It's been a while since I dug deep into what criteria the selection committee considers closely - for obvious reasons on this beat. The BPI measures margin of victory, so those close losses would be reflected in Mizzou's score at least to some degree.
Trey is with the team as far as I know. He's been used in all their preseason promotional tweets and videos. I know there's been some uncertainty about his position. He wants to find a spot on the field that will enhance his draft stock. Could be as a second baseman, but I'm not sure what the plan is for the season. I'm fairly certain the plan was for the whole field to move to turf.
No. Again, it's not about which games you win or lose. It's about winning games in the SEC, period. So many of these opponents are all bunched together in the RPI that losing or beating one isn't all that different than losing or beating another one. There are a few outliers, but not as much as in years past.
It's essentially a 4-out, 1-in offense with a lot of actions on the perimeter to create ball screens for shooters, plus post feeds for kick-outs.
It's not something I've really discussed with the staff at length to this point.
There have clearly been some bad calls on Tilmon, but not as many lately. That's why Martin is trying to make him understand that he can't just blame the officials for everything. He has to control his body and his aggression and make good decisions on the floor.
Not a whole lot more to add that hasn't been said. When you lose three of four there's not a lot of reasons to be too hopeful ... but don't forget this same team beat South Carolina on the road - look at what Frank Martin's team has done lately with wins over Florida, Georgia and Kentucky - and beaten a really good Tennessee team. There's no reason Mizzou can't give UK a good game at home and beat Texas A&M in Columbia. Auburn throttled Martin's team last night, but nobody else in the league is playing like Auburn right now.
No more discouraged than the fans who left with 8 minutes left. I mean, he's 18 and struggling in the national spotlight. I would be concerned if he wasn't discouraged, right?
I am the Mizzou beat writer. I can't be at every event. We had a columnist at Mizzou's game against Arkansas when I was traveling home from the men's game. Before last season do you know the last time the P-D sent a columnist to a Mizzou women's game? I'm not sure it's ever happened. Last week we had a 50-inch story on Sophie Cunningham. We had a 40-inch story on Pingeton at the start of the season. We've covered this program more in the last two years than ever before. Bottom line, as a company we have to make business decisions. The women's team coverage does not drive traffic. Those stories are read at a very small fraction compared to stories on the men's team. It's not financially feasible to travel to road games to cover the women's team. I don't think fans realize this but most newspapers across the SEC don't travel to cover MEN'S games. Kentucky and Missouri and sometimes Arkansas and Tennessee are the only SEC teams that have writers on the road for all men's games. Tennessee's paper covers their women's games on the road, but no one else does across the league. At the end of the day we have to devote our resources to the events that make sense for our company. That said, we'll continue to cover the team the way we have. We'll have a preview story for Sunday's game against South Carolina and, as always, a recap of the game in the next day's paper.
Agreed. Plus, he just hasn't spent much time playing with his back to the basket. It's new territory for him.
It hasn't been ruled out that he could return. But, again, it's not a given.
Possibly. They have a lot of weapons. Their guards are bigger than most teams they play. They could have a great road, but there are about a dozen tradtionally elite teams in WBB that will be in any team's way to the Final Four. There's a glass ceiling in WBB, to borrow a bad phrase. Cracking it isn't easy, but I wouldn't count out this team if they get some favorable matchups. It's a fun team to cover because they're entertaining to watch and they're absolutely great with the media. Not just friendly but engaging and thoughtful.
I think he has a lot of great qualities. I imagine the tone of this chat would be different a day after Mizzou beats Tennessee instead of losing badly to Auburn. Any coach whose roster is so limited that he has to give minutes to some of the guys who are playing is going to have some rough times. It'll be fair to measure Martin once he gets more of his players on the roster. He's gotten more out of Barnett than any of his three previous head coaches have gotten out of him. Tilmon and Porter have struggled lately - but it seems more dramatic because they were playing so well earlier. And if Martin gets blame for the way they're playing now, I guess he gets credit for how well they were playing earlier. He has established philosophies. He's smart. He's intense. I think he's got the personality to get the most out of players willing to work.
You lost me at Cuonzo lacking in intensity. I'm not sure I've ever been around a more intense hoops coach. Sometimes you have to give credit to the other coach, too, and Bruce Pearl is as good as there is when it comes to Xs and Os and building a style of play based on personnel.
OK, folks, we've gone overtime. We'll do this again next week. I'll be in Starkvegas for Saturday's game at The Hump. Believe it or not, Starkville is the only SEC town I've yet to visit since Missouri joined the SEC. The cycle is complete Saturday.