These aren't the Missouri Tigers most of the nation has seen in years past. For decades Missouri basketball was on the brink of mediocrity, signing a few big recruits here and there. But never really were viewed as contenders for anything relevant. Norm Stewart had some great years, Quin Snyder put together a decent team or two. But never a team that could consistently win on the big stage.
Last Spring, when Frank Haith was hired, I will admit I was very skeptical as to why Mike Alden would hire such a no name coach. I was expecting Matt Painter from Purdue, but another classic disappointment hit Mizzou nation as he decided to stay put. Although, Haith has exceeded every expectation by leaps and bounds and he isn't even finished.
It was a very brave decision on Alden's part, hiring a man who hadn't exactly experienced much success. Although at Miami, basketball isn't exactly the main focus. Take this into account, 5,000 people were at College Gameday at Mizzou in the early morning on February 4th, that's more than the season average for home games at Miami in 2010-2011 (4,700).
Haith doesn't have much depth to work with, only playing 7. But he makes it work, winning road games unlike recent years and finishing games like we couldn't do in the past. He is also bringing a very talented class next year.
Dominique Bull SG 6'4
Tony Criswell PF 6'9 230 3 star
Dorial Green-Beckham (I doubt he plays basketball as well as football) SF 6'6 220 3 star
Stefan Jankovic PF 6'9 200 3 star
Ryan Rosburg C 6'9 245 3 star
Negus Webster-Chan SF 6'6 175 3 star
Shawn Smith SG 6'3 175 3 star
The transfers he's bringing in include
Earnest Ross (Auburn)
Keion Bell (Pepperdine)
Jabari Brown (Oregon)