MU film room: Breaking down another close road loss

03/11/2013 3:50 PM

05/16/2014 9:27 PM

One of the problems with covering basketball games as a print and digital reporter is that you don’t get to watch the television broadcast as the game unfolds, so there are often times that fans at home catch things that we don’t.

It was fairly evident that this happened again Saturday, when Missouri lost 64-62 at Tennessee. Sure, we saw Missouri lose another close game on the road, with a Phil Pressey miss — a staple of several of Missouri’s road losses this season — driving the nail in the Tigers’ coffin.

But from our vantage point along the right baseline, we could not — or at least did not — see coach Frank Haith’s reaction to Pressey’s airball, with came with 12.6 seconds left and the Tigers trailing 62-59.

Haith was clearly upset at Pressey, which was evident in this quote:

“We had a stretch there where we were scoring, getting to the rim on the quick, two-ball screen stuff or L-Bo (Laurence Bowers) was wide open on the throw back,” Haith said. “I didn’t want that shot.”

So you know what I had to do. With a blueprint mapped out for the final three minutes or so, I looked back at each of Missouri’s possessions after an 11-0 Tennessee run gave the Vols a 60-53 lead with three minutes left. And like Haith said, Missouri did, in fact, score each of its next three baskets in the paint, though only one came via the same high ball screen that was called on Pressey’s airball.

TENNESSEE 60, MISSOURI 53, 3:01 LEFT