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Mizzou Links for Friday, December 30

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Missouri. Good at Basketball.

Missouri Men. Good at basketball. Our merry band of mid-major & JuCo misfits, including, but not limited to: D’Moi Hodge, Tre Gomillion, Dree Gholston, Sean East II, Noah Carter. Good at basketball. ACC transfer Nicky Buckets (Honor). Good at basketball. Dennis Gates & Co. F&*$%#$ great at coaching basketball. Kobe Brown. Phenomenal at basketball, especially these past two games.

Before we chat, we should probably re-live that unbelievable night, shall we?

Chills. Planning that rewatch already.

People are talking. About the team. About Kobe. And you just love, love, LOVE, L-O-V-E-E-E-E-E-E to see it. Let’s dig in.

The Post Dispatch’s Benjamin Hochman wrote about how Mizzou matters again, thanks to the unflappable Kobe Brown.

Few things are cooler to witness than an athlete rising to the moment of a big game. And there was Kobe Brown on Wednesday, performing at a level seldom seen by men wearing black-and-gold here.

He’s right. Not in a while have we witnessed this sort of ascension, this sort of greatness. We all expected it when Michael Porter, Jr. signed, but that damn back of his had other plans. And he was a star already, don’t forget. Kobe was a three-star prospect out of Huntsville, Ala.. This is different. And this is wonderful.

Further on in the piece…

Asked to describe what impressed him about Brown, teammate Sean East II flashed a smile as wide as the lane and said: “Everything.”

Then pressed for perhaps a couple specifics, East said: “He’s patient. … Even in the game tonight, he should’ve had 50. He was passing it off. But he takes what the defense gives him, catch-and-shoot 3s, drives, still tries to find his teammates when he should go score. … He just plays the game the right way.”

He does all of it the right way. School. Leadership. Community involvement. Supports other Mizzou sports. His interactions with fans and the media. So polite. So polished. So impressive. I’ve chatted with him a bit on IG because he’s looking for a graphic designer to make him some merch, and I said as much as I’d like to help, I felt my aesthetics fall a bit more on the girly-ish side, but perhaps podcast producer Levi, who makes our Rock M graphics, could help. Well, he misplaced the message I gave him with Levi’s contact info, and so he reached out on Christmas Eve, nice as can be, “Hey, Ms. Steger, Happy Holidays!” before asking for his info again. Just… the nicest. Also, please call me Karen. LOL.

From Gabe DeArmond’s commentary at PowerMizzou on Wednesday night. We don’t normally share a lot of PM content over here with it being a subscriber site (but aren’t they all these days?), but this is simply too good not to.

Memo: This team is scared of nothing now… The Tigers will lose some games. They are far from perfect. But they’ll back down from absolutely nothing.

Statements like this are why I often refer to this group as a ragtag bunch, mid-major misfits, or members of the Island of Misfit Toys (holiday-themed). It’s absolutely not a slight AT ALL. It’s to show that this group, made up of a whole lotta different guys from all over, is unique. What they’re doing… is special. It doesn’t always work this way. Ask Cuonzo Martin. It worked for Kash and Dru, but not for some of the others. But somehow, IT WORKS here. And they will fight you so hard. They don’t give a shit who you are. Oscar is no different than some random player to them. Just ask Aidan Shaw, who didn’t even score but had my favorite play (and Gabe’s) of the night:

With 5:53 to go in the first half and Mizzou leading 27-16, defending national player of the year Oscar Tschiebwe grabbed an offensive rebound. This was not unremarkable as Tschiebwe finished with 19 boards, nine of them on the offensive end.

But Tiger freshman Aidan Shaw came flying in, wrapped both hands around the ball and refused to let go. Tschiebwe wrestled and Shaw hung on. The whistle blew and Shaw hung on. The duo spun toward the Mizzou bench and Shaw hung on. Eventually, the wiry freshman came out with the ball even though the possession arrow had long ago dictated it would belong to Kentucky. A standing ovation from the sellout crowd for Shaw immediately turned into a chorus of 15,000 boos for the possession arrow.

I mean, HOW COOL IS THAT?!? My guy Aidan, only a freshman, is not afraid of anyone let alone the reigning SEC & National Player of the Year. So, as Gabe says in his piece, you should probably go ahead and get your tickets now, you guys. Because this team is fun is HELL and good too. It may soon be a hard ticket to come by.

Time for more props to the Tigers/Kobe.

Thanks, Seth Greenberg.

Thanks, Other Seth (Davis).

Thanks, Dickie V! (PTP is Prime time Player, btw). Vitale actually had a whole string of tweets about the Tigers and Wildcats matchup. Good stuff. I’ve linked to it below in a wrap up of them in STL Today.

This is just astonishing given the behemoth that is Kentucky Wildcats basketball. Wow.

And finally on the men’s hoops front, a new day means new NET rankings. Dave Matter reminds us that Mizzou opponent Illinois is 41 on this list after he inadvertently left them off. Pretty, pretty good, fellas.

Missouri women. Also pretty good at basketball. It was NOT pretty — my god, soooo many turnovers — but a win is a win is an SEC Opener Dub for the second year in a row as Robin Pingeton’s Tigers (12-2, 1-0) tipped off their SEC season on Thursday night (also) against the Kentucky Wildcats (8-5, 0-1). I like this team, y’all. They are a scrappy bunch, and their chemistry, as Coach P often reminds us, really is off the charts.

Sadly, the Tigers without the services of Mama Dembele on Thursday night, as she was stuck in Spain, but… it didn’t matter. I mean, it might have cut down on some of those aforementioned TOs, but really… the ladies done GOOD, you guys. The Tigers stepped up big time, despite some [cough cough] questionable officiating at times going against them. It was so bad that after one call, you could clearly see Lauren Hansen say, “This is f’ing bullshit.” We agree, Lo. We all agree. But alas, no officials could ruin this for them.

Here’s the stat lines, courtesy of & ESPN:

  • Frankie: 20pts, 6-6 FT, 6 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK
  • Lo “Money” Hansen: 18pts, 3-7 3PT, 3-4 FT, 6 REB, 2 STL, 1 AST, 1 BLK
  • Ashton “the Microwave” Judd: 12pts, 5-6 FT, 3-6 FG, 3 REB
  • Haley “How long has she been in school?” Troup: 8pts, 6 AST, 5 REB, 2 STL
  • Kate “Gilly” Gilbert: 7pts, 4 REB, 4 AST, 4 STL, 2 BLK
  • Rosie “the Australian Flash”: 5pts, 7 REB, 2 AST

Overall: 24-53 FG (45.3%), 7-17 3PT (41.2%), 19-25 FT (76%), 41 REB (22 Def), 16 AST, 9 STL, 5 BLK, [redacted] TO

Check out Ashton Judd. The freshman, much like Aidan Shaw on Wednesday night, was NOT afraid of the ‘Cats. Her free throws helped to ice the game.

Check out Sara-Rose Smith, who was traveling but DID make it back, thank god. This is crafty AF.

Check out Hayley Frank. Ice in her veins. Right as the shot clock expired.

I don’t have the screen grab, but Gilly (Kate Gilbert) blocking Robyn Benton’s game-tying three point attempt?!? COLD BLOODED. (Side note: maybe it’s in the highlights below?)

Let’s just get right to the highlights, shall we? Oh, and read the MUTigers recap. And Adeen’s recap (linked below).

So, so long, Kentucky and Big Blue Nation. Mizzou sends you out of the state winless.


Happy One Year Anniversary of THE South Carolina game. You know…. This one. I was there… it was beautiful… Best lost voice and headache from excessive screaming ever [wipes tear]

Yesterday at Rock M

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NBA/G-League Corner

12/28 vs GSW (L 112-107): 34 min | 22pts on 8-14 FG (3-8 3PT) | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 TO | 2 PF | -5

12/26 vs SPURS (L 126-122): 34 min | 25pts on 8-19 FG (2-6 3PT) | 7 REB | 4 AST | 3 TO | 1 PF | -8

12/22 vs WASH (W 120-112): 30 min | 23pts on 7-17 FG (4-7 3PT) | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 TO | +6

UP NEXT: 12/30 vs SAC @ 10pm | 12/31 vs NUGGS at 9pm | 1/3 vs SAC @9pm | 1/5 vs HOU @8pm

12/28 vs SAC (L 127-126): 35 min | 19pts on 6-12 FG (4-8 3PT) | 7 REB | 1 AST | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PF | +0

12/25 vs PHX (W 128-125 OT): 35 min | 7pts on 3-11 FG (0-5 3PT) | 8 REB | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 PF | +11

12/23 vs PORT (W 120-107): 27 min | 18pts on 7-13 FG (2-6 3PT) | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 TO | 2 PF | +1

UP NEXT: 12/30 vs MIA at 9pm | 1/1 vs BOS @8pm | 1/2 vs MIN @8pm | 1/5 vs LAC @10pm on TNT

12/27 vs BLUE (L 112-108): 38 min | 18pts on 5-13 FG (1-5 3PT) | 6 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 2 TO | 2 PF | -8

UP NEXT: 12/31 vs Clippers @8pm | 1/1 vs Clippers @4pm | 1/3 vs Legends @7:30pm on ESPN+

  • Jontay Porter & Wisconsin Herd (0-0):

No recent games (regular season tipping off)

UP NEXT: 12/31 vs GOLD @8pm | 1/4 vs Skyhawks @7pm on ESPN+

Former Tiger Hodgepodge Season Averages (as of 12/29)

**NOTE: Arrows indicate better (or worse) performance over last week’s shared data. I didn’t list the best recent game if there wasn’t a good/better one. (In the case of PF & TO, a indicates they’re doing better/ is worse)

  • Javon Pickett (SLU): In 13 games, Pickett is averaging 25.2mpg (=) and 10.8ppg (). He’s got a 50 FG% (), 36.4 3PT% (), and 83.9% FT% (), to go with 6.2rpg (), 1.5apg (), and 0.5 steals (). He’s also averaging 2.6PF () and only 1.1 TO (=).

Best recent game (12/17 vs Drake): 20 min | 15pts | 6 REB | 1 AST

  • Sean Durugordon (Austin Peay): In 13 games, Sean is averaging 26.5mpg () and 11.9ppg (). He’s got a 38.5FG% () and 27.6 3PT% () and 82.9 FT% (), to go with 5.3rpg (=), 1.2apg (), and 0.7 steals ().

Best recent game (12/21 vs Tenn): 30 min | 11 PTS | 6 REB | 1 AST

  • Boogie Coleman (Ball State): In 13 games, Boogie is averaging 32.9mpg () and 13.3ppg (). He’s got a 37 FG% (), 35.9 3PT% (), and 83.8 FT% (). He’s averaging 5rpg (), 0.7 blocks (=), 3.5apg ().

Best recent game (12/28 vs CHI St.): 38 min | 40% FG | 16 pts | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 BLK | 1 STL (his last 4 games: 16, 12, 16, 15. Wow, Boog!)

  • DaJuan Gordon (NM State): In 12 games, DaJuan is averaging 26.9mpg () and 10.2ppg (), to go with 5.7rpg (), 1.7 steals () and 1.2 apg (). He’s shooting 36.9 FG% () and 30.6 3PT% ().

Best recent game (12/21 vs Kent St): 36 min | 15 pts | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 41.7% FG. DaJuan has 5 consecutive games now of double digits (10, 15, 13, 10 x2). YAY!

  • Xavier Pinson (NM State): In 13 games, X is averaging 30.8mpg () and 12.8ppg (), to go with 4.5 APG (), 3.3rpg (), 0.2 blocks (=), 1.2 steals (), and 2.6 TO (=). He’s shooting 39.3 FG% () and 33.3PT% ().

Best recent game (12/22 vs NC A&T): 35 min | 66.7 FG% | 20 pts | 4 REB | 5 AST. X’s last two games featured 16 & 20 point games, respectively. YAY!

  • Amari Davis (Wright State): In 13 games, Amari is averaging 26.2mpg () and 11.6ppg (), to go with 4.5rpg (), 1.6apg (), and 0.9 steals (). He’s shooting 44.1 FG% () and 83.3 FT% (⇧).

Best recent game (12/17 vs NWOH): 21 min | 12 pts | 50% FG | 3 REB | 2 AST

  • Anton Brookshire (Iona): In 12 games, Anton is averaging 7.5mpg () and 1.6ppg (), to go with 1rpg (), and 0.4apg (=). He’s shooting just 20 FG% () to go with a 19% 3PT (=).
  • Torrence Watson (Elon): In 10 games, Torrence is averaging 25.4mpg () and 9.6ppg (), to go with 4.6rpg (), and 1.5apg (). He’s shooting just 28.3 FG% () and 24.1% 3PT ().

Best recent game (12/15 vs PRESB): 15 min | 7 pts | 3 REB

  • Parker Braun (Santa Clara): In 15 games, PB has averaged 31.9mpg () and 8.1ppg () to go with 6.1rpg () 0.9 blocks, 0.5 steals and 2.3apg (). He’s got a 54.3FG% () and 28.1 3PT% () to go with 2.7 TO ().

Best recent game (12/18 vs CAL): 34 min | 17 pts | 88.9% FG | 7 REB | 2 AST

  • Jordan Wilmore (NW State): In 13 games, Big Jordan is averaging 11.5mpg () and 0.5ppg (=), to go with 2.2rpg (=), 0.8 blocks (=) and 0.5 steals (=). He’s got a 27.3 FG% ().

Best recent game (12/27 vs TX A&M): 20 min | 2 pts | 100% FG | 3 REB | 1 STL

  • LaDazhia Williams (LSU): In 10 games, LDW is averaging 21.2mpg () and 9.3ppg (), to go with 4.6rpg (), 1 apg (=), 1.4 steals () and 0.7 blocks (). She’s also got a 64.2 FG% () but only a 41.2 FT% ().

Best recent game (12/18 vs ORST): 31 min | 10 PTS | 7 REB | 2 STL

In 5 games, AB is averaging 14.4mpg and 11ppg, to go with 5.6rpg, 0.2 steals and 0.2 blocks. She’s shooting 58.8 FG% and 33.3 3PT%, to go with 1.4 TO and 1.6 PF.

Best recent game (12/15 vs TN St.): 9 min | 11 pts | 7 REB \ 2 AST | 1 STL | 60% FG

  • Kiya Dorroh (Col State): In 6 games, Kiya is averaging only 4.8mpg () and 2.2ppg (), to go with 1.3rpg (). She’s also got a 54.5 FG% ().

Best recent game (12/19 vs REG): 6 min | 1 pts | 44.4% FG | 2 REB

  • Izzy Higginbottom (Ark St): In 11 games, Izzy is averaging 34mpg (⇩) and 15.8ppg (=), to go with 4.3apg (=), 3rpg (), 2 steals () and 0.3 blocks (). She’s shooting 35.2FG% () and 17.2 3PT% (), to go with 2.5 TO () and 2.2 PF ().

Best recent game (12/15 vs GRAM): 29 min | 19 pts | 44.4% FG | 3 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL

  • Yaya Keita (Oklahoma): Has not played since 12/6, when he played 2 min and had a PF.
  • Trevon Brazile (Arkansas): out for the season with a torn ACL

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