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Haith doesn’t believe No. 3 Tigers have peaked

Missouri coach Frank Haith believes the third-ranked Tigers still have room to improve.

Missouri coach Frank Haith believes the third-ranked Tigers still have room to improve. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri basketball team has cemented itself as a serious threat to win its first Big 12 title before leaving for the Southeastern Conference.

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As the third-ranked Tigers continue toward the quest of a title with six games remaining, Missouri coach Frank Haith has been asked a few times whether he worries about his team peaking too early, or reaching a plateau.

Missouri hasn’t show signs of that yet, and Haith doesn’t believe they will.

“I think that there are times when we look great,” he said. “But I still think there is a level this team can get to. I’m excited about where they’re at, but I think there’s some room that we can get better in and some areas we can get better at and we can be a special team.”

The question of whether or not the Tigers can continue to play at such a high level is legitimate after last season’s tough finish. Missouri (23-2, 10-2 Big 12) started out the year 14-1, but struggled mightily down the stretch. The Tigers were just 8-8 in conference play and lost five of their final six games, including a first-round loss to Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament.

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