October 31, 2014

Missouri hopes to make statement in first SEC season (AUDIO)

Missouri head coach Frank Haith

The Missouri Tigers had a great final year in the Big 12, posting a 30-5 record and winning the conference tournament, but fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in a historic upset to 15th-seeded Norfolk State.  Head coach Frank Haith, now in his second season at the helm of the Tigers, will have to navigate the program’s first season in the SEC with only one returning starter.

That one returner is junior point guard Phil Pressey, whom the media selected as the SEC Preseason Player of the Year.  Pressey would’ve been joined by last year’s explosive sixth man Michael Dixon in the backcourt, but Dixon was dismissed from the Tigers following two separate sexual assaults allegations.  Haith will come some experience to work with, however, as Mizzou’s roster contains six transfers, most notably senior forward Alex Oriahki from UConn and junior guard Earnest Ross from Auburn.

Mizzou came into the year ranked No. 15 in the country and has risen to No. 12 nationally with an 8-1 record.  The Tigers’ only loss came to then-No. 2 Louisville, and their biggest win came over a tough VCU squad.

Senior forward Laurence Bowers has led Missouri so far with 17 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Pressey has contributed 13 points and 5.8 assists per game. 

To listen to the full Missouri basketball profile, click on the link below.

AUDIO: Missouri Basketball Profile [2:41]