You almost have to feel bad for Kim Anderson. Not only are his top Google Image search results artsy photographs of children dressed up in grown-ups’ clothing, he inherited quite the mess at Missouri. In case you missed the news a few weeks back, Missouri admitted to NCAA violations during Frank Haith’s tenure and will not participate in this postseason. They’re terrible this year, so it’s not like they would go far, but still, hard times in Columbia.
Last year, Kentucky routed Missouri 86-37 in Rupp, a game which Anderson admitted yesterday was a “horrible performance” by his squad.
“We know it’ll be a tough game for us. Hopefully, our guys will be excited to come in there and play. Hopefully, we play better. A year ago we didn’t play well at all. It was a horrible performance. So, hopefully, we’ll come in and play better.”
Of course, this year’s Kentucky team is a totally different animal than last year’s, but their improved play over the last week showed Anderson “there’s a spark.”
“Yeah, I think there’s a spark,” Anderson said. “I know they went to Auburn and got beat. That probably woke them up a little bit. Since then, they’ve beaten some good — going and beating Vanderbilt, I know Vanderbilt came to Lexington, but that’s a good win. I thought from the get go they did a great job of forcing Vanderbilt to be uncomfortable, and that’s similar to what they did to us when we came in there. They just didn’t let you do what you wanted to do. I thought they did a good job of that against Vandy.”