I wouldn't say Phillips is more of a true point guard. He's not as good with his left hand. Geist has better handles and is a much better defender. Phillips can be a serviceable catch and shoot shooter, but Missouri has other guys who are much better in that role. Geist is the point guard. Phillips will get a few minutes here and there, but as Martin showed last night, the leash is short.
Harris wouldn't have been on the floor in crunch time of the Florida or Arkansas game, so I'm not sure the record would be any different. Maybe Mizzou doesn't fall behind by 18 at Arkansas with Harris on the floor, but impossible to really know. Missouri's problems in that game were defending the interior and missing 3s. Having Harris on the floor wouldn't have helped in either area.
As I touched on earlier, Geist is Cuonzo's point guard. Better defender, better ball handler, probably a better shooter. The first time Phillips came in the game last night he almost turned the ball over without a defender in a five-foot radius. He commits a lot of bad fouls and doesn't play defense with the right intensity - without fouling - that Martin is looking for.
You're not watching the same team. They went inside a ton last night on looks to Tilmon. Puryear attacked inside. That's how Missouri took control of the Georgia game by feeding Tilmon and Porter the ball in the low post. On the other hand, this is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in all of college basketball, so you have to give the shooters those outside looks, too. When Tilmon is on the floor, there's always a push to get the ball inside. The problem is he's not on the floor as much as they'd like because of his fouls.
It works against him sometimes, but he also uses way more contact than he needs to post up or set a screen. Those are the more frustrating fouls for this team, because they take away the offense's opportunity to put up shots. He's learning. It takes time to get adjusted to what's allowed at this level. Martin is careful not to talk about officiating too much with Tilmon because he doesn't want it in his head every time he steps on the court.
No, no, no. The 8 p.m. games are far too late as it is when you're scrambling to make a 10 p.m. deadline. I'm all for earlier games and earlier bedtime - and it's all about me, right?
This is a different offensive philosophy from what he ran at Tennessee and it's influenced by Cornell Mann, his first-year assistant, and some of the NBA principles he learned under Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State. Yes, there's a lot of screens in this offense and the bigs have to handle the ball on the perimeter more than they would in another style, but I don't think there's a lot to quibble with when it comes to offense. This is the most efficient offense Missouri has had since Haith's first team earned a No. 2 overall seed - and that's a lofty comparison considering that 2012 team was the most efficient offense in the country. This Missouri team is top 50 nationally in shooting percentage, 3-point shooting and free throw shooting. Turnovers have been a problem, but those numbers have gone down since the point guard change.
He'd have to prove he can play point guard because he's just too small to guard NBA wing players off the ball. He's got the toughness and the quickness and the shooting ability. I wouldn't put anything past that guy.
Paul O'Liney is the best I can think of off the top of my head, though he was a two-year player for Mizzou. Albert White didn't have nearly the kind of impact that Mizzou has gotten from Kassius.
Softball was picked 11th in the 13-team SEC, so they'll still be competitive nationally and within the league, but this isn't projected as one of MU's elite teams. Baseball has some solid pieces on the pitching staff and some returning veterans. I'm intrigued by their chances of being sneaky good in the SEC.
I don't have the specific breakdown at my fingertip, but yes, the league gets a double share of playoff revenue with two teams in the field and to some degree that will be doled out to the rest of the league.
I think you're doing just fine in Utah.
The answer depends on your perspective. Do you measure a league by its depth or its top-end quality? I think the Big 12's top four teams (OU, KU, WVU, Tech) are better than the SEC's four best teams, but the fact that seven or eight teams could be considered for those top four spots reflects the SEC's depth. Really, other than Vanderbilt, which got murdered by a brutal noncon schedule, there's not an average team in this league. The other 13 are solid to outstanding and could beat any of the other dozen teams on any day. What does that mean? I could see the SEC getting 7-8 teams in the tournament and unless there are some real favorable/unfavorable seedings, I could see the entire lot having a good chance to win some games.
There will be a lot of pressure on Torrence Watson to provide some instant perimeter scoring. If Mizzou can recruit a point guard, Geist could shift to the 2 and be a valuable threat on the wing. He remade his shot this past offseason and if he can make more progress he can be an effective guard off the ball. KJ Santos is a bit of a mystery addition considering he's not playing at his junior college this season, but he might have to factor into the rotation.
There haven't been any reports of a fine. South Carolina AD Ray Tanner called the league office after the game in Columbia, he told The State newspaper last week, saying, "I had conversations with the league office soon (after the game) and discussed some things about what transpired in the game, and you heard what Coach Staley had to say publicly. I got a chance to visit with our commissioner as well. So I’ll leave it at that." The State didn't report anything further.
I believe Missouri plays in the US Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in November. I'm not aware of any finalized contracts for the following years.
Hmmm, no idea. Maybe some Mizzou J-school alums are on the production team and slipping in some shots of the alma mater.
Under. I'll go with eight. Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M. I still think the Aggies can make a run and win the league.
Namon Wright. He's a good shooter and scorer and wasn't a complete knucklehead.