A Little Bit o’ This & That, Women’s Hoops Thoughts
Disclaimer: I wrote some of this up top Thursday afternoon because I knew I’d be in a bind timewise after the game. And that was before I knew WBB writer Adeen wasn’t going to be at the home opener, leaving no one to write a recap. Because of this, the top part is going to be a mish-mash of things I thought you’d want to know about.
WBB Takeaways from 83-38 win over Bradley
- Is Bradley — under a new coach with a lot of new players, per Lauren’s preview — really just rebuilding and bad offensively or are the Tigers good? Maybe it’s some of both? Because ladies and gents, it was a drubbing. At home in front of a decent-sized crowd (that tier system is working wonders, DRF) for the 2022-23 season home opener, the Tigers — ALL OF THEM (seriously, everyone who played scored) — scored early and often, and it was highly enjoyable. Unlike the men’s team on Monday, who mayyyyyyyy have taken the foot off the gas pedal a bit with that 20-point lead, it was clear they never backed away. Coach P was ecstatic on the postgame radio show, chattering about their focus for all four quarters.
Did the ladies learn from hearing/seeing what the guys went through on Monday? Perhaps. Or maybe they have spent enough time together — they do have a good number of returners and Robin has lauded their chemistry — that they have this all figured out? Who’s to say, really, but it was great.
- This Tiger team seems to have a lot of weapons. And Pingeton is fully committed to using as many as she needs on a given night. How the Tigers will stack up in SEC play, I have no idea, but right now? Any number of Tigers can come in and get a bucket or a rebound (oh hey, Sara-Rose) or do something cool, like dive on the floor (that’s you, Averi), or throw a no-look pass (hello, Mama). The Tigers shot 51.6% from the field on Thursday evening and 43.5% from three (10-of-26). Three Tigers hit double digits, and four more had 5+ points. Kate (Gilbert), Averi (Kroenke), and Ashton (Judd) scored their first official Tiger buckets of the regular season in front of the home crowd.
They had 40 rebounds, including 26 defensive, and 22 assists. They also forced 11 steals and a block, and only had 14 fouls overall. And best of all, from Lauren’s preview, they did what she asked! Only 10 turnovers, as compared to 22 assists! WOOOOHOOOOOOOO
- My players of the game (in no particular order): Ashton Judd (12 points on 4-8 FG / 3-7 3PT in 21 minutes), Lauren Hansen (17 points on 7-13 FG / 3-7 3PT in 22 min), Jayla Kelly (13 points on 5-8 FG in 17 min), and Sarah Linthacum (9 points on 4-7 FG in 19 min).
Salivates. God, I love good basketball.
Next up is... THE CLAW.
Defensive Player of the Game Award announced
No, not that claw. A TIGER CLAW. Awarded for good defense in a game!
Guess who got it? I was betting on D’Moi Hodge. but nope! Congrats to KALEB BROWN! I like your hat. [Sam, FWIW, said he’s going to need to revisit the tapes to see how this was determined]
On Drink’s extension/raise & Sam Horn’s sitch
In yesterday’s links post, I made some points about the extension and pay. Matter talked about this in his chat, and I found his answer interesting:
Q: We’re you as surprised as most Tiger fans were at the Drinks contract extension during the season. On reflection it makes sense to aid in recruiting and continuity for the program
A: Let’s get to this. The recruiting angle is an outdated play made by coaches and agents. I’ve never heard a recruit say he picked a school because he knows the head coach is going to be there in four or five years. Even high school recruits understand that contracts are made to be broken and their coach can get fired at any second. Elite recruits in 2022 are basing their decisions on NIL opportunities and their value in the NIL marketplace. They care about playing early, winning and making it to the NFL. But coaches and agents have convinced fans, media and, most important, their bosses that they need four or five years on their contracts so they can convince recruits they’ve got job security...
I was not surprised by the extension. I was surprised by the size of the raise. But after lots of conversations this week, I have a better feel for the situation. This is by no means Mizzou telling Drinkwitz that he can keep going .500 with no danger of losing his job; this is a message that it’s time to win. He now has the resources. Facilities, staff pay, bigger salaries all around. Mizzou is making a big commitment and now expects results. The new contract elevates the pressure and raises expectations. Eli seems to understand that. Also, the new buyout protects Mizzou in case he proves he can’t do enough with the added resources. The offset language was crucial.
Additionally, for those of us clamoring for Sam Horn Time, NOT SO FAST:
Drinkwitz doesn’t believe he’s ready. He needs to mature. They don’t believe they’d do him any good putting him behind the current state of the O-line. I watch him pretty closely during the games. He’s not all that engaged on the sideline. When the offense huddles along the sideline before offensive possessions or during timeouts, you see the backup QBs, Macon and Abraham, get in the huddle and listen. Horn is usually nowhere near the huddle. I’m not the only one who’s noticed. That’s not to say he can’t mature and develop and secure the job next season. But he doesn’t carry himself like someone lobbying for snaps now.
Anyway, read the chat. It was a good one, and everyone wanted to know about Ronnie DeGray’s whereabouts, the extension and the raise. Over and over. And over again.
On to the Links!
Beat that ugly orange uniformed team in that ugly stadium, Football Team! (the orange is ugly; I do not know the attractiveness of the team) And beat that Ivy League team, Men’s Hoopers.
I’ll be back with the second edition of Rock M Digest Sunday. Until then,Tiger fans.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate’s got The Look: Missouri will be a wearing a simple uniform to stop a simple offense
- Lauren previews the women’s basketball home opener against Bradley
- The Matts are analyzing game film in The Verdict. This is cool.
- Brandon wrote a TERRIFIC story about ascension of Cody Scrader from D-II to RB-I
- Matthew told us what to watch for at the Tiger Style Invitational
- Listen to BK and Nate talk about the extension on a new BTBS pod
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read the transcript from Matter’s Thursday (subscriber) chat | Week 10 predictions: (Matter) | Eye on the Tigers Podcast, featuring Matter & BenFred: Eli’s extension, Saturday’s game, and some basketball stuff | Kristian Williams’ time has arrived along Mizzou football’s defensive line (Calum McAndrew) | BenFred: Rushed extension for Mizzou football coach Drinkwitz only turns up heat on make-or-break 2023
- PowerMizzou/Rivals: Mizzou Stat Breakdown: Third Down Struggles (Jarod Hamilton) | Mizzou trip impresses JUCO DB target Kendel Dolby (Sean Williams) |
- Columbia Tribune: Missouri football: What Tigers learned from 2021 Tennessee disaster (Matt Stahl)
- Columbia Missourian: Missouri’s offense prepares to keep pace with high-octane Tennessee (Kyle Pinnell) |
- Listen to Mizzou Football Friday on KTRS Big 550 St Louis.
- Interesting infographic here:
Why does early down success matter? A lot of what we're capturing with late down success is dependent on late 3rd down distance, which... is a direct result of early down success: pic.twitter.com/OIRbIxRwqR— parker (u n v e r i f i e d) (@statsowar) November 10, 2022
- MUTigers.com: Read the Penn preview | Mizzou cruises past Bradley in Home Opener
- KC Star: Missouri Tigers made their point in men’s basketball opener: this Mizzou team can score (Blair Kerkhoff)
- Columbia Missourian: Missouri men’s basketball faces second test of the season against Penn (Jack Knowlton) | Missouri Women’s Basketball crushes Bradley (Parker Gillam- Hey, we know him!)
- PowerMizzou: Women’s Basketball beat Bradley in Home Opener (Drew King)
- Columbia Tribune: 3 takeaways from Missouri women’s basketball’s home opener (Chris Kwiecinski) | How Mizzou basketball’s veteran roster can win games early on with its experience (Matt Stahl)
- Pre-practice vibes, courtesy of Tre Gomillion and Men’s Hoops
- Here’s a tough KB video
- Soph in the building! After the Tigers’ big win, they took a bit of time to sign autographs for fans. No, I didn’t partake.
Signing some autographs for future Tigers— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) November 11, 2022
Grateful for the support shown in Mizzou Arena each and every game pic.twitter.com/bbljAeAoCZ
Other Mizzou Sports
- SWIM & DIVE: continued their signing day, nabbing Miami Valley Conference swimmer of the year Logan Ottke | 2x All-American and 4x NSAA State Champion John Watson | 4x All-American and 2021 MO Swimmer of the Year Kylee Sullivan | 2x 4A State Champion Chloe Mudadu | 6x OK State Champion Piper McNeil | 2x All-American Emily Roden | 200 IM unofficial state record holder Peyton Drexel
- GYMNASTICS signs four to its recruiting class (MUTigers.com)
- WRESTLING: Love (clap) to (clap) see (clap) it (clap).
- Jordan Clarkson & Quin-less Utah Jazz (10-3):
UP NEXT: Sat, 11/12 vs WASH at 5pm | Sun, 11/13 vs 76ers at 6:30pm
- Michael Porter, Jr & Denver Nuggets (8-3):
UP NEXT: Fri, 11/11 vs BOS at 6pm (NBA TV) | Sun, 11/13 vs BULLS at 7pm
- Dru Smith (Miami Heat, 5-7) has not played a second since his debut in a single game on 10/26.
UP NEXT: 11/10 vs Charlotte at 6:30pm | 11/12 vs Charlotte at 7pm
- Jontay Porter (Wisconsin Herd, 1-3)
11/10 vs CLEV (L 96-93): 30 min | 14pts on 6-17 shooting (2-5 from three, 0-1 FT) | 15 REB (8 def) | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PF | +3
UP NEXT: Sat, 11/12 vs Cruise at 7pm | Tues, 11/15 vs Cruise at 6pm ESPN +
Former Tiger Hodgepodge
- Javon Pickett (SLU) played 27 min in their 91-68 win over Murray State, scoring 13 points on 6-11 FG/1-3 3PT to go with 13 rebounds (11 def), and 1 assist. LOVE TO SEE IT, JAVON!!!!
- Sean Durugordon (Austin Peay): played 20 min in their opening loss to NC State, scoring 4 points on 2-7 shooting (0-1 from three) to go with 1 rebound and 2 assists.
- Trevon Brazile (Arkansas) played 32 min in their win over ND State, scoring 21 points on 7-14 shooting (3-6 from three) to go with 12 rebounds (11 def), an assist and a block.
- Boogie Coleman (Ball State) played 16 min in their win over Earlham, scoring 9 points on 4-8 shooting to go with 6 defensive rebounds and an assist.
- DaJuan Gordon (NM State) played 21 min in their win over NM Highlands and was held scoreless on 0-4 shooting (0-3 from three), to go with 6 rebounds and 3 assists
- Xavier Pinson (NM State) played 28 min on their win over NM Highlands, scoring 4 points on 2-7 shooting (0-3 from three), to go with 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
- Amari Davis (Wright State) played 42 min in their OT loss to Davidson, scoring 17 points on 7-15 shooting (0-2 from three), to go with 13 rebounds (10 def), and 3 assists.
- Parker Braun (Santa Clara) played 34 min in their win over Eastern Washington, scoring 8 points on 4-8 shooting (0-3 from three), to go with 9 rebounds (5 off), 5 assists, a steal and a block.
- Anton Brookshire (Iona) played 10 min in their win over Penn, scoring 4 points on 1-3 shooting, to go with a rebound and an assist.
- Aijha Blackwell (Baylor) played 24 min in their win over Lamar, scoring 17 points on 6-9 shooting and 1-2 beyond the arc, to go with 4 rebounds and an assist.
- LaDazhia Williams (LSU) played 19 min in their win over Bellarmine, scoring 8 points on 3-4 shooting, to go with 5 rebounds, an assist, and 4 fouls.
- Izzy Higginbottom (ARK St) played 35 min in their loss to LA Tech, scoring 13 points on 6-17 shooting and 1-7 from beyond the arc, to go with 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
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