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 11 a.m. Thursday.




    I found the answer to the poll question regarding Zion interesting. Can you remember a basketball player suffering a catostrofic injury and never being able to play again, seems like people are being overly cautious.
    Agreed. It's not an ACL tear. He might miss a few games, but even if it was an ACL tear, he's still going No. 1 in June.
    It's early, but it looks like Mizzou softball is off to a good start, particularly offensively. Is that due to quality of competition or maybe an indicator of skill development approach of the new coach?
    I'd say pump the brakes until after this weekend when they play some Pac-12 powerhouses. They beat ranked Arizona State but the other wins have come against lesser opponents. Right now it's the pitching that's helped carry them. I'll take a closer look once they have a fuller body of work
    Women's b-ball has a minimum of 5 games left and Sophie is (I believe) 99 points away from being the leading scorer, will she get there?
    She needs 98 to tie, 99 to break Joni Davis' record. With three regular-season games left and at least two postseason games, she'll have to average 19.8 to break the record. If they play six games, she'll have to average 16.5
    If they play seven, 14.1. 
    I say she gets it in the NCAA Tournament. 
    Have you noticed how many times that Cuonzo hasn't used a timeout in the first half? I don't understand why he wouldn't use the lose it timeout, especially with a team that struggles as much offensively as we do.
  • Some coaches just prefer to let the players figure things out on their own. They get a timeout every four minutes. It's not like he's not coaching on the floor during play. He gets a sideline warning practically every road game for being on the floor shouting instructions. Plus, they usually play better in the first half, so he'd be more inclined to call timeouts in the second if it's all about slowing the other team's momentum.
  • Dave, it seems like Kelly Bryant is enjoying his time at Mizzou from his Instagram stories. Glad to see that. He seems like a great team player.
    He's a multi-post-per-day kind of guy on the gram.
    If Puryear gets benched or doesn't play much going forward, how do you think he will respond? I would assume he is a team player and wants what is best for the team.

    I've heard many say he seems to be getting worse and not better. Is he trying too hard? Not trying hard enough? Does he not fit in with the other players or has he been put in a position that is over his head as far as ability? He has been through a lot as a Mizzou player. It's just hard to discern what he is really capable of as a basketball player.
    He's just limited in terms of athleticism and he just hasn't seemed to get better since last year. There's some frustration that he hasn't capitalized on his chances since the Porter injury. The door was wide open for him to be a valuable contributor. He's had his moments this year but not enough. I'm sure he's frustrated. He's a stand-up guy. Always has been. I hope he gets a nice ovation on his final home game. I don't sense Martin doesn't like him personally for any reason. He just wants more out of him.
    I know you'll never mention specific names, but when it comes to players (outside Jontay) transferring due to lack of playing time, I'm going with the over at 1.5. I'm discounting Tilmon too because I still think it's possible he's declaring. More interested in seeing what players CM is trying to push out. What about you?
    We'll see. Cwe_tiger can say anything in this forum with no consequence, but if I post that I think Johnny Basketball could transfer after the season, then it becomes a thing on the internet and eventually it gets back to Johnny and he's got to answer questions about the speculation that he plans to transfer. So, that's why I won't just casually throw out names of guys who I suspect might move on. I mean, it's not hard to figure out possibilities. Watch the games. Who doesn't play a lot?  Who doesn't play well? These things always take care of themselves and will in due time.
    A couple years ago I remember an article about an offensive lineman who lost like 60-70lbs between the end of his sr. season and the draft so he could be considered as a full back. I know he didn't get drafted but I can't remember if he caught on with a team or if he is still trying to play football.
    Max Copeland. He had a few tryouts but ended his football career shortly after the draft. He did some acting in New York and has since settled down in the Bay Area and is putting his engineering degree to work.
  • Good afternoon Dave. As always, thank you for your great work covering Mizzou. How I wish this team could at least make the NIT this year. For some teams, the NIT even with an invite they accept is almost something of an embarrassment to have to settle for, usually for the type of team that underachieved & failed to meet greater expectations(see: 2013-14 Mizzou team, 2003-2004 Mizzou team, etc). But for others, it can be a good thing, especially for building young teams that could truly benefit from the experience of playing the extra games. I personally think this year's Mizzou team fits the latter scenario. But at this point, I would estimate they would probably have to at least win 4 of their last 5 games to even be considered, and even then, that would be far from any guarantee. Do you agree with my thoughts here that NIT would be good for this year's team or not? And if so, would you say I'm right about how many more they would have to win to even be considered?
    It wouldn't be the worst thing to get a few more wins and get some playing time for the young players, but answer me this: Who won last year's NIT ? Or the year before? Or any NIT in recent history? 
    I couldn't tell you either. We don't remember because it doesn't matter. And the players know it doesn't matter. Would this Missouri team get up for those games? Hard to say. I don't think any coach in the 32-team NIT field knows if his team is going to care about winning that tournament. The first game is the hardest, because once you win one, you might as well keep winning. And then it probably gets exciting when you get to New York and there's some light at the end of the tunnel. 
    But I could also see where Martin might prefer to move on to the offseason, get a start on recruiting and restructuring his roster rather than play in NIT games no one cares too much about. 
    As I wrote earlier, every at-large NIT team the last five years has won at least 17 games. MU is sitting at 12-13. I don't see five more wins on the schedule. 
    I have noticed that when the team on offense gets fouled and it's not a shooting foul, the clock resets to 20 seconds instead of 30. What is the rationale behind this? It doesn't seem like women's basketball has this rule.
    Here are the conditions when the shot clock is reset to 20 seconds:
     
    1. There is a personal foul against the defensive team and the ball is to be inbounded by the offense in the front court.
    2. There is a technical foul committed by the defensive team and the ball is to be inbounded in the front court by the offense.
    3. There is a kicked or fisted ball by the defensive team and the ball is to be inbounded in the front court by the offense.
    4. There is a kicked or fisted ball in the backcourt by the defense with 19 seconds or less remaining.
     
    The rationale is to give teams more possessions and increase the flow of the game. 
    I know you don't like to speculate or comment on who may leave, but as things stand now do you expect the key core of Tilmon, Pickett, Pinson, and Watson back.

    Not including Mark and Dru since they've already transferred once.
    I don't have any insight to suspect that any of those guys you mentioned would transfer.
    OK, friends. We nearly went three hours and a not a single troll question! Lovely! We'll fire up the chat machine again next Thursday.
    We'll start getting hot and heavy with spring football previews in the coming days at STLToday.com with the first practice scheduled for March 3, not this Sunday but the following. Thanks for chatting! 
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