COLUMBIA, Mo. – This was not how University of Arkansas freshman Patrick Beverley had envisioned his first true road game going.
Although Beverley competed well and join junior Charles Thomas in leading the previously unbeaten Razorbacks with 15 points, Missouri's pressure defense overwhelmed Arkansas to the tune of 24 turnovers in the Tigers' 86-64 win on Thursday night.
Beverley was point blank in his assessment of his team's first half – when it had 18 of its 24 turnovers - and what would happen for this point on.
"We will never lose like that again," Beverley said. "It was silly turnovers and not playing with pride. Our coaches got us prepared to play and we did not go out there ande execute and it is very embarrassing to all of us. We did not play Coach Heath's type of basketball, which is playing as a team. We tried to do to much as individuals."
Bevereley thinks the Razorbacks (5-1) came into this game thinking a little too much of themselves after winning the Old Spice Classic in Orlando last weekend.
"If we are going to lose again, we will lose fighting a tough battle," Beverley said. "We felt to good about ourselves coming off of our tournament win in Orlando and didn't put our all into this game when we should have."
Thomas had the same sentiments.
"We knew what type of players they had and knew what they were going to bring, buit we were not mentally into it and that's unacceptable," Thomas said. "We just have to put this one behind us. We are going to be a good team, but we were not tonight."
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While everyone knows that University of Missouri head coach Mike Anderson used to be a long-time Arkansas assistant, there is some other Razorback flavor to the Tigers as well.
On Anderson's staff as assistant coaches are former Razorback point guard T.J. Cleveland and former UA head manager Matt Zimmer, who coached at both Plainview and Dardanelle before joining Anderson and Cleveland at UAB.
There's also redshirt sophomore Michael Anderson, Mike's son and a sophomore guard who obviously grew up in Fayetteville after being born in Tulsa.
"Little" Mike – who is now 5-11, 170-pounds - redshirted his freshman year at UAB before averaging 3.7 minutes in seven games as a sophomore while dishing out three assists and recording four steals in those games.
Missouri's head manager is Magnolia native Ben Lindsey, who spent a year at UAB after playing basketball at Southern Arkansas and then transferring to the University of Central Arkansas.
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Anderson is the first coach to go 8-0 at Missouri since Craig Ruby in 1920-21. Ruby ended up winning his first 17 games that season.
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