GLENDALE, ARIZ. -- A reporter at a press conference for Missouri players Friday continually referred to Connecticut 7-foot-3 center
"I don't know why he kept doing that," point guard
All nomenclature aside, the 7-foot-3 Thabeet presents a beast of a problem for Missouri in its Elite 8 matchup with the Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday. Much of their offense comes from drives to the basket, and you don't need to be
"He presents a big problem," Tigers coach
Neither Anderson nor his players were too specific about how they planned to counter Thabeet's influence, but here's an educated guess:
"We've got to get him up and down the court," Carroll said. "We've got to play to our advantage. Me and Leo, you know, are versatile big man. So, hopefully, we can get him running up and down the court and fatigue could be a big factor in this game."
Added: Lyon: "He is great at blocking shots. [But] we want to see how good he can slide his feet on defense as well."
The Tigers said they have a model for how to play Thabeet from having faced some of the bigger centers in the Big 12 Conference -- Kansas center
"None of them is quite as long as him or as tall as him," Lyons said. "He is a defensive force. We are going to try to turn the offense to another level and turn our speed up to another level."
One player to watch closely on Saturday is Missouri shooter
Said Tiller: "