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Monday, March 2, 2009

Maybe the Tigers are Just Intimidated by Kansas

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM

The Missouri Tigers got the shit kicked out of them by Kansas, 90-65, and the worst part was, maybe Mizzou honestly didn't see it coming. Maybe they should have, but didn't. 

See, I thought that the Tigers were really turning the corner. I thought this was a team that was ready to take that next step and be competitive with the big boys. Apparently, I was wrong. 

Mizzou has played Kansas twice this year. Both times, they've played their absolute worst basketball of the year in the first half. In their first meeting, an act of God was required to get the Tigers back in the game, and they pulled out a win with a fantastic closing stretch. In Sunday's game, the Tigers missed literally everything in the first half, finishing with nineteen points. Nineteen fucking points! High school teams score more than that in a half! The deficit was 26 at halftime; not only was God not interested in helping out again at that point, he had already turned the game off and was watching a History Channel special on Nostradamus. 

I don't know, maybe the Tigers are just intimidated by Kansas.
You look at the way Mizzou has played against everyone else this year, and then you look at the way they played the Jayhawks, and there's a pretty significant difference. Nor do I think it's just about the quality of the opposition.

Kansas is a better team than Mizzou; they are not, however, 30 points better. It looks to me, honestly, as if the Tiger basketball team is beginning to develop a relationship with Kansas a little bit like the Tiger football team has with Oklahoma: yeah, they should be at least competitive, but that other team is in their heads. Even with a win against the Jayhawks under their belts, the Tigers looked completely outmanned when they took the floor Sunday. Kansas came out pissed off and looking for payback, their fans started out screaming for blood, and Mizzou seemed to be stunned by the ferocity. By the time five minutes had passed, the Tigers looked shell shocked, and never did right the ship. 

Either way, what was supposed to be a border war was anything but; it was probably the least evenly matched territory dispute since that whole Falkland Islands thing. 

Bottom line, I still think Mike Anderson is doing a hell of a job at Mizzou. He's certainly the right guy for the job, and I think that the Tigers are a team on the ascent. What we saw Sunday, though, should be taken for exactly what it was: a measure of just how far Mizzou still has to go.

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