“Most Missouri fans that I know watched that [Ole Miss] game and were frustrated. Where is this all the time? This is just a real problem now with what’s going on with Missouri on the road. I think that was emphasized again on Saturday and it’s absolutely maddening!”
Doug Stewart, on Missouri’s blowout win at home Saturday over Ole Miss, 810 AM
GH: Was it Einstein who said the whole is greater than the sum of its parts? For Frank Haith’s team the exact opposite appears to be true. The parts all too often are far greater than the whole. Talent oozes about this Tiger basketball team like potential brides parading in Ole Miss’ Grove. It’s everywhere – except on the road.
“Going forward if I’m the opponent, I’m going after Oriakhi to try to get under his skin.”
Bob Fescoe, on the near brawl during the second half of the Ole Miss/MU game, Twitter
GH: Ole Miss’ Buckner was ejected after the near fight and MU’s Oriakhi and Bowers were assessed intentional fouls. It was not made clear by the referees, but Oriakhi’s most damaging move may have been his pre-fight stance. As someone on Twitter wrote, he looked like he was channeling Fred Sanford with his crouch and backpedaling footwork. Read on.
“This is embarrassing by Haith. There is no way Oriakhi should play in this game again after the crap he has pulled the last 2 games.”
Aaron Fritz, @Coach_Fritz, after the Tigers’ big man intentionally tripped Buckner by grabbing his ankle, Twitter
GH: Oriakhi put up 22 points against the Rebs and grabbed 18 rebounds. This is the same Ole Miss team that destroyed MU in Oxford a month ago. Haith is paid to win basketball games first, second and probably third. Haith understands that and he understands Oriakhi is a necessary part of him keeping his job. It is called big-time SEC sports.
“I know Mizzou fans love Oriakhi’s physical presence. But let’s be honest…he plays a bit dirty. The intentional trip triggers a brew-ha-ha.”
Lance Veeser, @lanceveeser, Twitter
“Nobody likes this! Missouri doesn’t like this, Mississippi doesn’t like this, CBS doesn’t like this… You hate to have anything like this ever happen in a game.”
Gary Link, on the near fracas between Ole Miss and MU, Tiger Radio Network
GH: I am not so sure Frank Haith is all that upset with Oriakhi getting down and dirty on the court. The score was 80-59 in MU’s favor with 7:28 left in the game when the game was stopped by the referees to sort out the guilty parties. There is some bad blood between MU and Ole Miss dating back to the Rebel fans chanting, “Big 12 rejects” at the Tigers in Oxford. MU has been viewed by most of the SEC as the new kid to be made fun of and ridiculed. How does the new kid gain the respect of the bullies? He fights back – and sometimes he fights dirty. Oriakhi is taking it beyond the limits of sportsmanship but sometimes a goon is good for what ails an underperforming team like Mizzou.
“Everybody in Connecticut said that too – where’s that all the time?”
Soren Petro, on the wild disparity of play of Oriakhi at home and on the road, 810 AM
GH: Oriakhi’s stats at home are All-SEC worthy and his stats on the road are All-Worthless. Oriakhi obviously has some issues – most transfers arrived with a dent or three. But that’s one of the reasons Haith makes the big bucks. Time to earn your lettuce, Frank.
“They’re in my family. That’s going to be the hardest part about it, when you talk about competition, guys that you brought in and you’ve seen them have some tremendous success.”
Mike Anderson, on facing his former players Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers on Saturday in Fayetteville, Columbia Tribune
GH: Not much remains of Anderson’s Tigers. But the two that do could cause him to become very, very homesick for some of that old time Columbia patronizing.
“It has hardly been a smashing debut in the Southeastern Conference for Missouri’s two high-profile teams, football and men’s basketball. Luckily for suffering fans of the black and gold, the former enemy to the west is supplying enough ineptitude to ease the pain.”
Dave Matter, columnist, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: Kansas and Missouri might not meet on the gridiron or court but that has done little to slow the rivalry between these two. Read on.
“MU fans with a serious thirst for schadenfreude have especially delighted in Kansas basketball. Which explains why one of the Antlers at Missouri’s game on Saturday held up a sign featuring the TCU logo. For Tiger fans, sometimes only the pleasure of hating Kansas can ease the burden of loving Missouri. Truman just can’t quit that strange blue bird.”
Dave Matter, columnist, Columbia Daily Tribune
“It’s much harder for me to watch a Missouri basketball game than it’s ever been in my life. It’s work. It’s not relevant to a lot of the people I come in contact with.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: I understand that many Kansas and Missouri fans say they now never pay attention to the team in the other conference. I don’t believe it but I understand why they so loudly declare their apathy. But KK isn’t just some fan. He owns WHB and hosts the station’s most popular sports talk show. When MU moved to the SEC, it simply doubled my pleasure in following the local teams. Nebraska folks are weird in that way.
“It’s solely about them [Missouri]. It’s solely about one slice of the audience. ”
Kevin Kietzman, on why his interest in following Mizzou basketball in the SEC has waned, 810 AM
GH: This from the guy who force feeds his audience slices of the Cookie Diet, the Grilling Show, the Racin’ Boys and enough soccer talk the past week to get me through Hilary Clinton’s term as president.
“What if the Big 12 came to Missouri and said, ‘We’d much rather have you than Clemson or Florida State. We want you back.’ Should Missouri walk [from the SEC] and come back?”
Kevin Kietzman, who posed this question to Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman needs to take a trip to Columbia, MO and walk around their campus, the downtown area and just about any place else within the city limits. Signs of Mizzou joining the SEC are EVERYWHERE and worn on almost every piece of student apparel. The University of Missouri hasn’t been this excited about burning a bridge since Quantrill got back to town.
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