Dixon's confidence showing for Tigers

Michael Dixon of Missouri has embraced his role as the first player off the bench for the Tigers this season.

Michael Dixon of Missouri has embraced his role as the first player off the bench for the Tigers this season. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri guard Michael Dixon didn’t like it at first when he was called a spark plug earlier this season.

But just as the title has grown on him, so too has his role as Missouri’s first man off the bench.

“I will say he’s playing at a high, high level right now,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said as the Tigers prepared for Saturday’s game at Texas A&M (1 p.m. ESPN-TV). “And we sense it, and he senses it. When he gets in the game he’s got great confidence in the way he’s playing right now.”

Dixon — who has asserted himself as one of the top sixth men in the country — has taken it to another level in his last five games.

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