Originally Posted by NewChief
Anderson got them primed for Haith. Like I said... they were primed and ready for a run at the Final Four... if only Norfolk State hadn't gotten in the way.
And I've got to get some freaking grading done.
I'll leave with this: I'm, honestly, not sure who has the better deal here and who will pan out better in the end. I think those who pretend to such sureties are misguided and "fanatical." I just don't like the blind hate or homerism from either side. My kids will either go to KU or Mizzou if I have any say in it, so I'm fine with Mizzou. I do look forward to seeing the rivalry develop, though.
I like you, man. I really do.
But you're really far off base here.
Mike Anderson did not have that team primed for anything except implosion. Look at the way they closed the 2010-11 season. Look at the way the same players - plus Laurence Bowers - performed under Haith.
He dramatically changed EVERYTHING about the way Missouri played... offense, defense, everything.
And perhaps if Anderson had managed to sign someone in the early signing period during his last year at Mizzou - say, Otto Porter, who would have committed early if Anderson had recruited him at all as a junior - the Tigers would have had the size and depth to withstand the once-in-a-lifetime performance from Norfolk State.