February 4, 2007

Searching for Answers

In hindsight, it should have been easy to see it coming. Missouri's first two shots of the game came off the hands of their two best shooters. Stefhon Hannah fired an airball. Matt Lawrence followed with one of his own.

"Confidence is big in basketball," Mike Anderson said after his team's sixth loss in eight games. "That's something this team is battling right now, getting their confidence."

After those opening two misses, the Tigers' confidence was nowhere to be found on Saturday against Nebraska. The Tigers shot just 37% from the floor and fell to the Huskers 66-61.

Hannah scored a career-low six points and did not attempt a single shot inside the three-point line before fouling out. Brown, who did not start for the first time this season, was 3-for-9. Even Keon Lawrence, who led the team with 18 points, made only four shots from the floor. But perhaps it is the other Lawrence, Matt, who was most emblematic of the Tigers' recent swoon.

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