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Ten Facts About Missouri Basketball

Rick Sugg | Kansas City Star

Rick Sugg | Kansas City Star

Kim Anderson is the Head Coach

I know what you’re thinking, “Is that a man?”  Yes, Kim Anderson is the name of a man, even though the only other notable man named Kim rules North Korea.

Anderson was a standout for Mizzou in the 70s, named Co-Big Eight Player of the Year in 1977.  He served as a Missouri assistant in the 80s and the 90s for 13 total years in two different stints.  Prior to taking the head coaching job at his alma mater, Anderson led the Central Missouri Mules to two NCAA D-II Final Fours and a National Championship in 2014, his final season.

The secret to Anderson’s success?  His fiery personality in pregame speeches.

Props to the SEC Network for doing its best to show the “most loyal fans” and not all of the arena’s empty seats.

Kim Anderson might have been a Football Coach

Anderson appears to be Hayden Fox’s assistant coach at Minnesota State.  The resemblance is striking.

They are bad at Basketball

Mizzou is 7-19.  Starting in December they went on a 13-game losing streak that included losses to Lipscomb and Eastern Illinois.  Even though they’re 2-12 in the SEC this season (wins over Arkansas and Vandy), they’re not last in the SEC.  That honor belongs to Johnny Jones and LSU.

In Anderson’s three years at Mizzou, the Tigers are 26-63.

Mizzou has Lost 33 Straight Road Games

Their last road win came against their former coach, Arkansas’ Mike Anderson, on January 28, 2104. Lucky for them, tonight’s game is at home.

Their Coaches Fought Georgia’s Coaches

Famous Basketball Alumni

DeMarre Carroll: The best former Tiger currently on an NBA roster, Carroll cashed in on the Atlanta Hawks’ 2015 success by signing a $60 million deal with the Raptors.  Until today, I had no idea Carroll played at Mizzou, but he helped them get to an Elite Eight in 2009 under Mike Anderson.

Melvin Booker: Devin’s dad was an All-American and Big Eight Player of the Year in 1994.

Kareem Rush:  Rush led Mizzou to the Elite Eight in 2002, a feat only done five times in school history.  He played professionally for ten years before calling it a career.

Larry Drew: Before he coached to the Atlanta Hawks to three playoff appearances from 2011-2013, Drew was a point guard at Mizzou.

Jordan Clarkson: A first team All-Rookie Selection in 2014, Clarkson averages 13.7 points per game for the Lakers this season.

They need some Muscle

After they turned into Protest U in 2015, enrollment took an 8 percent hit, with the worst decline coming from out-of-state undergrads, a 12 percent drop.

The Program is on Probation

Wherever Frank Haith goes, he leaves behind a trail of NCAA violations.  Mizzou is Haith’s latest victim.  After a booster handed out impermissible benefits, Haith was fired, the school vacated wins, lost two scholarships and is on NCAA probation until August of this year.

The Border War is No More

NCAA sanctions hurt Mizzou basketball, but losing the rivalry with Kansas might have done more to destroy their identity.  The oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi began on the basketball court in Columbia in 1907, but the hate between the states stems back to before the Civil War. Without providing a full history lesson, “Bloody Kansas” (also known as the Border War) was a violent time on Missouri’s western frontier as people fought over the legality of slavery in the new state of Kansas between 1854-1861.

When Mizzou left the Big 12 for the SEC, the rivalry ended after 267 meetings.  The teams each won their final home game of the rivalry in 2012 as top ten teams.  They have not played since, leaving a noticeable  void in the Missouri basketball basketball.

Jordan Barnett is their Best Player

Brett gave you a complete roster rundown earlier today, but if you only know one name, know Jordan Barnett.  A transfer that’s only been eligible for 17 games, he leads the team in scoring (12.3) and rebounds (6.3).  Barnett scored 23 points for the second consecutive game to lead the Tigers their last win over Vanderbilt.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Ten Facts About Missouri Basketball

  1. ClutchCargo
    3:07 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Another (sort of) famous alumnus: Travis Ford.

  2. BobKYCats
    3:16 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Was Haith fired? I thought he pulled a Pete Carroll and left for Tulsa on his own terms.

  3. Sticky Ceiling
    3:24 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Last road win was in 2104 BC?

  4. KTR2786
    3:33 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Given how the admin handled that protest situation, it’s nice to see to university underwhelming in virtually every area.

  5. RealCatsFan
    4:47 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

    Wow, that pregame speech from the coach got me….. almost fast asleep. Those players looked really fired up too! Wow.

    I thought it was a spoof video at first, but I think it’s real. Wow, I’m not sure if I can complain about Rupp’s lower arena bluehairs falling asleep after seeing that!

    • CPACAT
      5:58 pm February 21, 2017 Permalink

      You ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie there RealCatsFan….at least the Blue Hairs show up..