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If Odom is coaching for his job Saturday that would mean a win at Arkansas and a 6-6 finish means he gets fired - and I don't believe that's necessarily the case. I've said this for years, but smart ADs just don't base these million-dollar decisions on the outcome of one game. What if Mizzou has major injuries in this game and they lose in double OT on a missed field goal that hits the uprights? That's still a loss ... just as losing 77-0 is a loss. But those two things aren't one and the same. Context is always important. And Jim Sterk is more thoughtful and this is too complex a decision than to just base everything on the outcome of one game.
Mizzou hoops just announced that it will play in next year's Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C. The event is next Nov. 19-22. Field includes Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Utah State, Dayton, Penn, Loyola-Chicago and Charlotte. Not a great field. Loyola made the Final Four a couple years ago and Utah State is nationally ranked this year but not the strongest group of high-major teams.
Sterk isn't the type of AD who will micromanage and tell his coach who to hire and fire. You pay Odom $3 million a year to make those decisions. If Odom believes that Dooley isn't getting the job done, he'll make that decision on his own.
It depends on the contingency plan. Oklahoma brought in Jalen Hurts, who appears to be one of the game's great leaders, and behind him they have a five-star freshman waiting in the wings. Every situation is different. It's the most important position on the field and the most important position in recruiting and roster-building. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Martin didn't seem all that concerned after the game.
Possibly, but Arkansas usually has more money to spend on coaches.
I don't know. It hurts my brain to play the hypothetical game. I don't think the Vandy game caused anything other than bruised confidence, which was probably false confidence in the first place propped up by wins over teams that have proven to be worse than anyone thought. I'll always contend that the five-game homestand did more harm than good. This team probably got too comfortable and felt invincible coming off five wins over weak opponents, to the point they had no idea how to react when Derek Mason's team punched them in the mouth.
Braun has much more upside, especially on the offensive end. If you've got a redshirt freshman than can benefit from playing in games like this over a center who's probably hit his ceiling, then you play the freshman. Martin loves Braun's potential, especially if he bulks up. He's the team's best shot-blocker. He's smart on both ends of the floor and has a good touch in the paint. Reed will get his minutes against bigger, more physical SEC teams when Tilmon goes to the bench, but in these games I like the approach to giving Braun chances to develop on the floor.
He works on that shot and can make it. It's not something that will become a staple of the offense, but he was coming up the court trailing the guards, was wide open and let it fly. What's the harm? He's got a good looking perimeter shot. Jontay Porter is an inch taller and nobody complained when he took up to seven 3s a game his freshman year.
No one said it's a good record.
Should Missouri get bowl eligible, the Belk Bowl or Music City Bowl would be logical landing spots. It would be one of the SEC's pool of six, which is those two games plus the Liberty Bowl (played there in 2018), Texas Bowl (played there in 2017), Outback Bowl and Gator Bowl. There is technically no pecking order for those six bowls, but I doubt Mizzou would be in the running for the two games in Florida. The Music City Bowl matches the SEC against the ACC or Big Ten. (If the Music City gets an ACC team, the Gator Bowl gets a Big Ten team, and vice versa). The Belk Bowl is SEC vs. ACC. So, yes, there's a chance for a Mizzou-Illinois matchup but only in Nashville.
That's probably a fair range. High 40s, low 50s.
It seems the head coach agrees.
Martin noted that the way Morehead was going under ball screens that entices the player with the ball to launch a 3 because he's open. But those shots don't always come within the rhythm or framework of the offense, so he doesn't consider those quality shots, especially off the dribble. That happened a handful of times last night when Martin wanted to see players work the offense to find a better shot. They were fortunate to learn that lesson against a lesser opponent.