COLUMBIA — During a time out with nine minutes left in a blowout victory against Colorado on Thursday, Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson quickly pulled aside guard Mike Dixon Jr.
Rather than allow his team to become complacent with a 20-point lead, Anderson took the opportunity to focus on one-on-one coaching. He quickly got in a defensive stance and began showing a frustrated Dixon what he was doing wrong on defense while the rest of the team waited in a huddle.
“Corey Higgins can get his arms around guys and attack, and Mike got caught up in that,” Tigers assistant coach Matt Zimmermann said. “And coach was probably getting frustrated with his defense. He was trying to use that time for Mike to do a little better job keeping guys in front of him.”
However, on a night when Missouri was having a near perfect game, winning 92-63 over Colorado at Mizzou Arena, Anderson still had plenty for them to work on. Missouri assistant coach Melvin Watkins said it is blowout games like this one that gives the Tigers (21-7, 9-4) a chance to improve on more specific aspects of their game.