Category Archives: Missouri Men’s Basketball

Missouri Coach Frank Haith To Become Tulsa Coach

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, at Mizzou Arena. Haith is in his second year at Missouri. Photo by Karen Mitchell

ESPN is reporting that Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith shown here during an exhibition game on Oct. 29, 2012, will be the next men’s basketball coach at Tulsa.

By Michael Losch and Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has reached a verbal agreement with Tulsa to become the next head basketball coach, according to ESPN basketball insider, Jeff Goodman.

Reports from multiple media outlets began circulating this afternoon saying Haith had emerged as a front-runner to replace Danny Manning, who accepted the coaching position at Wake Forest. He coached the Golden Hurricane to the NCAA tournament this season.

According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK television in St. Louis, Haith called a team meeting with players at 2:45 p.m. But Gabe DeArmond of Power Mizzou reported that Haith did not tell his players he was leaving.

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Missouri basketball dismisses Zach Price

By Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith dismissed Zach Price from the team Thursday following the junior forward’s two arrests last week.

Haith released a statement through the school this afternoon.

“Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program,” Haith said. “Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed.”

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Mark Phelps the latest assistant to leave Mizzou men’s basketball program

By Michael Losch

COLUMBIA – Former Missouri men’s basketball assistant coach Mark Phelps announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the program to serve under first-year coach Steve Wojciechowski at Marquette.

Phelps is the fifth assistant to leave in Missouri coach Frank Haith’s three-year tenure. The reasons for each departure may vary but all were with the Tigers for just one season with the exception of Ryan Miller who stayed two months.


Mark Phelps  Drake head coach 2008-2013 Marquette assistant coach June 2013 –
April 2014
Rick Carter Western Michigan assistant coach, 2008-2012 Xavier assistant coach Sept. 2012 –
June 2013
Ryan Miller New Mexico assistant coach, 2007-2012 Auburn assistant coach May 2012 –
July 2012
Isaac Chew Murray State assistant coach, 2007-2011 Illinois assistant coach April 2011 –
April 2012
Ernie Nestor Director of Basketball Operations, Penn State 2010-2011 Navy assistant coach April 2011 –
June 2012


Two of Haith’s hires are still with Missouri. Assistant coach Dave Leitao was hired in 2012 after coaching the NBA Development League Maine Red Claws. Associate head coach Tim Fuller, who came to the Tigers after serving as a Louisville assistant, is the only one who has been with Missouri for all three seasons.

Haith will be making his eighth assistant hire to replace Phelps.

Missouri player Price arrested for assault

By Cody Mroczka

Zach Price

Zach Price

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball player Zach Price has been suspended from the team indefinitely following his arrest Thursday morning for suspicion of third-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault.

Price, a junior transfer from Louisville, was involved in a physical altercation with a male and female in the early hours of Thursday morning, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune and Columbia police. According to the probable cause statement, Price was arrested at 1:17 a.m. near Stadium Boulevard after his role in a disturbance between a male roommate and female acquaintance that began in the area of Heather Lane and Ash Street.

The statement reads that Price boxed off the male victim’s vehicle before exiting his own and striking the male in the face with a closed fist. The female victim attempted to intervene but was pushed to the ground by Price, according to the statement. Both victims were said to sustain minor injuries as a result of Price. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound redshirt junior was arrested on two counts and bonds were set at $1,000 and $500. Price posted bail and was released from Boone County Jail.

Coach Frank Haith issued a statement on Price’s situation and released through the school.

“We are aware of last night’s incident involving Zach Price and have suspended him from our program immediately. We are working to gather facts related to the incident and will handle our actions with him internally.”

Price is expected to be a contributor to the Tigers’ front court in the fall after sitting out a year per NCAA transfer rules.

Mizzou looks to rebuild, again, following NIT exit

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Earnest Ross sat back in his chair and stared at the ceiling of the interview room.
Missouri had just lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament to Southern Mississippi, and the senior guard started to realize his college career was over.

“I had a great time at Missouri,” Ross said as his eyes reddened. “The fans did a great job of bringing me in. Coach (Frank) Haith and the rest of the coaching staff did a great job of coaching me. I had a great time here and wouldn’t Read more of this post

Survive and advance: Missouri defeats Davidson 85-77

Story by Michael Losch
Photos by Cody Mroczka
Missouri center Keanau Post battles for position on a rebound between Davidson defenders Chris Czerapowics (left) and Tyler Kalinoski (right) on Tuesday, March 18, at Mizzou Arena. Tuesday was Post’s fourth career start for the Tigers.

Missouri center Keanau Post battles for position on a rebound between Davidson defenders Chris Czerapowics (left) and Tyler Kalinoski (right) on Tuesday, March 18, at Mizzou Arena. Tuesday was Post’s fourth career start for the Tigers.

COLUMBIA — Missouri was tested.

By focusing on every ‘four-minute battle’ — the time between each television break — the Tigers were able to beat Southern Conference regular season champion Davidson 85-77 at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.

Down by as many as 13 points with 16 minutes left to play, Missouri needed an answer to continue its season and advance to the second-round of the National Invitational Tournament.

“There’s no 13-point play,” Missouri guard Earnest Ross said. “We were just trying to win each four minutes. It kind of inspired us and gave us the fire to play hard and we just continued to play.”

Missouri went on a 42-21 run to end the game that was made possible by the Tigers’ ability to drive to the basket, find ways to score, and get to the free throw line.

“We knew if we continued to drive the ball we could continue to get to the free throw line,” Ross said. “Getting to the rim is something we were able to execute.”

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Clark, Rector among four arrested before NIT opener

By Phil Bergman

Four Missouri student athletes are suspended after getting arrested over the weekend. Freshman basketball players Wes Clark and Shane Rector, and football players Aarion Penton and Shaun Rupert were arrested late Saturday night on suspicion of possession 35 grams or less of marijuana.

The arrests follow a string of Tiger run-ins with the law and suspensions recently. Last week, senior forward Tony Criswell did not travel to Atlanta for the SEC tournament after failing to pay around $2,700 in back rent and $823 in Read more of this post

Poor season record puts Mizzou’s future in jeopardy

By Cody Mroczka

The Missouri Tigers knew weeks ago that they were a bubble team, at risk of not receiving a spot in the NCAA tournament. Selections for the 68-team tournament will be announced today at 5 p.m. Central time.

With a 72-49 loss to No. 1 Florida in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday, the chances of making basketball’s grand finale are even slimmer.

There is nothing coach Frank Haith and his squad can do now except wait and hope for the team’s name to be called. Experts across the country predict the Tigers will receive a bid to the less prestigious National Invitation Tournament Read more of this post

Haith building Mizzou hoops the old-fashioned way at “Transfer U”

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Sometimes the surface story and what’s going on underneath can be very different.

It would be easy for Missouri fans to be cynical about the future of the men’s basketball program, both short-term and long-term. They’re wrapping up what anyone can see is a very disappointing season. It’ll take a miracle for this team to reach the NCAA tournament, and in recent years under Frank Haith and before him, Mike Anderson, Tiger fans are used to laughing at NIT teams from their seats at the Big Dance. Missouri might  not get past the first round, but at least they were at the dance.

Not this year.

And with possibility of junior Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson going to the NBA, the Tigers of 2014-2015 have some big shoes to fill. But my bigger concern for a time has been the Read more of this post

Late Offensive Struggle Spells Disaster for Mizzou

By Michael Losch

There is no team in the country that had a better opportunity than Missouri to pick up a win that would boost its NCAA tournament resume on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers gave the No. 1 Florida Gators, the winner of 23 straight games and undefeated in league play, everything they could handle for 30 minutes but fell 72-49 in Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal action.

Missouri coach Frank Haith said his team just  went cold in the final 10 minutes.

“We needed to continue to score and we weren’t able to,” Haith said. “Florida’s a great team. They executed very well, we just wore down a little bit and ran out of gas.”

Missouri guard Jabari Brown scored 18 points for the Tigers and fellow guard Jordan Clarkson added 11 with just two assists and six turnovers.

Early on, Missouri looked determined and showed plenty of fight. They bounced back from a five-minute scoring drought and 11-3 Florida run in the first half with a 6-0 run of its own.

Just before halftime, Clarkson dumped the ball off to forward Ryan Rosburg for a slam at the buzzer and the two teams were tied at 29.

Missouri started the second half slow offensively, but Florida did not. The Gators went on a 7-0 run before the Tigers responded. Missouri managed to claw its way back to cut it to 38-36. That would be the closest the Tigers got for the rest of the game.

In the span of about 20 seconds the Gators destroyed any hope for Missouri to make a comeback with another 7-0 run.

Florida forward Will Yeguete started the run with a lay up and then Florida guard and SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin stole the Missouri inbound pass and proceeded to hit a 3-pointer from the corner.

Florida quickly scored again with a basket from forward Patric Young and just like that Missouri found itself down 45-36. The Gators then went on cruise control as they put up 34 points to the Tiger’s 13.

Missouri finished the game shooting 36 percent from the floor and just 1-13 behind the 3-point line.

Part of Florida’s dominance can be attributed to its ability to shoot 3-pointers. Wilbekin added 15 points, shooting five of six behind the 3-point line. Guard Michael Fraizer did just the same, adding 15 of his own by making five of his seven attempts. The Gators made 12 3-pointers total, shooting 57 percent.

Missouri has no more chances to improve its resume (22-11, 9-9) and are at the mercy of the NCAA tournament committee.

“I want us to continue to play hard and compete,” Haith said. “We’re gonna compete for a championship one way or the other, whatever tournament we’re in and that’s a blessing.”

The Tigers will find out if they worked their way into an NCAA tournament bid on Sunday when the committee reveals the field of 68 teams. The selection show is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. Central time on CBS.


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