Facing tough opponents will only help Tigers

Facing tough opponents will only help Tigers

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COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Laurence Bowers #21 of the Missouri Tigers battles Ian Francis #24 of the Alcorn State Braves for a loose ball during the game at Mizzou Arena on November 13, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by Dan Greenwald / Missouri Basketball App

KMOV.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 2:13 PM

(Missouri Basketball App) -- Mizzou will finally face serious non-conference tests in Stanford, Northern Iowa or Louisville, and possibly Duke. It is something this team has been missing out on in recent years and something it needs.

Frank Haith’s squad is young and talented, but has not gelled. Nothing is better than for a young team that is still learning than facing tough competition.

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We will really find out if the Tigers’ size will really make a difference against the Blue Devils and Cardinals, two squads that are not the tallest in the country but would have towered over Mizzou a year ago.

Alex Oriakhi is already having an impact on the boards, an area where the Tigers needed significant improvement over the last few seasons, but can he give his team an edge inside against the elite of college basketball?

This year’s roster seems to be more geared for Haith’s style, a good half court team that can speed things up when the situation calls for it; but can it go toe to toe against the blue bloods of college basketball if the pace of the game is slow?

Those are not the only questions that will be answered down in the Caribbean.

No matter the outcome of the games in Nassau, the Tigers will learn a lot about their strengths, their weaknesses, and how they handle the pressure. That can only help this team as it moves into a conference with excellent programs such as Kentucky and Florida, and a team on this rise like Tennessee.

 

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