I cannot underestimate how HUGE this week is for Mizzou.
First off, its HATE WEEK, as College Game Day and the Dirty Bird comes to town Saturday in what will be the third-ever meeting Border War meeting as a Top 10 Showdown. The other two came in 1991 as Missouri was No. 2 and KU No. 1 in both meetings, as Mizzou earned the sweep. Anthony Peeler’s memorable 43-point performance at Allen Fieldhouse is still the best game EVER by an opposing player in the old barn. It is going to be epic, with incredible hype. Lets hope the game can live up to it, unlike Baylor @ Kansas.
But, lets not overlook Texas. This is a HUGE game for Mizzou. A win will do wonders for Missouri in keeping Mizzou in the race. Kansas won at Texas. Mizzou must do the same.
Missouri Tigers at Texas Longhorns
Missouri Tigers (19-2, 5-2 Big 12)
|G||Phil Pressey (9.8 ppg, 6.1 assists, 2.4 steals)||SO||5-10||175|
|G||Matt Pressey (7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg)||SR||6-2||185|
|G||Marcus Denmon (17.7 ppg, 5.3 reb)||SR||6-3||185|
|F||Kim English (14.4 ppg, 4.8 reb)||SR||6-6||200|
|F||Ricardo Ratliffe (14.8 ppg, 6.9 reb, 75% shooter)||SR||6-8||240|
Texas Longhorns (13-8, 3-5 Big 12)
|G||Sheldon McLellan (11 ppg)||FR||6-4||200|
|G||Myck Kabongo (9.5 ppg, 5.5 apg)||FR||6-1||169|
|G||J’Covan Brown (19.7 ppg)||JR||6-1||197|
|F||Jaylen Bond (4.0 ppg, 4.6 reb)||FR||6-7||224|
|F||Clint Chapman (7.0 ppg, 5.5 reb)||SR||6-10||245|
Missouri easily beat Texas the first time around, 84-73, besides J’Covan Brown’s 34 points. But since the loss, Texas lost at Kansas State by four and at home to Kansas, 69-66 after KU closed the game on a 10-2 run and at Baylor by five points Saturday. On Tuesday they beat Iowa State 62-55, in their first game against a team for the second time – their only win in their last five games after starting Big 12 play 2-1.
They are a young team with six freshmen in their rotation and are getting better each game. All of their conference games have been close – with their biggest margin the 11-point loss at Mizzou. They don’t have any bad losses, nor do they have any good wins.
“We fought hard and put ourselves in position,” coach Rick Barnes said of Texas last four losses being to ranked teams. “We just didn’t finish it.”
Missouri has lost four of the last six in Austin, but have won two of the last three. Texas had a 12-game home winning streak snapped in its loss to Kansas Jan. 21. Missouri has won four of five overall in the series.
Brown is leading the Big 12 in scoring, 19.7, but he is also shooting in Big 12 play. Of the 12 players in the league averaging five field goals per game in league play, Brown has the most attempts by 29. He is averaging 4.8 ppg more than Ricardo Ratliffe in Big 12 games, but taken 63 more shots than Ratliffe. Not the greatest efficiency, but he will fill up the score sheet. His shooting is equivalent to Marcus Denmon’s 26-80 (32.5%) over the last seven games, but Denmon gets to the free throw line, making up for his poor shooting, where he averages seven points a game at the line.
I expect Texas to take the Texas Tech approach – taking Ratliffe – who had 21 points on 10-12 shooting in the first matchup – instead of taking the guards away, which every other team has done. But now, as the guards struggle from the outside, make them beat you.
|Avg Points Allowed||63.7||65.4|
Rock Chalk Talk: Missouri-Texas Basketball Preview
MUtigers.com: No. 2 Tigers Face Texas on Big Monday
The Trib (Steve Walentik): What to watch for: Texas (Round 2)
The Missourian: No rest for Missouri before facing Texas
Post-Dispatch: Last Mizzou-Texas showdown could be memorable
Austin American-Statesman: Win over Missouri tonight would help UT’s NCAA tournament hopes
The best part of Mellinger’s piece is the notion that the Big 12 secretly does not want Missouri (or Texas A&M for that matter) to win a championship in that sport.
48 Hours and counting: DGB decision looms
So you might have heard, the nation’s No. 1 recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, aka DGB, a 6-foot-6, 222-pound wide receiver from Springfield was in town this week. He is obviously the biggest recruit in Mizzou history.
He has been compared to Randy Moss and Julio Jones. He had 2,234 receiving yards and 24 TD’s this year and is the NATIONAL all-time leading receiver with 5,000-plus receiving yards.
Wednesday morning at 9 am on ESPNU, DGB will announce his decision. I can not remember a recruitment covered like by the MU media ever. He may already have decision made. It may have already been made before he went on his trip to COMO. He may not know until Wednesday morning.
What we do know is almost every national pundit says DGB is headed to Hogville, despite Missouri – especially their staff – thinks they are in great shape. Hell, he may have already told the staff he is coming. The Tulsa Daily World is reporting that Green-Beckham will choose Missouri over Arkansas. But that is just based on “sources.”
DGB took official visits to Texas (November 18), Arkansas (January 20) and Missouri (January 27). He canceled an official to Oklahoma in December, citing, among other things, exhaustion from a hectic basketball schedule. Virtually his entire immediate family came with him to Columbia, while he went to Fayetteville by himself. It seems to be neck and neck, but the visit this weekend went “as well as it could” experts are saying. Of course they said the same thing last weekend down in Hogville. While all the national “guys” think DGB will be a Hog – mainly, because lowly Missouri could NEVER nab a national recruit, right (even though the last two 5-star recruits from Missouri – Blaine Gabbert and Sheldon Richardson chose the Tigers over SEVERAL other programs)?
PS: Missouri has 46 wins in five years, Arkansas has 42
Now the tide seems to be turning. DGB said during his trip to Mizzou that he was split dead even between the two school. His family heavily favors Mizzou as offensive coordinator David Yost recruited the mom. Smart man. I think the family is the tie-breaker. The more influence they have on his choice of schools, the better Mizzou’s chances are.
We also know that he took numerous unofficial visits, mainly over the summer months, to Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma (several times), Alabama and Auburn.
Mack Brown and Gary Pinkel both made in home visits over the past couple weeks, but Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino did not get his in-home visit with DGB last week because another school had witnessed the two “bumping into each other” in San Antonio, and Arkansas didn’t want any perception of a possible recruiting violation.
Even though its down to Missouri and Arkansas, its believed that Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas hats will also be on the table at DGB’s selection ceremony on Wednesday morning at 9 am (ESPNU).
It seems DGB was blown away by the “Pinkelcopter” and the incredible crowd response at Mizzou Arena Saturday, where he received a standing ovation, several “DGB” chants and “MIZ-DGB” chants. There is also a blown out of proportion story by the Sporting News, from a REAL sports writer, that believe it or not that Mizzou is screwed because DGB got carded at Harpo’s. Everyone knows that Harpo’s cards everyone who comes to the door. People are searching for whatever they can to find a reason for DGB to go anywhere but Mizzou. Some crazy bastard on the Arkansas message boards claimed he was an expert of facial expressions and that all of DGB’s smiles were “fake.” Ya, you heard me, a facial expression expert. Another claim is DGB wants to play in the pass-happy Arkansas offense. I guess everyone forgets that Missouri has produced four pass-catching All-Americans in five years?
Missouri has been on DGB for four years now, and there’s no question that David Yost, Andy Hill, Gary Pinkel, and probably every other staff member have gotten to know him rather well through the years. The fact that he brought his entire family to Missouri and went by himself to Fayatteville is a good thing.
Gary Pinkel has done too much work in the last 11 seasons for his program to be made or broken by one player. Mizzou will be solid in 2012 no matter who signs with them on Wednesday, but for lowly Missouri to bring in the nation’s No. 1 recruit would be HUGE in Missouri continuing their winning tradition under Pinkel in the SEC – the countries toughest football conference.
The good news is, in two days, the decision will be made. No more speculation. No more predicting. I can speak for every Mizzou fan when that I hope my daydreaming of “Franklin to DGB to the House!” comes true.
PowerMizzou: The making of No. 1 (from June)
SB Nation: Dorial Green-Beckham Has Arrived For His Visit To Missouri
The Missourian: Fans welcome Green-Beckham at Missouri men’s basketball game
The Missourian: Crowd greets Green-Beckham for top football recruit’s Missouri visit
Post-Dispatch: Recruiting border battle boiling for MU, Arkansas
Post-Dispatch: Green-Beckham gets royal treatment at MU
KC Star: Dorial Green-Beckham is more than just a top-rated football recruit
KC Star (Campus Corner): Some notes about DGB’s visit to MU
Blatant Homerism: DGB to (Insert School Name Here)
College Football Talk: Highly sought WR recruit gets big welcome at Missouri basketball game
Rivals.com: Discussing DGB’s decision
With all the DGB hoopla, there were two under the radar commits this weekend.
PowerMizzou: NEW COMMITMENT: Harold Brantley (Hershey, PA)
PowerMizzou: NEW COMMITMENT: John Gibson (Missouri City, TX)
The Daily Oklahoman: Why not play Mizzou in football?
Mr. SEC: An 18-Game, Divisionless Schedule Would Be Best For SEC Hoops