February 9, 2011

Powered Up: Stretch run holds hope

After Missouri's 103-86 loss to Kansas on Monday night (a game you either viewed as another in a series of disheartening Border War blowouts or a sign that perhaps the Tigers still have the ability to make a nice run this season), I asked Laurence Bowers what the team could take out of that game that would help them as they hit a portion of the schedule that, from the outside, looks a little more favorable than what they've faced so far.

Bowers started out with the typical, "We've got to take one game at a time." He then said "The goal is 7-and-0."

Of course he is right on both counts. Missouri is likely an NCAA Tournament team this March. Five wins in the last seven would guarantee it. It is my opinion that four-giving the Tigers a .500 record in America's second-toughest conference-would get the job done. But that's not the approach the Tigers should take.

If I'm Mike Anderson (and as I repeatedly point out, he never has and never will ask me to give a pre-game pep talk) the message is pretty simple: The post-season starts Saturday.

Missouri has seven regular season games left. The approach should be that Missouri is in playoff mode right now. Enter every game acting as if a loss is the last you will be allowed this season.

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