One big game down, six more that are even bigger lay ahead for the Missouri Tigers.
Veteran Tiger coach Mike Anderson emphasized in Thursday's press conference that Monday's win against Kansas counts only as one win, Anderson's goal is to keep his team grounded and focused for Saturday's sold out contest against Nebraska.
"Your next game is always your most important one," Anderson told a large group of media on Thursday. "You have to learn from your previous games, hopefully we did that against Nebraska and it will show in Saturday's game."
It's apparent that Anderson isn't big on harping on a big win, the veteran coach said that he and his players celebrated for about a hour before they put it out of their heads.
"Kansas is a good team," Anderson said. "I was proud of the way our team didn't give up. It's crucial to be in the game at the end. We didn't panic, that was important."
Anderson stated that he has stressed to his team to put the Kansas game behind them.
"We need to focus on the things that we can control," Anderson said. "One area we need to improve as a team is to take advantage of scoring points in runs. We have to avoid shooting ourselves in the foot."
According to Anderson one of the keys to Saturday's game against Nebraska is easy to identify.
"We have to speed up the tempo of the game," Anderson said. "We need to play our style of basketball, it needs to be full speed ahead."
Saturday's game against the Cornhuskers marks another sellout for the Tiger Basketball program.
"The fans enjoy watching an exciting brand of basketball," Anderson said. "More importantly they love winning basketball. Our fans definitely knows what to expect on what type of basketball we are going to play, that's for sure."
With six games left in regular season, Anderson stressed that the Tigers have to continue working on finishing ballgames.
"At this point of the season it's very important to finish strong," Anderson said. "We have to get better finishing off each opponent and we have to continue getting better finishing each ballgame. If we do that, good things are ahead of us."
While Anderson won't admit that he or his team has mentioned post season play, there was an extra electricity in the air surrounding Anderson and several of the Tiger team.
"We have goals to win the conference and to play for a long time in post season," DeMarre Carroll told reporters Thursday. "We just have to keep focused on one game at a time, everything else will work itself out."