Category Archives: MIZZOU

Hot Take: Believe the hype, Mizzou basketball will rise back to the top

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The last time the Missouri men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament was just 4 seasons ago, but for Mizzou fans, that seems like a lifetime. Just this summer, however, there has arguably been more buzz around the program than any other around the country. So much so that Mizzou is being recognized as a team to watch. With the additions of Cuonzo Martin, Michael Porter, Jr. and one of the best recruiting classes in the country, the Tigers not only look like they could be a threat in the SEC and the tournament this year and for years to come.

Countdown: The Top 5 NBA players drafted from Missouri basketball

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As the NBA playoffs continue and the NBA draft approaches soon, plus to get our fill of basketball in the area until the college season starts, we decided to look at the best players drafted to the NBA from Mizzou, Kansas State and Kansas. This is all based on their NBA careers and not what they did in college. To that point, most of these players had good college careers that caused them to get drafted to the NBA. Not only that, we are only including players that were drafted, meaning anyone that went undrafted will not be included. To kick things off, we start with the best to come from the University of Missouri basketball program.

Mizzou basketball on the rise with additions of Cuonzo Martin and Michael Porter

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APRIL 2017 -Tiger’s newly-hired coach Cuonzo Martin and Michael Porter, Jr. the #1 high school player in the country have turned around the basketball program at MU.

After three downtrodden last-place SEC finishes, Missouri could have a top 25 team next year.

How could the Tigers go from the outhouse to the penthouse so quickly?

KU, K-State and Mizzou all make the Associated Press All-Time Top 100 poll

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MARCH 2017 – The Associated Press just released their All-Time Top 100 poll and, good news for everyone, the Jayhawks, Tigers and Wildcats all cracked into the top half of the list!

Ever since January of 1949, the AP releases their poll of the top teams of the country each week, having different sized polls over the years, from 20 to 10 to the current 25. Being on the poll is a sought-after spot to show the rest of the country you are one of the best in the country and where you are on the poll can even affect the seed you receive for the NCAA Tournament.

Happy Festivus KC – Our Top Grievances for Sports in 2016

DECEMBER 2016Happy Festivus KC! Among all the celebrations each holiday season, this might be one of my favorites to recognize and celebrate. For those of you who don’t know what Festivus is, I’ve included a link here from the episode of “Seinfeld” that created this holiday.

One of this holiday’s traditions is the airing of grievances, in which you tell people all the ways they have disappointed you this year. While this year has had some great moments for Kansas City teams, there have been some disappointments.

To honor this tradition, here are the top five grievances about our local sports teams and players I would like to air on this day of Festivus (Just a note, I have nothing against these players/teams, they have just been disappointing this year). In the words of Frank Costanza, “I’ve got a lot of problems with you people! Now you’re going to hear about it!”

Barry Odom replaces Pinkel as Missouri football coach

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JANUARY 2016 – Barry Odom might not have been the first choice to replace Gary Pinkel as the Missouri football coach, but he appears to be a popular choice

Pinkel, who spent 15 years at Missouri, is the winningest football coach in the university’s history, but he resigned in November after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May.

Pinkel went 23-5 and won back-to-back Southeastern Conference East Division titles in 2013-14.

Drew Lock-ed in at quarterback for MU

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NOVEMBER 2015 – Drew Lock was thrust into the limelight as the Missouri starting quarterback ahead of schedule as a true freshman after junior Maty Mauk was suspended for violating team rules.

Mauk was reinstated in late October, but six days later coach Gary Pinkel suspended Mauk for the remainder of the season, leaving Lock firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback.

Mauk’s suspension has allowed Lock to garner valuable playing time in the Southeastern Conference, while most players are redshirted as a freshman.

KU, K-State and MU college football teams have many questions entering season

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AUGUST 2015 – With the college football season kicking off in September, a quick glance at the area teams brings up a lot of questions. Unfortunately for David Beaty, Bill Snyder and Gary Pinkel, there aren’t nearly as many answers.

Tigers basketball look to 2016 after troubled season

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MARCH 2015 – The signs were ominous at Missouri. After missing the 2014 NCAA tournament and bounced from the NIT in the second round at home by Southern Mississippi, then seeing head coach Frank Haith resign while losing a high-scoring trio of guards to graduation and the NBA, there was still a sense of optimism in the air in Columbia entering this basketball season.

Tigers basketball had a very strong recruiting class and brought back beloved alumnus Kim Anderson to coach.

Fill out those March Madness brackets

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MARCH 2015 – What makes “March Madness” so special that even the slightest sports fans go, well, nuts for?

Why do we all of the sudden become micro college basketball experts and we look at 68 teams and try our best shot of predicting the winner?