Missouri tigers basketball gets national attention - KMOV.com

Missouri tigers basketball gets national attention

(KMOV)-- Missouri basketball fever is reaching a frenzy. After going from unranked to No. 11 within two weeks, the Tigers announced they have sold out their final home game against Oklahoma.

Also, head coach Mike Anderson will appear on an ESPN morning show Wednesday.

Despite all the attention, Missouri vows to stay focused.

"There's a lot more work to be done," Anderson said Tuesday before practice. "Hopefully our approach is the same."

The last time fans and the media were so interested in Mizzou basketball, things did not go as planned. The Tigers hope history doesn't repeat itself.

Missouri came into their contest against Illinois in December as the No. 25 team in the nation. The Illini easily disposed of the Tigers by a score of 75-59 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Forward Leo Lyons led the Tigers with 22 points that evening and admitted "we kind of laid an egg."

Anderson echoed that sentiment.

"We came out and didn't perform well at all," he said. "Hopefully [that] experience is something we can learn from."

The Tigers have the week off before traveling to Colorado on Saturday to take on the Buffalos. Missouri trampled Colorado at home last month by a score of 107-62 and will seek a similar result in Boulder.

But Lyons offers a warning.

"When you got a number by your name on ESPN, a lot of teams want to try to come out, get an upset," he said.

Anderson also knows the cat is out of the bag.

"We're not under the radar anymore," the coach said. "We're not a secret anymore."

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