Missouri can’t figure out K-State, The Blues lose another key player, and the Pujols Saga II.
Missouri Misses “5-Point Shots”
Frank Haith described the first home loss of the season perfectly, “We had no resistance inside.” If there was one game the Tigers really could have used Laurence Bowers–it was Tuesday night.
Kansas State pounded away with F Jamar Samuels (6’10, 230lb), C Jordan Henriguez (6’11, 250lb), and F Thomas Gipson (6’7, 275lb). The Wildcats’ big men scored 28 points compared to Missouri’s 9 points from Ricardo Ratliffe. Steve Moore was a non-factor. More than anything though, the game had a physicality to it that Mizzou seemed to resent.
Frank Haith: Tigers couldn’t match physicality
When you rotate 7 players, and 5 of them are guards–draining buckets is essential. Missouri shot 38% from the field compared to KSU’s 54%.
KSU went 6/9 from downtown, Mizzou 8/26. Now some of those 3’s are inflated because when you trail by double-digits, 3’s become more of a commodity. But, 0/9 after Kim English cut the lead to just 3 points really hurt.
The loss stings anyway you look at it. Especially when you have to travel to Lawrence to play the Jayhawks, who play tonight at Texas A&M. For Mizzou, the challenge is exactly what a good team should want. Get right back to the grind (pun intended) and beat your rival for the last time ever, maybe.
Kim English on Wildcats gameplan:
The Blues were 6-7-0 on November 6th when they fired Davis Payne in favor of Ken Hitchcock. Since the coaching change: 30-9-7. That has to be one of the best records for a coach who took over during the season.
The loss of Jamie Langenbrunner will be prevalent in all phases of the Blues’ game. “Lags” is such a team player. He does it all. He will miss 4 weeks with a broken foot suffered on Sunday at Chicago. His stat line simply doesn’t justify what he does for the team.
Tonight features an absolute battle. The Boston Bruins come into the Scottrade Center losers of 2 straight, and just 4-6 in their last 10 games (including being shutout 4x). St. Louis is looking to rebound from their loss in Chicago.
The Pujols saga, I mean Yadier Molina’s contract talks is hot in Jupiter, FL. I applauded Lance Berkman for his candidness regarding his situation last season saying they, “always come down to the money”, so I guess I can’t have a double standard with Yadi. It’s a tricky situation.
The Miami Heat are freakishly good. They are tied for 1st in the NBA scoring 103.8 PPG, and it literally seems as though the “Big 3” are on the bench every time the buzzer sounds. They have won 7 straight.
Jeremy Lin is 0-1 when Carmelo Anthony starts. They host the struggling Atlanta Hawks, who are 3-7 in their last 10. If the Knicks lose, ‘Melo could be castrated by fans, ESPN, and several homeless New Yorkers.