As I wrote after the game, Martin explained why McKinney and Jackson didn't play against Wofford. Wofford runs a very structured, disciplined offense that can pick apart a defense that's hesitant or makes bad decisions on the fly. He didn't fully trust those two rookies on the defensive end in that matchup. I've written this here a lot the last three years, but if there's ever a question why a certain player doesn't see the floor for a stretch of games or just one particular game, it's almost always related to defense. That was the case this week. Martin didn't have the same concerns with Morehead State's style of offense.
They're 4-0 and No. 22 at KenPom with a 19-point win over Wofford and an 8-point win over Minnesota. They're projected to be an NCAA bubble team, probably in that second tier of contenders in the Big East. Good offensive team. Rarely turns the ball over. They're not tremendously big. It should be an excellent test for Mizzou.
December 6, a Friday, is the last work day before the bowl pairings are announced on Dec. 8. That would be the last day on the calendar the NCAA could release the final ruling before the bowls choose their teams. If by the end of that Friday Mizzou's appeals case hasn't been decided, then the Tigers are eligible to play in a bowl. (Provided, of course, they win one of the next two games.) If the NCAA ruling comes out after the SEC assigns Mizzou to a bowl - and the ruling upholds the postseason ban - then it would be applied to 2020. That seems wildly unfair to string this out for another year, which would presumably allow next year's seniors to transfer without penalty. Keep in mind, the SEC and its bowl partners absolutely need to know which teams are going to be available for selection. The SEC will want an answer from the NCAA sooner than later on that front. There's too much money tied up in the bowls and the conferences for there to be any uncertainty there.
Yes. Why wouldn't the university allow that?
No update as far as I know. He posted a video of him casually shooting jumpers in Denver a few weeks ago.
Kobe Brown more than the others. He settles for 3s a little too much, but he's a good athlete, has a good feel for the game. He's helped ignite some transition chances. His arrival has really upgraded the athleticism at the four position.
It's been at most half full for the three home games I've covered. If the Tigers come out of noncon play with a decent record, you'll see bigger crowds for SEC play. It's just a brutal home schedule for noncon play. Wofford will be by far the best noncon home opponent.
I just don't see an NFL quarterback when he plays. His mobility and speed will be an asset, but he doesn't make quick decisions, doesn't have great zip on the ball or great accuracy on downfield throws. At worse he'll get invited to someone's training camp or be a late-round draft pick, but I haven't seen enough of him as a passer to think someone will invest a high pick on him.
I wouldn't put Hall in that discussion at the same level as Lock because the offense was still scoring points and appeared functional in games Hall missed or didn't play a major role. Memphis, Vandy, Oklahoma State. And I'm not sure I'd say Lock masked Dooley's skill or game plan, but maybe his offense was just a better fit for Lock's talents. Maybe Lock learned the offense faster and better than Bryant.
If Simi is a difference maker then you'd think he'd get a few carries this year. Badie and Downing are back next year. Is either one a signature back in the SEC? Don't think so. Cornell Ford really likes Anthony Watkins, a freshman. The staff has a couple running back commitments for next year, too.
He's obviously missed on some major local targets, but with the 2020 class still getting an incomplete grade, he's landing players that seem to fit what he wants. The sophomore class (Watson, Pinson, Pickett) form a major core of the current team. There's a lot to like about the three current freshmen. He's not going to chase a lot of five-star players, and he'll add the annual head-scratcher (Okongo, Wilmore), but you can see the blueprint and clearly this year will be a referendum on how his hand-picked talent can develop and produce.
Yes. I've had coaches copy and paste some of my answers in the chat and send them back to me either upset about something I wrote or asking me who my source was.
I don't think so. Maybe if it's a QB who has to sit out a year, but barring transfers, next year's QB group will all but certainly be Shawn Robinson, Taylor Powell, Connor Bazelak and Brady Cook.