OTC: Did Mizzou Save Their Season By Squashing Mike Anderson’s & The Hogs’? / Santana Dreamin

“That was one hell of a win for Mizzou in Fayetteville tonight. Can’t overstate it. Whole season looks different now. On a side note, I’d pay good money to listen to Fayetteville sports radio tomorrow.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, on Mizzou winning 75-71 at Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena for the first time Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: We saw Kansas turn their four-loss basketball season around in the span of about a week when after dropping a rare home game to SDSU the Jayhawks rebounded and took out OU, KSU and ISU in rude fashion. They have now gone 6-0 in the Big 12 and are Vegas’ odds-on favorite to win the NCAA tourney. No one expects Mizzou to make the Final Four but they were all but left for NIT fodder following a home loss to Georgia and road losses at crippled Vandy and LSU. But beating Mike Anderson’s Hogs in their own sty might be the elixir these Tigers need.

“Missouri’s Jabari Brown has made 20-29 three-point shots during his last five games. Averaging 24.4 PPG during that span. ON A TEAR.”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, Twitter
GH: Jabari Brown is riding a hot streak we haven’t seen around these parts maybe since George Brett broke .400 in 1980. Brown is the new RedHot!

“Jabari Brown 4th straight game scoring 24+ points-1st Tiger since Anthony Peeler in 1992.”
Tom Orf, @MU4124, Twitter
GH: Any Tiger whose accomplishments harken the name of one of Paseo’s most decorated Pirate must be doing some damage on the hardwood.

“Quick vacation tweet; Arkansas wins by 10+ tonight. A full Bud Walton is as intimidating as any venue in College Basketball.”
TJ Carpenter, prior to Mizzou’s game at Arkansas, @TJCarpenterWHB
GH: Oops. Sometimes it pays to get away – and stay there.

“And that’ll do it for Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament hopes. Two home SEC losses = done.”
Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, Twitter
GH: Mike Anderson looked anything but comfortable as his former team handed him a rare loss at home. It might be time for Suitcase Mike to move on once again. I hear Wal-Mart is hiring.

“Mizzou won back-to-back conference games for the first time all season, claiming its first win in 7 tries at Bud Walton Arena 75-71 v Ark.”
Tod Palmer, @todpalmer, Twitter
GH: Norm never won at The Bud. How about Frank Haith’s stock going from DOA to HBO in one win? The guy was lower than Quin Snyder in Missouri yesterday and he’s more popular than an I-70 strip club today.

“Frank Haith, Doc Rivers, Bill Self, Rick Adelman….After Time out MAGICIANS!”
Kim English, @Englishscope24, Twitter

“Missouri just the second team to beat ARK in 27 games at Bud Walton.”
ESPN100.5/103.1 KTGR, @KTGRsports, Twitter

“The last three teams to win at Arkansas: Syracuse, Florida and Missouri.”
Carrington Harrison, @cdotharrison, Twitter
GH: D.A.M.N!

“Called it a must-win given Mizzou is almost assuredly gonna lose to Kentucky and Florida. Huge defensive improvement, at least for a game.”
Danny Parkins, @DannyParkins, Twitter
GH: Does Parkins even pay attention to college hoops? Sure Mizzou COULD lose to Kentucky at home but Kentucky isn’t a sure loss for these Tigers – or just about any team with a pulse. Now the game at Florida might be a lock loss, but Cal’s Wildcats are pretty tame at times.

“Big W by the Tiger’s! Atta baby! I’ll Be trash talking now at @SmylyD and @toriihunter48 all year now!! #MIZZOU.”
Max Scherzer, @Max_Scherzer, former MU pitcher and current Cy Young winner, Twitter

“Doug McDermott is good enough to do for Creighton what John Wallace did for Syracuse in 1996. The Jays can win in the NCAA Tournament.”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, after the Creighton senior scored 39 of the Bluejays 63 points and hit the game-winning trey to knock off St. John’s Tuesday night, Twitter
GH: I love Creighton but can they win the NCAA tourney? Well, Wichita State almost did last year…and just might finish the job this season.

“Richard Sherman says @dougmcd3 is the best.”
Tom Shatel, @tomshatelOWH, Twitter
GH: Creighton’s games are often broadcast on FoxSports 1 and McDermott’s game is well worth the trouble to find this channel. He is a throwback and a throwdown. I love that he came back to play his senior season with his dad and the Jays’ inaugural season in the Big East. Omaha!

“The @OmahaChamber will donate $1,500 to Manning’s charity for every time he says ‘Omaha!’ in the Super Bowl.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter

“Just heard from (Rex) Hudler that the #Royals have offered Ervin Santana a 2 year deal.”
David Lesky, @DBLesky, in a Tuesday night tweet, Twitter
GH: This tweet caused some rumblings across Royals Nation. And some backtracking. Read on.

“I’m not a spokesman for the team. I had just heard from a credible source that (at some time) an offer had been made.”
Rex Hudler, in an interview with Jeffrey Flanagan, Foxsports.com
GH: Maybe Hud has been reading my Twitter feed and is confused. I’ve made Santana two or three offers to resign with the Royals this winter.

“Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed Tuesday night that the Royals indeed have not made any recent offers to Santana. In fact, Jay Alou, one of Santana’s representatives, told FOXSportsKansasCity.com recently that the Royals have not had any contact with him since the Winter Meetings in early December.”
Jeffrey Flanagan, Foxsports.com
GH: Well, why the hell NOT, Jeffrey? Let’s get that guy signed and win us some pennants!

“Take it for what it’s worth, but Mike Moustakas is in Arizona, and I hear he looks in good shape. Lost weight, good muscle tone, etc.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: Good news. Time for the Moose to fly.

“K-State commit lands #B1G offer from Huskers @elee_doubleace: Offer #9 from the University Of Nebraska”
Randy Withers, @RandyWithersKC, on Blue Springs’ Elijah Lee securing his ninth scholarship offer, Twitter
GH: Lee still looks pretty solid on K-State to me as his Twitter page shows Bill Snyder Stadium and his bio states he’s a K-State commit. But I hear Mizzou is really putting the full-court press on the talented pass rusher. And MU has had some pretty impressive defensive ends in Gary Pinkel’s time in Columbia.

“Playing flappy bird in class, prof catches me. Says, ’24? My best is only 6!’”
Max Storms, @MaxStorms, Mizzou distance runner and Olympic trials qualifier for half marathon, Twitter
GH: I downloaded this free game the other day that is killing more school/work time than an Atlanta blizzard. I spent a whole ten minutes in complete frustration and never tallied even a point. How are you doing with this challenging bird of flappy flight?

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27 Responses to OTC: Did Mizzou Save Their Season By Squashing Mike Anderson’s & The Hogs’? / Santana Dreamin

  1. Jim says:

    How does a victory against a 13-6 team that probably won’t even make the NIT rank as “a hell of a win?” In the eyes of the selection committee, it will mean nothing. Arkansas is horrible. Horrible!

    • Kyle says:

      It’s a good win for mu because most people expected them to lose. I had a feeling they would win this one. Even though AU has been tough at home, they have been squeaking out a lot of wins. If mu wants to truly turn their season around they need to beat UK. That just got a lot tougher because they will likely be quite pissed off after last night. But they will have a decent shot at home. TJ Carpenter. My God, how did this guy get a job in the #30 market in the US? I heard yesterday that he was pissed Arky did not hire Brad Stevens. The chances of Brad Stevens going to Arky are the same as me ending up in bed with Kate Upton tonight. PLease go back to Arkansas TJ, please!!

    • Steve says:

      For a team that has struggled on the road playing a team that was 45-5 in their last 50 games at home, that’s a pretty good win. Arkansas beat Kentucky at home and choked away a win against Florida. Not bad.

      • Jim says:

        MU should never be a program that considers beating an unranked team that isn’t going to make the tournament a “big win”. I don’t care if it’s on the road or not. Arkansas stinks. Their record confirms that.

        • Fred Flintstone says:


          Why is MU’s bar set so low?

          • Alphonse Tooty says:

            Haha … Sorry, but KU fans don’t get to tell Mizzou fans which wins they can enjoy. Arky may not have a very good record, but they rarely lose on their home court. A conference road win is a big win regardless the opponent.

  2. kylerohde says:

    Ha. My 7 year old niece tried to get me playing it the other day and dang, it’s hard.

  3. Smith says:

    Listen, when you do backflips after beating Arkansas, you’ve just defined your situation.

    • Richard Cranium says:

      This could not have been state any better. This entire post could be summed up in 1 thought. Biggest game of the year Missouri just won.

  4. Jeff Gelski says:

    I think Norm Stewart was 0-3 at Bud Walton’s place. We beat Arkansas in Arkansas and Kentucky lost to Arkansas in Arkansas. So yeah, we got a shot against the Wildcats.

    • Fred Flintstone says:

      LSU is 4-3 in the frigging SEC, and they beat Kentucky. Hell yes MU has a shot a beating Kentucky. The ONLY formidable team in the SEC is Florida. If MU can beat Florida, then you let them in the NCAA’s.

  5. When he’s not playing with Mike Anderson’s players, Frank Haith does not win conference road games at Missouri. I was startled when I saw last night’s result. Straight out the Twilight Zone, The only thing missing was Burgess Meredith to jump out from behind a door to haunt me or make me pound the heavy bag.

    • Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

      For the record, Mike Anderson didn’t (and still doesn’t) win many road games with his players, or anyone elses. He’s one exactly 1 conference road game in each of his past two years.

  6. Bob Sacamano says:

    It is a big win for Mizzou. Arkansas is Mizzou’s SEC rival. Time to look to the future and not the past. They should be happy with a win on their rival’s home court.

    • Richard Cranium says:

      Truly a daunting task, beating a team the caliber of Arkansas for Missouri.

      See, the previous statement is both a positive statement and a knock all in the same sentiment. Ha Ha Slavers.

      • dman says:

        How did you know I had slaves dick? They are supposed to stay in the basement and out of sight at all times – I may have to beef up my security.

  7. JP says:

    As much as we like to bash on Missouri, I still believe that no program has underachieved as much as Missouri basketball. There is no reason that program hasn’t made a Final Four, and to celebrate a victory over Arkansas as being a big deal. I guess it makes up for either Georgia or Vanderbilt. Missouri needs a win over Kentucky, which just got a lot harder since they lost to LSU last night and will likely be motivated. Plus a good showing against Florida will help them. These next 2 are big and Missouri needs to go 1-1, otherwise they might as well make themselves at home on the bubble.

  8. JK says:

    It’s an awful lot of fun having Creighton making national headlines. I’m still pessimistic about their chances in March, but hell if you can knock down 21 3′s in a game anything is possible. Their games are definitely worth checking out, they are also on CBS Sports net from time to time.

    It will also be fascinating to see how the national media reacts if WSU is undefeated going into the tourney. The rest of the Valley appears totally over matched. I was stunned to see Florida leapfrog them in the polls. I almost hope KU leaps over them just to hear Gregg Marshall rip them.

  9. D says:

    All you beakers can go fuck yourselves. Given the circumstances, it was a huge win. For a football school having a rough basketball season, playing on the road in a place where hardly anybody goes in and wins, it was a huge win. Unlike you fucking beakers, we don’t pour 100% of our resources into basketball. This may not be a big win to you but to normal schools who focus on football, it is. Let us have our fun and go fuck off.

  10. john doe says:

    So much for Missouri not mattering to KU fans.

  11. Markus Aurelius says:

    that game is so hard it’s stupid. The two 14 year old kids who made it are laughing their asses off at all the dumb asses wasting minutes, if not hours, of their lives trying to play a game with no purpose and that you cannot win.

  12. johncocktosten says:

    I hope to hell Moose is eating right and working out. He looked like John Belushi in Animal House last year.

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