CONGRATS ON YOUR BIG WIN, SEC OFFICIALS.
Hi, it’s me. Covering the Monday Links for Josh as he’s currently on the road. I was working during the Mizzou-Tennessee but did take in the game via Brad Trenago’s absolutely fantastic radio call, and man.... it was an exciting one. I’ll get to Mizzou’s role in the loss in a bit, but let’s go over some details.
First off, Mizzou was without the services of lead point guard Mama Dembele and leading rebounder and bench player, Sara-Rose Smith, who both have been recovering from illness and sat with masks on the entire game. Perhaps if the situation was dire, they could have joined the game, but they were not to be counted on really being that available. Mizzou rebounded tremendously well in the absence of Rosie, and a Gilbert-Kroenke combo filled in nicely for Dembele, but her decision-making at crucial moments was missed.
Secondly, Mizzou was ABSOLUTELY robbed of a chance at victory on a series of botched calls in this one. The real winner of this game was the SEC officiating crew. They seemed to be especially hard on Jayla Kelly, allowed her to get bodied, and Robin Pingeton was HOT about it. It all came to a head in the waning minutes of the third quarter when Jayla Kelly was obviously fouled, and a no-call set Coach P off. She received a tech, and it didn’t really seem earned per Trenago & Wiesen’s description of what happened.
Robin just got T'd up after a lotta contact on Kelly was met with a no-call. Weak tech, and a weaker no call.— Chris Kwiecinski (@OchoK_) January 22, 2023
This resulted in a free throw, a frustration foul on Kroenke, and two more free throws, giving Tennessee the lead 51-47 going into the fourth.
Then the worst call happened.
Let me take you through it. With 1:25 left in the fourth quarter, Hayley Frank makes a three that puts Mizzou up 65-60. On the other end, in the span of 25 seconds, a missed jumper by Rickea Jackson leads to an offensive rebound grab by Jasmine Franklin, who’s then fouled. She turns it over.... and then Jordan Walker forces a steal and bad TO from Lauren Hansen, which leads to a layup, and it’s 65-62 Mizzou. With 47 seconds left, Gilbert missed a jumper and while Troup is able to nab the rebound, the ball is then turned over on a steal by Rikea Jackson. All of this is not ideal for the Tigers, who struggled to keep it together.
With 46 seconds remaining, Tennessee calls a timeout and when play resumes, the lovely referees miss the MOST OBVIOUS CARRY EVER, and Sarah Puckett makes a three pointer, tying the game with 40 seconds left.
Refs missed a carry call on Tennesee and Puckett banks a tying three.— Chris Kwiecinski (@OchoK_) January 22, 2023
After a Missouri timeout, Troup misses a layup and fouls before Tennessee takes a final timeout. Out of the TO, Rickea Jackson grabbed a defensive rebound and made a jumper at the other end with 1 second remaining, putting the Lady Vols up 67-65. A free throw after a Kroenke foul sealed the game.
Now... Did the Tigers come undone at the seams a bit when they had what would have been a season-defining win thus far thisclose in their grasp? Yes. After a game of mostly being able to limit their turnovers — 11 turnovers is great for them! — the Tigers had a few at the worst times possible and didn’t protect the basketball. But this officiating was also LARGELY to blame for the result. If they don’t miss the (wo)manhandling of Jayla Kelly and actually call a foul, Robin doesn’t get T’ed up and the Lady Vols likely aren’t up 4 points going into the final frame. And if they don’t miss that carry, the Tigers have possession of the ball up three with 40 seconds left. It’s a different game. A different mindset.
Instead, the Tigers fall to below .500 in conference, and go 0-3 in the most difficult stretch of the season (against three undefeated SEC teams) when it should have been 1-2. Sad.
You can read the MUTigers.com recap here.
Hayley Frank: 40 min | 26pts on 9-16 FG (5-9 from three), 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 TO | 3 PF
Lauren Hansen: 35 min | 5pts on 2-13 FG (1-5 from three) | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 TO | 1 PF
Haley Troup: 35 min | 6pts on 2-6 FG (0-3 from three), 2-2 FT | 6 REB (5 def) | 1 STL | 3 TO | 3 PF
Kate Gilbert: 23 min | 4pts on 2-8 FG | 2 REB | 1 TO | 4 PF
Jayla Kelly: 26 min | 14pts on 7-9 FG, 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 9 REB (4 def) | 4 AST | 1 TO | 4 PF |
Ashton Judd: 6 min | 3pts on 1-3 FG (1-3 3PT) | 1 REB | 4 PF
Averi Kroenke: 33 min | 7pts on 3-4 FG, 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 STL | 1 TO | 2 PF
Sarah Linthacum: 2 min
Overall: 26-59 (44.1%), 7-20 3PT (35%), 6-7 FT (85.7%), 32 REB (22 Def), 16 AST, 6 STL, 11 TO, 21 PF
On to the Links
Yesterday at Rock M
- My new Rock M Digest is now at Volume 9, and I encourage you to catch up on some important reading from the week past at Rock M Nation.
- Josh’s Pourover reminded us that even if Mizzou is a bubble team, that’s okay.
- Parker’s sidebar from the Alabama game looked at the VERY ill-timed three-point shooting slump.
- Adeen recapped the women’s latest loss at the hands of the
- Columbia Tribune/KC Star (sharing coverage): How a short-handed Mizzou team fell apart late against Tennessee (Chris Kwiecinski) | Mizzou’s Isiaih Mosley is finally ‘getting comfortable.’ That’s bad news for the SEC (Kwiecinski)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: BenFred: Mizzou’s Mosley once again stirs imagination in Brown-less bummer against Bama
- Columbia Missourian: Frank’s 26 not enough as MU women’s basketball falls to Tennessee (Parker Gillam)
- PowerMizzou: Mizzou fades late in loss to Lady Vols (Caleb Logue) | Stats that stood out against Alabama (Drew King)
Isiaih Mosley had a great game against 4th ranked Alabama today. He finished with 19 Points 4 Rebounds and had 2 Blocks he also shot 50% from the field. Nice too see him getting comfortable after not playing for a while. pic.twitter.com/cVwH5gTal5— KJ (@Kjpistons) January 22, 2023
- Congrats to Mizzou’s student-athletes who found themselves on the Dean’s List!
Congratulations to all but I’m extremely proud of @MaborMajak, @Ronnie_DeGray23, @Dmoi_VI & @TheKobe24Brown for being a part of this list and the way they represent our program. #MIZ #FeatureFriday https://t.co/2lSgW49dHM— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) January 20, 2023
- Kobe Brown announced the formation of his company, KB24 LLC, and with it comes merch! Merch that I helped design! I’ve been holding onto this news for a while, and I’m super happy word is out now! Check out the site at kobebrown.net!
Excited to announce the launch of my company KB24 LLC. Been working on this for a while now and excited to show it to the world¡!— Kobe Brown (@TheKobe24Brown) January 21, 2023
Merch is on sale on my website https://t.co/drgWQQ9OFO Hope you enjoy¡!
LINK IN BIO
Just a kid with a dream out of Huntsville, Alabama. ✨ pic.twitter.com/QXqw09Byf6
- St Louis Post-Dispatch: Will Jake Garcia, Kirby Moore earn Year 5 and beyond for Eli Drinkwitz at Mizzou? (Ben Fred)
- PowerMizzou: From a farm boy to Aussie rules football to the SEC: Meet Riley Williams (Jarod Hamilton) | An updated look at Mizzou’s quarterback situation (Hamilton)
- Kansas City Star: Considering these attributes, it’s no wonder Nick Bolton smashed Chiefs’ tackles record (Herbie Teope)
ICYMI, @_nickbolton2 just making plays for the #ChiefsKingdom— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) January 22, 2023
https://t.co/qsMM1zBm7R#MizzouMade #MIZ pic.twitter.com/lpw9lGrEE6
Gymnastics, Other Mizzou Sports
- Mizzou athletics out of the red, reports first budget surplus in six years under Desiree Reed-Francois (Dave Matter)
- Tiger Gymnastics, then-ranked no. 12, has moved to no. 14 in the Road to Nationals rankings after suffering a loss on the road at then-no. 13 LSU (now no. 8) on Friday evening. Mizzou did get back the services of Amari Celestine for the first time this season, and she had a great meet, competing in floor (third place), vault, and bars.
The Tigers now sit at no. 6 nationally in beam after an uncharacteristically “bad” beam day, falling under 49 points for the first time in (I think the announcers said) 22 appearances? Additionally, they are no. 8 in floor, 18 in bars, and 25 in vault.
Missouri’s pitching carried a heavier load than normal last season.— D1Softball (@D1Softball) January 21, 2023
Senior Jordan Weber and junior Laurin Krings return to a staff that has grown to nine arms. @LaurinKrings x @MizzouSoftball https://t.co/e8KkkIDh9n pic.twitter.com/1kCca5s4t3
- Per the Missourian’s reports, Missouri Track and Field nets 17 top-3 finishes in Nebraska. Missouri had two first-place finishes in Jacob Ridderhoff in the mile and Jonthan Schmidt in the 800m, and Sydney Oberdiak placed second in the women’s weight throw. (more info at MUTigers.com)
Podium finish— Mizzou Track & Field (@MizzouTFXC) January 21, 2023
Kelsey Schweizer takes third (5:00.91) in the women's mile ♀️ pic.twitter.com/yx28ZAp4nd
- Per the Missourian’s reports, Tennis cruised to victory over Central Arkansas this weekend. University of Missouri tennis earned its second-consecutive 7-0 sweep, knocking off Central Arkansas at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield on Friday and now sit at 9-1. (More info at MUTigers.com)
- In terrible news, Columbia native and University of Denver player Coban Porter, 21, (younger brother of Jontay, Mike, Ciera and Bri) was arrested for vehicular homicide after being involved in a fatal car crash near the University. No other details have emerged at this point, other than it occurred around 2am and possible reckless driving was involved. Just awful news for the victim’s family and really, all involved in this terrible situation.
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