Friday, November 30, 2012
3-point shot: Missouri-Dixon fallout
By Andy Katz
1. There are a few issues with the Michael Dixon Jr. situation at Missouri. I'm not sure why Missouri allowed Dixon to announce he was transferring from the program instead of dismissing him first. The reporting on the story from Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia paints a much different picture, indicating that the senior guard was accused of two sexual assaults during his time at the school. Dixon, whom the Tigers suspended to start this season, will likely have trouble finding a new home to finish his college career. Based on the news Thursday, I find it hard to believe that another school would take a chance on him. The Tigers did the right thing by suspending him, but could have taken another step and let him go before the stories broke Thursday. Missouri will be fine on the court without him. This is a deep team that will add scoring guard Jabari Brown, an Oregon transfer, in a few weeks to pair up with Phil Pressey. The Tigers are still a legit threat to finish in the top three in the SEC. Having Dixon gone will ultimately be better for all parties involved.
2. Former Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie left quite an advantageous schedule, one that doesn't have the Red Raiders leaving Lubbock until Jan. 5. Interim coach Chris Walker has taken advantage of the opportunity. The Red Raiders, who are 4-0 and 3-0 against (low-level) Division I competition, are second in the country in scoring at 88.8 points per game. Texas Tech will get a real barometer on its progress Saturday when it hosts No. 9 Arizona. Texas Tech also gets Alabama on Dec. 19 and Arizona State on Dec. 22. That first road game is at TCU in the Big 12 opener. "We just have to play harder and more together,'' said Walker. "We've got to limit (Arizona's) transition and offensive rebounds. That will give us a chance.''
3. We may find out if Wyoming is a pretender or a contender Saturday when the 7-0 Cowboys host No. 19 Colorado. Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt is notorious for light nonconference scheduling, but now the Cowboys will be truly tested. The depth of the Mountain West is legit (see Boise State's victory Wednesday at Creighton). Assistant coach Scott Duncan said that, with a great crowd at the Arena-Auditorium, if Wyoming can continue to play tough defense, limit the 3s and make some of its own, the Pokes can pull off the upset.