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Rock M Nation 42 mins ago

Study Hall: Kentucky 69, Missouri 53

Your Trifecta: Clark-Shamburger-Rosburg Your Season Trifecta: J3 26 points, Shamburger 25, Clark 21, Teki 16, Wright eight, Isabell six, Gant six, Allen five, Rosburg three, Post four. By class: sophomores 45, freshmen 37, seniors 23, juniors three. College Basketball Stats Missouri still doesn't have enough offense to mount a challenge in a game like this, but for the third or fourth time this season, I'll say that last night we caught a lot of glimpses of what the next good Missouri team will look like. A team with all sorts of defensive intensity and offensive patience playing in...
Rock M Nation 1 hour ago

Alden combined a fundraising firehose with personal relationships

Mike Alden has been a fundraising robot, but he also built relationships with his employees and their student athletes. The Trib: Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden resigning effective Aug. 31Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Alden to step down in AugustPowerMizzou: Alden leaving AD roleThe Missourian: Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden to step down Mike Alden's mistakes were mostly public. If you have a bad relationship with the coach of an Olympic sport, or if the student-athletes don't like you very much because you're always/never around, the outside world might not ever know or...
Rock M Nation 4 hours ago

Mizzou Links: Some highlights in an infinitely more competitive loss to Kentucky

Keanau Post and Ryan Rosburg provided some highlights in Missouri's 69-53 loss to Kentucky. Plus: Mizzou's women moved to 12-9 with an easy win over Florida in Gainesville. What's On Yeah, yeah, scoreboard ... there were some fun moments last night. Fun fact: that was the one possession in the game that didn't include a foul! And also... That was fun (for a while) MUTIGERS.COM: No. 1 Kentucky Pulls Away From Mizzou in Second Half, 69-53MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou/Kentucky Post-Game Quotes Mizzou Head Coach Kim Anderson Opening Statement: "We obviously don’t play Kentucky very well,...
Rock M Nation 17 hours ago

Mike Alden announces his impending resignation as Missouri athletic director

Mike Alden, Missouri's athletic director since 1998, is stepping down. Dear Mizzou Family: I hope that the New Year has started off well for you and your family. We are excited about Mizzou Athletics in 2015. Your support and your passion drives our University and helps "Prepare Champions for Life". After several months of contemplation, I have decided that it is time for a change, both for me and for the University that I so dearly love. I have informed Chancellor Loftin of my decision to step down as the Director of Athletics effective August 31, 2015. My wife, Rockie, our son, Jake, and...
Rock M Nation 18 hours ago

#SECBasketballFever: Return to Normalcy Edition

The SEC basketball scene gets back to normal. Well, as normal as #SECBasketballFever can get, anyway. The last few weeks of SEC basketball have been pretty weird.  Weird enough that I was scrambling to find answers in science, magic, and everything in between.  The one thing we could count on was chaos, in large amounts.  So what did we get in this week's Tuesday-Wednesday slate?  Oh, just 6 games that were entirely predictable.  The teams that should have won won, the teams that should have lost lost, and all was right with the world. To recap: I said the SEC was unpredictable, and...
Rock M Nation 20 hours ago

Big Blue Blah... Previewing Kentucky: Again?

The BBN walks itself right into Mizzou Arena for our first rematch of the season, and JUST the rematch we all wanted right you guys? Right? Kentucky? You guys again? It feels just like yesterday that Mizzou was getting pantsed by Big Blue on National Television to the horrifyingly annoying  tones of Dick Vitale. Since we last played the greatest team ever, Mizzou now sits at 7-12 and 1-5 in conference, not last, take that Vanderbilt (note, after this game we’ll probably be tied again)! Presenting the University of Kentucky TameKittens location: Where they make bourbon,...
Rock M Nation Jan 29, 2015

Talkin' Rasslin' - The First NCAA D-1 Coaches Panel Rankings

Late last week, the NCAA released their version go-round of the Coaches Panel Rankings, which gives us our first glimpse towards potential conference allocation numbers and seedings for the NCAA's. How did it look for Mizzou? The Beef Alright BST, we’ve seen a decent amount of talk and reference to the first distribution of the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Coaches Rankings which has the top 33 wrestlers at each weight class.  Exciting for Mizzou was that this list featured each varsity wrestler on the squad.  Before we start to break down rankings and what the list actually means and how...
Rock M Nation Jan 29, 2015

Mizzou Links: JYD, Melvin, MU-UK, and a McDonald's All-American

Demarre Carroll is a key cog on a smoking hot team, Mizzou-Kentucky tips off at 8 p.m. tonight (Melvin Booker will be cheering and booing), and Mizzou signee Sophie Cunningham is a McDonald's All-American. What's On Demarre Carroll, hustling. The Trib (Courtside View): Mike Anderson not surprised by Carroll's NBA success 15 hours to Kentucky MelvinPost-Dispatch: Melvin Booker bleeds blue Devin Booker, a 6-6 reserve shooting guard for the No. 1-ranked Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 SEC), might be the nation’s best shooter. He’s already established himself as one of the best two-way players...
Rock M Nation Jan 28, 2015

Rock M Radio – Episode 18

Jack and Sam talk hoops with Steve Walentik of the Columbia Tribune, discuss the (almost) loss of Craig Kuligowski, and prep for national signing day. In this week's podcast: Darkness DON'T TWEET AT PLAYERS DON'T TWEET AT RECRUITS Talkin' shooty-hoops with Steve Walentik of The Columbia Tribune Keeping our Kul Looking ahead to National Signing Day
Rock M Nation Jan 28, 2015

Mizzou Links: The value of the sign-and-place, and the perfect basketball game

Mizzou prepares for the final weekend of the 2015 recruiting cycle and prepares to take on another couple of sign-and-place commitments. Meanwhile, the hoops team prepares to face Kentucky for the second time in three weeks. What's On Spirit animals, naturally. Recruiting headlines expected and unexpected Last weekendPowerMizzou.com - Weekend Recap: 1/23-1/26PowerMizzou.com - Relaxing weekend for Lock One of last week's commitments came from receiver Brandon Martin, who attends Deion Sanders' charter school, Prime Prep. Because of financial problems and all sorts of other...
Rock M Nation Jan 27, 2015

Where do Missouri's recent football performances rank in school history?

With Signing Day barely more than a week away, we're talking a lot about Missouri's future. I thought it would be fun, however, to take a brief look at the past, too. Missouri has gone 23-5 over the last two seasons and has won at least 10 games five times in eight years. That's fantastic, and it has made Gary Pinkel Mizzou's winningest head coach. But with more games, different non-conference scheduling philosophies, and different conferences, it's hard to compare the current Mizzou run to previous ones with the simple eye test. I've used my own Estimated S&P+ numbers for exercises like...
Rock M Nation Jan 27, 2015

Mizzou Wrestling: 17-Ooooooohhhhhhhh

Beef With the exception of the National Duals Tournament, which takes place towards the end of February, Friday night’s dual against Okie State was our last against a highly ranked opponent for awhile. In the end, the Tigers walked away with 7 of the 10 wins on their way to a 22-10 win. What stood out to you on Friday night, first on the positive side? BST Waters holding on for the win against top 10 foe Kilmara and Mellon going to the tie-breaker against AA Marsden were the highlights for me. Would have liked to see a bit more from Waters, but I'm not going to nitpick that much in a...
Rock M Nation Jan 27, 2015

Catching Up On Mizzou Basketball Recruiting: January 2015 Edition

Help us, recruits, you're our only hope. It's about that time! With the basketball team leaving a little bit to be desired these days, I thought we'd take some time to look at some potential future Tigers with a recruiting update. First, the scholarship layout looks like this: It wouldn't surprise me at all to see more fluidity in the scholarship breakdown than what is shown here, mostly because there are still a lot of guys that may or may not stick around. And on top of that, there are really only a few guys that are Kim Anderson's recruits, and when it comes to being a new coach,...
Rock M Nation Jan 27, 2015

Mizzou Links: Kentucky's coming, Kul's staying, and wrestlers are ranked

Kim Anderson talks about the changes Mizzou is making in advance of Kentucky's trip to Columbia, Craig Kuligowski is staying with Mizzou, and all 10 Mizzou wrestlers are ranked heading into February. What's On Basketball things! Kul! The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Kuligowski withdraws name from consideration at IllinoisPost-Dispatch: Mizzou retains prized defensive assistantPost-Dispatch: 12 reasons why they call Mizzou 'D-Line U'PowerMizzou: Kuligowski staying at MizzouThe Missourian: After reports of departure, Craig Kuligowski staying with Missouri football I guess this game's...
Rock M Nation Jan 27, 2015

2015 Mizzou Basketball Recruiting: Kim Anderson's Tigers look for first true class

Kim Anderson begins work on the first Mizzou basketball recruiting class that will truly be his own. The month of July is the insanity period for college basketball recruiting most commonly referred to as the July evaluation period. As it winds down reports of who Mizzou has offered can help you glean what the staff is prioritizing for this year and the next. What we're going to do with this piece is talk about who Mizzou has offered, who they are prioritizing, and what that means for the future of the roster. I'm going to mainly focus on the 2015 class today, as these are the players who...
Rock M Nation Jan 26, 2015

Coach Kul and the Gang, please don't break up

A little background info on Mizzou defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski Craig Kuligowski is responsible for helping to put Aldon Smith, Ziggy Hood, Dominique Hamilton, Sheldon Richardson, Jacquies Smith, Kony Ealy and Michael Sam into the NFL. He'll probably end up with two more guys when Shane Ray and Markus Golden get drafted. What you didn't know is what the coach and his former charges do in the offseason. Sheldon is the boisterous lead man, Michael is the stylish one, Kony is the serious one, and Aldon is the rebel, while Ziggy, Dominique and Jacquies sing backup. Kul is the...
Rock M Nation Jan 26, 2015

A Game of Numbers, Game 19: Arkansas

Be at peace with this loss. There is much positive to be taken from it. /Yoda There's no denying that from a certain perspective, this season has been brutal. Saturday, against Arkansas, that continued. Yet, after the game I found myself strangely at peace. I was at peace, because at this point I know this season is a rebuilding one. I know that Arkansas needed that win WAY more than Missouri did. I also know that Arkansas winning really helps their NCAA tournament resume in giving them another road win, and the SEC needs that. I've given up the fear of losing as a fan. I want to see...
Rock M Nation Jan 26, 2015

Mizzou Links: Craig Kuligowski and the domino effect of coaching hires

Monday links posts are always pretty big, and this one was no exception ... before the Craig Kuligowski rumors began. Kul The Trib (Behind theStripes): Report: Kuligowski offered co-DC job at IllinoisABC 17: Report: Craig Kuligowski offered Illini jobPost-Dispatch: MU's Kuligowski headed to Illinois?PowerMizzou: Got some messages out on the Kuligowski report Refresher: Kuligowski has been with Pinkel for 23 years. Did not get Mizzou def coordinator job that went to Barry Odom in December — Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) January 26, 2015 Add another layer to the story: Remember, Mizzou...
Rock M Nation Jan 25, 2015

#SECBasketballFever: Let's Get Nuts

The SEC plays basketball, this much is true, after that everything you think you know, well throw it out the window. Sometimes you wake up, look out the window and you can see the way your day will unfold. You'll get up, shower, have some breakfast, go to work/school, maybe hit up a happy hour, have dinner and then enjoy your evening before going to sleep. Well the SEC wakes up, looks out the window then randomly throws a chicken through that window and jumps out after it without a parachute. This is the SEC a lunatic that follows whims that may or may not make sense.I don't get it, and...
Rock M Nation Jan 25, 2015

Study Hall: Missouri's season to date

Offense and defense are equally to blame for Mizzou's 7-12 start in 2014-15, but continuity has been an outright villain. Consider this your Sunday live thread. We're basically two-thirds of the way through the season, and we haven't talked much about full-season numbers so far. I thought it would be interesting to apply the typical Study Hall game recap template to the season as a whole. Opponent 68.1, Missouri 63.2 Mizzou Opponent Pace (No. of Possessions) 63.9 Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.99 1.07 Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.18 1.27 2-PT FG% 44.7% 46.1% 3-PT...