I don't know if I'd go that far. Gates doesn't press every possession. But it has some similarities.
Mississippi State is much better defensively by most metrics. Jans has a deep bench and pretty good size in his rotations. They're not a very good shooting team but his teams are always tough and physical. Should be good matchups.
The Gasparilla Bowl was the most-watched TV program in its time slot last Friday, so the lower-tier bowls probably aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Ross Dellenger of SI had an interesting story the other day with some possible bowl changes coming down the road. They might increase the win requirements to seven. They also could do away with conference affiliated bowls and just let the non-playoff bowls select any team they want. Interesting stuff.
I'd be curious to see Cook throw the ball with a healthy arm. On that note ...
He's played well. His role was never quite defined last year but he brings a lot of hustle, occasional shooting, solid passer.
The pressure started when he signed an extension with a 50-percent raise. I know some people interpreted that as a sign Mizzou was settling for mediocrity, but as I reported at the time, it was a signal that expectations are now raised.
He's at Mizzou on a football scholarship. Football will always be the priority. He won't miss anything important with the football team to moonlight with the baseball team.
Teams don't really play with a traditional center any more. Kentucky has the best big man in the country and Mizzou just drubbed UK. Brown can be your biggest player in MU's system, because he mostly plays on the perimeter until there's a favorable post-up matchup for him in the paint. Baylor won the national title two years ago with 6-8, 6-9 guys as the biggest players on the floor. UNC last year had Bacott as an undersized center and Manek as a stretch 4/5. Virginia won it all with four perimeter players and a 6-9 big man. This style isn't all that uncommon.
Because fans don't want to see 3-second violations every trip down the floor. It doesn't kill the game to keep it moving.
Not really. I'm mildly surprised that so many of the transfers have been this productive at this level.
Teams get better over the course of a season. It's not unheard of. Especially teams with new parts that are learning to play together. Good teams get blown out at times in college hoops. UNC made the championship game last year during a season when they lost five games by 15 or more points. It's a long season. Early sample sizes can be misleading.