Jeremiah Tilmon's foot is still sitting him down. Mark Smith's back is bad. Dru Smith is playing on one healthy ankle. And the Tigers basketball team is struggling. In a disappointing season, signs of promise can be found in sophomore point guard Xavier Pinson and freshman Tray Jackson, who both played well in the Tigers' close loss at No. 25 LSU. In this edition of the Eye on the Tigers Podcast, Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter and sports columnist Ben Frederickson share their thoughts on the young duo before the conversation shifts to football, where Matter traces the origin of new coach Eliah Drinkwitz's staff back to Auburn. Also: Is Mizzou defensive coordinator Ryan Walters a serious candidate for the head coaching job at Colorado? Listen to find out.
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It will take sustained success to restore the roar. For most games, Mizzou Arena is about half empty.
Tigers led for nearly 33 minutes and by as many as 12 points but couldn't overcome a massive foul discrepancy.