I'm not sure Brock wants to coach at the college level. It's a completely different gig when you throw in the recruiting responsibilities. I think Brock would be great in that role as a college coach, but again, I'm not sure that's something he wants to do.
Agreed. That first half looked familiar. I think this year the backcourt is better equipped to control games and mount comebacks like we saw in the second half. Dru Smith is very solid. Pinson is more confident and has a better feel for the game and the speed of the game. I'm still bullish on this team. Losing a road game against a ranked team in front of a lively crowd is not a bad thing in November. They can learn from this and build on it.
Great point. You just don't see Mizzou's wideouts make contested catches. Part of that's on the QBs throwing them passes in coverage that require a great catch ... and then a lot more is on the receiver for going up and making that contested catch.
There's no way they'll play Bazelak in each of the final three games - unless there's no way Bryant can play and they firmly believe they need Bazelak to win games. But I doubt that'll be the case.
Yes. Basketball games aren't as pricey as football games, but those are guaranteed games, where the visiting team is paid a guaranteed appearance fee.
It won't hurt recruiting. It's a far more impressive facility to show recruits than the previous facility.
I would think there's a lot of truth to that. The knee injury surely impacted play-calling when it came to zone-read running plays, though Bryant ran for 72 yards at Vandy. Off the top of my head I can't recall how those plays developed, but clearly it's not the same offense when he's not a threat to run the ball on designed keepers/zone-read options. I also thought the O-line just did a crummy job controlling the line of scrimmage at Vandy and that threw off Bryant's timing and comfort level in the pocket throughout that game.
What if the reason Missouri loses is the defense can't contain Florida or the special teams gives up some huge game-changing plays ... but Bryant plays just fine, moves the chains and leads some productive drives? If Bryant isn't the problem against Florida then there's no reason he shouldn't play against Tennessee and Arkansas.
Not sure. He knows how to build a program. He has a clear blueprint in mind for building rosters. You can reach the Final Four without five-star recruits or one-and-done draft picks, but you generally need NBA talent to get there. He's got a lot of great qualities, but ultimately he'll be measured by the talent he recruits and develops.
Odom doesn't share any less on injuries than most coaches. Some coaches don't even acknowledge injuries. Pinkel was more transparent and generally gave the media NFL-style injury reports: questionable, doubtful, probable, etc. With Odom, there are cases like Johnson where he doesn't even mention an injury, especially if they happen after Tuesdays during the week - because the media only gets to see the first half of Tuesday practices. Again, I get it. If his peers aren't disclosing injuries, why should he? That's why I never put a whole lot of stock on what he says about injured players and their status, especially four days before kickoff.
They're not robots. They're going to make mistakes, especially on the road in just their fourth game playing together. Could be worse: They could have lost at home to Evansville.
Let's not forget, these players weren't recruited to Mizzou to be students. They were recruited to play football ... so a lot of them approach their career decisions solely through the football lens. Crockett didn't believe his stock would be any higher if he stayed another year in college and the payoff of getting his degree wasn't worth the payoff of going pro. Most of the guys who leave early don't return to get their degree. I'm not sure how much Mizzou really works with them to make that possible. Even if they get their degree, that doesn't guarantee they're going to have a successful career. That's one of Cuonzo Martin's major concerns with college athletics, that even with their degrees in hand athletes leave college unprepared for adulthood and life in the real world. He has some interesting thoughts on the topic.
I thought on the final possession they were looking for Dru Smith, but Xavier covered it well. And there's nothing wrong with a Mark Smith corner 3. The guy shot almost 46 percent from 3 last year. If he's open, he should shoot, always. He didn't execute the shot very well. Looks like he rushed it and thought there was less time left.
Again, not happening. Mizzou was great for SEC hoops two years ago when the arena was full and the Tigers finished fifth in the league.
I just haven't seen the receivers develop under this staff. Knox, Scott just haven't been difference-makers against SEC competition. Nance is a nice possession receiver. Johnson can be very productive but is hardly a superstar. Banister is pretty consistent. I've been saying for weeks he should play more. I didn't quite understand some questions I heard being asked during camp and early in the season about Mizzou's depth at receiver. I didn't see it then and still don't see it. You're starting to see some recruiting misses at receiver haunt this offense.
Yes, it's been a while since we saw Bryant effectively get yards on designed running plays.
He generally believes all his teams should be consistent top 25 teams. That doesn't mean he fires the head coach the moment that isn't true. The football program has been a top 25 program far more recently and more consistently than the basketball program over the last decade, so it's fair to say recent success influences those expectations, too.
It's something I've talked to him about off the record but not in a formal interview setting. Probably not something I'll approach during the grind of the season. It's pretty much all basketball this time of year.
Yes, I know. I'm not sure that's something they want shared publicly. The team stayed in Jeff City for years but Pinkel changed that policy once some nicer hotels opened in Columbia.
Whatever you're referring to I don't see it on his twitter account. He's wearing a red hoodie.
OK, folks. That's all the time I have today. We'll do this again next week. Thanks for stopping by.