February 8, 2013

Starting at the top

All year, Frank Haith has maintained that this year's Missouri team is better on defense than the one that went 30-5 last season.

"There were some games where we weren't great defensively. We could outscore people. I think that was the difference in last year's team and that probably caught up to us at the end," Haith said last week. "Our effort wasn't always great on that end, but we were always capable of scoring."

But after a fourth consecutive conference road loss, Missouri's defense this year is once again in question. This year's team clearly is not as good offensively as last year's, thus the defensive problems become even more magnified.

Rarely have they been as evident as they were on Texas A&M's last possession in a 70-68 win over the Tigers on Thursday night.

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