January 22, 2013

Repeat Performance

Frank Haith< and his players probably could have saved themselves some time on Monday afternoon. A week ago, after a 64-49 loss at Ole Miss in which they never led, the Tigers gathered to explain to the media how they needed to learn to handle adversity better, how they had to be tougher, especially on the road. Seven days later, following an 83-52 loss to Florida in which they never led, Missouri's coach and players found themselves answering many of the same questions.

"Very disappointed in the fact that we didn't compete how we needed to compete," Haith said. "We didn't handle adversity very well and we've got to do a better job of that. Everybody included. All of us."

That Missouri lost both games was not the biggest concern in and of itself. That they lost both in startlingly similar fashion perhaps threw up some red flags. Against Ole Miss, Missouri missed its first nine shots and committed five turnovers in the opening six-and-a-half minutes. The Rebels jumped to a 9-0 lead and Missouri never got it closer than five. In Gainesville, Mizzou missed all five of its shots and added two turnovers as Florida raced to an 11-0 lead just three minutes and 15 seconds in. The Tigers never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

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