Missouri Tigers 2011-12 Season Preview: Meet the Players

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Missouri Tigers 2011-12 Season Preview: Meet the Players
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Bowers tore his ACL and will be out for the entire season.

It has been a tumultuous offseason for the Missouri Tigers to say the least. Almost immediately after their season came to an abrupt end in the NCAA tournament, head coach Mike Anderson announced that he would be leaving to return to his home state of Arkansas.

After reports of Purdue coach Matt Painter possibly leaving his alma mater to coach the Tigers were shot down, athletic director Mike Alden selected Miami head coach Frank Haith to replace Anderson. At the time, the move was baffling to say the least. Haith was basically unheard of and had his tenure at Miami was mediocre at best.

A few months after Haith was hired, former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro accused the new Missouri head coach of paying recruit DeQuan Jones to attend the University of Miami. Haith immediately released a non-commital statement, but has since gone on record to deny any allegations of wrongdoing during his tenure at Miami and is now awaiting the NCAA to finish its investigation.

Just as Mizzou fans turned their attention to the upcoming season, senior Laurence Bowers suffered a season ending ACL injury. While Bowers was redshirted, meaning that he will not lose his final year of eligibility, his absence damaged a Missouri team that was already perceived as being soft down low.

Despite the loss of Bowers, the Tigers are still an NCAA tournament caliber team. Here is a look at the players who will be taking the court this season for the Missouri Tigers. 

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