Denmon Looks to Improve from Physical and Mental Cold

4 years 10 months 1 week ago January 29, 2012 Jan 29, 2012 Sunday, January 29 2012 Sunday, January 29, 2012 8:22:00 PM CST in Tiger Talk
By: Brad Galbreath

COLUMBIA -- The Missouri men's basketball team had a cold night of shooting in Saturday's win against Texas Tech. One Tiger is trying to get better in more ways than one.

19 points for guard Marcus Denmon is hardly out of the ordinary. But upon further review, Denmon's in a shooting slump.

"The shots I missed, all makeable shots. Coach has faith in me as well as my teammates, and they continue to tell me to continue to take good shots, and that's what I did. Some night's it doesn't go your way," Denmon said.

In his last four games, the senior is shooting just 31 percent from the field, including 4 of 15 vs. the Red Raiders, but Frank Haith isn't concerned.

"I'm not going to make a bigger deal of it than it is. A guy like him, he knows he's not shooting the ball well, so what do I need to talk to him about it for? All I need to do is continue to talk to him about taking good shots. The best shooters in America have slumps, and you know, he's our guy," Haith said.

But on Saturday, more than just Denmon's game was off.

"Yeah I'm not feeling well. But I'll be alright," Denmon said.

One thing health and slumps haven't affected is his performance from the free throw line.

Denmon went a perfect 10-10 on Saturday, and he continues to shoot better than 90 percent after drawing a foul.

"Making shots at the free throw line, or playing good defense, or affecting the game other ways helps win games," Denmon said.

And that's the attitude Haith believes will cure Denmon's cold on the court.

"Marcus, he had six rebounds, he had three steals. You know you wanna focus on doing other things because that will alleviate some of the pressure. If you base your performance on how many jump shots you make, man that's a low percentage play," Haith said.

As for his actual cold, some medicine should do just fine. Denmon said he'll be good to go for Monday's game at Texas.

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