwards (@NateGEdwards) December 23, 2021
Look, losing a game is never fun, I get that. But if this staff REALLY wanted to win this game they wouldn't have sat Tyler Badie.— Nate Edwards (@NateGEdwards) December 23, 2021
Better days are ahead. As always, M-I-Z! Onto the links.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Aaron Dryden has the Three & Out of Army
- Film Study from Matthew Harris: What helped Mizzou against Utah, and will those tweaks matter moving forward?
- Preview from Lauren Rosenberg: Missouri Women’s Hoops heads to Champaign for Bragging Rights game
- Josh Matejka had the Mizzou Hoops Preview of Illinois
- Kortay Vincent had the bowl game thread of Mizzou vs Army
- Parker Gillam had the game thread of Braggin’ Rights
- From Parker Gillam: Illinois cruises to victory, can brag all they want
- Read up on Brandon Kiley’s Five Takeaways from Mizzou’s 24-22 loss in the Armed Forces Bowl against Army
- From Kortay Vincent: Tigers Lose a Heartbreaker to Army
- From Dave Matter: Cockburn poses sizeable challenge for Mizzou in Braggin’ Rights return to St. Louis
- In Benjamin Hochman’s Ten Hochman video: Mizzou-Illinois Braggin’ Rights back in St. Louis tonight — will people go?
- From Dave Matter’s SEC bowl picks: Can depleted Mizzou ambush Army?
- From Benjamin Hochman: Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn shows Mizzou what dominance looks like
- Mizzou football notebook: With Badie out, Downing’s fumble proves costly in Mizzou’s bowl loss, writes Dave Matter
- From Dave Matter: Army’s last-second field goal spoils Brady Cook’s heroics
- From Vahe Gregorian: Illinois swamps Mizzou Tigers basketball 88-63 in Braggin’ Rights game turned fiasco
- From Lila Bromberg: Mizzou Tigers football loses in final seconds of Armed Forces Bowl to Army, 24-22
- From Nate Marcus: Missouri women’s basketball takes home the Braggin’ Rights against Illinois
- Game defining first quarter gives MU women Braggin’ Rights victory, writes Shannon Mia Belt
- From Wilson Moore: Cook’s last minute drive not enough as Missouri falls to Army
- Illinois finally had enough of Missouri’s win streak in Braggin’ Rights, writes Matt Brolley
- From Anthony Kristensen: Another dire night from deep, on offense and defense, from MU men’s basketball vs Illinois
- The ultimate test: Missouri’s rush defense can’t quite complete tale of redemption, writes Calum McAndrew
(Columbia Daily Tribune)
- Mizzou basketball falls to 6-6 after crushing loss to Illinois in Braggin’ Rights game, writes Chris Kwiecinski
- From Eric Blum: Army takes down Mizzou football 24-22 in Armed Forces Bowl with field goal as time expires
- On Scoops with Danny Mac’s Bernie Bits: Bernie Miklasz touches on Mizzou’s Predicament in the Armed Forces Bowl and the Braggin’ Rights game
- What a rookie season Nick Bolton is having with the Kansas City Chiefs. M-I-Z!
There is only one player in the NFL this season with:— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) December 22, 2021
10+ Tackles for Loss
And it's ROOKIE Nick Bolton.
He may not be getting DROY headlines, but @_nickbolton2 has been an absolute STUD for the Chiefs. pic.twitter.com/mv7IemGdNs
- Good to see Luther Burden at the Braggin’ Rights game with Laurence Bowers. And Ryan Rosburg!
- On KTGR, Andy Humprey has his knee jerk reactions after Mizzou’s 24-22 loss to Army
- Oh yes, Luther Burden is coming!
i’m coming no worries…— luther (@lutherburden3) December 23, 2021
- Former Mizzou Tight End Daniel Parker Jr has announced that he is committed to Oklahoma. Good luck to DPJ in Norman.
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