A nugget from the past.
Mizzou Men's Basketball next travels to Kansas City for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic (Monday, Nov. 23-Tuesday, Nov. 24), its fifth overall appearance in the event since its establishment in 2001 as the NABC Guardians Classic.
My friend Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted Wednesday night that Puryear is the first Missouri freshman to reach double figures in scoring in his first three college games since freshmen became eligible. I haven’t been able to get ahold of the box scores to independently verify that yet, but it’s seems plausible, even though freshman eligibility was reinstated in 1972.
With Cullen VanLeer’s 13-point outing against Xavier, Puryear’s three classmates — VanLeer, Terrence Phillips and K.J. Walton — have already had at least one double-figure scoring game each. Phillips scored 13 points on Sunday against Maryland Eastern Shore, the same night Walton notched 11, all in the second half.
"I did try to tell them that this is a rivalry game, this is kind of a special game, because some of the guys that don’t live around here don’t probably get that," Anderson said. "Next to Kansas, at least when I was here the past few years, Kansas State was your biggest rival. This will be a great atmosphere, hopefully, and a chance to play a rivalry game."
Missouri’s players may not understand the depth and context of rivalry, but there’s an acute of understanding of one aspect of it.
"From what I hear, it’s a pretty decent rivalry for Mizzou fans against anything Kansas," said MU sophomore guard Namon Wright, a Los Angeles native. "I guess no one at Mizzou likes anything Kansas. We’re going to go try to get that win."
Anderson’s players are well aware of a potential showdown with UNC on Tuesday — the Tigers haven’t played the Tar Heels since the 2000 NCAA Tournament — but for now, Kansas State has MU’s undivided attention.
"They do a great job of pushing the basketball," Anderson said. "They run the floor really well. And, man, they rebound. Everybody rebounds. … When you watch them on tape they’re just relentless on the boards."
For obvious reasons, rebounds are my biggest concern regarding tonight. KSU is good at them, and Missouri is ... quite small.
The game tips at 6pm on ESPNU, for those not in the Kansas City area.
Holy smokes, Sophie
18 field goal attempts! She scored 42 points on 18 shots! She was 7-for-10 on 2-pointers, 6-for-8 on 3-pointers, and 10-for-12 on free throws! In her fourth college game! Good gracious.
Excellent start for #TigerStyle
The highlight moment of the night came from redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Barlow McGhee (Rock Island, Ill.), who upset the No. 2-ranked Zeke Moisey from West Virginia by way of major decision, 14-4, to capture the 125 pound championship. Immediately following the win, teammates junior 197-pounder J'den Cox (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt junior 149-pounder Lavion Mayes (Mascoutah, Ill.) (who both won championships of their own), embraced McGhee on a group bear-hug, showing their excitement for the great win. The victory over Moisey capped an impressive day for McGhee, who won five matches on the day. McGhee recorded two technical falls and two major decisions in the five wins.
Majoring the No. 2 wrestler in your class is certainly one way to get noticed.
Mizzou is now 13-3 in SEC play, just a game out of first place behind 14-2 Texas A&M. Let's see ... [checks schedule] ... OH HEY LOOK, A&M's coming to Columbia on Wednesday...