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      Do you still have faith in Haith?


      We've seen this movie, haven't we? And it's not really very good, is it?

      Pass the remote.

      Predictable. Lousy scenes. Lousy ending.

      Do you still have faith in Frank Haith?

      I have more faith in Obamacare. And my stock in 8-track tapes and the comeback of asbestos.

      Are you still blaming Phil Pressey? Norm Stewart? Quin Snyder?

      When does spring football practice start?

      The Missouri Tigers --- if they were actually good --- would now be 5-0 in the SEC, 17-1 overall. Instead, they're now 2-3 in the SEC and 14-4 overall after losing to another mediocre team, LSU, 77-71 on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.

      Missouri's two conference wins have been against hapless Auburn and hapless Alabama. The Tigers' other two SEC losses were to hapless Georgia and hapless Vanderbilt.

      This just in --- the Tigers actually aren't very good. Don't let their one noteworthy win over UCLA, at home, fool you. Last year, a horrible TCU team beat Kansas at home. Upsets happen. Sports happen.

      This Missouri team is better than that TCU team. But these Tigers who are they are.

      Missouri is a collection of misfit toys, minus a red-nosed reindeer to make us smile and go, "Ahhh," and grab another piece of fudge.

      The Tigers have the tallest roster in the nation. Against LSU, the Louisiana Tigers had nine blocked shots, Missouri's Tigers had one. LSU won the rebounding battle, 45-41.

      Missouri's Tigers do have some toys worth keeping, like Jordan Clarkson (who had 19 points) and Jabari Brown (a career-high 28). Guys like Earnest Ross and Johnathan Williams III also have their moments, but something is missing.

      Like coaching. And knowing how to win. And knowing how to finish.

      Missouri erased a five-point halftime deficit with a 12-3 run to start the second half to take a 45-41 lead. And when Brown hit a 3-pointer with 3:41 minutes left, Missouri had a 65-64 lead.

      But teams who don't know how to win find a way to lose.

      The Tigers miss point-blank shots like bad golfers miss one-foot putts. And they had two crucial turnovers down the stretch as LSU finished the game 13-6 run to seal it.

      And when things are going bad, well ... LSU's Anthony Hickey --- a 50 percent free throw shooter --- was 4-of-4 in the final 37 seconds to help seal it.

      So it goes.

      "LSU is a good ball club and they were ready to play," Haith said. "They made some big shots, they made their free throws when they went to the line down the stretch.

      "I'm very pleased and encouraged with how our guys competed."


      By the way, Missouri's spring football practice starts in March, the Black and Gold game is April 19. Pitchers and catchers report in three weeks. Until then, go Broncos.

      Lastly, are you a fan of the NIT? If you are, you're in luck.

      Because that's where Missouri is headed.