Bad look for Mark Fox. Yante Maten is a senior. A grown man. The SEC player of the year. He seemed more than happy to answer the question, but Fox stepped in and intercepted a completely fair question. As for what Jontay, from what I remember he just played sound post defense. He was aggressive and physical without fouling and Maten just never looked comfortable. Can he do it again? Maten's going to be motivated. A loss could end Georgia's season, might end Fox's run in Athens. This is a Georgia team when at its best can play as well as anyone in this league. Georgia can win today. But Missouri has the great unknown with that other Porter guy.
Porter probably has more upside, but Maten is a known quantity in the college game. Dude's played 125 college games. Porter's played 127 seconds. Maten is the safe bet, especially because he's going to be inspired to avenge his last outing against Mizzou. I truly don't know what to expect from Porter. Wouldn't shock me if he blows up and scores 20 points in 20 minutes. I wouldn't be surprised if he struggles a little bit with physicality. Georgia is a no-frills, grind-it-out team. Teams do not shoot well inside the 3-point arc against the Dawgs.
it shoots better than 40 percent from 3-point range, turns the ball over fewer than 15 times and doesn't allow another Georgia player to score more than 15 points.
That's not the plan going in, but Missouri has beaten Georgia with Porter getting zero minutes, so no reason to think they can't beat them with Porter playing 10-12 minutes.
I would be surprised if Geist doesn't play. Players sit out practice all the time, but Geist's situation was unique because the shootaround was open to the media. If he's unavailable, Robertson will have to play the whole game, Rau will see some serious minutes and Michael Porter will have to handle the ball some.
All of them? As Martin said yesterday, opponents will have to know where Michael is at all times. If he gets the ball in the post, he'll draw attention and leave Tilmon and Jontay open. The perimeter guys, Barnett, Robertson and Geist, should get more open looks from 3.
As long as Porter enters the draft as most expect, next year looks like a bit of a rebuilding year. They'll have to replace Barnett and Robertson's scoring. Assuming everyone else with remaining eligibility returns - Puryear, Jontay, Tilmon, Geist, Smith, Reed - this team is going to need some offensive firepower. Santos and Watson will have to help immediately. An impact point guard is a big need. The rest of the league might be stronger. LSU and Vandy are loading up on four- and five-star recruits. Kentucky, Florida and Auburn are positioned to keep winning, either with recruits or returning talent. That doesn't mean Mizzou is suddenly an NIT team, but a lot of pieces will have to come together to win 20 games again.
I've gotten here before the crowds the last two days so not much of a scene outside when I've been outdoors. I don't really see the sunlight during these tournaments. Last night's crowd was pretty good for the play-in round. The teams that played didn't necessarily have a lot of fans here but a lot of locals were in the house.
Possibly, but I don't think we'll see Porter bring the ball up every possession, and if Martin's estimate holds true, he's playing only 20-25 minutes. But, yes, Porter's arrival can only help Robertson.
I don't think he's really consumed with stars and instead just wants to sign the best players they can land for the late signing period. Most elite recruits are committed somewhere already at this point in the game.
Tickets are sold for the day, not the game.
He's had a front-row seat to this team most of the season and surely recognizes what those guys mean to the team's success. Porter's a willing passer. He's a high-volume shooter, but I don't think you're going to see him ignore his teammates. If he tries too much hero ball, Martin can introduce him to the nice comfy folding chairs the arena has supplied for each team.
His primary position is the 3 and 4. Jontay and Puryear play the 4; Barnett plays the 3. I think Porter's addition could mean less time for Nikko. When Tilmon goes out, Jontay moves to the 5 and makes room for Michael or Puryear.
You can make the case that Mizzou is better off long-term in the bracket to be on the 7-10 line as either seed than the 8-9 game. Lose today and possibly MU slips to a 10, but I'm not sure that's realistic. Win today and tomorrow and get some help around the country and a 7 is really possible. Especially because if you beat Kentucky - still a big if - the Saturday opponent is likely Auburn. And Mizzou's RPI won't get punished for losing to Auburn. A neutral-site loss to a top 10 RPI team might help Mizzou's RPI.
Fans? The team? The players have been here since Tuesday.
I thought he would be more in the third through fifth range, but it's not a particulary good year for receivers, so he might go a little earlier to a team with a real need at the position. His combine numbers were solid other than his 40 time, but he makes up for that somewhat by being quicker than fast and a bigger, more physical outside target.
I don't suspect they're not going to change the offense for a guy who might play half the game. Like Martin said last week, Porter is so talented and versatile, he's not a guy you have to designate a bunch of plays for him. He gets open looks and can shoot over a defender if not and has the driving ability to create his own offense.
I think Ramey has more upside. Smith played through injury and illness this year but he really struggled shooting the ball at Illinois. Maybe he can be a great defender and more of a facilitator at point guard, but I'm not sure he's a game-changer if he comes to Mizzou.
The SEC does general admission on the first day because it's the four worst teams and they generally don't bring crowds to the games. Today you've got eight fan bases in the house and much better teams.
He can initiate offense as a big, just like Jontay but with better handles, but I'm not sure we'll see a lot of zone from Mizzou. It's not something they've done much in games, but maybe they break it out for a few possessions here and there.