Greetings, Mizzou chatters. I'm here for the next couple hours. Bring your questions and I'll try to get to each of them one at a time.
There's no set timetable. The NCAA tells Missouri when the NCAA decides to tell Missouri. And Missouri will get the news out immediately, I would expect. There's really no way to predict what will happen here. These waiver requests are handled on a case by case basis.
Mark Stoops has said he plans to play multiple quarterbacks. Clearly their confidence in Terry Wilson is shaken some. He's been accurate but not terribly efficient or explosive. Kentucky's the kind of team that doesn't want to throw much unless it has to. This game is more about Missouri's front seven on defense than its secondary. If Missouri can control the line of scrimmage and hold Benny Snell to an average day or less-than-average day, you force UK to do what it's less comfortable doing, putting the ball in the air. Missouri's defense should have some favorable matchups.
Floyd is more of a punt returner than a kickoff returner. He played a decent amount at receiver in the last game, so every week that he's healthier I would think he'd be ready to field some punts. He might be a spark back there, but Mizzou still has to block better in the return game no matter who's returning punts.
Akial Byers has been more productive of late. Otherwise, no one has really stood out. Nate Anderson hasn't been playing as much. Chris Turner got hurt in the last game. Tre Williams had a really costly personal foul in the last game. That position group has to be better for this defense to be anything better than just OK.
The big difference between Memphis and Kentucky is that Memphis has a potent passing game - and Mizzou's defense had to be wary of those downfield threats and Brady White's arm. Against Kentucky, you can stack the box more often because there's not that same threat in the passing game. Either way, that was one of Memphis' worst offensive performances in three years under Mike Norvell in terms of yards per play. Mizzou's defense wasn't great but good enough to win.
No. He has told Odom the exact opposite, that once he's cleared to play this year he will play this year. He wouldn't be out at practice going through drills if he had no intention to play this year.
I'm not sure it matters when you file the request.
I picked Missouri to beat Memphis but figured it would be a closer game, 41-34. Memphis defense was much worse than I thought, and to Mizzou's credit, Lock and his playmakers were mostly unostoppable.
I haven't picked my score yet. You'll read it on the site tomorrow, like always. But I'm leaning toward the Tigers in a close low-scoring game.
There is no one player who can reproduce everything Porter brings to the team: inside scoring, outside scoring, rebounding, passing, ball-handling, shot-blocking. It puts more pressure on the young guards to be impact scorers. It puts more pressure on Tilmon to stay on the floor and be a machine on the glass. It puts more on Puryear to be a better scorer and presence inside. It puts more on backup forwards like Mitchell Smith to enhance their role. Everybody's going to have to elevate their game.
I'm not sure I'd say he's the best in the nation. Rondale Moore and Jaylen Waddle come to mind. Either way, Knox wasn't exactly off the radar. He had offers from Wisconsin, Baylor, Nebraska. He's the exact kind of player out of Texas that Missouri can land and can build their roster around. Three stars but not a priority target for the Longhorns or Aggies. Also, he played multiple positions in high school, so some schools might not have known for sure how he'd fit into their offense. But their loss is Missouri's gain. He has the looks of being a special player.
Actually, they see Smith as more of the combo guard. He's a really good shooter, the best from 3-point range in the Missouri Valley last year. He shot nearly 58 percent from the floor and 48 percent from 3. If anything, he's the guy you want taking more shots. Geist is the point guard. If either of the Smiths become eligible they'll get to handle the ball some, too, but Martin isn't going to move Geist off the ball exclusively. Dru Smith can play all three perimeter positions. I'm really interested to see what kind of impact he has in a high major conference, whether that's this year or next.
Jabari Brown has bounced between teams in China and the NBA G League. He last played with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G League affiliate.
I'd expect to see an extra man in the box on some first and second down situations. Base four-man front, three linebackers and an extra safety in there to help against the run.
No, to my knowledge that is only a football rule. Basketball players rarely redshirt, so it's just not something hoops coaches care to have as part of their sport. There's a lot more player development that takes place in football in terms of getting bigger and stronger that can take place during a redshirt year.
I touched on this a bit earlier. Bottom line, if fans aren't going to fill the stadium for Georgia, why would they fill it for Kentucky? The fan base is what it is right now. The Tigers just aren't going to draw a packed house for a multitude of reasons.
First, players really don't make stay-or-go decisions based on what their teammates are doing. It's about their future, their draft stock, their bank account - not what someone else is doing. Two, I think we've seen the last of Jontay in a Mizzou uniform. He already cost himself a lot of money by coming back to school once. He'll have time to recover and prepare for the 2019 draft. I can't imagine he'll be 100 percent by next June, but if that means he has to be a second-round pick, there could be less risk in that than returning for school another year, delaying the start of your pro career and leaving yourself vulnerable to further injury while playing for free. If you haven't noticed yet, the Porters have injury history, especially when it comes to knees. It might be in his best interest to start earning a paycheck as soon as possible.