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Rock M Nation 10 hours ago

Kentucky at Missouri preview: Tigers must run well and prevent the big play to move to 7-2

Like a lot of young teams, Kentucky has been pretty inconsistent in 2014. But if the Wildcats can prevent Missouri's ground game from getting traction and win on passing downs, they'll have a chance of pulling off their first road win. I don't think it happens (and neither do the numbers), but there are some interesting matchups here. Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Kentucky at Missouri Record APRank F/+ Rk Off. F/+ Rk Def. F/+ Rk ST F/+ Rk Kentucky 5-3 72 76 57 112 Missouri 6-2 31 39 96 16 11 F/+ projection: Missouri 21, Kentucky -1 (win probability: 84...
Rock M Nation 15 hours ago

Mizzou Links: 4 years of Braylon Webb, 1 year of Maty Mauk

Braylon Webb has gone from unheralded recruit to four-year starter, Maty Mauk hasn't been incredibly productive but has begun his career 9-3 (thanks in part to Webb and the defense), and Mizzou Soccer comes up with a huge win over Arkansas. What's On In case you missed it... 1 day to Kentucky Hello, ESPN trucksThe Missourian: SEC Nation comes to Columbia #TalkAboutStuffThe Trib (Behind the Stripes): Gary Pinkel on the SEC Teleconference: Week 10 What to make of the offense?The Missourian: Missouri football's offense a running debateThe Missourian: Missouri football placing more trust...
Rock M Nation 20 hours ago

Net Results: Soccer holds off the Razorbacks, clinches first-round bye in SEC Tournament

After a tough stretch with one win in five matches, Missouri ended the season with a huge 2-1 victory over Arkansas at Walton Stadium on Friday night. The win gives the Tigers a 4th place finish in the SEC, and more importantly, clinches a first round bye in next week's SEC Tournament. Senior Forward Taylor Grant tallied the opening goal in the 33rd minute from 20 yards out, her first since September 14th during Mizzou's 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge, to make it 1-0 Tigers. The Razorbacks struck after the halftime break, with Alexandra Fischer sending a shot into the corner of the net,...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014

Missouri 72, William Jewell 31: Study Hall

Only because I like you so much, I wanted to go ahead and hammer one of these out today. Your Trifecta: Clark-Rosburg-Wright. Like Sam has already said today, it's hard to get too excited about, or glean much from, an exhibition like this. So I'll just quickly roll through these stats and look for good things and red flags. Missouri 72, William Jewell 31 Mizzou WJ Pace (No. of Possessions) 67.5 Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.07 0.46 Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.24 0.60 2-PT FG% 46.2% 16.1% 3-PT FG% 31.6% 19.0% FT% 66.7% 42.9% True Shooting...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014
Kentucky at Missouri: Wildcats' defense is experienced and a little too bendy

Kentucky at Missouri: Wildcats' defense is experienced and a little too bendy

Kentucky plays a decent bend-don't-break defense, but if Missouri can run the ball well, the Tigers might be able to avoid passing downs and awkward down-and-distance situations. While the Kentucky offense gets more of the attention, the defense has been a lot more consistent in 2014. It can't do much with good offenses (LSU and Mississippi State: 43 points per game, 6.4 yards per play), but it does pretty well against bad ones. And while I won't specifically say that Mizzou has a bad offense ... well ... at best, it's closer to bad than good. DEZa'Darius Smth (6'6, 263, Sr.) (31.5 tackles,...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014
Kentucky at Missouri: Tigers attempt to move to 7-2 with third straight series win over UK

Kentucky at Missouri: Tigers attempt to move to 7-2 with third straight series win over UK

Missouri will attempt to move to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC with a win over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are 6.5-point favorites, and the game will kick off at 3:00 p.m. CT on the SEC Network. #Mizzou's depth chart for Game No. 9 - Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/Zpgrl5TlnA — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 27, 2014 Offense QBMaty Mauk (6'0, 195, So.) (115-for-221, 1,368 yards, 16 TD, 9 INT, 13 sacks, 5.4 yards/attempt; 50 carries, 309 yards, 1 TD)Eddie Printz (6'2, 215, RSFr.) (0-for-1)Corbin Berkstresser (6'3, 220, Jr.) For two straight games, Maty Mauk has made...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014
Mizzou Wrap Up, Game -2: William Jewell

Mizzou Wrap Up, Game -2: William Jewell

Mizzou blasts a below-average Division II team, time to overreact and read the tea leaves. Can you tell I'm excited? Basketball is about to start you guys. — Sam Snelling (@SamSnellingRMN) October 30, 2014 I'm not sure there's a way to celebrate an exhibition win, especially a 72-31 thumping of an average Division II basketball team in William Jewell. Even the worst of a Power Five conference teams should be able to do that. It was certainly nice to see basketball being played for the first time in a while, though. We got to experience some new players, and see the first iteration...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014

Pregamin' Kentucky

Thursday already!? We aren't complaining. TIME TO SIP ON THAT SWEET, SWEET KNOWLEDGE. WHO: Missouri Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats WHAT: SPOOKY FOOTBALL WHEN: Saturday, November 1 – 3:00pm CT WHERE: At home, you fools TELEVISION: SEC Network & WatchESPN (of the useless variety) Kentucky's 1898 squad are known as "The Immortals" because they went undefeated, untied, and unscored upon. THE IMMORTALS. The Bear coached the Wildcats from 1946-1953. Under Bryant, Kentucky won an Orange Bowl, a Sugar Bowl, and a Cotton Bowl. None of the football players play basketball. Drake...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014

Kentucky at Missouri: Wildcats' offense is young and fun

Kentucky's offense is young and volatile, with lots of big-play capability and plenty of breakdowns. Missouri's own defensive strengths -- no big pass plays, solid line play -- match up pretty well as a whole. Playing Kentucky a week after playing Vanderbilt is a jarring football experience. From a styles standpoint, Kentucky is almost nothing like Vanderbilt (and vice versa). The Wildcats play fast and aggressive, and while that doesn't always mean good things -- they scored just 20 points and averaged 4.8 yards per play against a pretty lowly Ohio team, they scored 17 at 4.8 against...
Rock M Nation Oct 30, 2014

Mizzou Links: An easy basketball win and some lovely John Kadlec tributes

Missouri shuts down William Jewell in the first exhibition basketball game of the season, and current and former Mizzou officials make some wonderful John Kadlec tributes. What's On Mr. Mizzou MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Mourns the Passing of John Kadlec Director of Athletics Mike Alden "John Kadlec was a special person. He was one of those rare people who made everyone feel special. The way he could light up a room was really something to see. He loved Mizzou so much and was such a blessing to those of us who had the good fortune of being part of his life. I worked closely with Coach on...
Rock M Nation Oct 29, 2014
Rock M Radio – Episode 5

Rock M Radio – Episode 5

Episode five of Rock M Radio recaps the Vanderbilt game and previews just about everything. All with the help of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dave Matter. In this week's podcast: Volleyball and Soccer wrap-ups Wrestling preview Hoops talk Special guest Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Mizzou vs. Vanderbilt post-mortem Bourbon Mizzou vs. Kentucky preview Predictions! (we'll be wrong) Bourbon again
Rock M Nation Oct 29, 2014
Missouri's exhibition basketball season begins tonight at the Hearnes Center

Missouri's exhibition basketball season begins tonight at the Hearnes Center

Kim Anderson's first game as Missouri's head coach tips off tonight at 7:00. The Tigers play William Jewell at the Hearnes Center. With Johnathan Williams III still nursing an offseason injury, Mizzou won't be sporting its complete lineup tonight, but this will still provide our first look at five freshmen and a new-look backcourt. Anderson expects his lineup and rotations to evolve during the early stretches of the season, and for now, he’s not opposed to a point guard by committee. "I’ve got three, and I’m happy with all three of them," said Anderson. [...] "I’ve got to be...
Rock M Nation Oct 29, 2014

Net Results 10-29-14: Soccer playing for first-round bye in the SEC Tournament

Despite a winless weekend, the Tigers are still in good position for first-round bye in next week's SEC Tournament While VolleyZou continues to trend downward the rest of year, Mizzou Soccer has been trying to hang on to its chance for a first round bye in the SEC Soccer Tournament, which starts next week in Orange Beach, Alabama. This tough stretch of games to end the year hasn't been easy for coach Bryan Blitz and the Tigers. They fell to 1-3-1 in their past five matches after Sunday's 3-0 loss to Tennessee. However, despite the recent struggles, MU is still in position for a first round...
Rock M Nation Oct 29, 2014

Mizzou Links: Jeremy Maclin is rolling, and Tigers are looking Outback or Music City

Jeremy Maclin is healthy and productive in Philadelphia, Kim English is heading to France, Jimmie Hunt is talking about Vanderbilt and Kentucky, and Mizzou is looking at potential bids in the Outback or Music City Bowls. What's On How about Jimmie Hunt in a "cage"? In the pros MaclinPost-Dispatch: Mizzou in NFL & NBA: Career day for MaclinBleeding Green Nation: Philadelphia Eagles Ed Block Courage Award recipient is Jeremy Maclin KimmieThe Trib: English reportedly signs with French basketball team I'm not quite sure that's how this works, but...Outsports: Teams that sign Michael Sam...
Rock M Nation Oct 28, 2014

Missouri 24, Vanderbilt 14: Calling the touchdown play

As referenced in today's Beyond the Box Score post, Bud Sasser raised his game when Mizzou absolutely needed him to. Torren McGaster and Bud Sasser were yapping quite a bit during the game, and to be sure, McGaster won some battles. Sasser helped him out with a dropped pass as well. At the time of the drop (mid-third quarter), passes to Sasser were 1-for-5 for five yards. Awful. And passes to anybody else weren't exactly productive either. But with Mizzou desperately needing someone to step up, Sasser did just that, catching four of his last five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns....
Rock M Nation Oct 28, 2014

Missouri 24, Vanderbilt 14: Beyond the box score

Bud Sasser stepped up just in time, and the turnover gods smiled on Missouri a bit, and it was just enough to overcome inefficient passing and worse-than-normal finishing of drives and take down vanderbilt. Missouri 24, Vanderbilt 14 Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Basics Missouri Vanderbilt Nat'l Avg Total Plays 69 58 Close Rate (non-garbage time) 100.0% Avg Starting FP 30.7 25.3 29.8 Possessions 11 10 Scoring Opportunities* 6 3 Points Per Opportunity 4.00 4.67 4.70 Leverage Rate** 69.6% 62.1% 68.2% Close S&P*** 0.514 0.420 0.506...
Rock M Nation Oct 28, 2014

Mizzou Links: Mauk's improvement, Tigers' penalties, and big news from the Pac-12

Maty Mauk is putting the pieces together again, Missouri is getting penalized quite a bit, Anthony Sherrils' ejection was really close, the Mizzou Basketball preseason starts tomorrow, and the Pac-12 throws down the gauntlet regarding student-athletes and reform. What's On Basketball promo! (Pre)season starts tomorrow! It's Media Day (well, it was yesterday)! MUTIGERS.COM: Tigers Host Wildcats as Calendar Turns to NovemberMUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Football Media Day Quotes - Oct. 27 On quarterback Maty Mauk's play against Vanderbilt... "I think he certainly did some good things throughout...
Rock M Nation Oct 27, 2014

SEC Power Poll: Separation

At the conference HQ, Team Speed Kills, we've been power-ranking the SEC. Here's this week's ballot. 1. Mississippi State – Playing Kentucky after a bye week is like having a marginally important work meeting after a three-day weekend. You walk in still hungover from the festivities and suddenly you've missed several key pieces of information and you have to scramble to just look competent enough to deserve that raise in a few weeks. ~ BIG OL' GAP ~ 2. Alabama – [sigh] Alabama's going to win out, beat Mississippi State, represent the SEC West in Atlanta, and render all of this...
Rock M Nation Oct 27, 2014

Missouri football depth chart: Tigers release 2-deep for Kentucky game

No major changes this week, other than an actual admission that Darius White is injured and questionable... #Mizzou's depth chart for Game No. 9 - Kentucky. pic.twitter.com/Zpgrl5TlnA — Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 27, 2014 Offense QBMaty Mauk (6'0, 195, So.) (115-for-221, 1,368 yards, 16 TD, 9 INT, 13 sacks, 5.4 yards/attempt; 50 carries, 309 yards, 1 TD)Eddie Printz (6'2, 215, RSFr.) (0-for-1)Corbin Berkstresser (6'3, 220, Jr.) For two straight games, Maty Mauk has made a lot of good decisions in the pocket. He's still inaccurate on shorter, easier passes, and he still...
Rock M Nation Oct 27, 2014

Mizzou Links: A step forward for the offense, and a Maclin breakout

Missouri's offense takes a solid step forward (with plenty more steps still to take), Jeremy Maclin has a huge day for the Eagles, Sheldon Richardson is still Sheldon Richardson, and Mizzou's Olympic sports had a forgettable weekend. And a happy [redacted] birthday to Bill C's Dad today... What's On From Sunday... Jeremy Maclin's 187 receiving yards today matches the most by an MU Tiger in the NFL-Mel Gray 10/25/75 187 vs. Giants — Tom Orf (@MU4124) October 26, 2014 Oh, Sheldon. RT @MatthewFairburn: Sheldon Richardson wasn't giving Anthony Dixon any extra yards out there today:...

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