My D’Me Hodge fandom started before that HUGE Tigers win (105-80 in case you missed it), I swear. Before each game, Rock M’s own Sammy Stava (AKA my links lifesaver) chooses a very worthy player to focus on to tweet “so-and-so plays today”.
Ahead of Tuesday’s whistleblower, he tweeted:
My answer was this… LONG BEFORE THIS GAME BEGAN, PEOPLE. Note this time.
Did my tweet lead to this 30 point, 7 rebound outing for D’Moi Hodge? Based on Matthew J. Harriswe should have expected something like this, given what Hodge has accomplished in the Horizon League.
But that’s not the point. I am naturally wondering, am I some kind of Nostradamus? A medium ? A psycopath ? Ha… maybe. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket? Bet big on the Tigers? The Rock M Slack channel was abuzz towards the end of the game, after all, asking how much money we were going to put on Mizzou to win the “ship”. Me: None. Not a player. Others: I will never tell.
Now, readers, I’m nothing if not completely reasonable 100% of the time, so I’m willing to share credit for Hodge’s performance, as the graphics department also played a part in this twist of fate. Look who they put on the game program!! (Disregard the beer part, I was happy to find the good stuff)
So not only did the game show featuring D’Moi OBVIOUSLY help lead to his 30 point night, but also the game that Benny (Sternberg) was on the game show was the day he hit that shot in half court. These are just the facts, friends.
Anyway, y’all, it’s all fun and games here because Mizzou is doing this thing where they’re playing a hugely entertaining brand of basketball. Does that mean it will always fall into place? Not if you allow 26 fouls (Tuesday night) to better teams or allow your opponents to score 5 million threes (see: Penn, Southern Indiana). But for now, let’s enjoy the
shit Kansas out of it, right? We have fun, we thrive, we witness a thrilling attack. This team seems to really like each other. When Hodge reached that 30 spot, the crowd erupted and his teammates went WILD. Gates immediately called a time out and his teammates all rushed in to give hugs and congratulations. It was the cutest and most comforting thing.
Here are some examples for my fan page:
Is it fast forward and everyone is at normal speed? How did he do that?
Just… [STANDS UP AND APPLAUDS WILDLY].
Gates says both that D’Moi Hodge is an NBA player because of his ability to catch and shoot and his defense, but also tonight was just “an OK night” for Hodge because he missed some open shots. (He scored 30 points.)
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 16, 2022
Difficult crowd, Coach. To joke. Gates never wants to go too high on the events that have unfolded. It is very balanced.
D’Moi wasn’t the only great performance fans saw on Tuesday, however. I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but this guy from Isiaih Mosley is pretty, pretty good. He played 23 minutes, by the way.
When I say my jaw was on the floor….
And don’t forget Tre Gomillion, the ultimate glue guy. Matt and Sam discussed it on the pod, and I’ve been reading a lot lately about everything he brings to the table. Tre is quite elastic…
Here’s some more goodness. I can’t get enough.
Five Tigers scored in double figures (KB, D’Moi, Tre, Sean East II and Isiaih), and three others had 5-7 points (Noah, Honor, Dre). Overall, the team shot a truly astonishing 59.7% from the floor. Everyone on the team played, even Majak (who immediately fouled SIUE), Ronnie (!!!),
lil drf Jackson, Ben and Mo. Only Majak (2 min), Sternberg (2 min) and François (1 min) were held scoreless. I should also mention that things got a bit loose in terms of ball handling and defensively in the final minutes with a win firmly in hand otherwise the score differential would have been even wider and the overall stats would have been better. .
Speaking of stats, let’s check KenPom’s old numbers, shall we?
After the big win, the Tigers moved up 2 places (I think they were 52 when I checked on Sunday?) in KP to no. 50 and ahead of LSU (51). Worth noting, and Sam will probably cover this in Study Hall, but they’re now nope. 20 nationally in adjusted offense (111.1), just ahead of Alabama (111.0) and just behind Auburn (111.5). In defense… well, let’s ignore that for now… In Adjusted Tempo they sit at no 40 nationally (73.4), front everybody but Alabama (7th at 75.3).
I get it (trust me, I get it) they haven’t played anyone yet, but that’s where #Mizzou currently ranks on Bart Torvik’s attack without Mosley being a significant contributor. pic.twitter.com/g836J1wCL5
— Sammy Stava (@StavaonSTL) November 16, 2022
On to the links!
This is my last links post of the week, as the Steger parents are coming to town. My imminent absence is a welcome phrase for some of you, I’m sure 🙂
Chad Bailey is NOT walking to senior day because he made the decision to return to #Mizzou for one more year.
— Jack Soble (@jacksoble56) November 15, 2022
- Adding here even though she is a former player but oh man my heart breaks for AB. Wishing him all the best ALWAYS.
Aijah Blackwell fell early for Baylor in a non-contact right leg injury. She was helped off the ground and is being examined. I hate to see him and I hope she’s okay.
—Rachel Galligan (@RachGall) November 16, 2022
Other sports Mizzou
- Oh Happy Day! We have a whole formed Softball Mizzou calendar, friends! [insert heart eyes emoji]
- We have a TigerStyle Signal, y’all! A Smith signal? How should we call it?
- Speaking of Mizzou Wrestlingthey have a massive meeting tomorrow against Arizona State.
swim and dive prepares to organize their big home meeting, the Mizzou Invite this weekend. According to Richard Deutsch, the Tigers will face: Cal Baptist, Wyoming, McKendree, Missouri S&T (men only), Nebraska (women only) and San Jose State (women only) will compete in the swim events. They will also welcome divers from North Carolina, Air Force, Wyoming, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, BYU, Cal Baptist, McKendree, Kansas and Nebraska.
Mizzou among the pros
11/15 against Knicks (L 118-111): 34 min | 15pts on 5-16 FG, 3-11 3PT | 2 RECs | 5 ASD | 5 To | 1 SP | +6
11/13 against 76ers (L 105-98): 27 min | 12pts on 4-15 FG, 2-7 3PT | 5 RECs | 3 ASD | 1 BLACK | -9
11/12 against Wizards (L 121-112): 25 min | 18pts on 8-18 FG, 2-8 3PT | 1 AST | 2 To | 2PF | -9
UP NEXT: Friday 11/18 vs Suns at 8 p.m. | 11/19 vs. Portland at 9 p.m. (NBAtv) | 11/21 vs. Clippers at 9:30 p.m. (NBAtv)
11/13 against Bulls (W 136-103): 24 min | 31pts on 11-16 FG, 6-9 3PT | 1 REC | 2 ASTs | 2 STLs | 3PF | +23 (YYYYY)
11/11 against Celtics (L 131-112): 25 min | 7pts on 3-10 FG, 1-6 3PT | 4 RECs | 2PF | -24 (YIKES)
UP NEXT: Thursday 11/16 vs Knicks at 9 p.m. | 11/18 vs. Dallas at 7:30 p.m. | 11/20 vs. Dallas at 6:30 p.m.
- Dr. Smith and Sioux Falls Skyforce
11/12 against Mad Ants (F 124-114): 33 min | 18pts on 7-12 FG, 4-6 3PT | 11 RECs | 3 STLs | 4 To | 5PF | +21 (YEAH)
UP NEXT: Friday 11/18 and Saturday 11/19 vs Bulls at 7 p.m. | 11/22 vs. Knicks at 6 p.m. (NBAtv)
- Jontay Porter and the Wisconsin Herd
11/15 against Cruise (F 137-112): 26 min | 12pts on 5-11 FG, 2-7 3PT | 8 RECs | 2 ASTs | 2 BLACK | 1 To | 2PF | +3
11/12 against Cruise (L 135-133): 27 min | 30pts on 9-14 FG, 6-10 3PT | 6 RECs | 3 ASD | 2 BLACK | 1 To | 2PF | +11 (YEAH)
UP NEXT: Thursday 11/17 vs Cruise at 6 p.m. (ESPN+) | 19/11 against Wolves at 7 p.m. | 11/20 vs Wolves at 3 p.m.
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