BET ON WOMEN.
Tuesday was International Women’s Day, and to celebrate I’m only going to focus on Mizzou women’s sports news up top! I’ll cover everything else below the fold.
I LOVE this video from the athletic department, celebrating both International Women's Day and the 50th anniversary of Title IX.
They’re just getting started. What a group they have this season, and it’s not over. Next up for the Tigers is their final tri-meet of the year, where they’ll face Iowa State, Illinois, and Lindenwood at home. Here’s your chance to see them once last time!
This was a nice post, bringing special attention to the international fact, as the Tigers have players on their roster from: Mexico, Spain, Great Britain, Germany, Chile, and New Zealand! Next up for tennis is two ranked road matchups against no. 28 Kentucky on Friday and no. 21 Vanderbilt on Sunday.
AB and Lauren Hansen are partnering with TIAA, a company that helps women find equity everywhere, from the court to the boardroom, to retirement, because studies show that when women retire, they have at least 30% less income. [the link goes to Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson explaining a bit more]
2022 is the 50th year anniversary of Title IX! .. But we’re not done yet and still have a lot of work to do! I’m joining the movement with @TIAA to make it right, to continue to fight for equality and to also #RetireInequality #TIAA #partner pic.twitter.com/xXPG9yXHcq— Aijha Blackwell (@AijhaAnniece) March 8, 2022
Not Mizzou related per se, but it will be once the Tigers get announced as playing in the NCAA Tournament! It’s about damn time women’s collegiate hoops gets to actually be a part of March Madness!
New logo who dis?— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) March 8, 2022
Women are officially
MARCH MADNESS pic.twitter.com/1FylYEi0ei
A new week, another rise up in the polls for the 16-4 Tigers. While they didn’t move up in the USA Softball poll — still no. 8 — they did move up a spot in the NFCA poll, one spot in the Softball America poll, and two spots in the D1 Softball poll. WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO
Based on their insanely awesome performances over the weekend, the NFCA tabbed Laurin Krings and Kara Daly two of their top performers of the week.
And not to be outdone, Casidy “The Glove” Chaumont was no. 2 on the NCAA’s plays of the week.
On to the links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- In a new Dive Cuts, Matt and Sam discuss the SEC Tourney and the program’s future.
- I recapped the Saturday-Sunday softball games, which featured a home run derby and Queen of the Mound, Laurin Krings! And if you haven’t yet read the Friday recap, DO THAT TOO.
- Sam shared the last regular season Study Hall of the season, as Javon and Kobe showed up big time for the finale.
- Nate’s postmortem position previews took a look at the specialists. It’s thiccer kicker time!
- Coach Al Davis is bringing a new attitude to the Mizzou defensive line, according to the Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter.
This stood out: D-linemen got defensive when mistakes were picked apart on film in front of the group. So he invited them to private film reviews. "I just unarmed them. ‘Hey, come sit in my office. This is just me and you.' It gave me a different level of focus."— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 9, 2022
- Max Baker, in a special to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote about Nathaniel Peat, who could potentially solve the Tigers’ backfield need.
- In a new episode of Hanging with Mookie Cooper, Mookie discusses his first year in CoMo with Gabe DeArmond.
- Saturday Down Souths’ Adam Spencer made the case for 5 candidates to be the face of Mizzou football in 2022.
- In a Tiger Extra piece for the Columbia Tribune, Chris Kwiecinski went inside the ‘open competition’ among a Badie-less Mizzou running back room this spring.
- Luther Burden. Good at the football.
- TEEEEEHEEEEEEEEEE. Had to point out this hilarious tweet by our favorite Rock M commenter.
Reports indicate that while construction is expected to be complete by 2022, there are expected to br delays in officially naming it "Touchdown Club" due to what lawyers dub "serious concerns" about false advertising. https://t.co/2jW1Djhr62— David Mann (@MIZ_DBH) March 8, 2022
Hoops (Mizzou and SEC-related)
- The SEC Tourney gets started tonight for Mizzou, and they’re taking on Ole Miss for the third time this season at 5pm, hoping for a series sweep. According to the MUTigers.com preview:
Since moving to the SEC in 2012-13, Mizzou is 5-7 in the SEC Tournament.
The Tigers have reached the quarterfinals four times, including last season after defeating Georgia, 73-70, in the second round.
In the SEC Tournament, Mizzou is 2-0 in overtime games and 3-3 in games decided by single digits.
A win Tuesday would advance Missouri to the quarterfinals for the third-straight tournament (the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- The Missourian’s Anthony Kristensen, who along with Matt Brolley, are in Tampa in person covering the SEC Tourney. Anthony wrote, Men’s SEC Tournament begins with anticipation and several storylines, while Matt wrote, Missouri faces difficult battle as it tries to best Ole Miss a third time.
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter previewed the Mizzou-Ole Miss matchup, and wrote, Mizzou’s postseason march begins with a familiar foe. And, in his new Honor Roll, he asked if Kentucky is the team to beat in the SEC tourney.
- HUGE congrats to our guy, Kobe Brown, who was named Second Team All-SEC on Tuesday. According to MUTigers.com:
Brown had a standout season, leading Mizzou in nearly every statistical category. He ranked fifth in the SEC through the regular-season in rebounds per game and top-20 in points per game. The Huntsville, Alabama, native is averaging 12.6 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
- This made me laugh, from Mizzou signee Aidan Shaw:
- USA Today Network’s Blake Toppmeyer wrote, John Calipari won’t get NCAA Tournament wish list for SEC [for nine teams to make the NCAAT], but might come close.
- I love, love, LOVE this from the Florida Gators on Keyontae Johnson’s senior day.
Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed on the court last year, got his first action and start of the season on Senior Day (via @floridagators)♬ Night Trouble By Petit Biscuit - Tyler
- Congrats, Noah! And Josh! [apologies if I missed anyone]
- Picture time!
- TigerStyle picked up the commitment of an in-state state champion in Tommy Hagan, who was a 2022 Missouri Class 4 State Champion at 220 pounds. According to MUTigers.com, he joins a deeeeep recruiting class of state champions: Owen Uhls (Missouri), Zeke Seltzer (Indiana), J Conway (Indiana), Ryan Boersma (Illinois), Kade Moore (Texas) and Clayton Whiting (Wisconsin.), as well as 2019 Missouri State Champion Easton Hilton.
From Head Coach Brian Smith, on the signing:
“Tommy was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Lafayette and when he expressed that he wanted to wrestle in college, we knew we had to get him to be part of tiger style,” Smith said. “Tommy comes from a Mizzou family and we’re looking forward to adding another home-grown talent. I’m excited to see wat he can do when he can focus on wrestling.”
- The Missourian’s Tanner Ludwig answered the SEC’s burning questions after three weeks of baseball.
- The Tigers’ scheduled series against Gonzaga is being significantly shortened. Due to some very chilly weather headed mid-Missouri’s way, the Zags are now just going to be in town for a 3pm single game today. Here’s a preview.
- This is an important cause and this shirt is SOOOO COOL.
Celebrate World Autism Day with Mizzou Baseball! The April 2 game will feature patients and supporters of the Thompson Center during the first pitch, National Anthem, and more! Get your tickets now: https://t.co/g0lDcfpqHL pic.twitter.com/AkeM05lHKz— Thompson Center (@mutcautism) March 8, 2022
Other Mizzou Sports
- According to the Missourian’s Chad Silvey, a nine-hole surge lands MU men’s golf top-10 finish; Lundin ties for 12th individually.
- The Zone Diving Championships continued, and Mizzou qualified two divers for the finals. They finished 12th and 14th, respectively, according to MUTigers.com.
Mizzou in the Pros
- Presented without comment.
- Jim Nagy, executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, likes the trade for Seattle:
Drew Lock being part of the Russ deal was an easy call. 25 years old with tons of physical talent. People talk about circumstance/fit being a main determinant of how young QBs develop and Denver wasn’t it for Lock. Makes sense that John Schneider is giving him a second chance.— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 8, 2022
- Only want the best for Tyler Badie, and can’t wait to see him in an NFL uniform. We believe in you, Tyler!
- Quin Snyder’s Utah Jazz took on the Thunder on Sunday and won, 116-103. Jordan Clarkson played 27 minutes off the bench, and had 20 points on 8-21 shooting (3-9 from three), with 2 REB, 2 AST, 2 TO, and 5 PF. He was -11 on the night. NEXT UP: Utah vs. Portland, tonight at 9pm on ESPN.
Monday’s L over the Mavs, 111-103: 30 min (bench), 19 pts on 7-14 shooting (1-3 from three), 3 REB, 1 STL, 1 TO, 4 PF, +3
- TILLY and the Lakeland Magic took on the Blue Coats on Tuesday and lost, 118-128. Jeremiah played 13 minutes off the bench, and had 6 points on 2-5 shooting, with 2 REB, 3 AST, and 3 PF. He was -4 on the night. NEXT UP: Magic vs. Blue Coats, Thursday at 6pm on ESPN+
Sunday’s W over the Gold, 119-109: 11 min (bench), 0 pts, 2 AST, 6 PF, -2 [yikes]
Friday’s W over the Mad Ants, 137-130: 24 min (bench), 20 pts on 5-8 shooting, 8 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 2 PF, +4
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