Living in MO, I'd like to examine what MU is doing under Mike Anderson, vs. where ISU currently is at. First of all, MU is pretty good. We all know they have a fast tempo, press-type attack, like to run. Our style, right now, and probably will largely be under McD, is more of a deliberate, set offense, defense first, rebounding style. I would hope that when we get the horses, we too will be able to more up-tempo, pressure D, run, attack the basket. It's pretty obvious that we just don't have the skilled, quicker athletetes that can create, shoot, pass and rebound consistently, run a motion offense now and again. I'm thinking of a combination of fundamental set offense and defense, ala Don Haskins, Texas Western in "Glory Road", but when the light bulb came on and he let the players PLAY. The key with that National Championship team in '65-66 was that he had the players. We don't as yet. We need a taller more athletic front line, players in the 6'-5" to 6-9 range who can pass, shoot and rebound, IMO! Let's look at MU: Starting 5 against ISU: D. Carrol 6-8, Sr., F; K. Ramsey 6-9, Jr., F; JT Tiller 6-3, Jr., G; Z. Taylor 6-4, Jr., G; K. English 6-6, Fr., G. Tall, athletic, fast, all can shoot, and rebound. Key resevere, in our game, Marcus Denmon 6-3 Fr., G., 16 pts. against us (anybody remember Martinez Denmon?). Other reserves: S. Moore 6-9, Fr., C.; J. Safford 6-8, So., F.; L. Bowers 6-8, Fr., F. I'm not even sure Matt Lawrence 6-7 Sr., G. even played. Lawrence is the kind of player I think McD might like, cause he can shoot 3's, but he didn't play against us. Living off the Trey won't work in the B12 if you can't play physical, have a mid-court game, and rebound. We have to have guards and forwards that can penetrate, dish, and shoot. I think MU is good. I believe they are saying it's one of their best starts ever, or at least for awhile. We just couldn't keep up w/ them in the 2nd half. They've beaten Cal by 27 at home, USC on a neutral court by 9, and Georgia by 6 at Georgia. Only 3 losses, to Xavier by 4, Illinois, both a neutral court, and away at Nebraska by 5. Their other wins mostly by 20, 30, and 40 points. So, I guess I'd like some discussion on where we are headed as a program. And I'd prefer it to be a positive (not negative) thread! We need to support our kids and coaches! I really think DG is making good progress, and is taking it to the hole better. He just hasn't got the mid or long range game yet, consistently. CB has improved so much from last year, and I could tell this even from watching him (my only game so far this year) against Missouri. He just didn't have much help. And speaking of help, I really like the potential of Hamilton, and he was the leading scorer w/ 13 pts. Great game for him early in his career! We have Gilstrap coming. He'll need to play huge for his only year w/ us. We are really counting on Colvin to come in and contribute some right away, and be a playmaker. Who else do we have coming in, signed? Kadima...Is he here next year? How will he and others fit in? We need more athletic swing guards and forwards, and need to recruit another tall power forward/center in the worst way, IMO. We are young, yes, but need an infusion of talent. The kid from Davenport sounds like he could really contribute on the boards, but lacks offense. We need good shooters/scorers. HB would be great, but maybe we shouldn't get our hopes too high. How is the recruiting trail for forwards/centers??