Howdy, chatters. Let's get right to it. Lots to discuss. Cuonzo Martin and some players are meeting with the media later today. I'll be here taking questions for the next two hours. Bring it on.
I'm no trained scout and haven't watched them play in person. Martin's offense doesn't require a ball-handler who dominates the ball and doesn't necessarily go through one facilitator on the perimeter. There's room for multiple point guard additions on this staff, and Pinson's commitment shouldn't slow Mizzou from pursuing Ramey.
Good question. I think the crowd will be split pretty evenly if that matchup happens. Never count out BBN to fill its share of any arena hosting this tournament. There will be lots of Kentucky fans at Scottrade on Wednesday - two days before Kentucky plays.
I lean toward Mizzou, but Arkansas is really playing well lately and has three SEC road wins and has played better on the road than Anderson's teams in the past. The Hogs will play some pressure defense and challenge the ball-handlers. Mizzou can't afford 20 turnovers, has to protect the 3-point line.
Much appreciated. No retirement plans just yet.
Good question. I would think the league will try to be proactive with security if that matchup happens on Saturday. I would hope both coaches would do their best to encourage their teams to keep things under control.
I live in Columbia, so my drive to home games is pretty short. I drive to road games when the flights aren't convenient: Arkansas, Ole Miss, Kentucky.
That'll be a big challenge for next season. Puryear, Jontay and Tilmon have eligibility left, plus Mitchell Smith and Nikko. Geist, VanLeer on the perimeter. Obviously that team needs some scoring punch on the perimeter. Torrence Watson and KJ Santos will have a chance to be impact players right away. Does Javon Pickett help right away? Xavier Pinson and whoever else the staff signs in the spring will get time in the backcourt, too.
Yes, if he's healthy enough to play and contribute you make it work. No other team in the country has a five-star, NBA lottery pick on the bench they can plug into the rotation for March. Don't forget, Porter was with this team all summer and fall. He played with these guys during pickup during summer workouts and was entrenched in the rotation during the exhibition games and during the preseason. So, it's not like an NBA team adding a street free agent into the mix the week before the playoffs. The veteran players understand how adding Porter to the mix changes their team, especially on the offensive end.
He's been reluctant to play much zone this year. Maybe a short stint here or there, but maybe if Porter returns you'll see some zone. Martin planned to play some zone this year with Porter in the rotation, but those plans seemed to vanish when Porter underwent surgery.
Yes, they turn it over a lot. Guards, forwards, centers, all of them. This team doesn't have a player who's ever been a full-time point guard in his career. This is the first time in his lifetime Robertson has been a point guard/primary ball-handler. Yes, he turns it over a lot without much pressure from the defense, but that's what this team is right now. It's not like Martin can go to the bench for backup players. He's got three guys off the bench, four if you count Brett Rau. It hasn't been every game. They've had five SEC games with fewer than 12 turnovers. Martin has said he's basically going into every game expecting 15 turnovers. Anything more is more frustrating. Anything less is a good day.
I know better than to touch that one. It's not about what I THINK will happen but what I can report that I know is true. They need to see him practice more. He's not 100 percent. Martin doesn't want him on the court if it's going to risk further injury with that back. He doesn't want to be the coach who rushes his lottery pick back too soon and hurts his stock.
As I've reported several times, it's a collaborative decision between Martin, trainers, doctors, strength coach. Obviously Porter's parents have a say, as do the parents of every player who's been through a major injury and surgery. And obviously Michael has to want to play. Ultimately, Martin decides who he puts on the floor during the course of a game.
I do not expect Michael in college next year. If I'm an NBA team I'm very intrigued by what I saw from Jontay in Nashville and in Oxford a few weeks ago. He's an NBA talent. Is he a good enough prospect to become a high-enough pick this year to make the leap? I don't know about that. In my hardly an expert opinion I would think he could really benefit from another year at Mizzou and become a lottery pick in 2019.
The combination of Jontay's size, shooting range and passing makes him such a unique talent suited for today's game. I think Doug Smith would have been a huge star today because of his size and range, but the game was different when he played, less reliant on 3-pointers, especially for 6-10 bigs.
I think they're already in. MU is assured of a .500 record in a deep SEC. Plus, at this rate, a loss to Arkansas doesn't kill MU's RPI. Remember, the RPI doesn't take into account margin of victory, so even a 30-point loss to Arkansas and a 30-point loss to someone in the SEC tournament may not damage MU's credentials any more than 1-point losses.
I can't speak for how all the fans feel, but I wish the NBA would change the rules so that players like Porter who can make the jump immediately don't have to go through the charade of enrolling in classes and obeying the amateur rules when the whole world knows they are only in school to bide time before the NBA.
You read that in my story, so thank you, even if you don't remember where you read it. Short answer, no, they're not canceling the south end zone project. The money has already been raised and borrowed for the project. Also, some of the funds raised for that project didn't count toward the most recent revenue figures because it hasn't been spent yet. Mizzou athletics is subsidized very little by the university coffers. Last year, the department received $1,015,000 from the university, same as the previous year, to waive fees for out-of-state student-athletes.