COLUMBIA, MO. • We interrupt your Super Bowl party for some next-day thoughts on Mizzou basketball’s first home win of 2019, Saturday’s 76-66 victory over Vanderbilt, a game the Tigers needed badly as they next head to No. 1 Tennessee on Tuesday.Through the first four weeks of conference play, the SEC is divided into three tiers. Sitting in first class are the top-ranked Volunteers (8-0), Kentucky (7-1), LSU (7-1) and South Carolina (6-2).Then you’ve got six teams all at 4-4, a fairly interchangeable bunch that are capable of winning or losing just about any night: Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama and Arkansas.Then you’ve got the bottom four, and that’s a distinction you want to avoid in this conference: The bottom four teams have to play each other the opening night in the SEC tournament, and they’re at risk on missing out in the next two-year cycle of the Big 12/SEC Challenge for 2020 and 2021. (An SEC spokesperson … [Read more...] about Matter on Mizzou: Freshmen shine, but Geist, Tilmon hold Tigers together
HOUSTON • A year ago Missouri carried a three-game losing streak into Tuscaloosa with a once-promising season on the brink of collapse. But on a chilly January night, the Tigers reversed their fortunes, picked off the Crimson Tide and launched into a season-changing five-game winning streak.Senior guard Jordan Geist shared that history lesson with his teammates heading into Saturday’s visit to Reed Arena. “All you have to do is get one win and it can snowball,” the Tigers’ point guard said Friday shortly before the Tigers boarded a flight to College Station. “Because then you start playing well. That’s how confidence goes.”Maybe he was on to something. The Tigers played their best game of 2019 on Saturday and dominated a spiraling Texas A&M team on both ends of the floor in a 66-43 bloodletting. It was MU’s most lopsided conference victory in nearly six years. Will this be the kind of win that catapults the Tigers into … [Read more...] about Matter on Mizzou: In Geist they trust, Tigers show their claws at A&M
COLUMBIA, S.C. • It’s a rare Sunday afternoon game for Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri basketball team, thanks to the Snowpocalypse that struck the Midwest on Friday and threw off the Tigers’ travel plans.Let’s take a closer look at today’s matchup in Columbia East.MISSOURI at SOUTH CAROLINAWhen • Noon, CTWhere • Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.Series • MU leads 5-4. Last meeting, MU 79, South Carolina 68. Jan. 3, 2018TV, radio • SEC Network Alternate/Plus (Richard Cross, Andy Kennedy), KTRS (550 AM)Records : MU (9-4, 0-1), South Carolina (7-7, 2-0)NET rankings: Mizzou No. 71, South Carolina No. 150KenPom rankings: Mizzou No. 86, South Carolina No. 114Point spread: South Carolina by 4KenPom projection: South Carolina 71, Mizzou 69Matter’s prediction: South Carolina 69, Mizzou 66LIKELY STARTING LINEUPSSOUTH CAROLINAG A.J. Lawson (6-6, Sr.): 12.7 ppg, 2.1 apgG Tre Campbell (6-0, Sr.): 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpgF Keyshawn Bryant … [Read more...] about Matter’s Pregame Primer: Can Tigers capture road win in Columbia East?
COLUMBIA, MO. College football might have a gluttony problem when it comes to bowl games. We’re up to 39 this off season — 40 counting the College Football Playoff championship game. This year’s calendar includes eight games in Florida, seven in Texas and three alone in the state of Alabama. Corporate sponsors run the gamut from Redbox to Dollar General to Kellogg’s to Bad Boy Mowers. Whether you’ve got the hankering to rent movies, buy cheap things you don’t need, eat cereal for all three meals or mow your lawn with the biggest, baddest mowers on the market, bowl season’s got you covered.As for the games, there are some sneaky compelling matchups even in the first week or so when the Group of 5 teams dominate the schedule. We’ll make picks on all 39 games over the next couple weeks, starting with Saturday’s showdowns. Cure Bowl Tulane (6-6) vs. Louisiana (7-6)Kickoff: 12:30 p.m., CBSSN, Saturday, Orlando, Fla.Line: Tulane by 3 … [Read more...] about Matter’s Picks: Your guide to the opening weekend of bowl season
Dave Ramsey Columnist Published 12:00 p.m. UTC May 26, 2018 My husband has an old car that has become a real sticking point between us. He bought it for $2,400, and it needs about $4,000 in repairs and restoration. Together, we bring home $50,000 a year, and I feel like this car is interfering with our ability to save money and pay off $35,000 in debt. We already have two decent cars we drive to work, so what should I do about this? A.: There are lots of guys out there who like shiny toys — especially cars. I get it, because I’m one of them. But these kinds of things are luxuries, and stuff like this should wait until the household and finances are in order. The family should always come first. Dumping money into this while you two are struggling financially doesn’t make sense. On top of that, it’s causing problems between you two on a deeper level. I’m sure your husband isn’t a bad guy, so try sitting down with him and explaining how it makes … [Read more...] about Dave Ramsey: Family should come before fixing up old car