Mizzou Links, 2-25-14: Effort isn't everything on defense, but it doesn't hurt

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Frank Haith preaches greater defensive effort, Jabari Brown is an incredible offensive player, and spring football is two weeks away.

1. Effort isn't everything, but it's a start

At this stage in the game, I know why Frank Haith is hammering away at the "effort" message. First of all, it's all he can control at this point. It's almost 90% of the way through the season; there is no more building talent or coming up with a new way to teach/play defense. You've just got to have your guys try as hard as they can and hope that's enough. Second of all, he's at least partially right. Trying harder doesn't automatically make your footwork or your instincts better, and it certainly doesn't prevent you from over-rotating on passes around the 3-point line, but it controls something.

MUtigers.com: Mizzou To Battle Georgia On Tuesday Night
The Trib (Courtside View): Haith wants Tigers to play with urgency in home stretch
The Missourian: Haith looks for improved effort from Missouri basketball
Post-Dispatch: Tigers cling to bubble after 'Bama loss
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou is running out of time
KC Star: Missouri basketball team emphasizes better effort on defense
KC Star: Missouri-Georgia basketball preview
PowerMizzou: All about Effort
Mizzou Network: PREVIEW INTERVIEW: Frank Haith on road game at Georgia

SEC! SEC! SEC!
The Trib: No one able to separate in the battle for fourth

2. Jabari has been awesome

Regardless of defensive effectiveness, we have certainly witnessed one of the most efficient, explosive offensive performances we'll ever see this year.

Mizzou Network: Jabari Brown Mizzou Highlight Video

3. Two weeks to spring football

The Trib (Behind the Stripes): MISSOURI POSITION PRIMER: Linebackers

4. "Hosting" games 950 miles from home

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball Hosts Liberty, Campbell in Cary
The Missourian: Sophomore Griffin Goodrich set to make season debut Tuesday for Missouri baseball

5. WHATNOT

Track & Field
MUtigers.com: Four Mizzou Grads Compete at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Volleyball
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Volleyball Honored at State Capitol Monday

Men's Golf
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Golf Moves Up Leaderboard In Puerto Rico

6. Ugh

Chicago Tribune: Harold Ramis dead at 69
The Verge: Harold Ramis of 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day' fame dead at 69
RogerEbert.com: Harold Ramis, 1944–2014
Uproxx: RIP: Why We Loved Harold Ramis, Briefly

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