Nothing profound here folks.
But I'm watching the NIT opening round and it made me think about how many reach-in fouls, palming violations, and charges get called in tournament play. Particularly in the early rounds, you just don't know what you're going to get officiating-wise. Assume that things will be called as tightly as they were in December.
Obviously, MU can't worry about officials it cannot control. But, the point here is that with potential upsets of this magnitude the underdog can't just play well. He has to catch a break or two. Sometimes the favorite contributes to an upset by letting the officials take them out of their game. Cheap fouls can take a key player off the floor, but they can also make the favorite more tentative. MU should be able to withstand a little early foul trouble since everyone plays a lot already. The bigger issue, potentially, is picking up a few early fouls, getting tentative, and giving a very game underdog some life.
With no real experience on the floor, a key job for Anderson will be to keep his players aggressive while focused and ready to adjust to how the officials are calling the game.