I wasn’t really thinking about it at the time, but when writing on Saturday about the “Frank Haith nearly fights Mike Anderson” game, I casually mentioned Mizzou’s 2014 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville.
It was a fun game, with Mizzou taking an early lead, Arkansas bouncing back multiple times, and Mizzou closing out the win with 22-for-27 shooting from the free throw line. Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown combined for 48 points and 16-for-16 shooting from the line. Ross hit a go-ahead 3, and Mizzou never looked back.
The game took place in late-January 2014. Missouri hasn’t won on the road since.
The loss dropped Missouri to 0-20 in SEC road games under Anderson and 0-23 on opponents’ home courts on his watch. The Tigers now have lost 28 consecutive true road games, since coach Frank Haith’s team beat the Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on Jan. 28, 2014, and 34 consecutive games away from Mizzou Arena against high-major conference foes.
With the loss Saturday, three of the nine longest losing streaks in team history have now come during the last three seasons under Anderson. The Tigers set a team record with a 13-game losing streak in 2014-15 and had a nine-game skid last season.
Granted, this isn’t a “Mizzou stinks on the road” thing — it’s just a “Mizzou stinks” thing. When you are a bad team, you tend to be a terrible team on other teams’ home courts.
But still. Guh. Since that win in Fayetteville, here’s the closest Missouri has come to winning on the road:
- February 8, 2014: Ole Miss 91, Mizzou 88
- January 7, 2016: Georgia 71, Mizzou 66
- February 10, 2015: South Carolina 65, Mizzou 60
- January 10, 2015: Auburn 85, Mizzou 79
- February 22, 2014: Alabama 80, Mizzou 73
By my count, those are the only five occurrences in this 23-game road losing streak in which Mizzou lost by fewer than eight points. Holy smokes.
Let’s just move on.
- Most have since deleted, but for a while last night you had quite a few Chiefs fans yelling at former Mizzou lineman Elvis Fisher ... for Eric Fisher’s costly holding penalty against the Steelers. Elvis being Elvis, he responded to some of them.
- Even with J’den Cox taking the week off, Mizzou Wrestling finished off an undefeated road trip with a dominant Saturday win over No. 7 Cornell in Ithaca and a 22-12 grind over EMU in Ypsilanti. The Tigers had fallen to ninth in the team rankings; one would guess they’d bounce back up a bit now.
- Mizzou’s Gymnastics team is for real. The Tigers headed into the weekend ranked sixth in the country and backed it up with a road win at No. 12 Arkansas and a record-breaking win over Lindenwood and SEMO on Sunday. And they say they have more in the tank.
- The Trib’s Joe Vozzelli caught up with former Tiger Juanita Robinson as she rehabs after being shot on Christmas Eve.
- Speaking of Women’s Hoops, Mizzou bounced back from a three-game skid to take down Vanderbilt in Nashville. Jordan Chavis went 4-for-4 on 3-pointers, and Amber Smith hit a huge 3 with 1:17 left to give the Tigers the lead for good. They’re now 2-3 in SEC play and 12-7 overall. More here from the Trib and The Missourian.
- Meanwhile, Nashville was PR City for Mizzou Track & Field this weekend. The Olympic sports are trying their damnedest to carry this athletic program at the moment.
Happy MLK Day, everybody.