ST. LOUIS – All season, Missouri has flashed potential for making a being a dangerous team in March. And alternately stumbled.
There is a reason the Tigers are a No. 9 seed in the Midwest Regional. Coach Frank Haith has had to integrate a group of transfers into the system.
Leading rebounder Alex Oriakhi (Connecticut) and guard Keion Bell (Pepperdine), who led the team in scoring in the Big 12, are one-year senior rentals. Sophomore Jabari Brown (Oregon) is averaging 13.7 points and junior Earnest Ross (Auburn) is averaging 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Tigers (23-10) have yet to put it all together and get a tough test out of the box against eighth seed Colorado State (25-8) on Thursday in Lexington, Ky.