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|Missouri coach Frank Haith's squad will be tested in upcoming games against Georgia and Florida.|
“Emotions and toughness, they’re two different things,” [Haith] said. “I want emotion. I want passion. I want energy. I want all those things. But that to me isn’t toughness.
“Toughness is a lot of things. Toughness is helping your teammates every single time in rotation. That’s toughness. When there’s a 50-50 ball (and) you’re laying out for that ball, that’s toughness.
“When I tell (them) you’ve got to get that ball moving from side to side, you don’t go out there and shoot it (immediately), that’s toughness.
“Because you don’t let the environment make you do something you’re not supposed to do. That’s how I define toughness.”
Even if his emphasis doesn’t seep in immediately, and even without star forward and leading scorer Laurence Bowers for a second straight game because of a knee injury, MU figures to muzzle the Bulldogs before getting road-tested again Saturday at No. 10 Florida.