There are a few, but I wouldn't expect to see them play in a game with stakes like this one. Those guys were on the scout team during the year, so they're not as familiar with Missouri plays, not to the point where you'd put them in a game, unless it's a blowout and there's no harm to let them play.
I went through the roster and the signing class last week and counted up the scholarship players and I think there were spots for just a couple. It's a bit of a moving target. There will inevitably be a couple players who leave the team between the bowl game and spring practices and probably a few more after spring practices. The staff will leave enough wiggle room to add some more pieces but there's not so much room that they'll be short at any position group.
As of a couple days ago they were around 7,000 tickets sold out of the 8,000. Missouri realizes a lot of fans will buy tickets from outside of the allotment. The team sections aren't the best seats and you can buy more affordable tickets through the secondary market. The whole bowl ticket allotment system is a such a scam. Don't be surprised if the SEC system changes in a year or two when the bowl contracts are renewed.
He was never a great shooter from outside - but has worked tirelessly on his game since coming to Mizzou. He's a natural slasher. His jumper is a little quirky, but he's made some big 3s so far. Some fans are surprised by Pickett, but you shouldn't be if you paid attention to what Martin was saying during the summer and early fall - and what I was writing at the time. Martin has known Pickett a long time. He's always liked his game and his skills. But he was incredibly impressed with Pickett's work ethic this summer and his approach in the gym. He'll be in that starting lineup for a long time. He's the kind of player who will improve each year and before long be a complete player in this league on both ends of the floor.
I agree that Missouri doesn't have a great win in terms of the NET rankings or KenPom ratings. But they don't have a bad loss either. K-State and Iowa State are fringe top 25 teams. Temple's only loss since beating Missouri came at Villanova. But when Porter got hurt, I counted UCF, Xavier and Illinois as losses, especially after the debacle at Iowa State. I don't think anyone who's being reasonable is saying this is definitely an NCAA Tournament team, but they're playing solid basketball right now. They have a clear identity. Tilmon and Geist are playing better than they've ever played in their careers. Pickett looks like one of the best, if not overlooked, additions Martin has made. Considering how often Illinois forces turnovers, I thought Missouri did a solid job of handling the pressure in the game's final 30 minutes.
Not really, no. The biggest name is Chester Graves, the junior college defensive end, but that recruitment is far from over.
It all depends on what facilities we're talking about. Baseball? Missouri's not going to come close to other SEC programs, for many reasons. Mizzou Arena is as good if not better than the other basketball arenas in the league. Memorial Stadium is on the smaller end, but the coming upgrades are going to add some aesthetics and, more important, new revenue streams. But the Alabamas and Floridas and LSUs will always have more money to spend on facilities. Missouri shouldn't be so consumed with chasing those programs but just always looking to improve what it can show recruits and how it can help its own athletes.
I'm not sold that Santos will be a regular contributor any time soon. He got in a for a couple seconds against Illinois. He's still far behind offensively. Staff tells me he's pretty sharp defensively in terms of knowing where to be at the right time, but athletically, he looks a few steps too slow to help much against a quality opponent. What is he on offense? A stretch four? Can he post up? Can he shoot from 3? We haven't really seen him do anything of substance on that side of the floor yet. Martin doesn't use a very deep bench, so until he's physically ready to contribute, I'm not sure we'll have a great feel for his game for a while.
It's possible. We haven't really seen that yet. We've seen some draft prospects take precautionary measures with injuries late in the season, like Houston's Ed Oliver, who might have played in games were they not draft eligible.
Missouri averaged 36 points per game this year and allowed 24 - and doesn't have to play some of the more potent offensive teams it faced this year, namely Purdue, Memphis and Alabama. I'm not sure I'd expect a higher scoring offense with Kelly Bryant replacing Lock. I don't think the offense takes a step backward, but not sure I'm ready to say it will be better.
It's rare to see a football player back out of a signed letter of intent.
In past year I know members of the STL Sports Commission have gone to other bowl games to scout locations for ideas on how they can make a pitch for a local bowl. I'm not sure how rigorously they're working on that project currently. St. Louis wouldn't be the worst climate city to host a bowl - and having a dome would be a plus.
That doesn't surprise me. It's been a turbulent year for the Pokes. Some really big wins, close call against OU and some bad losses.
Sutherland lives in Columbia. Not too long ago White did, too. Crudup comes to home games every once in a while. He stopped and said hi to the writers after a game late last season. I'm not sure any of them are doing anything interesting enough to merit a story in the paper right now.
There will inevitably be some games where the turnovers prove too costly. The 3s don't fall. Tilmon gets in early foul trouble. But they've proven to me the last couple weeks that they're more than capable of being a functional team that can beat quality opponents. What is really promising is you're seeing guys improve. Pickett is a far better player now than he was when the season began. You're seeing Pinson make positive strides. Reed Nikko gives them productive minutes. Puryear has his moments when he's knocked down big shots or played strong defense. Guys are buying into their roles.
I think the over-under on regular-season wins should be at 8.5 or 9. I'd take the over right now.
I wouldn't be shocked if he gets in a couple games but no more than four so he can preserve his redshirt year. The big question for 2019 is who becomes Bryant's backup? If he has an injury that puts him on the sideline for more than a few series, who gets the ball? I don't think the coaches know the answer to that yet - and won't until the roster sorts out.
I'm not sure about that. I don't know if he's got the quickness or strength play that position in the SEC. I also don't see him being a regular in the tight end rotation. If they thought he could play as a regular this year they wouldn't have moved Parker from defense back in August.