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What Keegan says: Big 12 basketball

February 11, 2009

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While watching Missouri and Kansas, a pair of gangs that couldn’t shoot straight Monday night in Mizzou Arena, a thought occurred: For all the momentum Big 12 North basketball teams seemed to be gaining on the South, the root of it lies not as much in strides made by North programs as in this being a bad year for the South.

The Big 12 Conference is a young one this season, and in college basketball young usually means vulnerable.

Sure, Missouri and Nebraska have made strides, but the shift of power away from the South has more to do with Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M underachieving than anything else.

Plus, whatever gains the North might be making, that momentum could take a huge hit after the season.

Alabama is expected to make a serious run at Missouri coach Mike Anderson. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Anderson coached at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before taking the job at Missouri and won 89 games in four seasons.

It’s going to be difficult for Anderson to say no to the most high-profile program in his home state, just as it would be difficult for Missouri to attract a coach as accomplished as Anderson.

Comments

Jim Williamson 5 years, 5 months ago

I think Anderson's a smart guy who's going to turn the Alabama job into a five-year extension and a huge raise from the Laurie family. He's got a beautiful new arena, great facilities and he's following a total clown (Quin), so he looks like a genius. He's got a nice situation, even if it is in Columbia.

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davidsmom 5 years, 5 months ago

Last year the Tigers just wanted to get the season over with. This year they are a threat to win the conference. Mike Anderson is a good man who had a lot of off-court distractions last year that he really couldn't control (no, a coach cannot control his players' behavior 24/7.) He did the best he could under difficult circumstances and made some tough choices for the good of the team and the good of the school. This year they finally got it together and the program is headed in the right direction. I wouldn't worry that Alabama will lure him away - the folks in Columbia will offer whatever it takes to keep Anderson.

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