Missouri Basketball: Tigers Headed to The Bottom of the Standings

Robert VernonCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2008


Missouri basketball recently suffered a huge setback with the loss of senior PG Stefan Hannah, following a bar fight that resulted with him breaking his jaw.

With that loss bad enough for the team, it got worse late Tuesday night when coach Mike Anderson said at a news conference that Marshall Brown, Darryl Butterfield, Jason Horton and Leo Lyons also wouldn't be starting Wednesday night because they, too, violated team rules by being out too late at the same bar in which Hannah broke his jaw.

That leaves Mizzou with 6 Scholarship players and 2 walk-ons to face Nebraska in Mizzou Arena. This recent issue just adds to the trouble that Anderson has faced in his second year at the reins of the Tiger.

The Tigers started Big 12 play with an Upset win against the Texas Longhorns, only to lose the next week to Iowa State. Missouri (12-8) have a tough matchup ahead of them against a beatable Nebraska team. With the loss of 4 starters, however, it's going to be hard for them to come out on top.

It doesn't get any easier anytime soon, as the Tigers have to take on possibly the hottest team in the Big 12, the Kansas State Wildcats next. Anderson might be wishing he stayed at UAB now, and hopefully this situation doesn't cost a good coach his job.