Certainly, based on the comments yesterday at Lutheran North by Jack Buford and coach Carl Reed. The Brad Davis hire seems to have injected some energy in the staff and its recruiting efforts. Having AJ Ofodile on the road as a recruiter should pay off, too. I think Barry has surrounded himself with some charismatic, hard-working recruiters who can help sustain some of that early momentum.
I'll go with Santos because he's an older, more seasoned player and I think his rebounding gets him on the floor immediately. But Watson will be counted on to score. He just faces more of a transition being two years younger.
Of all-time college basketball? I was a fan of the Hurley-Hill-Leattner teams, so I'd have to say the 1991 Final Four win over UNLV. I outgrew being a Duke fan but that team captured my soul. Hurley was my favorite.
I'm doing just fine, but thank you for the note.
Hmmmm, I'll go with Jontay. Here's why: Jontay was told he'd be a first-round pick this year. With a weaker draft class in 2019, it's safe to assume he'll be a first-rounder next year, maybe a high first-rounder. If not, he might not come out. Lock doesn't have a choice. He's a 2019 draft pick - but by no means a guaranteed first-rounder. He'll be one of the top quarterbacks heading into his senior season, but what if he struggles with Dooley's system and sees a big dropoff in production? Maybe he's still a mid-round pick like some teams told him after his junior season.
I wouldn't expect him to push for a major role. He was well down the depth during spring practices. Crockett and Rountree are getting the carries this year, with Downing and Miller the next candidates, possibly one of the incoming freshmen.
Tennessee is in bad shape. Rookie head coach without a lot of established talent. I'm not saying MIzzou should be heavy favorites, but if your Barry Odom and you have this much back on offense and key pieces on defense you should expect to win that game. Same for Memphis at home. Memphis might be the best non-Power 5 program right now, but, again, you have Lock back and all these established pieces. And it's at home. No reason Mizzou should lose to Kentucky and Vandy this year. Both games are in Columbia. Both programs have been trending in the wrong direction. Georgia, Bama and South Carolina are tough games. Florida won't be easy. The rest should be very winnable.
Perhaps. Season ticket sales are going to be crucial. That said, if MU goes 7-5 and Sterk fires Odom that doesn't mean sales will go up in 2019. There's a reason Mizzou is shrinking the stadium capacity. It's no longer only about selling out the stadium. It's about capitalizing on the bigger revenue opportunities with the suites.
Maty is married and coaching in Springfield last time I checked. Marvin Zanders is now at North Carolina Central, where his younger brother Micah is a sophomore quarterback. That's an FCS program.
It'll be hard to top the 2007 Kansas game. Not because Mizzou won, but the stakes were monumentally high. The nation's attention was on Kansas City. Two historic rivals playing a game with a shot at the national championship. It seemed very surreal to be covering a game of that magnitude featuring those two programs.
There are 50,000 reasons to say it's over. My hunch is he won't comment publicly about Dawn Staley or the Gamecocks program as long as he works at Mizzou. You can bet Dawn will be asked about it at next year's SEC media days and leading up to next year's game in Columbia, S.C.
Even though Brad Pitt didn't graduate?
Not that I know of. They wore the throwback helmets with the white M for a game last year and ran the first play out of Don Faurot's Split T formation, but I'm not aware of any uniform changes.
Yes, he could play the 3 or 4. He's got some outside range, willing defender and rebounder. Too early to project how much of a role he'll have this year but he could help at a couple different spots.