Roundtable Wrap-Up: Insight Thoughts, Overrated Quarterbacks, and Tiger Hoops

Johnny Montesantos and I broke down the Insight Bowl and talked some Mizzou hoops on the final 2010 installment of The Midweek Roundtable on HSB Radio.

Same old, Same old for the Tigers

Tuesday night’s loss to Iowa in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday night was probably the toughest one of the season. This game was a display of everything that went wrong for this team in games it either lost or won by a closer margin than it should have been.

Gary Pinkel fell in love with the pass after his first few run attempts were stuffed. The pass-happy Missouri offense moved the ball well, but seemed to hit a wall on every drive before even getting into field goal range. Despite what the numbers say, Blaine Gabbert was decent. He made some bad decisions and his accuracy throughout the night was inconsistent (TJ Moe, Wes Kemp, and Jerrell Jackson bailed him out numerous times).

Finally, and probably the most disappointing aspect of that game, was the Missouri defense’s horrific performance early in the game. Just like the Nebraska game, Missouri allowed one guy to run all over them. Then it was Roy Helu Jr., this time, it was Marcus Coker, Iowa’s fourth string running back. Coker, who had very little experience, ran for 221 yards on 33 carries with 2 scores.

Missouri’s pass defense and pass rush were equally disappointing. The Iowa offensive line dominated Aldon Smith and company giving Ricky Stanzi more than enough time to find the wide-open receivers down field. I don’t understand how this team could play so well during the regular season with the exception of that Nebraska game and just come out and get run over by Iowa.

The MU D did settle in during the 2nd half, but by then it was too late for the Missouri offense which was failing to generate points, as was the case against Tech.

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Late-game surge carries Tigers to win over Illinois

Check out postgame audio from Marcus Denmon, Justin Safford, Laurence Bowers, Mike Anderson, and Bruce Weber on The Midweek Roundtable presented by MissouriTigerTickets.com on HSB Radio.

The Maneater published this article on December 22, 2010

Missouri sophomore guard Michael Dixon blocks Illinois senior guard Demetri McCamey during the Braggin' Rights game against Illinois on Wednesday at the Scottrade Center. Dixon came off of a two game suspension to score 10 points against Illinois. (Photo by Mike Ziegler

The Missouri basketball team defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini for the second year in a row with a 75-64 victory Wednesday at Scottrade Center in Saint Louis.

The final tally is actually not a good indication of how close this game actually was. Both teams battled back-and-forth until junior Marcus Denmon stole the ball from Illinois’ Brandon Paul and fed it to Ricardo Ratliffe who laid it in to extend Missouri’s lead to 62-58 with just under a minute left.

“I knew that they would be trying to get the ball to McCamey, like I said, he was the head of their basketball team and the key to a lot of the things they do offensively,” Denmon said. “I knew they were going to pass it and I just got the steal. Then, my big man, Ricardo, ran the floor well and I just passed it to him because you always gotta reward the big men for running the floor and he finished. That was a big play.”

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Missouri improves to 9-1 with victory over Oral Roberts

The Maneater published this web update on December 18, 2010

Missouri overcame a slow start to beat Oral Roberts 81-62 Thursday night to reach 9-1 for the second time under coach Mike Anderson.

“I was really proud of our guys,” Anderson said. “They had to deal with finals and their schedules. We had a shoot-around today that Ricardo [Ratliffe] couldn’t even be present at, so there has been a lot of juggling. I thought they came in and really stayed focused on the task at hand.”

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Missouri improves to 9-1 with victory over Oral Roberts

The Maneater published this web update on December 18, 2010

Missouri overcame a slow start to beat Oral Roberts 81-62 Thursday night to reach 9-1 for the second time under coach Mike Anderson.

“I was really proud of our guys,” Anderson said. “They had to deal with finals and their schedules. We had a shoot-around today that Ricardo [Ratliffe] couldn’t even be present at, so there has been a lot of juggling. I thought they came in and really stayed focused on the task at hand.”

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List of Blues games carried by Mediacom

For Blues fans, watching games on Mediacom in Mid-Missouri (specifically Columbia) is a crap-shoot. More times than not Mediacom decides to blackout that night’s Blues game in favor of more exciting events such as bowling, poker, and fishing, just to name a few. Here’s the list of games that are scheduled to be broadcast on Mediacom-Credit: Frozen Notes for compiling this list of games. This list was compiled in October, so there could be changes, but when looking through the games listed from earlier in the season, it seems pretty accurate. This is a regular post, meaning it will eventually get bumped off my front page, so you might want to bookmark this page as a future reference. Enjoy!

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Analysis: Insight Bowl matchup presents notable storylines

The Maneater published this article on December 7.

The MIssouri football team celebrates its win against the Kansas Jayhawks on Nov. 27 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Tigers finished their season with a 10-2 record and were selected to play Iowa at the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28. (Photo-Grant Hindsley/Senior Staff Photographer)

It may be cliché, but the bowl gods finally looked kindly upon the Missouri Tigers, giving them an invite ahead of Nebraska to the Insight Bowl.

Played in Tempe, Ariz., the Insight Bowl has a higher payout than both the Alamo and Holiday Bowls with a guaranteed $3,325,000. Even though MU’s payout will be invested in the Big 12 and re-distributed among the conference, the school still gets a comparatively-larger share due to their increased national television exposure and selection to an upper-tier bowl game.

But in addition to financial incentives, MU’s opponent, Iowa, presents some interesting storylines.

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