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Mizzou News for Friday, March 5

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“If this is a WNIT year, then by golly, let’s go get a banner.”

Robin Pingeton said these words in the post game following the Tigers’ hard-fought WILD battle with Alabama, where they ultimately lost 82-74. If you watched the game, it was MUCH closer than this, and really exciting.

Apologies, readers... I’m basically writing a game recap up top, so brace yourselves!

Things started off quite scary for Missouri as Alabama shot 83% — YES, EIGHTY-THREE PERCENT — from the field in the first quarter, before coming down to Earth a bit at the half, shooting 56%. The Tigers, meanwhile, also shot well, but not THAT well, and were 40% from the field, but 50% from three-point range.

After the break, Mizzou did their thing, and slowly chipped away at the Tide’s lead, going on a 24-17 run, tying the game to head into the fourth quarter.

Here are my notes that I frantically typed as I was watching; it was so difficult to keep up with:

Fourth quarter: A couple of turnovers for Mizzou and the Tigers find themselves down 5. A HUGE Hayley Frank three — number 12 for Mizzou — brought the lead down to two with 5:45 remaining before Alabama took it back to 4. Lauren Hansen, with all of her points in the second half, hit a big three to bring the lead back down to 2, only to be followed by a foul on Dufficy. With 5:16 remaining, the Tide’s lead is 3. Haley Troup then answers with a three to tie it with 5:04 left. This game is bonkers.

But seriously, this game was bonkers. Ultimately, the Crimson Tide were just too much for the Tigers, who had five players in double figures. With LaDazhia Williams still semi-sidelined with an injury and playing limited minutes, there was no one to stop the Tide’s Amiyah Copeland. Mizzou had two players score in double digits: Shug Dickson with 12, and Aijha Blackwell, who had a career-high, unbelievable 28 points.

In the post game, Pingeton talked a bit about the first half:

Next up? Robin Pingeton’s squad awaits their fate to see if they will be invited to the WNIT. Teams will be announced on Monday, March 15, after the NCAAT teams are announced, so for now, we wait.

Here’s some more information on the tourney and their selection process from the WNIT site: It will hold a 32-team event in four regions — Memphis, Rockford, Ill., Charlotte & Fort Worth — that will begin on March 19. The selection committee will look at the NET ranking (Mizzou was in the Top 40 coming into tonight’s game), a team’s record against top 100 teams, and team performance in the final ten games. They will also examine COVID-related factors, I would assume to not penalize teams that had significant breaks due to contact tracing or opponent issues. They also are not requiring a .500 record this season— the Tigers currently sit 9-11.

I’ll have more analytical stuff in a new Study Hall, which I should have up this weekend— I can’t quite crank them out at the rate that Sam does, and I’ve got this to do as well, so cut me some slack.

Big game this weekend, y’all! Time to beat the cheaters!!!! It’ll be a miracle if I don’t shed a tear watching the Senior Day ceremonies. Especially after watching this from JT. Sigh...

On to the LINKS!!!


Yesterday at Rock M

  • Sam was back with a lovely Study Hall that you should read. Mizzou is good, guys. Sometimes they just don’t want to show it.
  • Aaron wrote that Eli Drinkwitz and the Tigers are closing the gap.
  • Nate & BK were back with a new BTBS pod, talked about spring football and the H-O-T recruiting trail.
  • SIDE NOTE: Thursday will also be known in our little community as “The Day the Comment Thread Died.” SB Nation was having some issues, apparently, and the site was down, and then it was back up but you couldn’t click on the comments, then the comments were gone completely, and then (as of my last check around 5:30pm) they reappeared. Order is restored. Take in a deep breath... all is okay.
  • COMING UP: a new Rock-M-Tology from Sammy, another recruiting reset from BK, a hoops MIZ-ZOOM, a LSU Cheatin Tigers preview...

More Links:

Football

  • Excellent news for newbie, Mookie Cooper!

Hoops:

  • Dru continues to build a serious case for All-SEC consideration.
  • Mitchell Smith was selected to the SEC Community Service team for his EXTENSIVE work within the community. Just take a look at all he does, per the MUTigers.com release:

Despite the pandemic, Smith has been the catalyst for Mizzou’s community service efforts. Smith is heavily involved with Playing 4 Hope, a Columbia-based non-profit that gives back to children in hospitals with various medical conditions. As part of that initiative, he has sent videos and interacted with several patients to provide hope during difficult times.

Additionally, Smith is involved with the Adventure Club, an after-school program in the area for youth. He’s also given back to the Rainbow House, a local shelter for domestic/child abuse victims, delivering toys and spending time with those impacted. The team as a whole is very involved with the Food Bank, volunteering hours packing up food for those in need. Smith has been the senior leader in charge of scheduling those.

Diamond Sports

  • Lukas Veinbergs had a great outing in Mizzou’s game vs Dallas Baptist, but the Tigers couldn’t hold and ended up losing 3-2. They’re back in action today.

Other Mizzou Sports

  • Way to go, Mizzou Tennis!

Mizzou in the NBA News/Regional Sports News

  • Mike had a great night as Denver knocked off the Pacers 113-103. His 24 points on 9-14 shooting (including 5-9 from three), an awesome blocked shot that led to a Jamal Murray dunk, and his 11 rebounds were great to see. This was his 5th double-double in his last 6th games. Side note: As I watched the game, one of the announcers brought up a hilarious and bizarre fact— According to Nuggets Nation, MPJ is the most attractive of the Nuggets. Haha! Mike Singer of the Denver Post wrote a nice recap of the game if you’re interested, and SB Nation’s Denver Stiffs wrote about his selection to the Rising Stars game (which isn’t taking place due to all All-Star festivities being contained to Sunday).
  • Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz were off on Thursday, but did play on Wednesday evening. In Quin Snyder & the Jazz’s loss in OT to the 76ers, 131-123. JC was not especially effective on Wednesday, with only 10 points on 3-10 shooting (2-7 from three).
  • Jontay had 10 points in 19 minutes on 5-12 shooting (0-5 from three, ew), with 6 rebounds and 3 assists, in a Memphis Hustle loss to the G-League Nets.
  • St. Louis greats Jayson Tatum AND Bradley Beal on the same All-Star team, as well as Mizzou-adjacent, Devin Booker? Makes it easy to root for Team Durant, as Ben Fred said.

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