Saturday is Missouri Tigers day on CBS. I can’t recall a time in school history when this has ever happened but the men’s basketball team and the football team both play on CBS in huge games for both programs. Things get started at 11:30 tomorrow morning when the undefeated Mizzou Tigers basketball team takes on perennial powerhouse UCLA in CBS’ first college basketball broadcast of the year. The game takes place at Mizzou Arena is is a rematch of last year’s game at UCLA which the Tigers lost in overtime. The Tigers have not had nearly as tough of a schedule as UCLA has had thus far so I will be interested to see how Mizzou responds to a team that at least from my vantage point looks to be more talented than they are at this point. Is the Tigers can beat UCLA it would be a major feather in their cap and go a long way to giving the basketball program some national attention.
Then we have a short break to prepare ourselves for something I never thought we’d see. The Missouri Tigers football team plays Auburn for the SEC Championship at 3:00 tomorrow afternoon in Atlanta at the sold out Georgia Dome. To say Mizzou has had a remarkable season doesn’t do justice to what this program has accomplished. Going from a 5 and 7 record to an 11 and 1 record is such a pleasant surprise I can’t fully express it in words. Mizzou’s non conference schedule was not especially tough and I for one had no real sense of how good the Tigers were until they started SEC play. They have continued to improve with each game it seems like. They had one defensive letdown against a very good South Carolina team but if there is such a thing as a good loss that would have to be it. The Tigers defense has been virtually unstoppable since that game and dominated Johnny Manziel last week in a way that nobody else has in his two years as starting quarterback. The offense has been solid throughout the year and the Tigers are blessed with two outstanding quarterbacks who have proved themselves in big game situations. The comeback of Henry Josey after what looked to be career ending knee injuries has been inspiring to watch to say the least. Auburn has had its own turnaround year as they weren’t any better than Mizzou last year. I am probably looking forward more to this game than I have any other game in a very long time. I keep hearing from the “experts” that Mizzou can beat Auburn and I certainly hope that is the case and I see no reason why it couldn’t happen. However, regardless of the outcome this has been an incredible season for the Missouri Tigers and it isn’t over yet. My prediction: Missouri wins in a close but very well played game.
Tomorrow will also be a historic day for Truman State as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams play their first ever Great Lakes Valley Conference games. Both teams are on the road to play Quincy University in the renewal of one of the best rivalries around. One of the beauties of Truman being in the GLVC is the opportunities to establish or in Quincy’s case renew geographic rivalries. The competition is just as tough if not tougher than Truman faced in the MIAA but the proximity of the games make it much easier for fans to follow the teams as well as the players can play in their hometowns in many cases. Anyone who thinks that being in the GLVC is a step down in competition for either Truman basketball team needs to look at the history of the GLVC. If anything this is a tougher conference than the MIAA.
Both Truman teams are off to excellent starts with the women only having lost one game to a very good Grand Valley State and the men undefeated thus far. This is going to be an exciting year for both programs.
The Truman State wrestling team is off to an excellent start as they have several big victories under their belt in this young season. It’s an exciting time to be a Bulldogs fan.
Congratulations to the Truman State volleyball team on another excellent season. Their season unfortunately ended last night as they lost 3 games to 1 to Grand Valley State in the first round of the NCAA Division II volleyball tournament. They had a brutal schedule this year and performed extremely well so they certainly have nothing to hang their heads about.
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Washington D.C. to play the Redskins on Sunday in a must win game for the Chiefs. I don’t know what to expect out of this Chiefs team right now, they have lost three games in a row after winning their first nine and have not played very well for several weeks now. In addition to that the Chiefs once lauded defense has struggled the past several games while their offense seems to have turned the corner but simply can’t hang onto the football. In my opinion the Chiefs must win this game. They cannot afford another loss in more ways than one.
The St. Louis Rams are in Arizona, (I wish I was in Arizona because it’s really cold here), to play the Cardinals on Sunday. The Rams won their first meeting of the year back in September but the Cardinals have played much better as of late while the Rams have been up and down. I don’t know what to expect out of this game but I have to give the edge to the Cardinals at this point.
We’ll be back on Monday with another blog looking back at all of this weekend’s sports action and a look ahead to another busy week of sports next week. Thanks as always for checking us out and please take a moment to look at all the other excellent blogs on this site. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at KDEBlog.
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