Tuesday, February 7, 2012
3-point shot: Mizzou passes road woes
By Andy Katz
1. Missouri’s road win at Oklahoma Monday night cannot be undersold. This was a huge moment for the Tigers as Missouri could have easily slipped after beating Kansas Saturday. "We played late Saturday night in an emotional game and then played early Monday," Mizzou coach Frank Haith said after the game. "This team won one road game last season. We’re 4-2 on the road now.’’ Mizzou has three road games left this season: at Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Kansas. “We had a quick turnaround,’’ Haith said. The Tigers essentially play seven players and Missouri is now 22-2, 9-2 in the Big 12.
2. It’s hard to explain how Connecticut can disintegrate over 48 hours after they much better during the second half Saturday against Seton Hall. The Huskies’ defensive effort and lack of offensive execution against Louisville was awful. The Huskies are under .500 in the Big East and looking like another Tuesday appearance in the Big East tournament. Coach Jim Calhoun is out with a back condition and may not return this season. The Huskies looked like they checked out Monday night.
3. First-year coach Bryce Drew has Valparaiso a half-game behind Cleveland State atop the Horizon League standings. Baylor, led by older brother Scott Drew, is a lock for the NCAAs as it challenges for a Big 12 title. If both Drews are in the NCAA tournament it would be a “a dream come true," Scott Drew said. “Hopefully we’re in the same region but not playing each other.’’ Dad, Homer Drew, said he would do what he could to get to both games if possible.