Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:01 pm

Odds are Missouri will open with a win

Missouri will become the last ranked team to open its season tonight.

The 15th-ranked Tigers are hosting Western Illinois at 8 ET.

They'll win not only because they're good (and way better than Western Illinois), but because they're a Big 12 school, and Big 12 schools don't lose home games to non-league opponents. For proof, consider that Big 12 teams have won 83 consecutive home games against non-league oppoents heading into today's slate of games. The streak will move to 87 consecutive games as long as Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Oklahoma aren't upset tonight.

Meantime, Arkansas also opens today.

The Hogs host Grambling State at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas and Missouri are the only two BCS-affiliated schools yet to play a game, as of this minute.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:40 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 8:00 am

Missouri's top recruit not enrolled

While we wait on Kansas' Josh Selby and Kentucky's Enes Kanter, we know this: Missouri freshman Tony Mitchell will not play for the Tigers in the fall semester because he wasn't cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center in time for the start of classes, coach Mike Anderson has announced.

“Tony’s case with the NCAA Eligibility Center remains under review,” Anderson said. “However, with our fall enrollment deadline having passed, he will be unable to join our program at this time."

In other words, Mitchell -- a consensus top 20 recruit from the Class of 2010 -- hasn't quite been ruled ineligible; he's just not eligible yet thanks to multiple red flags about his academic background. Anderson said he's "hopeful" Mitchell will be cleared in time to join Missouri for the spring semester. If not, it's a development that could affect the Tigers' hope of reaching the Final Four in Houston.

Meantime, the status of Selby and Kanter -- two other consensus top 20 recruits -- remains uncertain.

Both are facing amateurism questions from the NCAA.

Posted on: May 24, 2010 12:52 pm

Clip of little Tiger dunking on a bigger Tiger

Phil Pressey and Tony Mitchell will be teammates at Missouri next season.

But that's next season.

This weekend they were on opposing teams in a high school all-star game in Texas, which was unfortunate for Mitchell because Pressey dunked on him pretty hard, then talked about it afterward. Click this link to check it out. And remember that Pressey is 5-8, and that Mitchell is 6-7.
Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:29 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 10:52 pm

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri

Mike Anderson will remain with Missouri rather than accept an offer from Oregon.

"It’s certainly flattering anytime another university notices what your program is accomplishing, and when I was approached by Oregon I decided to listen, but it was simply with my family in mind," Anderson said Saturday night. "All that quick conversation did was reaffirm that Missouri is home to us."

It's believed Oregon offered Anderson more than $2 million per season to move to the Pac-10. But he passed on the opportunity after a three-day courtship -- just like Gonzaga's Mark Few, Florida's Billy Donovan, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and others have already done.

Oregon is searching for Ernie Kent's replacement.

Kent was fired last month.

This development should make the Tigers a preseason Top 25 team. In addition to their coach, they return their top three scorers and will enroll a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks 10th nationally. The six-player class is headlined by junior college All-American Ricardo Ratliffe and high school standouts Tony Mitchell and Phil Pressey.
Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:37 am

Report: Oregon meets with Missouri's Anderson

Missouri's Mike Anderson met with an Oregon official Thursday night in El Paso, Texas to discuss the Ducks' coaching vacancy, The Oregonian newspaper is reporting.

A source told CBSSports.com that "someone speaking on behalf of Oregon" first approached Anderson in an informal way during Final Four weekend, but that nothing developed and he never heard back from anybody until earlier this week. Now Anderson has met with former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny -- the man heading the search because Oregon doesn't currently have an AD -- in person. But it's unclear whether Anderson would accept an offer considering he rejected offers of more than $2 million per year last year from both Memphis and Georgia.

Anderson reportedly makes $1.55 million per year.

He has a team that should be ranked in the preseason Top 25 thanks to the return of Kim English and a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks 10th nationally. Anderson has been at Missouri four seasons. He's made the NCAA tournament each of the past two seasons.
Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:18 am

Anderson/Watkins stocking Missouri's program

MaxPreps.com updated its team recruiting rankings for the Class of 2010 after Wednesday's developments.

The Top 10 mostly consists of traditional powers.
  1. Memphis
  2. Ohio State
  3. North Carolina
  4. Kentucky
  5. Michigan State
  6. Syracuse
  7. Duke
  8. Tennessee
  9. Wake Forest
  10. Missouri
What's interesting on this list is that UK moved into the top five with the addition of Brandon Knight, and the Wildcats could move higher -- perhaps up to No. 1 -- if they sign some combination of Terrence Jones, C.J. Leslie and Doron Lamb. Meanwhile, WFU remained in the top 10, but the coaching change will almost certainly affect that in time. And then there's Missouri with its six-player class that's the best Mike Anderson has ever signed.

Anderson has had the reputation of somebody who can make a team better than its parts dating to his days at UAB, but now he's starting to get better parts thanks, in part, to associate head coach Melvin Watkins. A look at Missouri's class shows that three of the signees -- Tony Mitchell, Phil Pressey and Matt Pressey -- are from Texas, otherwise known as familar territory for Watkins, the former head coach at Texas A&M. He was also the point man in the recruitment of Ricardo Ratliffe, the nation's top junior college prospect who committed to Missouri last weekend. So Watkins has been doing good work, and it's one of the reasons Missouri seems set to be good for a while.
Posted on: March 6, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 4:36 pm

All together now: KU is No. 1

Look at the bright side, Syracuse fans: At least we won't have to argue this week.

I mean, we can all agree now, right?
  1. Kansas
  2. Who cares?
As I tried to explain last Saturday , Kansas maintained the nation's best body of work even after the loss at Oklahoma State (and even if AP voters went the other way). We spent the subsequent 48 hours debating. It was fun. But any and all debates ended this afternoon thanks to a pair of games that went final within minutes of each other.

It was ...
  • Kansas 77, Missouri 56
  • Louisville 78, Syracuse 68
So the Jayhawks will move to No. 1 in the AP poll and remain No. 1 in the Top (25 one). Meantime, the Orange will be (or at least they should be) second or third in the rankings, and they're still all but assured a top seed in the NCAA tournament, point being the loss at Freedom Hall isn't a huge deal for Syracuse in the grand scheme of things.

But it's a massive win for Louisville.

Not only did it allow one of the nation's great programs to close its legendary arena in about the most memorable way possible -- with 22 points from Kyle Kuric, no less -- it cemented the Cards' place in the NCAA tournament. Louisville is now 20-11 overall and 11-7 in the Big East with two wins over Syracuse, two wins over Connecticut, a win over Notre Dame and just one loss outside of the top 80 of the CBSSports.com RPI. That's not great, I know. But it's plenty enough to remove the Cards from this weak bubble and ensure Rick Pitino will coach in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in his past 15 seasons as a college head coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 14, 2009 1:10 am

Pressey commits to Missouri

Phil Pressey committed to Missouri on Sunday.

So that means one of my favorite players from the Class of 2010 will play for Mike Anderson.

Sure, there are better prospects in the class, better point guards even. But over the past two summers I don't think I've enjoyed watching anybody as much as I've enjoyed watching Pressey, whom Scout.com ranks as the nation's 33rd-best prospect. He's a little-bitty point guard -- a pest on the defensive end, a brilliant passer on the other. I've seen him take over games, bring two observers named LeBron James and Chris Paul out of their seats. And I was so blown away by Pressey two summers ago that I wrote a whole column about him.

You can click this link to check it out.

And Missouri fans, man, you're going to enjoy this dude.
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