Last season, Kentucky handed Mizzou their third worst loss in program history, beating the Tigers 86-37; just one of the many beatdowns the Cats handed out last year. This year, The Tigers are standing at 8-11 overall and 1-5 in SEC play, only one win shy of their amount of wins from last season.
For Mizzou, Ryan Rosburg has recently worked his way into becoming a crucial member of this squad. But until the Cats tip-off later tonight and we see just for ourselves about Rosburg, here are five things to know about the Mizzou forward:
He’s doing quite well in SEC play
Missouri has already faced two other pretty good SEC teams in South Carolina and Texas A&M, and Rosburg has played pretty well against them. For the entire season, Rosburg is shooting 65%, but in SEC play, he’s at 86.4%, going 19 of 22 from field-goal range. While that might not seem like a lot of shots, it just means that when he does go at the basket, he’s forced himself in there and he’s accurate.
Dressing up obviously wasn’t left in Kindergarten with him
Because part of being a teenage girl apparently involves being able to stalk any one’s social media, that’s one of my favorite parts of writing these posts. When I was delving into what was Rosburg’s Instagram, I may have laughed way too hard at these pictures:
My personal favorite is the one where he’s in the Olaf costume, because who can’t love Olaf? But to each their own, I guess.
He could possibly be a little bit of a challenge inside
Rosburg is 6’10”, just as tall as our front court, and he’s just as big as them to. We all know that our bigs have been inconsistent this season, so we can’t allow Rosburg to get in there and make any plays in the paint. Alex is playing well and so is Derek so both of them need to be able to get in the mix and guard him tightly.
The post-season ban? He’s getting the worst of it
A couple of weeks ago, news broke about Missouri reporting several self-imposted penalties, one of which was a post-season ban. For Rosberg, the lone senior on the squad, he’s getting the worst of it. Rosburg is a true senior, meaning that this was the last year that he could have participated in post-season play. He has no last chance shot at a SEC title, or winning an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 2010.
He kind of looks like Nick Roush
Another gem that came out of my intensive Google search of Rosburg: he looks a lot like our very own Nick Roush.
Did I just find Nick’s doppelgÃ¤nger? I think I did.