The Missouri Tigers have had as much success on the road as a hitchhiker holding a shotgun.If you weren't sure, that's not much.It didn't get any better Thursday night.The Texas A&M Aggies --- who had lost three straight at home and five of six overall --- beat the No. 21 Missouri Tigers 70-68 when Fabyon Harris hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in College Station, Tex.
"It's a tough loss," Missouri coach Frank Haith said. "We just didn't finish."
Mmmm, okay. Did they start?
Call it a lack of execution, call it a lack of guts, or call it a lack of knowing how to win. But MU is oh-fer on the road --- 0-4 in the SEC, 0-5 overall.
Yes, the Tigers have lost to a pair of good teams on the road, Florida and Mississippi. But MU wasn't even competitive in those games, as they lost by a combined 53 points.
The last two losses were to teams who will be home watching March Madness on TV. At this rate, however, Missouri may join them.
Here's hoping for a big couch.
Before we go any further, the Tigers aren't the only teams who have struggled on the road, they've just struggled more than most --- at least when you're considered to be a "good" team.Just this week, No. 2 Florida lost on the road to a bad Arkansas team Tuesday night. That was trumped Wednesday night when TCU, a truly lousy team, beat No. 5 Kansas in Fort Worth, Texas.Rockchalk-Jayhawk-PU.TCU had an RPI of 246 and was winless in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs stink. They're Horned Frogs, after all. Kansas was No. 5 in the RPI and was an 18-point favorite. The Jayhawks scored 13 points in the first half and eventually lost by seven.
"It was the worst team that Kansas ever put on the floor, since Dr. Naismith was there," KU coach Bill Self said.Quick history lesson: Naismith invented basketball and coached Kansas basketball from 1898-1907. So when Self says the worst team ever, well, he should know."I think (Naismith) had some bad teams when he lost to the Topeka YMCA and things like that in the first couple years," Self continued. "But for the first half, there hasn't been a team play worse than that offensively."
Ahhh, just a little something to warm you up on a cold winter's night.
But enough about Kansas, for Missouri has its owns issues. Plenty of them.
Missouri trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, got within six at the half at 36-30 --- despite three straight, 3-point air balls late in the half --- then got knocked back into a 14-point hole early in the second half.
The Tigers (16-6, 5-4 SEC) had only one lead against the Aggies (14-8, 4-5), that at 68-67 when Laurence Bowers hit a 3-ball with 51 seconds left. This was in front of a half-empty gym, and the fans who were there must have been asleep, reading a book, or miming.
You can't blame this loss on a raucous crowd. They gave a golf-clap when Harris hit the game-winner."Whatever we do at home," Missouri senior Alex Oriahki said, "we have to bottle it up, drink it and do it on the road."
Someone forget the beverages.
Why is this happening? Well, here's one theory from ESPN play-by-play man Reece Davis who called the game: "Texas A&M is just out-hustling Missouri."Like picking up a hitchhiker holding a shotgun, there's no excuse for that.