Missouri just about pulled off a big shock. Kansas State was, well, Kansas State and lost yet another game. We learned that some in Congress don’t like having to subscribe to ESPN+. Some people are losing their minds over the proposed MLB playoff changes. That and more in today’s Motley Crew.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
MISSOURI (78) AT LSU (82)
I talked recently on the podcast about how Cuonzo Martin’s team has continued to play hard even though they have had trouble finding wins in the SEC. The Tigers fought hard again at LSU on Tuesday and led most of the game before falling late. LSU led at 2-1 and then not again until they took at 72-69 lead with 4:46 left in the game.
Missouri shot well for a change. They went 52% from the field overall and 43% from behind the arc. Dru Smith led the Tigers with 20 points, five rebounds four assists and three steals. Reed Nikko scored 13 points and had eight rebounds.
Missouri held LSU to 47% shooting from the field and 25% from behind the arc. Missouri outrebounded LSU 32-31. The problem was LSU going 29-for-34 from the free-throw line while Missouri was just 7-for-13.
It was disappointing to see Missouri lose after playing so well for so long tonight. If Missouri would have had the free throw shooting accuracy they have had quite a bit lately this would likely have been a win. So it was a frustrating loss but a good showing for Missouri.
KANSAS STATE (59) VS OKLAHOMA STATE (64)
There isn’t much to say about this game. This is just another Kansas State loss. This time they lost at home to an Oklahoma State team that was 1-9 in the Big 12 entering the game. After the game, these two teams are tied for last in the conference at 2-9.
The Wildcats struggled shooting once again. They shot just 36% as a team and 32% behind the arc. The poor shooting extended to the free-throw line this time. They shot just 55% from the line.
Kansas State’s season is essentially over. There is no reason to think Kansas State is going to turn things around. Unlike Missouri, which I think could pull off a shocking upset, I see Kansas State with very little chance to do something like that.
CONGRESS HATES STREAMING
NCAA president Mark Emmert appeared before Congress Tuesday to ask for legislation to limit the ability for college athletes to earn money from endorsements. This is the NCAA’s effort to get a uniform law across the country instead of laws that differ by state which could give certain schools an advantage or other schools a disadvantage.
But the interesting thing that came up during the hearing was the questions from Congress about games being played on ESPN+ instead of cable. Congress members disliked having to pay for ESPN+ when they already have cable. Big 12 representatives had to answer questions about West Virginia playing Kansas and Baylor this week on ESPN+. The Big 12 representatives indicated that they believe they are where things are going with viewing sporting events since cable television is losing viewers and streaming services are taking its place.
MLB PLAYOFF PROPOSAL FREAKING OUT PEOPLE
The initial reaction to Major League Baseball’s plan to change the playoff format was mixed. The baseball writers I saw reacting on Twitter supported the changes because of the additional playoff teams and supposed excitement for more fan bases. Meanwhile, there were also people who don’t like the idea of 80-85 win teams getting in the playoffs. I will discuss this in the Thursday podcast.
ASTROS PLAYERS FELT STEAMROLLED BY CARLOS BELTRAN
Houston Astros players said that some of the team tried to stop the cheating in 2017 but that they were steamrolled by Carlos Beltran. Reportedly, catcher Brian McCann approached Beltran and asked him to stop the sign-stealing but Beltran dismissed it. Some of the younger players felt like they could not say anything because of their status on the team at the time.
RED SOX NAME INTERIM MANAGER
The Boston Red Sox named Ron Roenicke as their interim manager. The Red Sox fired Alex Cora after MLB released its findings of the investigation into the cheating in Houston. Cora was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017.
The Seattle Mariners reached an agreement with Carlos Gonzalez on a minor league contract. He will make $750,000 if he makes the major league club.
WHAT TO WATCH: Kansas plays at West Virginia at 6:00 pm on ESPN+. Congress won’t like it but they probably won’t watch anyway so that’s not really a big deal. This will be a difficult one for the Jayhawks. It’s a huge game for the Jayhawks if they hope to win the Big 12.
PODCAST: Sunday’s podcast was a lot of fun and I covered a lot of ground from the Chiefs’ outlook for the offseason to the local college basketball teams to the Royals’ roster situation entering Spring Training and beyond. I also argue against subsidizing rural Internet access as more games are being shown on streaming services. Give it a listen when you have some time. Let me know what you think.
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