I have Mizzou No. 22 on my AP ballot this week. But polls don't work in a vacuum. It will depend who else wins and loses this week. A 5-0 Mizzou team with wins over Oregon and Illinois, plus two quality mid-major programs, sounds like a top 15 team, but it will depend on what else happens this weekend around the country.
yeah, but Cockburn doesn't play a lot of minutes either. He's been under 23 minutes for half of Illinois' games. He played a lot of minutes last year against Missouri but didn't do anything on the boards. Giorgi was a non-factor. I think Martin will be smart and rotate his four fours and fives in there to keep them fresh (Tilmon, Brown, Smith and Braun).
He doesn't work at Mizzou.
They've never said anything about it.
As Martin says he plays a good floor game. No mistakes. Keeps the ball moving. Finds the right guy at the right time. He's had about four passes this year that could have been highlight reel assists but the finisher couldn't finish.
I don't know about top 15 for football. Again, it will have to do how other teams fare this weekend. I don't have a football AP vote this year, so I haven't really spent time thinking where Mizzou should be ranked.
I touched on this earlier, but Buggs sees himself as a facilitator and doesn't look to score. He believes that's his role, to make everyone else better.
Missouri has a chance to be that third team behind Florida and Georgia. I don't think it's realistic for MU to surpass those two long-term as long as the current staffs are in place at UF and UGA. Now, that doesn't mean Mizzou can't overtake those teams in any given year and win the division. The same goes for South Carolina and Tennessee and Kentucky, but long term, UF and UGA are equipped to be the front-runners for now. Tennessee has more upside than the rest but there's no indication Jeremy Pruitt is the guy to shatter the Gator-Bulldog ceiling. Kentucky proved a couple years ago it's capable of winning 10 games - but still didn't win the division. South Carolina is a huge unknown with its new leadership. If I'm buying stock in any of the five East programs outside of Gainesville and Athens, it's got to be Missouri.
Again, I thought Buggs was one of the keys to the game if you don't just look at the box score. Everything settled down on both ends of the floor when he replaced Pinson late in the first half. The passes were better all around. MU was getting better looks from 3 and at the rim. He was the second player Martin mentioned in his postgame press conference - unprompted.
Well, Mizzou was favored by 9.5 points, so the Tigers literally avoided an upset. Liberty led for more minutes and had a double-digit point lead for stretches. Yes, Liberty has a reputation for knocking off high-major teams, but this was a home game after two quality wins. Mizzou was the clear favorite. A Liberty win would have been the very definition of an upset. It's a quality win for the Tigers, but that game was in doubt up until the final few minutes.
A football win would be a bigger upset, in my opinion and, likely, Las Vegas. I haven't come up with my prediction for the football game yet. That will be on the site tomorrow in my SEC Picks, like every week.
Why is the Fourth Estate dead? And if so, why are you on a newspaper's website asking a newspaper reporter your questions?
I'm pretty sure the status of the game can change as the team's rankings change.
Cuonzo has made it pretty clear he doesn't expect many, if any, seniors to return next year. Dru Smith, Mitchell Smith and Drew Buggs are both fifth-year seniors. I'd be surprised if many players would come back for a sixth year, also known as the Elvis Fisher plan. Tilmon has been wanting to test the pro waters for the last two years.