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2017–18 Missouri Tigers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Missouri Tigers men's basketball team represented the University of Missouri in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Cuonzo Martin who was in his first year at Missouri. The team played its home games at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri as sixth-year members of the Southeastern Conference. On October 22, 2017, the Tigers renewed their rivalry against Kansas in an exhibition game for four different charities for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria relief funds. It marked the first time the teams played since Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC.[1] The event raised $1.75 million for hurricane relief.[2] They finished the season 20–13, 10–8 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place. As the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament, they lost in the second round to Georgia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Round to Florida State.

2017–18 Missouri Tigers men's basketball
Mizzou Athletics wordmark.svg
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
2017–18 record20–13 (10–8 SEC)
Head coachCuonzo Martin (1st season)
Assistant coaches
  • Chris Hollender
  • Cornell Mann
  • Michael Porter Sr.
Home arenaMizzou Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 19 Auburn 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 13 Tennessee 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 23 Florida 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
No. 18 Kentucky 10 8   .556     26 11   .703
Missouri 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     25 12   .676
Texas A&M 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
LSU 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Georgia 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Vanderbilt 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
2018 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Tigers finished the 2016–17 season 8–24, 2–16 in SEC play to finish in a tie for 13th place. As the No. 14 seed in the SEC Tournament, they defeated Auburn in the first round before losing in the second round to Ole Miss.

On March 5, 2017, head coach Kim Anderson was asked to step down as head coach of the Tigers following the season.[3] He was allowed to coach the team in the SEC Tournament.[3] On March 15, the school hired Cuonzo Martin as head coach.[4]

OffseasonEdit

Shortly after his hiring at Missouri, Cuonzo Martin hired Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant coach.[5] Shortly thereafter, after being released from his commitment to Washington following the firing of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar, Porter's son, No. 2 overall recruit Michael Porter Jr., committed to Missouri to play for the 2017–18 season.[6] Nearly two months later, his younger brother, Jontay Porter, would join the family to play in Missouri this season.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Willie Jackson 2 F 6'6" 212 Sophomore Cleveland, OH Transferred to Toledo
Frankie Hughes 3 G 6'4" 192 Sophomore Cleveland, OH Transferred to Duquesne
Jakoby Kemp 4 F 6'9" 215 Sophomore Layton, UT Transferred to Salt Lake CC
KJ Walton [7] 11 G 6'3" 200 Junior Indianapolis, IN Transferred to Ball State
Trevor Glassman 13 G 6'3" 205 Senior Bedford, NH Graduated
Russell Woods 25 C 6'8" 236 Senior Chicago, IL Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Kassius Robertson 5 G 6'3" 175 Senior Toronto, ON Transferred from Canisius. Will be eligible to play immediately since Robertson graduated from Canisius.
Ronnie Suggs 2 G 6'5" 179 Junior Washington, MO Transferred from Bradley. Under NCAA transfer rules, Suggs will have to sit out for the 2017–18 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility. Will join the team as a preferred walk-on.

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Michael Porter Jr.
#1 SF
Columbia, MO Nathan Hale High School (WA) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Mar 24, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 97
Jeremiah Tilmon
#7 C
East St. Louis, IL East St. Louis High School 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (100 kg) May 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 88
Blake Harris
#29 CG
Chapel Hill, NC Word of God Christian Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 4, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 83
C. J. Roberts
#35 PG
North Richlands Hills, TX Richland High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 19, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: 80
Jontay Porter
#9 PF
Columbia, MO Nathan Hale High School (WA) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (100 kg) May 22, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 94
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #7   Rivals: #7  247Sports: #8  ESPN: #7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

2018 recruiting classEdit

RosterEdit

2017–18 Missouri Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 C. J. Roberts 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Richland High School North Richland Hills, TX
G 1 Terrence Phillips (S) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy Orange County, CA
G 2 Ronnie Suggs (I, W)   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Washington High School
Bradley
Washington, MO
G 3 Kassius Robertson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Thornlea Secondary School
Canisius
Toronto, ON
F 5 Mitchell Smith   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Van Buren High School Van Buren, AR
G 10 Brett Rau (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Burlington High School
Elgin CC
Burlington, IL
F 11 Jontay Porter 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Nathan Hale High School Columbia, MO
F 13 Michael Porter Jr.   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Nathan Hale High School Columbia, MO
C 14 Reed Nikko 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So Maple Grove High School Maple Grove, MN
G 15 Jordan Geist 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So Homestead High School
Ranger College
Fort Wayne, IN
F 21 Jordan Barnett 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Christian Brothers College High School
Texas
St. Louis, MO
C 23 Jeremiah Tilmon 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 252 lb (114 kg) Fr East St. Louis High School East St. Louis, IL
F 24 Kevin Puryear 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Blue Springs South High School Blue Springs, MO
F 32 Adam Wolf (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Jr Beaver Dam High School Beaver Dam, WI
G 33 Cullen VanLeer 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jr Pacific High School Pacific, MO
G 55 Blake Harris 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Word of God Christian Academy Chapel Hill, NC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 22, 2017*
3:00 pm, PPV
vs. Kansas
Showdown for Relief / Border War
L 87–93 
 21  M. Porter   12  M. Porter   5  Phillips  Sprint Center (18,951)
Kansas City, MO
Non-conference regular season
November 10, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN
Iowa State W 74–59  1–0
 17  Puryear   8  Puryear   4  Geist  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
November 13, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Wagner W 99–55  2–0
 23  Robertson   8  Nikko, J. Porter   5  Phillips  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
November 16, 2017*
7:00 pm, P12N
at Utah L 59–77  2–1
 12  Robertson   9  Nikko   5  Robertson  Jon M. Huntsman Center (12,064)
Salt Lake City, UT
November 20, 2017*
7:00 pm
Emporia State W 67–62  3–1
 13  Tilmon, Puryear   11  J. Porter   4  Harris  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
November 23, 2017*
10:30 am, ESPN2
vs. Long Beach State
AdvoCare Invitational quarterfinals
W 95–58  4–1
 16  Geist   7  Geist   9  Harris  HP Field House (2,712)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 24, 2017*
10:00 am, ESPNews
vs. St. John's
AdvoCare Invitational semifinals
W 90–82  5–1
 19  Barnett   9  Barnett, Geist   5  Robertson, Phillips  HP Field House (2,367)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 26, 2017*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 23 West Virginia
AdvoCare Invitational championship game
L 79–83  5–2
 21  Barnett   11  Barnett   4  Robertson, Geist  HP Field House (2,591)
Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 30, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at UCF
AutoCare Invitational non-bracket game
W 62–59  6–2
 19  Barnett, Robertson   7  Tilmon   3  Harris, Phillips, Robertson  CFE Arena (5,122)
Orlando, FL
December 5, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN
Miami (OH) W 70–51  7–2
 20  Puryear   8  Barnett, J. Porter   4  Geist  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
December 9, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN
Green Bay W 100–77  8–2
 28  Geist   11  Tilmon   4  Phillips, Porter  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
December 16, 2017*
7:30 pm, SECN
North Florida W 85–51  9–2
 18  Barnett   11  Barnett   7  Harris  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
December 19, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Stephen F. Austin W 82–81  10–2
 23  Robertson   6  Barnett   5  Harris  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
December 23, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
vs. Illinois
Braggin' Rights game
L 64–70  10–3
 22  Robertson   10  Barnett   2  Harris, Phillips  Scottrade Center (21,289)
St. Louis, MO
SEC regular season
January 3, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at South Carolina W 79–68  11–3
(1–0)
 23  Robertson   7  J. Porter   6  Geist  Colonial Life Arena (9,846)
Columbia, SC
January 6, 2018
12:00 pm, CBS
Florida L 75–77  11–4
(1–1)
 28  Barnett   9  Barnett   6  J. Porter  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
January 10, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Georgia W 68–56  12–4
(2–1)
 15  J. Porter, Robertson   10  J. Porter   4  Geist  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
January 13, 2018
5:00 pm, ESPN2
at Arkansas L 63–65  12–5
(2–2)
 26  Robertson   10  Barnett   3  Barnett, Geist, Phillips  Bud Walton Arena (18,297)
Fayetteville, AR
January 17, 2018
8:00 pm, SECN
No. 21 Tennessee W 59–55  13–5
(3–2)
 12  Puryear   10  Puryear   3  Geist  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
January 20, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN2
at Texas A&M L 49–60  13–6
(3–3)
 9  Barnett, Geist, Tilmon   7  Robertson   3  Geist, Robertson  Reed Arena (11,704)
College Station, TX
January 24, 2018
8:00 pm, SECN
No. 19 Auburn L 73–91  13–7
(3–4)
 21  Robertson   8  J. Porter   3  Phillips  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
January 27, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
at Mississippi State L 62–74  13–8
(3–5)
 20  Robertson   7  Geist   4  Geist, Robertson  Humphrey Coliseum (7,169)
Starkville, MS
January 31, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at Alabama W 69-60  14–8
(4–5)
 22  Robertson   9  Geist   4  Geist, Robertson  Coleman Coliseum (11,603)
Tuscaloosa, AL
February 3, 2018
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 21 Kentucky W 69–60  15–8
(5–5)
 16  Barnett, Robertson   8  J. Porter   4  Robertson  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
February 6, 2018
8:00 pm, SECN
at Ole Miss W 75–69  16–8
(6–5)
 27  Robertson   13  J. Porter   6  Geist  The Pavilion at Ole Miss (6,204)
Oxford, MS
February 10, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN2
Mississippi State W 89–85 OT 17–8
(7–5)
 22  Robertson   8  Barnett   3  Puryear, Robertson  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
February 13, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 21 Texas A&M W 62–58  18–8
(8–5)
 16  Robertson   9  J. Porter   5  Geist  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
February 17, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN2
at LSU L 63–64  18–9
(8–6)
 18  Barnett   10  Geist   3  Robertson  Pete Maravich Assembly Center (9,635)
Baton Rouge, LA
February 20, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Ole Miss L 87–90 OT 18–10
(8–7)
 17  Porter   12  Tilmon   6  Robertson  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
February 24, 2018
7:15 pm, ESPN
at Kentucky L 66–88  18–11
(8–8)
 26  Robertson   8  Robertson   3  Robertson, Geist  Rupp Arena (23,038)
Lexington, KY
February 27, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN2
at Vanderbilt W 74–66  19–11
(9–8)
 24  J. Porter   7  J. Porter   6  J. Porter  Memorial Gymnasium (8,812)
Nashville, TN
March 3, 2018
5:00 pm, ESPN2
Arkansas W 77–67  20–11
(10–8)
 19  Barnett, J. Porter   11  Barnett   4  J. Porter, Geist  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
SEC Tournament
March 8, 2018
2:45 pm, SECN
(5) vs. (12) Georgia
Second Round
L 60–62  20–12
 20  J. Porter   8  J. Porter, M. Porter   3  Robertson  Scottrade Center (15,129)
St. Louis, MO
NCAA Tournament
March 16, 2018*
8:45 pm, TBS
(8 W) vs. (9 W) Florida State
First Round
L 54–67  20–13
 19  Robertson   10  Porter Jr.   5  J. Porter  Bridgestone Arena (17,549)
Nashville, TN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.
All times are in Central Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kansas and Missouri Men's Basketball Come Together, Hope to Raise $1 Million for Disaster Relief Efforts". KUAthletics.com.
  2. ^ "KU-Mizzou game raises $1.75M for storm relief". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Missouri asks Anderson to step down as coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mizzou lures Martin from Cal with 7-year deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Michael Porter Jr. commits to Missouri after receiving release from Washington". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Top recruit Michael Porter Jr. commits to Missouri". FOX Sports. March 24, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.rockmnation.com/missouri-tigers-basketball/2017/4/4/15184860/kj-walton-frankie-hughes-missouri-transfer