12-1. With back-to-back ranked wins over Illinois and Kentucky. By double digits.
MISSOURI ROLLS PAST NO. 19 KENTUCKY— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) December 29, 2022
Kobe Brown drops his second 30 point game in a row, as the Tigers win back-to-back games over ranked opponents pic.twitter.com/Z7XqF3Yoqn
I’ll be honest, it’s not the most important thing in the sport of college basketball before the month of January, just get in the NCAA Tournament —- but these Tigers deserve to BE RANKED!
Even Jeff Goodman agrees. And when he agrees, you know Mizzou is doing something special.
UPDATED Goodman Top 25:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 29, 2022
First time I’ve ever done this in the middle of a night’s action, but Missouri deserves to be in the Top 25 and Kentucky does not. pic.twitter.com/TFOFl4dOhx
Kobe Brown with back-to-back 30-point games with against nationally ranked teams? He’s HIM!
This is just an INSANE state from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello:
Via @ESPNStatsInfo: ￼Missouri’s Kobe Brown is just the third D1 player in the last 25 seasons with back-to-back 30-point games, both in wins vs. ranked teams. The only player who has done it in three straight games vs. ranked teams? Stephen Curry in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) December 29, 2022
More importantly, the players absolutely LOVE Kobe Brown. The chemistry on this team is off the charts!
Kobe Brown is a pretty good basketball player.— Nick Honor (@NickHonor3) December 29, 2022
Let’s go Mizzou Nation we on the come up! P.S. @TheKobe24Brown is a different breed— Noah Carter (@noah3carter) December 29, 2022
Also, just a GREAT call from the athletic department to not schedule the Liberty Bowl at the SAME TIME as the Missouri/Kentucky SEC opening basketball in a SOLD-OUT Mizzou Arena. It paid off.
Some more coverage on the win (watch the video for a Gates surprise):
Missouri won’t play again until next Wednesday night (January 4th) at Arkansas — a 7:30 p.m. CST tip-off on the SEC Network.
OTHER SEC BASKETBALL SCORES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT:
- No. 7 Tennessee 63, Ole Miss 59
- Georgia 78, Rider 72
- No. 20 Auburn 61, Florida 58
- No. 9 Arkansas 57, LSU 60 (hate to see it!)
- No. 8 Alabama 78, No. 21 Mississippi State 67
More coverage from Sam Snelling’s Study Hall coming up later.
Onto the links. M-I-Z!
Yesterday at Rock M
- Beyond The Box Score from Nate Edwards: Depleted
- The Verdict from Matt Watkins and Matthew Harris: Mizzou Hoops Dominates Braggin’ Rights
- Zoned Out from Matthew Harris: Mizzou has made the 1-3-1 a vital defensive tool
- Mizzou Hoops Preview from Brandon Haynes: No. 19 Kentucky visits Columbia
- Missouri picks up second straight Top 25 win with 89-75 victory over Kentucky, writes Parker Gillam
- Mizzou basketball vs Kentucky from Dave Matter: Numbers to know for Wednesday’s SEC opener
- From Dave Matter: Mizzou basketball clobbers Kentucky behind another Kobe Brown classic
- More stats here from Dave Matter:
Kobe Brown is the first Missouri player to score 30 points (or more) in back to back games since Thomas Gardner in 2005-06. He had 30 vs. Davidson, then 30 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi the next game.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 29, 2022
This is the first time Missouri has beaten two straight ranked opponents since the 2009 NCAA Tournament (No. 23 Marquette, No. 3 Memphis).— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 29, 2022
First time it's happened in regular season since the 2001 Guardians Classic (No. 22 Alabama, No. 9 Iowa).
Kobe Brown is the ninth Missouri player in the last 50 years to score 30 points in back to back games.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 29, 2022
The others: John Brown, Willie Smith, Kim Anderson, Derrick Chievous, Byron Irvin, Doug Smith, Anthony Peeler, Thomas Gardner.
Some pretty good players NOT in that club.
John Calipari has coached 478 games at Kentucky.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 29, 2022
Teams that have scored 89 points vs. his UK teams:
Sam Houston State, 92 (09-10)
Indiana, 90 (11-12)
Kansas, 90, OT (15-16)
UNC, 100 (16-17)
UCLA, 97 (16-17)
Duke, 118 (18-19)
Missouri, 89 (tonight) ... first SEC team
- From Blair Kerkhoff: This time with emphasis: Missouri Tigers manhandle Kentucky 89-75 in SEC hoops opener
- From Jack Knowlton: Missouri leaves Kentucky feeling blue after dominant win in SEC opener
(Columbia Daily Tribune)
- From Chris Kwiecinski: Why Kentucky offers Mizzou women’s basketball a way to start SEC play on the right foot
- From Chris Kwiecinski: 10 Mizzou sports topics I wanted to write about last week
- From Chris Kwiecinski: We’re getting a glimpse of what Mizzou’s best basketball looks like, and it’s a beautiful chaos
- From Matt Stahl: Missouri basketball upsets Kentucky. Here’s what to know from the win
- On Instagram, Brady Cook’s announcement indicates that he will be back for next season.
- Oddly enough, the Mizzou vs Wake Forest Gasparilla Bowl was the most watched thing on cable television on Friday, December 23rd. Truly unfortunate so many witnessed that.
The most watched thing on television last Friday, Dec. 23 -- on broadcast or cable, encompassing all programs, not just sports - was the Wake Forest vs. Missouri Gasparilla Bowl (3.54M).https://t.co/LlPc3H6oDy— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 28, 2022
- Congrats to Mizzou Women’s Basketball on earning a 3.509 GPA this semester — with Mama Dembele, Sara-Rose Smith, Sarah Linthicum, and Ashton Judd receiving 4.0s
Top of the class— Mizzou Basketball (@MizzouWBB) December 28, 2022
Set a fall semester program record with a 3.509 GPA pic.twitter.com/8w1lgV3MF7
- And Arkansas beat kansas in the Liberty Bowl? Sorry not sorry.
- Check out the Field of 68’s reaction to Mizzou’s win over Kentucky:
- Dickie V, BABY!
It was a @MizzouHoops night as they dominated @KentuckyMBB who suffered their 4th loss . Tigers r now 12-1 as DENNIS GATES stock is going uptown . @UKCoachCalipari must get UK to commit to TEAM D as it was a night where Tigers executed with ease. pic.twitter.com/eHyIBUcRnK— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 29, 2022
- Jon Rothstein is yet another believer in the Tigers.
Missouri has a star in Kobe Brown and a tremendous offensive squad. The Tigers continue to look the part of an NCAA Tournament team. Dominate Kentucky from tip to finish in Columbia.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 29, 2022
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