“We were fortunate today. We were very, very fortunate.”
Mike Anderson, on Arkansas’ 73-71 win over Mizzou in Fayetteville, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: Missouri got off to a 9-0 start at Arkansas and then managed to lose the lead and what appeared to be the game as the second half wore on. Then Mizzou awoke, took the lead and looked like they had the game won in the game’s final minutes. But then the curse that haunts Mizzou smote the Tigers with another remote-tossing, Flip-flopping loss for the black and gold archives. Read on.
“There was only one way Mizzou could lose that game in the final minute. SEC officials made certain Hogs were going to win. Zebra’s HORRIBLE!”
Jack Harry, @jackHarryKSHB, Twitter
GH: When Mizzou was in the Big 12 it was the Texas-based zebras who had it in for Mad Jack’s Tigers. Now that they’re in the SEC, it’s no different. Does every conference hate Missouri just because it’s Missouri? I doubt it. Bad stuff happens to every team and school. Some rise above it and some just bitch.
“I can’t stand people that blame officials, truly annoys me. Today I’m that guy. Never seen officiating like that before, ever. Unbelievable.”
Jarrett Sutton, @JarrettSutton25, former Mizzou basketball player, Twitter
GH: I watched the game from my couch and I saw a poorly officiated game. It looked to me like the officials allowed the game to get rough early and they lost a lot of control on both sides of the court. The calls and non-calls in the last few minutes were ugly – but really not much uglier than a lot of games I’ve watched this season in the SEC, the Big 12, the ACC and the Big Ten. Officiating is just a necessary evil when it comes to basketball – at all levels. I don’t think MU gets any more of a bad deal than any other school. The problem is that the officiating is just weak everywhere.
“I blame Phil Pressey more than I blame the referees. Hasn’t Missouri ever played on the road? That happens! You get home-cooked everywhere.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Mizzou listeners categorize Klingler as a Kansas guy because he works for the KU broadcast team and hosts their postgame show. But he’s actually an Iowa guy who happens to work in Kansas. I think he makes a lot of sense here. Sure, Mizzou got robbed at Arkansas but that’s what happens on the road. It’s not right or fair, but there’s a reason MU almost never loses at home – and it’s not just because of their talent. That return trip to Mizzou Arena is going to be one very loud and long day for Mike Anderson and his Hogs.
“Absolutely! Phil Pressey was atrocious!”
Bob Fescoe, responding to Klingler’s statement above, 610 AM
GH: Pressey is simply a time bomb under pressure. A time bomb that has no specific detonation device other than the appearance of pressure. He is a fabulous talent and extremely fun to watch…when he’s not trying to win the game. At Arkansas on Saturday, he lost the ability to stand up at least twice in the final minutes. It was maddening…again.
“I’ve seen [Pressey] do a lot of damage in 3 seconds, so you give him 5 seconds, man, we’re in trouble. We have somebody step up and take some time off the clock, and they had to rush the shot at the end.”
Mike Anderson, on how Arkansas pressed Pressey the final five seconds of the game, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: The clock operator at Bud Walton Arena should be the focus of Mizzou’s ire more than even the referees. This incompetent boob should never again be allowed to work a clock at any level of basketball. By starting the game clock early, he robbed MU of their best chance to win or tie the game. How difficult is it to start the clock correctly with five seconds remaining? This person needs to find other employment immediately.
“We played good enough to win. We did. We put ourselves in position to win. I’m real proud of our guys, how they competed under the circumstances.”
Frank Haith, in his postgame comments, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: Haith was likely very upset after the game and he focused more on not discussing the referees than his team’s play. His team executed poorly with a lead [again] in the final minutes. That’s coaching, Frank. Do better.
“Kansas looked great for a night [against Kansas State]. I kind of expect them to lose in Stillwater.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman isn’t the only person expecting or rooting for the Jayhawks to get swept by OSU on Wednesday night. This is now the Big 12 game of the year. With an 8:00 PM start, sounds like a perfect night to watch the oncoming snow blow from the glow of my flat screen.
“I’ve got a sixteen-year-old son I’m bringing with me to get his first taste of the Phog. I’m also going to take him to The Wheel – because he’s heard me talk about that.”
Jay Bilas, on his trip to Lawrence last weekend with the ESPN Game Day crew, 810 AM
GH: Bilas is a Dukie who knows something about great college basketball environments. I think it’s pretty cool that a Tobacco Roadie holds AFH and Lawrence in such high esteem.
“Get your cameras ready!”
Jay Bilas, as Ben McLemore prepared to take off for his 360 dunk against the Longhorns, ESPN
GH: I keep vacillating back and forth as to who is my pick for the Big 12 POTY. OSU’s Smart is currently my favorite, but KU’s McLemore is right there with Smart. Maybe that game Wednesday night will provide some separation between the two future NBA All-Stars.
“We have a chance to win the Big 12, we can’t let games like that slip away. We haven’t had a bad loss. We should have won at Iowa State, we should have won at home against Kansas, too. But that stuff happens. You just have to deal with it.”
Angel Rodriguez, KSU’s sophomore point guard, Kansas City Star
GH: Angel would make an excellent speaker at the next MU Tigers Club meeting in Westport. Stuff happens, deal with it.
“Why do I have to be the colored guy? Why can’t I just be the analyst?”
Jayice Pearson, having some fun with his cohosts on The Big Show, 610 AM
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