The Missouri Tigers lost Laurence Bowers to a torn ACL before the season even started — not a good opening act for incoming head coach Frank Haith, whose record at the University of Miami was lackluster and whose exit from that program was tainted by scandal. But Haith's Tigers delivered, thanks largely to a core of talented guards: Kim English, Marcus Denmon, Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon. A team pegged as one of the nation's 25 best shot up the polls to No. 2, sealed with a win in the last Border War basketball game in Columbia. After winning its last-ever Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, Mizzou earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a first-round matchup with Norfolk State. Missouri's big dance ended early, with Phil Pressey missing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to close a Spartans upset. The Tigers finished the year with a 30-5 record, and Haith put together a solid recruiting class, giving Mizzou hoops fans hope for future hardwood glory.