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Clemson (7) Best Case: Oliver Purnell gets off the NCAA schneid after five career losses at three...

Clemson (7) Best Case: Oliver Purnell gets off the NCAA schneid after five career losses at three schools, thanks to Trevor Booker terrorizing undermanned Missouri in the paint. Not done there, Clemson's pressure defense gets to West Virginia's suspect ball handlers. The Tigers are embraced by orange-loving fans in Syracuse, where they beat New Mexico in the Sweet Sixteen on a Tanner Smith 3. They're finally broomed out by Kentucky in the regional final, but not before showing the football team what it's like to actually overachieve. Worst Case: Purnell stays on the schneid as his team blows a 15-point second-half lead to Missouri. In a collapse unsuitable for the eyes of children, Clemson misses eight of 11 free throws and turns the ball over four times in the final four minutes. Purnell himself covers his face with his orange suit coat near the end. Clemson football fans say, yes, this does look familiar. Meanwhile, South Carolina coach Darrin Horn gets another five-star commitment. Missouri (10) Best Case: After doing everything but putting signs around campus looking for his missing shooting stroke, guard Kim English gets it back at just the right time. After going 19-for-67 over the past month, English finds his range and shoots Mizzou past bumbling Clemson in the first round. Then Zaire "Big Shot" Taylor makes another one at the buzzer, this time to stun West Virginia. The Tigers press third-round opponent New Mexico into distress and advance to the Elite Eight for the second straight year before losing to Kentucky. The school breaks the bank to keep Mike Anderson, who has an excellent recruiting class coming in. After Kansas gets upset in the Sweet Sixteen, a wild street party ensues in Columbia. Worst Case: The fading team that takes difficult shots -- and misses them -- does more of the same against Clemson and ends the season with four losses in its last five games. English's shooting form never returns. The press doesn't produce enough turnovers and easy baskets. Anderson is offered big bucks at Auburn and jumps at it, a year after turning down Georgia. Then the Missouri Misery Index spikes when the Jayhawks win it all again. The relevant excerpt from Pat Forde's Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios for all 64 teams

Are you a college basketball team trying to build your schedule?


Well, then, please peruse what's Stewart Mandel calls, "The Craigslist of college hoops scheduling." Apparently, we're looking for a couple more home games for 2010-2011.

An old Malcolm Gladwell Piece featuring Chase Daniel


It's about the difficulty of predicting the success of quarterbacks going from college to the NFL and also about the difficulty of predicting how teacher will do. It comes down to actual performance at the next level. Posting it because it centers on Chase and also because it's an interesting read as we head full bore into draft season.

CBS Announces NCAA Tournament Broadcast Pairs


Although they have not been assigned to their regions yet: • Studio: Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Seth Davis • Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg • Dick Enberg/Jay Bilas • Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery • Gus Johnson/Len Elmore • Kevin Harlan/Dan Bonner • Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel • Tim Brando/Mike Gminski • Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel I agree with Chris Chase of Yahoo!'s CBB Blog, "The Dagger": Len Elmore is normally a pretty reserved dude, so it's nice that he's with the powder keg of excitement that is Gus Johnson. As much fun as it would be to have a Gus/Bill Raftery pairing, there's a reasonable fear that the two would spontaneously combust if they had to announce a buzzer beater together.

"The thing he has to do is practice like he wants to be the best quarterback in the country,"...


"The thing he has to do is practice like he wants to be the best quarterback in the country," Pinkel said. "That’s the bar he’s looking for, to be the best quarterback in the country. "And he has the ability to do that."

Pinkel raises the bar for Blaine Gabbert. From Dave Matter's Behind The Stripes Offensive Backfield Preview

An interesting read from's Dana O'Neil


She traveled with NCAA referee Tim Higgins in February to about three games in the Northeast. A couple of interesting tidbits I gleaned: 1) Higgins is 63 yrs. old. Good for him for being in shape to run for 40 minutes a game for 3-4 games a week, but I do wonder if maybe there should be something done to get younger officials in as well. 2) NCAA officials are independent contractors and are often hired by more than one league. Higgins works for the Big East, Big Ten and Atlantic 10. 3) Officials make $700-1000 per game (plus travel expenses). Officiating (like in Football) is not their full-time gig. So I wonder this: To improve the level of officiating, should the NCAA consider hiring (either centrally or coordinated through the leagues) full-time officials?

Want to watch every tourney game from the Sweet 16 and on from 2000-2010


Then check out this site. If you love men's college basketball, this is the place. Promoted to front page because ... holy crap, this is awesome.


Count the Pac-10 into the expansion race

Now, the speculation can begin anew: the Pac-10 has entered the expansion race. So, it becomes a question of how do the potential dominoes fall now?

"The Soul of New Orleans" by Mizzou Alum Wright Thompson


Drank with Wright at the Heidelberg a couple of times. Good guy. Always does good work for ESPN. This piece is amazing. Sadly, embedding for the video was disabled.

Catfight! Okay, not really. But it does involve Cindy Stein and Sherri Coale, if that's your sort of thing


Mizzou WBB ranks last in attendance in Big 12 at 1,206 per game. Apparently, that makes life hard for the OU team because there is no crowd(!?) for her team to feed off of. **wipes away a tiny, tiny tear**'s CFB Blog Missouri All-Decade Team


12-Gage's place was sacrificed to get both Thrust Nunchuck Upward and T on the team as twin tower tight ends. How would your team have looked?

Daniel Soaking Up Life with Saints


Chase Daniel: Two wins away from a Super Bowl ring.

Four Mizzou Tigers Invited to the 2010 NFL Combine


While the official list has not been released, Sporting News has reported that the following Tigers will be making their way to Indy in late February: WR Danario Alexander OG Kurtis Gregory WR Jared Perry OLB Sean Weatherspoon [Promoted to the front page from FanShots.]

Explosive Smith adds another dimension to the Jets offense


From the NY Post (motto: Occasionally we print in English).

Forde picks Mizzou close in Texas Bowl


Texas Bowl Navy vs. Missouri Dec. 31, Houston (ESPN, 3:30 ET) Why to watch: To see two of the nation's underrated stars: Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander (22) (leads the nation with 137 receiving yards per game, and has averaged 205 ypg the past four games) and Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs (24 rushing touchdowns, a single-season FBS record for a quarterback). Who's happier to be there: Navy. The Midshipmen are happy to play anywhere, while the Tigers are wondering how they got skunked out of the Insight Bowl by a 6-6 Iowa State team they beat last month. Moderately useful Dash fact: Missouri did a good job against the other dangerous running quarterback it faced, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick, holding him to 59 rushing yards and 205 yards of total offense in September. But the Navy offense is a different animal. Completely useless Dash fact: Navy has lost three straight bowl games by a total of 14 points. Dash pick: Missouri 31, Navy 28.

6. I think this is what I liked about Week 14: a. Brad Smith looked like the Missouri quarterback...


6. I think this is what I liked about Week 14: a. Brad Smith looked like the Missouri quarterback he used to be and not the Jets special-teamer he is now. More wildcat, Brian Schottenheimer.

He Who Shall Not Be Named's Mizzou 2009 review


A certain blogger for a certain Entertainment and Sports Programming Network's website reviews the 2009 season.

Breaking News on ku Football Front


Mangino out according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

I hope, for our sake, that we don't play New Mexico in soccer anytime soon. This girl is straight...


I hope, for our sake, that we don't play New Mexico in soccer anytime soon. This girl is straight gansta.

Sporting News Football Story Made Me Throw Up A Little


Scroll down to Story Line #3. I am absolutely amazed by the opening of that section of the column. Amazed. [Promoted for Front Page Friday!]

ESPN's Bruce Feldman's Top 10 Linebackers in the nation


" 2. Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri: The charismatic heart and soul of Mizzou football, Weatherspoon is far and away the best thing going with the Tigers' D these days. He leads the team with 73 tackles -- almost 30 more than anyone else on the team. He also has 9 TFLs and an INT. Tigers beat writer Dave Matter points out that Weatherspoon might be the best leader coach Gary Pinkel has had in nine years with the Mizzou program. Unlike a lot of other guys on this list, Weatherspoon isn't surrounded by a bunch of other star players, yet he keeps showing up and making big plays. Against Texas, he had 11 tackles, 3 TFLs, a sack and also picked off Colt McCoy. NFL scouts love him. One pro coach I spoke with recently called him 'the most underrated great defensive player" in the country.'" (emphasis mine)

I love this quote from Mike Anderson re: J.T. Tiller

"It tells you people who understand basketball know J.T. is a winner," Anderson said. "He was the defensive player of the year in our league and one of the best defenders in the country. He's a warrior. He finds ways to win. … On the floor he's my Tasmanian devil. He's everywhere."

From the "Are You Kidding Me?" Files


Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe wants the NCAA to reconsider the rules of eligibility of 6-6 teams for bowl games. Because what the fraudulent postseason needs is even more mediocre teams from BCS conferences getting into bowls.

Gabbert Getting Some Love from ESPN


Well, kinda, in Timmy's own "special" way. Really? Did anyone hear/read folks comparing Gabbert to Elway or Roethlisberger? I know I didn't. Oh, and if the comment is still there, check out the whining from the Texas fan about how UT is getting no love.

I think this deserves to be posted


Can someone find Mr. Tracy Jordan? I think he might have something that he would like to say?

Shameless Self Promotion? Don't mind if I do.


My three penny analysis of tonight's game: Missouri 41, Nevada 21: A Friday night at altitude in Reno, Nevada. A young quarterback making his first true road start (although it’s his second start away from home). A team on the rise that is in reloading/rebuilding mode versus a veteran team that came in with high expectations and has struggled mightily under the weight of those expectations. Missouri has to weather what could be a riled up, yet tense crowed at Mackay Stadium. If the Tigers can jump out to a quick lead that could be all it takes to get an already on edge and frustrated fan base to turn on the Wolf Pack’s coaching staff. Nevada’s defense has struggled against the pass. Missouri has a quarterback that throws a good deep ball. Look for Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert to have yet another solid performance as Missouri cruises.

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