There's Room for Basketball

1 decade 2 months 2 days ago Tuesday, October 09 2007 Oct 9, 2007 Tuesday, October 09, 2007 12:32:49 AM CDT October 09, 2007 in Tiger Talk

The last time Missouri basketball played a game, they got blown out by Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament and missed out on any postseason play.

"It was a bad ending. It wasn't the way we wanted to go out," said senior basketball player Stefhon Hannah.

And problems continued in the off season. In July, Demarre Carroll escaped serious injury when someone shot him in the foot.

"It's just something you don't ever want to hear. You don't ever want to get one of those calls. You're just thankful that he was covered. He was covered somehow," said coach Anderson.

"I got a phone call and it was like he got shot. We tried to rush to the hospital, but the coaches told us not to come. It was just scary," remembered Hannah.

Carroll recovered, but center Kalen Grimes is no longer with the team. He got kicked off the squad when St. Louis prosecutors charged him with assault.

"It was messed up how it went down, but you can't dwell on it. We just have to move forward. We got some other pieces that's gonna help us," said Hannah.

"We had some things that took place in the summer that I'm not proud of, but we dealt with them and moved forward and that's the slogan of our team. Fast forward," said Anderson.

Fast and forward, it's the Missouri way with coach Anderson in charge.

"An important guy that is important for them to step up is a guy like J.T. Tiller. A guy like Leo Lyons even when you talk about a guy like Volkus. He's going to have to step up," said Anderson.

Stefhon Hannah returns as the newcomer of the year in the Big 12. He's one of five in senior class.

"I expect some other things to take place for him. I don't think he took care of the ball well enough. So that's something he has to really focus on," said Anderson.

"Once something didn't happen the way I wanted it to happen. I felt like I had to do it myself. Now I got 10 players on my team that want to win just as bad as me," said Hannah.

Winning is something the Tigers tasted 18 times last season, but coach Anderson wants more in his second season.

"I want this team to progress and get better each and every stage of the season and we're playing some of our best basketball right there in late February. I just want a team that is going to compete, play together, play to win and that will give themselves a chance to win," said Anderson.

Mizzou Madness is Friday at nine o'clock at Mizzou Arena.

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