Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Mizzou chat with Dave Matter

Bring your Tigers football, basketball and recruiting questions, and talk to Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter in a live chat starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

    On adding Smith and Tilmon back to the rotation: "They'd rather win than anything." Says they're not consumed with minutes or points, etc. Both practiced today and are in good shape after playing Wednesday. Martin" "Tilly and Mark are selfless guys." He praised Tilmon for the way he's encouraged Nikko these last two months.
  • Martin on late-game turnovers: "It seems we make it entertaining until the buzzer sounds. It's a head-scratcher."
  • Martin on the last game vs. Mississippi State: "We didn't show up." Says it was one of MU's two worst games all year. "We're a different team now."
  • Any chance Mizzou gets on a run and wins the SEC tourney?
  • That would take at least four wins in four days. That's a lot to ask for a team that hasn't won more than two straight SEC games in two years. Then again, I think MU plays a style that is built for a conference tournament. They suddenly have some depth, so they might have fresher legs than other teams. And the physical style can wear another team down that's not as equipped to handle that kind of physicality.
    Martin on Kobe Brown: At the end of the day he'll be a one, two or three and play some four. (He starts at the four now and plays some three during games.)
    He likes the versatility at the four position right now now between Brown and Parker Braun. 
    Are you more excited about our future in men’s b-ball or football
    I like the direction both teams are going. That said, I have to cover them both no matter what direction they're headed, so I don't really let myself get excited or not excited about the future. 
    I think there's more curiosity about the football program with a new staff in place. More unknowns to uncover and answer and write about.
    Seems like the xfl is getting STL excited about football. Wish mizzou could capture some of those fans.
    The BattleHawks are definitely capitalizing on a market that misses the NFL, but I'm not sure how much crossover there is between fans who love the NFL and want to support a pro team and fans who would be interested in a college team.
    In your opinion what realistically should fans expect from Coach Martin record wise in year 3(current) and year 4(next)? W/o using the injury as a factor. Good recruiting offsets injuries
    It's a little late to set expectations for this year. I thought it would be fair to expect this team to, at minimum, get on the NCAA Tournament bubble and compete for that top tier in the SEC. Obviously that hasn't happened thanks to that ugly stretch in noncon and then a couple rough home losses in SEC play. 
    As for next year, I'd say this team should expect to push for that top tier of the league and make the NCAA bracket as an at-large team, at minimum. Obviously, we don't have a full grasp of what the roster will look like, but the core should return - and that core should be good enough to put this team back in the big bracket. 
    Is the offensive system Cuonzo has run at Mizzou (and correct me if I'm wrong and it has changed substantially since he's arrived) necessary to run the defensive system he teaches? His kenpom offensive efficiency ranks have been 58 (2018), 127 (2019), and 146 (2020), and 2018 had both Porters. It seems like without the elite talent he has (mostly) been unable to recruit, his current offensive system just isn't good enough for a team with tourney ambition.
    He's always been a defensive-minded coach who didn't necessarily put an emphasis on being the fastest team in the country. Tempo can sometimes correlate to offensive efficiency. But he's also had teams that were better offensively, more efficient, when he's got better skill on the offensive end, like two years ago when Kassisus Robertson, Jordan Barnett and Jontay Porter were playing major roles.
    From the time you've started covering the team, who would you put on your All-Dave Matter Defense? I'm thinking Ray and Aldon Smith at DE; Jordan Elliott and Richardson at DT; Spoon, Garret, and Brothers at LB; Gaines and Kip Edwards at CB; William Moore and Pig Brown at Safety. And I guess if we're going with the Hybrid S/OLB, I'll replace Brothers with Anthony Sherrils. Thoughts?
    The team starts with Justin Smith. He's in the conversation for best college player I've covered in any sport.
    If we're running a base 4-3 defense, I'd go with ...
    First team
    D-end: Justin Smith, Markus Golden
    D-tackle: Sheldon Richardson, Jordan Elliott
    Linebacker: Sean Weatherspoon, Kentrell Brothers, Cale Garrett
    Cornerback: E.J. Gaines, Aarion Penton
    Safety: William Moore, Pig Brown
    Second team
    D-end: Aldon Smith, Shane Ray
    D-tackle: Ziggy Hood, Lorenzo Wiliams
    Linebacker: Andrew Gachkar, Andrew Wilson, James Kinney
    Safety: Harold Piersey, Braylon Webb
    Cornerback: Wade Perkins, Julian Jones
    Third team
    D-end: Charles Harris, Michael Sam
    D-tackle: Jeff Marriott, Dominique Hamilton
    Linebacker: Barry Odom, Terez Hall, Zaviar Gooden
    Safety: Jason Simpson, Tyree Gillespie 
    Cornerback: DeMarkus Acy, Kevin Rutland
    I know it was Mack Rhoades who hired Steve Bieser and not Jim Sterk, but did Mizzou make a mistake by not hiring Tony Vitello instead? He’s doing a great job with the Vols, but it things aren’t looking as bright here for Mizzou baseball. If things don’t work out with Bieser, do you think those who wanted Vitello, like Max Scherzer, could get him to leave Knoxville and come to Columbia? Your thoughts on Mizzou baseball now and for the future? (Btw, it was a jerk move for Rhoades to make the baseball hire then bolt for Baylor.)
    I wouldn't call it a jerk move without knowing the full circumstances. I don't think those will ever come to light, but I understand why Rhoades wanted to leave Columbia at the time. 
    As for the baseball situation, even Tony admits he didn't handle his interview well. He didn't believe he was a serious candidate for the job and because of that he did not interview well for the position. MU did not believe he was ready to be a head coach based on how the interview process unfolded. And at the same time Tony wasn't confident he was being given a fair shot at the job. 
    That said, I wouldn't expect Missouri to make a coaching change for baseball any time soon. The school just committed more money and years to Bieser, who still makes far less than Vitello. The Vols extended his deal through 2024 last summer and pushed his salary to $580K with a chance to grow to $650K in the latter years. Bieser just got a big raise to $400K. MU would not be in position financially to outbid Tennessee for that kind of salary.
    Dave what are your thoughts on how the football and basketball team will do next year after evaluating current status? How about win totals? Sorry to even ask...
    I think I've said in this forum for about five straight weeks that seven regular-season wins is a reasonable expectation for the football team. The schedule is relatively favorable with only a few teams that will appear in the preseason top 25 polls: Georgia, Florida and possibly Tennessee. Tough road games against BYU, South Carolina and Mississippi State. Kentucky won't be an easy game. But otherwise, there's a path to six or seven wins, especially if the offense can function and Drinkwitz has a capable quarterback, which he's always had as a coordinator or head coach.
    That's all for today. Thanks for cooperating with the time change. We'll likely do this again next Friday as well. 
    Enjoy your weekend. 
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