Gabe tore his ACL as a younger lad. My knees are all good. Plus I've got two years of youth on my side. I win.
It depends on how this class looks by the start of the season. If Mizzou hits on all of the top targets, they should be a top three team in the league, right behind Kentucky and Florida. Alabama will be much improved. Arkansas, unless there are a few NBA defectors, will be in the top half of the league. South Carolina will lose some key pieces. Auburn and A&M have top 25 classes coming in. As for W-L records, part of that will depend on the noncon schedule, which isn't finalized yet.
I know both men well enough to feel confident in saying Sundvold and Link weren't upset to see a head-coaching change. They like Kim, but they love Mizzou basketball. They want to see the program thrive and it was obvious to most reasonable people that it was time for change.
I haven't talked to the players since the day Martin was hired. The staff chose Terrence Phillips to serve as the recruiting host for Porter, Harris and Knox last week. That's telling. I'll be interested to hear Puryear's thoughts on the roster if MU lands Tilmon and/or Knox. His playing time/touches/shots will surely be affected. Have I heard things? Sure. But nothing to report as of now. I'm not sure how they'll work out the jersey numbers. Not a pressing storyline for me.
Doubtful. He'll be good to go by June.
From what I know of the newcomers, Roberts is more of a natural shooter who can handle the ball if you need him to. Harris is more of a pass-first point guard who can shoot and score if you need him to. I wouldn't get too caught up in his high school stats.
Fair point. I know the team was losing, but I like what Geist brought this team down the stretch last year. He plays with an edge. He gets under the other team's skin. He's fearless. Not always the smartest decision-maker on the floor, but if I'm a coach I want him on my team playing some minutes.
Alabama has a top-five class nationally with two McDonald's All-Americans. That roster will be very good. Young but good. Texas A&M has a top 15 class. Florida in the top 25. Arkansas an Auburn are just outside of the top 30.
Game of Thrones? Not sure. I'll go with Little Finger.
Odom will get three years. This season is obviously crucial. I thought the staff got a better feel for the team and the job late last season. Defense has to improve in a major way this year. As for roster turnover, Odom has yet to lose a transfer that was going to factor into this year's team. They're losing the kind of players they need to lose to clear space for the kind of players they need.
Bill Self, KU boosters, administration. As much as Mizzou fans want to see a KU game, KU fans don't want to see a Mizzou game. Maybe some do, but my guess is there will be enough significant donors who will use their leverage to make sure that game never happens.
Sure. More realistic than other options.
The only other scholarship players are Geist, VanLeer, Reed, Smith and Kemp. Reed will have to play some minutes just because of the team's shortage of post players. No telling on how long Smith will need to recover from knee surgery, but I doubt he's 100 percent when the season begins. Can VanLeer play defense in Martin's system? Can Geist find minutes behind Phillips, Harris and Roberts?
I'm not good with percentages, but he had surgery on both hips in the spring of his senior year then played the bulk of the season with a sprained ankle. He didn't look very smooth, to put it mildly.
Missouri's RPI right now is 52. That's NCAA bubble territory. They can't afford midweek noncon losses and need some high-profile wins. Winning this weekend's series against Kentucky (RPI No. 11) would be huge. The Tigers have two games against Missouri State (RPI No. 24).
I'm not sure we'll see that happen anytime soon. Kim made some pretty strong comments about his alma mater that turned off some fans. Boosters, curators, administrators were listening, I'm sure. He's committed to Frank Haith, and like it or not, Frank isn't very popular with Mizzou and its supporters. Maybe if enough times passes Kim could emerge as a staff candidate. We'll see. In other news, Kim's wife just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Congrats to the English family.
Good question. Knox would draw some attention on the wing that would help other perimeter players and free up inside to some degree. Tilmon won't be a big impact scorer as a freshman, but his size will be helpful on defense.
No more insight than it's been well known that he could have qualification challenges. The staff is aware of that possibility.