Missouri coach Kim Anderson has been forced to approach the rest of the 2015-16 season with a different mindset after an NCAA investigation prompted self-imposed sanctions that included a postseason ban for this season.
Anderson admitted that his team’s 8-9 record isn’t exactly indicative of a postseason caliber team, but added that the Tigers are still upset that they won’t get a chance to participate.
“I think they’re obviously disappointed,” Anderson said during the SEC teleconference. “I think as time goes on hopefully things will settle down a little bit. It’s hard on young men.. You always have that dream of going to the NCAA Tournament or playing in the postseason or even just in the SEC Tournament.
“Our record isn’t that great to where you would say ‘Oh yeah they’re an automatic postseason tournament team,’ but you don’t ever know what will happen.”
Anderson is trying to improve his team despite some difficult circumstances, but said he was pleased with how his team rebounded from the news in a losing effort last weekend against South Carolina.
“It’s not easy,” Anderson said. “I’ve never been through it. There’s no book on it on how to do it. But for the most part, I was proud of the way they responded against South Carolina.”
The Tigers already know what will happen after their March 5 game against Florida; their season will be over. To deal with that reality, Anderson has preached the possibility of playing spoiler to another conference foe that has postseason hopes.
“I’ve tried to be more positive and talk about refocusing goals,” Anderson said. “Maybe we could spoil somebody else’s season. Maybe we could win a game down the line that means something to someone else.”