Martin said after the game that he's given thought to starting Tilmon on the bench. I don't know if starting Porter at the five is the best option. You need some post-up presence at the five for this offense to work well, an inside scoring threat who can kick out to shooters. Porter just hasn't looked comfortable in that role. But I don't think starting Tilmon on the bench will necessarily help him get a feel for the way the game is being called. He could see how it was being called last night and he still made the reckless fouls you mentioned for Nos. 3 and 4.
Namon Wright would surely help this team, but he's not here, so ...
Ben Howland's team is one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the entire country. They've really struggled of late. Bad free throw shooting team, too. Solid defensively, have a few bigs who can be productive. Very winnable game for Missouri.
Not sure there's a question in there, but I can't disagree.
Perkins is still on the team. Kaleb Prewett has been suspended. He's hardly an All-SEC player. The defense won't hinge on his return. Young guys like Ulmer and Gillespie will have a chance to compete for a job with the older guys, Hilton and Perkins. Not much depth there, but there are a few hybrid outside linebackers who could get a look back there, too.
Porter couldn't take advantage of the mismatches. He's a pretty savvy player for such a young freshman, but he wasn't capitalizing on the chances he had. Robertson bounced back pretty well last night. Most of his points came after the game had been decided, but he wasn't the reason they lost. Defenses are more aware of him now, and it makes sense for teams to focus on him when he touches the ball.
I follow closely, but as long as Mississippi State is in the league Missouri might have to settle for second or third. Unless the Tigers can go 2-1 in this brutal three-game stretch coming up: tonight at Georgia, Sunday at South Carolina and Mississippi State at home on Thursday. It would be impressive if they finish 13-3 considering this upcoming three-game stretch plus games against Tennessee (home) and Texas A&M (road).
It didn't stand out to me, but the challenge of playing a team like Auburn is they force your defense to spread out and takes your bigs away from the rim, so there's going to be some loose balls and rebounds that skitter away from traffic.
Frericks and Porter might not have the numbers to beat out other more productive forwards in the league when it comes to points and rebounds. I would think Amber Smith has the most potential. She's going to have some high-scoring games.
The athletics department is mostly self-funded and takes in very few subsidies from athletics. The university coffers essentially loan money to athletics for major projects in the form of bonds, but athletics pays that back with revenue made from the facility.
I don't think Missouri has to win their home games to get into the NCAA Tournament. Again, it's going to be about winning SEC games, not necessarily winning SEC home or road games or beating this team or that team. Missouri played well enough at South Carolina to win and could have won at Arkansas. No reason the Tigers can't win in Starkville, Oxford, Nashville and Baton Rouge, possibly Tuscaloosa, too.
Paging Torrence Watson! He'll be expected to add some instant scoring punch from the perimeter. Maybe KJ Santos, too. Ideally Porter and Tilmon will be more consistent offensive threats as sophomores so they don't have to rely on so much perimeter shooting.
I wouldn't rule out a return but I don't think it's a given by any means.
I'm not a big believer in Kentucky under Stoops. I think the Cats might have peaked in 2016. Why do you think Tennessee is getting stable? Nobody has any idea if Pruitt can handle a head-coaching job. He might be the next Kirby Smart. He might be the next Saban disciple who can't cut it on his own. Florida will be better offensively, no doubt. But I'm not sure they'll be head and shoulders above Mizzou immediately. South Carolina is the program that's quietly making steady progress under Muschamp. If I had to guess on Jan. 25, I'd say Mizzou is picked third in the preseason poll behind Georgia and the Gamecocks.
It's possible. I'm not sure you give up on Nikko. He's not an elite player by any means, but you can't teach 6-10 and there aren't going to be a lot of 6-10 high-major recruits on the market in the spring signing period. Martin might have to dip into the grad transfer market and continue to shop the jucos.
It seems to signal that they're not confident any of the current backups are definitely future starters. That doesn't mean they still can't win the job in 2019. Quarterbacks transfer, so it shouldn't be a surprise if somebody leaves if Scott is the clear heir apparent. We'll see how they look in the spring working under Dooley. (Or maybe we won't. Depends on the spring media access.)
Tilmon, agreed. Jontay's name continues to come up as a 2018 draft candidate. But obviously he could really benefit from another year in college before he's playing against the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns and Draymond Green and Blake Griffin, etc. He's got a lot of raw skills that the NBA covets in 6-11 players, but clearly he has to polish a lot of areas. He doesn't seem to have much touch around the rim when he does get positioned inside. Sometimes it seems like he forgets he's 6-11. And we've rarely seen him dunk. He can get up for rebounds, but he doesn't really attack the rim in the air.
Maybe, but close losses and close wins usually tend to even out. Remember, MU had narrow wins over Tennessee, SFA and UCF.
Point guard isn't an area of strength, but Geist has been one of this team's better players in the last two games. Porter was a no-show at A&M. Tilmon didn't manage a single shot last night against the SEC's smallest team. Barnett was lost at A&M. If Porter does come back - and like Jon Sundvold said on our podcast yesterday, BIG IF - does he replace Jontay at the 4 or Barnett at 3? Is he mobile enough to guard smaller, quicker players on the wing or would he be better suited to be a stretch 4, which will require some banging for rebounds. Puryear isn't having a great player, but he was a big reason MU beat Tennessee and Georgia. You just take him out of the rotation? I think instead you think about more minutes for Jontay at the 5 with Puryear and Michael at the 4. I just don't think you get as much out of Robertson playing the point.
I'm not sure exactly. The forms don't spell out how every dollar is spent. The marekting section of the form describes the category as "input costs associated with fund raising, marketing and promotion for media guides, brochures, recruiting publications and such." The main source of golf revenue came from $84,700 in donations that were earmarked for the women's program. That might have been related to a facility donation. Not sure off the top of my head.
Trent Williams is a junior college point guard at Gillette College who is on Mizzou's radar. Last week they offered Xavier Pinson, a Chicago high school point guard. I would expect MU to add at least one point guard in the spring signing period.