OLYMPIC SPORTS UPDATE
For the second week in a row, let’s check in on some of the Olympic sports, shall we?
Mizzou Baseball, coming off of a 3-1 opening series against Nicholls State (their best start since 2018!) — STOP! have you read Kortay’s recap? — is in Louisiana for a Wednesday 6pm contest against Southern University.
Southern sits at 2-1 after wins over Alabama State and Jackson State. The Jaguars lost to Florida A&M to close the Andre Dawson Classic.
All three of Southern’s games last weekend were decided by two runs or less. The Jags split a pair of one-run contests.
Hunter Tabb went 7-for-10 on opening weekend with a pair of doubles to lead Southern.
On the mound, the Jaguars surrendered just six walks in 27.2 innings. Southern held opponents to just .252 hitting.
Besides being off to their best start in a number of years, the Tigers are also doing a helluva lot of damage with two outs, according to the team’s statistics. In their first four games, Mizzou had 24 two-out RBIs, and hit .418 with two outs. They also were 11-11 on stolen bases. We love to see it.
You can listen to the game at KTGR.com or on the Tiger Radio Network. It doesn’t appear to be on tv, sadly.
Moving on to no. 9 Mizzou Wrestling, who yet AGAIN has a Big XII Wrestler of the Week. We’re up to three weeks running now, and it’s Jeremiah Kent’s turn!
According to MUTigers.com, this is the RS-sophomore’s first weekly award. Kent defeated Iowa State’s no. 7-ranked Marcus Coleman in Missouri’s 17-16 loss on Feb. 16. The win was his first ranked victory of the season and the highest ranked win he’s ever had.
Beat ranked teams? Get cookies. I fully support Coach Drinkwitz’s cookie presents for other teams’ success. By the way, in the newest rankings, the team sits at no. 9— they were no. 11 last week, for those keeping track. You can read Caleb Logue’s recap from over the weekend at the Missourian if you’d like a good recap of the impressive showdown.
Jo is just… unbelievable. The Tigers will need more of this this weekend, for sure.
Because next up for the No. 14/18/19 ranked Tigers? They head to Cathedral City, CA to take on a @$&# ton of reallllly good Top 12 teams, in the Mary Nutter Classic. I’ll have your new giant preview up before game time on Friday!
On to the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- In a new Dive Cuts, Matt and Sam discuss late game decisions and bad defense.
- Josh told us in his Tennessee preview that the Vols brings its elite defense to Columbia while Missouri continues to sort out its offensive struggles.
- Kortay recapped baseball’s series win over Nicholls State to open their season.
- Matt (Harris)’s new piece, Taking Stock: What should we make of Mizzou as it nears a coaching crossroads? is well worth a read. TOM HART SAID SO ON THE SEC BROADCAST.
- Kortay provided the game thread, as well as the recap, writing about how the no. 17 Volunteers dominated the Tigers.
- Dave Matter shared some unfortunate news: Mizzou safety Stacy Brown was arrested for suspicion of possession and delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm on Monday. Per university policy, the safety, who played in nine games last season, is immediately suspended indefinitely.
- Matter also wrote about Mizzou’s Hope in Hopper: The former Gator could upgrade Mizzou linebacker corps.
- The KC Star’s Chris Kwiecinski wrote, How Nathaniel Peat was recruited back to Columbia by Mizzou star Martez Manuel. He also covered the Stacy Brown news.
- PowerMizzou put out their fourth episode of an NIL athlete-driven podcast, a ten episode show with WR Mookie Cooper.
Great stuff from @mcgetbusy1 on Episode 4 of Hangin’ with Mookie Cooper. Mookie opens up on the struggles of a 17-year-old kid sitting on the sidelines for the first time and gives you insight into the transfer process and why he ended up at #Mizzou https://t.co/L1bkvlwJZZ— Power Mizzou (@PowerMizzoucom) February 22, 2022
- Coach Luper is ready for Spring Ball!
- Congrats to former Tiger, Paul Adams on his new contract with… a league I’ve never heard of (sorry)
- On Drew Lock, from his OC:
#Broncos OC Justin Outten on QB Drew Lock, who enters final year of rookie contract: "He's got a powerful arm... I want to see him in this system a little bit more as soon as he gets the playbook under him."— Kyle Newman (@KyleNewmanDP) February 22, 2022
- Game Recaps from the : Mizzou no match for No. 17 Tennessee in latest mismatch (Dave Matter, St. Louis Post- Dispatch). Mizzou Tigers basketball continues losing streak, gets blown out by No. 17 Tennessee (Lila Bromberg, KC Star). How a sluggish Tennessee team blanked Mizzou (Chris Kwiecinski, Columbia Tribune). Not enough gas in the tank for Missouri against No. 17 Tennessee (Matt Brolley, Columbia Missourian). Post Game Report (Mitchell Forde, PowerMizzou). No. 17 Tennessee defeats Missouri (MUTigers.com)
- I love Javon Pickett, and am glad he gets a senior day just to himself next Saturday. While I missed Tuesday night — my allergies have been kicking my ass and I have barely been able to function — I will FOR SURE be there for that… and Truman bobbleheads!
Javon Pickett has used several postgame interviews to stand up for the coaching staff. No exception tonight. Says it falls on the players to execute better, play with more grit.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 23, 2022
- Love this from Coach Martin, who said this during Monday’s Tiger Talk:
On Cuonzo Martin's radio show tonight, Mike Kelly asked the coach how he's doing personally during his team's rough stretch. pic.twitter.com/e5bfhKWzDE— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 22, 2022
- Chris Kwiecinski wrote, With their backs against the wall, the Mizzou women have proven they belong dancing in the NCAA Tournament.
- In Charlie Creme’s new Bracketology, Missouri WBB remains a No. 10 seed.
#mizzouwbb is a No. 10 seed in ESPN's latest bracket projection that would have them traveling to Tuscon for the first weekend. Nine SEC teams remain in today's bracketology. @CoMosports pic.twitter.com/H0uHjOjSVw— Nate Marcus (@natemarcus1) February 22, 2022
- SOPHIE IN THE HOUSE to take in men’s hoops. Welcome home, Soph!
Other Mizzou Sports/News
- In a weekly baseball update for the Missourian, Tanner Ludwig wrote about opening weekend for the SEC’s teams.
- The Maneater’s Paige Gerling wrote about the Swim & Dive Tigers’ busy January, ahead of the SEC and NCAA Championships, including several broken records and victories.
- The tennis team (4-4) is on the road, heading to VA for a double-header against Liberty University (7-3) and James Madison University (4-5) today. Liberty is on a five-game win streak, while JMU’s win streak is at two. First match is at 11am.
- Mizzou Track and Field honored their many seniors. Congrats to them all, and thank you for being Tigers!
- Love that Drink does this when other Mizzou Athletics’ programs have big wins.
This is interesting: Bob Nolte stepped down from his position with the Mizzou athletics compliance department to run for Boone County recorder of deeds. He'll be on the November ballot.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 22, 2022
Desiree Reed-Francois recently hired Will Kava from Ole Miss as Sr Assoc AD for compliance.
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