Tipsheet: Former Mizzou players star elsewhere in college hoops | Jeff Gordon

Former Mizzou guard Wes Clark is making up for lost time with the Buffalo Bulls.

In his first two college games in 22 months, he produced 15 points and six assists at Syracuse and 17 points and eight assists at Texas A&M.

Buffalo lost both games, but the Bulls will be a threat to win the Mid-America Conference now that Clark is finally eligible to play for Nate Oats, his coach at Romulus (Mich.) High School.

The Bulls took a good run at Syracuse before falling short in the Carrier Dome.

“Syracuse is a good team,” Clark told reporters afterward. “For us being in the game and competing with them, it was good for us. We were involved in the game and enjoyed the game, but it was a game we could have won. We could have crossed that little bridge or that little hump. We couldn’t get past them in time.”

Buffalo (7-5) also hung around at Texas A&M for a while, but ultimately fell to the No. 5 Aggies 89-73.

Clark rounds out an impressive Mizzou refugee team in college basketball this season:

  • Johnathan Williams III, F, Gonzaga: He is averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He scored 39 points and grabbed 12 rebounds during a double-overtime loss to Florida.
  • Jakeenan Gant, F, Louisiana: He is averaging 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He has scored 16 or more points nine times this season.
  • Tramaine Isabell, G, Drexel: He is averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He had a  21-point, 16-rebound game against Houston and 32 points against. Drake.
  • Namon Wright, G, Colorado: He is averaging 11.5 points per game. He scored 20 points and made six steals at Xavier.
  • Clark: He is averaging 16 points and 7.0 assists per game.

MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE

Questions to ponder while wondering when the Blues will win another game:

What could Eli Manning do at this late stage of his career to improve his game?

Would somebody please buy poor Kate Upton some tennis shoes and a tennis skirt?

Has the college football coaching carousel finally stopped spinning?

GRIDIRON CHRONICLES

Here is what folks are writing about college football:

Matt Brown, Sports on Earth: “After a forgettable 8-5 debut season as head coach in 2016, Smart has worked wonders at his alma mater in 2017. In February, (Kirby) Smart signed the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class of 2017, locking down the state of Georgia in a fruitful year for the area. The state’s top two players went elsewhere, but the Bulldogs still signed 16 blue-chip prospects (four and five stars) from their home state. One of those players, Jake Fromm, became the starting quarterback this fall as a true freshman for a 12-1 team that won the school’s first SEC championship since 2005 and is going to the playoff with a chance to play for the first national title since 1980. And now, on Wednesday, Georgia signed a ridiculous eight of the nation’s top 38 players in the class of 2018, including three top-10: QB Justin Fields, RB Zamir White and G Jamaree Salyer. Nick Saban and Alabama have signed the No. 1 class seven years in a row; Smart, who helped Saban build many of those classes as defensive coordinator, could dethrone his former employer, as Georgia moved to No. 1 after Wednesday with six five-stars and 11 four-stars. That includes a late flip of four-star cornerback Nadab Joseph from Alabama.”

Max Olson, The Athletic:Dan Mullen had to address the Gators’ less-than-exciting quarterback situation as soon as he touched down in Gainesville. And he quickly found and stole a guy capable of being Florida’s long-term solution: Emory Jones. The No. 40 overall recruit had been committed to Ohio State since the summer of 2016. But the new Florida staff convinced Jones to take an official visit over the weekend and persuaded him to make the flip and become of the centerpiece of a class that’s still a work in progress. After losing quarterback commit Matt Corral to Ole Miss last week, Mullen managed to find an even better prospect to replace him, one with more than enough talent to compete for the starting job immediately.”

Barton Simmons, CBSSports.com:Jeremy Pruitt didn’t need to go dominate the day in his first effort at Tennessee, but he had to be productive — and he was just that. He landed two highly-recruited prospects out of his home-state, beating Nebraska and UCLA for a big back to help him move towards a power run game in Jeremy Banks. He landed his teammate Jerome Carvin by beating Mississippi State late in the game. He landed a quarterback in former Cal commit JT Shrout. And the gem of the class was beating Alabama on four-star JUCO tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson.”

Pete Fiutak, College Football News: “Okay, Barry Odom. Establish your own bowl tradition. Gary Pinkel’s teams were strong in the postseason, winning three in a row and five of the last seven before missing out on getting the swag bag after the last two seasons. This is an okay Texas team with a whole lot of pluck, but if LB Malik Jefferson can’t go because of his toe injury – or won’t go because he wants to be healthy for the NFL – then, arguably, the four best Longhorn players aren’t going to be on the field. If you could’ve picked four guys for Texas not to have, there they are.”

Andy Staples, SI.com: “The reason the Big Ten and SEC generate more revenue is that on the whole, the fans of those schools care more about college football than the fans of schools in the Pac-12 do. As consumer blocs, Big Ten and SEC fans are more willing to spend more per month on a conference cable network, and they are more likely to place pressure on a cable or satellite outlet that doesn’t carry that network. This results in higher carriage fees and better distribution for the Big Ten and SEC networks. It also helps insulate those networks against revenue lost to cord-cutting. Those networks also will lose revenue as people cut the cord, but they won’t lose it as fast. And no matter the distribution method, fans in the Big Ten and SEC will always be willing to pay more for college football than fans in the Pac-12 will. As consumers, they have demonstrated this time and again. So while everyone makes fun of the SEC’s ‘It just means more’ slogan, it isn’t wrong. It just also happens to apply to the Big Ten.”

MEGAPHONE

“It’s the only thing we think about. I think I’m not supposed to say that, but we’re basically obsessed with ‘How do we beat the Warriors?’ Last year the Spurs knocked us off, so we’re very worried about the Spurs, they’re always one step ahead of every organization and guard us better than anyone. But we calculated it — it’s like 90 percent if we’re gonna win a title, we’ve gotta obviously beat the Warriors at some point. So we’re extremely focused on that. A lot of our signings and what we do during the year is based on that.”

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, to ESPN Radio.

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