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Mizzou WBB Takes on Fresno State today!

Mizzou News for Friday, March 19

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Let’s get it, ladies!

The WNIT is here! And Mizzou will take on Fresno State today at 2pm. You can watch on FloHoops (which costs money, so that sucks), but fans should be able to listen on the MUTigers app like normal, it appears. This is the first time Mizzou will ever face the Bulldogs, but according to MUTigers.com, Shannon Dufficy (Utah State) is familiar. In her three years in the Mountain West, she averaged 10.4 points and 9.8 rebounds against Fresno State.

Let’s look at the matchup (some of which is copied from my post earlier in the week):

Looking at the NET rankings, Missouri (9-11, 5-9 SEC) is No. 35, while Fresno State, (16-10, 12-6 Mtn W), is no. 81. The Bulldogs are winners of three of their last six, with their best win coming over the overall Mountain West conference champ, New Mexico (No. 54 in NET) in the conference tournament. Had they beaten Wyoming in the conference finals (they lost 58-56), they would have received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tourney.

Comparison-wise, according to the NET, Fresno State averages 77.9PPG, as compared to Missouri’s 74.8, but keep in mind the differences in conferences— the SEC is a gauntlet. Missouri ranks 7th in the NET in FG% with 48%, compared to Fresno State’s 45%, so that’s pretty even. And while Missouri ranks 5th in the NET in 3PT% with 39%%, Fresno State is 30th with 36%. Looks like we could see a decent shooting match up today!

Looking at Missouri’s season, they lost a bunch of close games to ranked opponents. Five the Tigers’ nine SEC losses came by a combined (!) 25 points, and all of them were to tourney teams.

Should Missouri advance past the Bulldogs, they will play the winner of Arizona State (11-10, 6-9 PAC-12, 95th NET) and Rice (18-7, 12-2 C-USA Group B, 65th NET) on Saturday at 5pm. Losing would mean they would play the loser of that ASU/Rice at 11am Saturday.

LET’S GO, TIGERS!!!!

If you are looking for more pregame reading, check out Matter’s post on the team, and how they are hoping their WNIT performance propels them to a bright future. Eric Blum also wrote about Pingeton’s Tigers, saying they are rested and ready for the games ahead, while Shannon Mia Belt wrote that the Tigers hope to sniff out the Bulldogs in their first game of the WNIT.

Unrelated to women’s hoops... Anyone else relive their nightmares watching Norfolk State last night? Every time they hit a three, I swear I broke out in hives. It’s still too soon. It will ALWAYS be too soon. #neverforget

Accurate depiction of me hiding from Norfolk State

On to the LINKS!!! 710 days later, and the NCAA TOURNEY IS BACK!!!


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Football

Hoops:

  • Bubble Life, presented by Torrence Watson, with some singing by Javon Pickett:

Other Mizzou Sports

  • SOFTBALL: Mizzou Softball starts SEC play this weekend, and has got Georgia on their minds.
  • WRESTLING: After 2 rounds, TigerStyle sits in third place, and four Tigers are continuing on to the quarterfinals for a chance at national titles — Brock Mauller, Allen Hart, Keegan O’Toole, and Matthew Schmitt, while several others are still alive in consolation brackets —according to Grace Taylor’s recap for KOMU. The competition starts this morning at 9am in St. Louis. You can also check out MUTigers.com’s recap or Lee Russell of the Missourian’s recap.
  • SWIMMING: It was a great Day One for the Tigers at the NCAA Championships as Sarah Thompson took third in the 50 Free in school record time, becoming just the THIRD Tiger to ever finish in the top 3 at the NCAAs. The 200 Free Relay took fourth, matching their best ever relay finish. Megan Keil also earned All-American honors with her 9th place finish in the 50 Free. Savana Trueb sits in 24th place after prelims in the 1-meter event. (More info at MUTigers.com)

“I’m very happy with our first day. The way we kicked this night off with an amazing 200 free relay, with a school record and fourth-place at NCAAs. We carried the energy throughout the session. Megan Keilgetting ninth in the B final really lifted the team up as well and got everyone amped up for Sarah Thompson in the A final, where she walked away with third-place. It was an awesome night and I can’t wait to get going tomorrow.”

Mizzou in the Pros News

  • Chase Daniel is back on the market.
  • Soph is the Mercury’s highlighted Player of the Week:

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