By Tiger Fan
After watching today's debacle against Nebraska, I figured out why it makes me so mad to watch the Tigers continue down the path of mediocrity. If our players were just bad, I could handle that. There are times when you are just overmatched. But that's often not the case and it certainly was not the case today. Mizzou had better talent at every position, but Nebraska was smarter, cleaner and more fundamentally sound (and that was in a game where Nebraska didn't even play that well). We got technicals... we missed layups... we took bad shots. This probably won't come as a surprise to anyone, but these are all signs of a poorly coach team. When Big XII play started, it looked like Quin had finally figured things out. The last three games show that's clearly not the case. It's time for him to go... the sooner the better.
But, we know that won't happen until the end of the season. So in the mean time, here's some advice on what Quin should tell his players if he wants to go out in style -- and maybe even win some games:
Jimmy McKinney: This isn't a pick-up game. If you want to drive against four defenders or hoist fade-away jumpers on every possession, go to the rec center. Go the local Y. Go find a street game somewhere. But as long as you are playing Division I NCAA basketball, you have to pass the ball... and more importantly, move WITHOUT the ball.
Kevin Young: Would you catch the ball if I told you it was a cheeseburger? If so, that's what it is. A cheeseburger. If that doesn't do the trick, figure something else out. All the post position in the world is worthless if you can't catch the ball.
Jason Horton: Are you mad at the ball? Then stop pounding it into the floor and look around. And just for the heck of it, try playing with the same defensive intensity against 5'8" guards from Nebraska as you do against Dee Brown. Humor me.
Thomas Gardner: It's hard to criticize the only consistent player on the team...
Kalen Grimes: Get control of your emotions! Your little outburst singlehandedly turned the momentum and let the Nebraska fans back into the game.
Marshall Brown: Ditto on the emotions. Plus... REBOUND!
Matt Lawrence: Nice job today. Way to take a charge.
Glen Dandridge: We all know you have a good 3-point shot. But that doesn't mean you have to take one when you are 5 feet behind the line just because no one is in your face.
Leo Lyons & Marcus Watkins: Um... I know I saw you guys out there...
Rest of the bench: Good cheering and high-fiving today.