Missing the NCAA Tournament once every three years isn't a catastrophe at Missouri — even Norm Stewart had some dud seasons — but rebuilding years need to actually involve rebuilding. In the case of these Tigers, yes, freshmen Johnathan Williams and Wes Clark played lots of minutes and Torren Jones showed promise for the future. But it was Brown, Clarkson and Ross who did the heavy lifting. Ross is definitely gone, and the other two might leave early for the NBA draft.
So now what? Williams, Clark, Jones and Ryan Rosburg obviously need to develop their individual skills over the offseason so they can be solid four-year players. Transfers Deuce Bello, Zach Price and Cam Biedscheid need to fit in to a team agenda. And touted recruits Jakeenan Gant and Namon Wright have to be impact players.
Haith gets unfairly blamed for some things, such as declining attendance (that's a nationwide problem outside of a handful of basketball-obsessed schools) and taking too many transfers (the Tigers would have scored about 25 points a game without Ross, Brown and Clarkson). But if he's going to reverse the downward trend of his tenure and make this work long-term, he needs to change a few things.
• Both redshirt sophomore OF Taylor Gadbois and senior OF Mackenzie Sykes hit 3-for-4 in the victory over Ball State (March 21), with Sykes hitting two doubles to power her way to a career-best five RBI. Sykes followed that up with Mizzou's second grand slam of the season in the win vs. North Dakota State (March 22). Freshman 1B/P Jordan Zolman also recorded her first collegiate hit in the victory over the Bison.
• Gadbois and sophomore 2B/OF Emily Crane currently sport hitting streaks of 25 and 11 games, respectively. Crane has a current reached base safely streak of 18 games. Crane's top outing of the past week came against North Dakota State, in which she batted 3-for-4.
• Crane helped provide run and "running" support in the exciting 2-1 victory over Oklahoma State (March 22). In a 1-for-2 game at the plate, Crane scored one run, recorded one RBI, walked once and stole two bases.
And speaking of rescheduling...
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Baseball Reschedules UALR Game to May 6