Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The surprise continues. What was supposed to be an uncertain season under first-year coach Frank Haith has turned into one of the most successful in program history. His hiring last April was met with skepticism from a fan base that was unimpressed with the former Miami coach's mediocre resume. A 43-69 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference with four NIT appearances and one NCAA tournament berth made most wonder if Missouri's program could build on the progress it enjoyed under former coach Mike Anderson, who produced three NCAA tournament berths in the last three seasons before leaving to replace John Pelphrey at Arkansas. But since arriving in Columbia, Haith has quieted critics by molding the Tigers into one of the nation's elite teams. He did it by improving chemistry within a fractured program and demanding more from floor leaders. As a result, positive results followed. Senior guard Marcus Denmon had 10 games of at least 20 points in the regular season, and senior guard...
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