Agreed. Well deserved honors for both.
The basketball team certainly had some positive tests before the season. As I wrote in yesterday's P-D, Cuonzo Martin had the virus before the season. Others, too. As I wrote yesterday - and I don't think this had been reported anywhere else - but the positive case that forced MU to miss two games in January turned out to be a false positive.
Any players who would be an upgrade over the current roster?
It doesn't appear to be anything that's going to keep him off the floor entirely but his minutes have been limited. He's played just 24 minutes the last three games combined and has rarely seen the floor in crunch time.
Not in a long time. Gary Pinkel hired him to work in the weight room so he could be around the program, but Justin didn't stick around very long. Barry Odom and Justin are very close, and Barry had Justin talk to the team during preseason camp in his first year as head coach, but he didn't have an active role with the team. He keeps himself busy with his kids these days.
I don't believe anything is on the books in the next couple years in St. Louis or Kansas City. The men's basketball tourney moves to Tampa next year but then returns to Nashville through 2030.
There were some internal issues with McKinney. He was never going to work out in this program. I gave him and his side a chance to explain what happened, why he was suspended before he eventually left the team on his own but they declined to comment. He wasn't kicked off the team per se but had he not left on his own I don't believe he would have been allowed to stay on the team. He announced a few weeks ago that he would announce his next school on March 15. It won't be Missouri.
Oregon is the No. 1 seed in the Pa-12. Illinois is going to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Liberty and Oral Roberts won their conference tourneys. Wichita State is the No. 1 seed in the AAC tournament.
OK, folks. We're light on questions today. I'll have a gameday blog posted shortly. I'll have coverage from Nashville as long as Mizzou is here playing games. Have a great day!