“We want Pressey to beat us from the outside. He’s made some uncharacteristic threes [during the first half]. He’s 28% from there. We’re going to go under that screen all night. If he’s going to hit from there he beats us from there.”
Larry Eustachy, Colorado State’s head coach, during his on-air interview at halftime on TBS as his Rams went on to eliminate Missouri 84-72 in their first NCAA game for the third consecutive season, TBS
GH: How little respect does Eustachy have for Frank Haith and Mizzou to simply lay out his team’s game plan on national television with 20 minutes left in the game? Eustachy knows what we all know – Haith is simply watching his team, not coaching his team. He has no more control over his team’s on-court play than Norm Stewart…and Norm hasn’t coached in 14 years.
“Colorado State’s been daring Pressey to shoot all night, and he’s now 4 for 12 from the field. No one else has more than seven shots.”
Steve Walentik, @SteveWalentik, Twitter
“Colorado State is flat out a tougher team. Plain and simple. Dudes got grit and heart.”
Kim English, @Englishscope24, who played for MU and Frank Haith last season, Twitter
GH: This might be the unkindest cut of all. I have nothing more to add.
“Just a lack of fight.”
Steve Walentik, @SteveWalentik, Twitter
“Bring me your game not your name because your name is nothing.”
Charles Barkley, warning the bluebloods of college hoops to take no team lightly, TNT
GH: Mizzou is far from a CBB Blueblood but they surely reside much higher on the game’s pecking order than Colorado State – or did. The Rams hadn’t won an NCAA game in 24 years and looked to me to be just what they are – a bunch of hard-working marginal DI ballers who outhustled the much more athletic Tigers on almost every possession, rebound and loose ball. It was embarrassing to watch two kids from Nebraska and one from Lawrence, Kansas just outwork Haith’s specimens.
“I told my wife we’re not going to go home tomorrow morning. We’re going to win this game and fire a shot at Louisville. So, I believe in these guys. But more importantly, they believe in themselves. It’s a great team, it’s the best group of guys I’ve ever been around. I’m proud of them.”
Larry Eustachy, Denver Post
GH: That sounds like a confident coach. I am rooting for the Rams to do the unthinkable on Saturday.
“A #Mizzou fan told me this week he wanted them to lose quickly, just to get it over. Didn’t think it’d be this quick, though.”
Sam Mellinger, @mellinger, Twitter
GH: I know much of the Mizzou fan base is too young to even remember Norm Stewart’s great teams and the Tiger program I grew up admiring from afar. I cannot express strongly enough how foreign this kind of thinking is when I think of Missouri and their lack of fight. The Missouri I knew would do EVERYTHING to win until their last breath. The football team was even more resilient. I do not know these Tigers of today.
“I love Phil Pressey more than anything in the world. But it might be time to move on.”
Jared Speckman, @Speck60, Twitter
GH: Phil Pressey is a great college basketball player who needs a coach to direct his talents. He is Lindsey Lohan in longer shorts.
“Phil Pressey with 20, 7 dimes, + 1 TO. Colton Iverson with only 4 points. And Missouri loses by 12? Crazy, crazy sport.”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, Twitter
GH: Pretty hard to be mad at a guy who puts up that scorecard in an NCAA game.
“Same problem that has plagued this team all season: the inability to ever get a defensive stop.”
Carrington Harrison, @CDotharrison, Twitter
GH: The lack of interior defense from Missouri coupled with the absence of defending the three-point arc was staggering. Average to slow white guys from Nebraska and Kansas were driving into the lane and scoring on uncontested layups all evening long. And Mizzou Just. Let. Them…
“Mizzou shooting 46% and has just three turnovers. Still getting blown out. Why? No defense. No toughness. Awful. … I mean, I hate watching Missouri play basketball. Hated it last year vs. Norfolk. Hate it now. Puke.”
Gregg Doyel, @GreggDoyelCBS, Twitter
“Mizzou with a pathetic showing right now. They haven’t played defense all night.”
Lance Veeser, @lanceveeser, Twitter
“Frank Haith is so happy they call this the 2nd round — at least he doesn’t keep losing in the 1st round!”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, Twitter
GH: Gottlieb sent this tweet out while he was broadcasting Harvard’s upset of New Mexico. Gottlieb is very happy nowadays when the SEC MU Tigers lose. Some Tiger fans are angered by his digs. I find his willingness to be so petty and human entertaining – and excellent fodder for my OTC.
“Calling it. This time next year, Haith, Pinkel and Alden will all be on the hot seat.”
Brian McGannon, @BrianMcGannon, Twitter
GH: Pinkel needs only six wins and a bowl game to keeps his seat cool. Haith is almost assured another NCAA berth as a member of the weak SEC. Alden is the best fundraiser MU has ever had as an AD. I don’t see much changing in Columbia for some time.
“Oriakhi has now made 15 straight shots. I know you can’t just give it to him every trip but FIFTEEN STRAIGHT?”
Kurtis Seaboldt, @KSeaboldt, Twitter
GH: I think Oriakhi ended his career with 16 in a row. At least that’s one positive.
“Still love my Tigers. #MIZ.”
Evan Chiplock, @EvanChiplock, a Michigan native and a freshman cross country/track runner at Mizzou, in a postgame tweet, Twitter
GH: Not a bad way to end today’s OTC.