Only four days after a disappointing loss to Illinois in the game for the Braggin Rights, Mike Anderson's team responded with a better defensive and offensive showing here Saturday night, defeating Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 107-57.
Tuesday night's game in St. Louis against Illinois, the Illini couldn't do any wrong while Missouri was outplayed on both sides of the ball defensively and offensively.
Anderson was hesitant to express what the Tigers need to work to improve each game this season.
"Defense, there's no question about it," Anderson said after Saturday's game. "Defense and toughness more than anything else, we have got to have an inside presence, no question about it."
In Saturday's night game the Tigers responded offensively, scoring over 100 points to run their record to the No. 25 Tigers to a 10-2 season record.
DeMarre Carroll led the Tigers offensively with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Miquel Paul scored 12 points in the win.
Carroll, who averages 16.5 points a game on the season, was held to only six points against Illinois on Tuesday night. Carroll was disappointed about the loss on Tuesday and explained the team was refocused for Saturday night's matchup.
"We had that bitter taste in our mouths," Carroll told the media after the game. "We just lost our big Braggin' Rights game. Today we came out doing the things we had to do, Coach (Anderson) told us, this team right here; we can't afford to look at their jerseys. We need to just come out here tonight and play with intensity. I think tonight is a new beginning for us."
Anderson agreed with Carroll on several points and feels that his team still have a couple of non conference test that will prove what type of team he has.
"I've said all along, we've got some tests as we go," Anderson said. "Illinois was a test for us to see where we are as a team, and we didn't perform well. Every game is an important game for our basketball team. We can't overlook anyone. I think that had something to do with the Illinois game. We are not as good as we think. We've just got to continue to work and get better. We've got a road test at Georgia; that will tell us some about ourselves before Big 12 play."
The Tigers will be back in action at home Tuesday night against Centenary College.