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2 hours ago, Jerry Rapp said:

Porter, Jr. is out for the season. He will undergo back surgery.  Can he still be drafted by the NBA next year?  Did anyone ever think Odom would turn a 1-5 football team into a 6-5 bowl team?

Phil? I need some muscle over here!!!

please stop this thread!! 😂

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The quality of teams the football team has been playing hasn’t been top notch for the last 5 games but still they’ve done well after that miserable start.  

The basketball kids haven’t been that impressive yet and have been way overhyped. With that injury it’s going to be a long year for them.  Hopefully they can stick together so they can gel some and put together a good run in a year or so. 

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44 minutes ago, Mitch f said:

Phil? I need some muscle over here!!!

please stop this thread!! 😂

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it is very hard to get back on the Missouri bandwagon, and I have been one of their biggest critics the last few years.  I will try to do better. I promise, maybe.   

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56 minutes ago, Jerry Rapp said:

it is very hard to get back on the Missouri bandwagon, and I have been one of their biggest critics the last few years.  I will try to do better. I promise, maybe.   

Well you did say you wanted to liven things up!😂😂

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Geez, can we just stop continually bringing up the protest?  It's way back in the rear view mirror.  It was a bunch of college kids and a FEW teachers protesting something that was a bit overblown, but probably had some validity to black students at the university, and it probably wasn't handled well by the people in charge.  But those people aren't in charge anymore, including Pinkel.  To still be down on the university and the teams which have a lot of kids playing that weren't even there during the protest is letting your own biases color your perceptions, in my opinion.  It's long over and done with, things are better, and it's way past time to get back to supporting the teams for what they are, not some political BS in the past.

Porter Jr.'s deal is a real bummer.  Reminds me, as a long time fan, of Tony Van Zant, another number one over-all recruit who was injured before his first season and never saw the field.  Without him, the team is going to really struggle early, but I expect them to get a lot better as the season goes along.  Right now they are in a horrible collective shooting slump and the young guys don't know how to play defense yet, but I think Cuonzo will get them playing better defense, and those guys CAN shoot.  Maybe Porter definitely not being a part of the team this year will actually work out.  Now that the coach and players KNOW he won't play, they can all figure out their roles a lot better.  For instance, now Barnett and Puryear know they are going to have to do some scoring and rebounding because they are going to be on the floor a lot of minutes.

Last night was painful, but hopefully some good will come of it, too.  What I see is that the Robertson as point guard experiment ain't gonna work.  I think they need to just play Harris at the point and live with his freshman mistakes, with Phillips as his backup.  Phillips can also go to shooting guard to spell Robertson.  VanLeer and Geist still figure into the mix depending upon what kind of offense they want to play.

They need to impress upon Jontay that he's a big man and needs to stop roaming the perimeter and shooting threes for this year, and as the announcers last night said, slow down and concentrate on just going up strong and finishing around the rim.  They need to really work with Tilmon on defense so that he doesn't commit silly fouls all the time.  And Nikko needs to keep getting minutes, because he's been their most consistent big man.

Puryear and Barnett need to start acting like upperclassmen with experience.  Barnett is either hot or cold from the three point line...if he isn't hitting, stop shooting and play defense.  

Mainly, though, I think Cuonzo is going to have to live with mistakes and let these guys play.  The plodding, slow paced offense isn't working, turn them loose to run.  Push it up the court full speed even after made baskets.  They can all run the floor and he has plenty of substitutes, so PLAY FAST. 

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As for the football team, yes, they haven't beaten anybody with a winning record.  But these last five games they've not only beaten the losers, but they've dominated them like a good team SHOULD do.  The turnaround is real, I think.  They could be the second best team in the SEC East at this point, and that's completely amazing given how bad they were the first few games.  I think they beat Arkie, get a decent bowl game, and then we'll see how they handle a pretty good team.  One projection has them matched up with Texas in a bowl, which would be a very interesting game.

Now we're bummed that Beckner is probably gone at the end of the season (somebody even suggested he might sit out the bowl game to reduce the risk of injury before he gets drafted), and wondering whether Lock will be back next year.  After the Purdue game everybody was saying to put Lock on the bench!

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