I’m going to start with the important question.
Did Mizzou Men’s Hoops Break Kentucky?
Like, really? Did they? Because what in Big Blue Nation is going on in Lexington? It’s not good, not good at.all. Since Missouri wiped the floor with them on 12/28, they beat Louisville, who is GARBAGE this season (they are 2-12), beat LSU by 3 at home (good win), got annihilated/decimated/destroyed/slaughtered/obliterated by no. 7 Alabama by 26 points in Tuscaloosa, and then on Tuesday night, lost to SOUTH CAROLINA?!? Columbia (L)East, as Josh likes to call it? IN LEXINGTON?!? AT RUPP ARENA?!? A South Carolina team, who did THIS? (also, hi Blake, in case you read this)
South Carolina scored 42 points in its most recent home game against Tennessee.— Blake Lovell (@theblakelovell) January 11, 2023
South Carolina just scored 42 points in the first half in a road game at Kentucky.
A South Carolina (no. 205!! in KP) team that, besides the aforementioned blowout to Tennessee, also lost in large sums to… wait for it… no. 186 George Washington (by 24), no. 100 Furman (by 19), no. 60 UAB (by 14, Love you AK), and no. 117 Colorado State (by 32). South Carolina is not good, you guys. Like, at.all. KP predicts them to finish 11-20, and 4-14 in the SEC. EEEK.
So yeah…. Kentucky now sits at 10-6 on the season and 1-3 in the SEC (they’re now predicted to finish 8-10). And this isn’t one of those Cal will right the ship later things, it seems like. I just cannot fathom this information. My brain is broken.
We’re all confused. So confused.
[Additionally, Rock M regrets to inform you that Parker, who’s social media is shared below, is no longer employed by this site. He made a deadly error of pointing out OU beating kU at The Phog with 5 minutes left, and essentially, - most definitely - changed the course of the game. We apologize for the hurt that Parker has caused. Hugs.]
I thought the “Kentucky fell off” narrative was a bit overstated until tonight.— Parker Gillam (@gillam_parker) January 11, 2023
There is a legitimate possibility that this team doesn’t make the tournament.
Kentucky…. Cal… it’s time for one of those meetings I learned about when I lived in NC. It’s time for a ‘Come to Jesus’ meeting, because I’m going to need you to get your shit together. I simply will not allow you are drag down the beauty of that Missouri Tiger bluegrass beatdown, ya hear me?
The Tigers are in College Station with Isiaih Mosley in tow. Will he play? Who’s to say? But he boarded the plane, which is more than we can say for the Arkansas game, right? I can’t help but feel like it was a choice to feature him, even talking to the camera. As an avid watcher of said videos, they don’t often showcase everyone.
Before we move on, here’s the quick 10 Hochman video to remind us of what’s going on with the Tigers this week. I wish it’d just let me imbed it, but alas, nope.
About tonight’s opponent (7:30pm CST, SECN), Buzz Williams and his very tight vest has got this Aggies team rolling after they knocked off LSU 69-56 at home on Saturday and Florida 66-64 in The Swamp three days prior. We’ll have the preview out this morning, so stay tuned.
And finally, Tuesday is Bracket Day, so it is my duty to share this info with you this morning. Bracket Day is fun when your teams are INCLUDED in the bracket, right?
After a 1-1 week which saw the no. 20/20 Tigers lose a hefty lead and take an L in Bud Walton, but also show they can win a close game in the SEC with a win over Vandy at home, Missouri finds themselves firmly planted on the 6-seed line in Joey Brackets’ new edition. As a reminder, they were a 6-seed last week, and a 9-seed after Illinois (who seems to be back to winning, thankthelord).
According to Lunardi’s new rationale, Missouri is listed as the overall no. 23 seed (was no. 20 last week), on the 6-seed line. Checks out. Betcha Kentucky ain’t on there next week!
This week we have a new bracket to add to the mix. Andy Katz released his first bracket at NCAA.com and also his Power 36. Muss Bus fans are big mad over this, L O L.
Katz’s seed list (and there’s a corresponding video here, too) has Mizzou as the no. 28 overall seed, and on the 7-line.
And this one is just kinda absurdly funny, because it will NEVER happen. Could you IMAGINE? They would make infinite amounts of money off of chaotic seeding like this.
Jerry Palm on CBS currently has KU (1 seed), Illinois (9 seed), K-State (3 seed) and Mizzou (6 seed) all in Des Moines for the Round of 64 and 32 in the NCAA Tournament. That would be the most toxic, insane, and expensive NCAA Tournament opening weekend location of all time.— scottwildcat (@scottwildcat) January 10, 2023
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Mizzou still didn’t make The Athletic’s top 25. Is Mr Davis trying to be unique? Funny? Go kick rocks, Seth.
On the women’s side, Charlie Creme also released a new bracket. Looks like the throttling by Arkansas— they’re really good, guys — didn’t disrupt Pingeton’s squad. FWIW, he’s got the Hogs as a 7-seed, and they only have losses to ranked LSU & Oregon, and to USF.
Missouri women's basketball appearing as a No. 9 seed in Charlie Creme's (ESPN) latest bracketology.— Parker Gillam (@gillam_parker) January 10, 2023
Tigers have two big opportunities to boost their résumé when they host No. 5 LSU and play No. 1 South Carolina on the road this week. @CoMoSports pic.twitter.com/TAIUluYOYO
On to the Links. MIZ! Say goodbye, Buzz.
Check out the pregame primer at MUTigers.com.
Yesterday at Rock M
- New Dive Cuts from Sam Snelling (before he flees the country) and guest cohost, Matt Watkins: We are getting into the heart of SEC play. So what’s next for Mizzou?
- Parker breaks the news of Linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper returning in 2023
- Nate helps us get to know the new guy helming the offense, Kirby Moore
- Josh’s new Revue features an epic photoshop of Noah Carter & Dree Gholston as The Other Guys
- They recaps Mizzou Tiger Style’s win over Northern Iowa
- Watkins took on a new data project, Rock M Bracket Racket: Projecting The At-Large Field
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams wants billboards celebrating Cuonzo Martin in St. Louis (Erik Hall)
Oh…. My heart.
“Cuonzo, in my opinion, is 1,000% everything that’s right about college coaches — as a person, as a leader, as a man, as a husband, as a father,” (Buzz) Williams said. “I have always held him in the highest regard and have the utmost admiration and respect for who he is.”
- Columbia Missourian: Missouri faces SEC road test against Texas A&M (Jack Knowlton)
- Listen to the coaches at the most recent Tiger Talk: Robin & Jasmine James | Dennis & Michael Fly
- Make sure you give a listen to the new Mizzou, That’s Who podcast, as Tucker, Gabe & Maggie chat about what Mizzou NEEDS to call this a successful season.
- Noah went on a nature/fishing podcast. That’s so wholesome.
Hey y’all! New Woods, Water and Mizzou podcast just dropped. We were honored to have @noah3carter hop on with us to discuss a variety of topics. Thanks for listening! @variety_sports_ https://t.co/nA7PJyPGXa— Cole (@MIZ_CFIN) January 10, 2023
- Sean East II doing whatever he needs to to get his body right. Cryotherapy? Why not?
- Tickets remain for Arkansas the 18th, but the Iowa State game on 1/28 is SOLD OUT. That’s five sellouts, y’all. Woweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
!— Mizzou Hoops (@MizzouHoops) January 10, 2023
Thanks to the best fans we could ask for, we're happy to announce our of the season vs Iowa State! Tickets are going fast for remaining games, including the only ticket left in January vs Arkansas #MIZ
- PowerMizzou: Jarod’s newcomer profiles continue with: Marvin Burks | Blake Craig | Mizzou lands Towson punter Riley Williams from the transfer portal (Sean Williams)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Ty’Ron Hopper becomes latest Mizzou defensive standout to return for 2023 (Dave Matter)
- Columbia Missourian: Missouri linebacker Hopper announces return for second season in Columbia (Wendell Shepherd, Jr.)
- KC Star/Columbia Tribune: Mizzou football has holes to fill. Here’s the Tigers’ transfer portal wish list (Chris Kwiecinksi)
- Here’s a look at how the Missouri Tigers football team may approach its offseason ... and how the transfer portal may be a big part of that.
- BK is right. This is lunacy. He told us on the Slack channel to expect the worst. The worst… did not happen.
If you told me a month ago that #Mizzou would be able to bring back Darius Robinson, Ty'Ron Hopper, Kris Abrams-Draine, Jaylon Carlies & Ennis Rakestraw, well, I wouldn't have believed you. https://t.co/vjAbVMOsGc— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) January 10, 2023
Other Mizzou Sports
- Your no. 14 (per RoadtoNationals.com, 6th in SEC, 2nd in South Central region) Mizzou Gymnastics team kicks off their home schedule on Friday against SEC foe, Georgia (no. 20 in RTN rankings). In the meantime, feast your eyes upon this awesomeness.
- Team 48! On the field at Devine. Can’t wait for some Mizzou Softball.
- Bookmarks for preview season. JENNA!!!! (Read more at MUTigers.com)
- I remember this game well. I was at Target and listening on my earbuds, screaming. And I had this tweet go pretty viral with 34,917 impressions. Fun times.
Thinking about how @MizzouSoftball put up 10 runs on 11 hits during this game at Mary Nutter last year...— FloSoftball (@FloSoftball) January 10, 2023
Can't wait to see what they do this year #MaryNutter x #FloSoftball pic.twitter.com/riT4U5xeY9
- Highlights of Senior Weekend at Mizzou Aquatic Center. I love this facility.
- In news that should surprise exactly no one, per Front Office Sports, NIL Collectives Are Slacking on Supporting Women’s Sports. Per the article, only 34% of existing collectives offered compensation to women’s sports athletes so far, according to Opendorse. That is bullshit.
- Just a reminder from DG on the week’s events:
Come out & see your Tigers this week in COMO as @MizzouWBB hosts LSU on Thursday @ 6 PM. @MizzouGym welcomes Georgia on Friday @ 6 PM. @MizzouHoops is on the road @ Texas A&M on Wednesday @ 7:30 PM & @ Florida on Saturday @ 2:30 PM. #MIZ #MizzouMonday— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) January 10, 2023
Mizzou in the Pros
[back with the former player and pro stats Friday]
While the Jazz have cooled since their surprising 10-3 start, Clarkson has remained hot offensively. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder was averaging a career-high 20.6 points, 2.7 made 3-pointers, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game for the surprising Jazz entering Tuesday (UPDATE STATS). The San Antonio native has also embraced being in Salt Lake City as he re-signed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Jazz in 2020.
Read the whole thing. It’s so great. JC is such an interesting guy.
- Donovan Mitchell scores 46 in Utah return, but Jazz rally behind ex-Tiger Clarkson to beat Cavs (John Coon, Associated Press via Columbia Missourian)
- Speaking of (former) Utah Jazz people, looks like Quin has lined up a coaching gig.
Ex-Jazz coach Quin Snyder will serve as camp director at the Basketball Africa League combine for 30 prospects in Paris on Jan. 15-16. Prospects will take part in athletic testing, skill development and 5-on-5 games in front of execs from 12 teams playing in @theBAL 2023 season.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) January 10, 2023
- MITCH!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t check in on him enough. It’s really hard to find stats and stuff for the Euroleagues.
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