April 5, 2009
Detroit, Mich. -
Mizzou's Mike Anderson was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches Co-Coach of the Year on Sunday, sharing the award with former Memphis and current Kentucky Coach John Calipari.
Anderson received the award at the NABC's national convention tonight after guiding Missouri to a school record 31 wins, a Big 12 Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Anderson guided a Missouri program picked to finish seventh in the Big 12's preseason poll to a third-place regular season showing thanks to a school-best 12-4 league mark. His Tigers were also the most improved team in the country this year, going from a 16-16 mark in 2007-08, to a 31-7 overall mark, which is an improvement of 15 wins. That 15-win improvement is the most in school history.
Mizzou also equaled its longest advancement in NCAA Tournament play this year, defeating Cornell (78-59), #23 Marquette (83-79) and #2 Memphis (102-91) to reach the Elite Eight in Glendale, Ariz. Missouri was the only program in this year's Sweet 16 to have not received a single vote for the Preseason Top 25 poll and MU will finish among the Top 10 in the final Associated Press poll for just the fifth time in school history.
As a team Missouri was one of the nation's most exciting programs, leading the country with 18.4 assists, ranking second with 10.2 steals and ranking fourth with 81.5 points. The Tigers were also one of America's most dominant clubs at home, going a perfect 18-0 this past season, while averaging a 25.2 ppg scoring margin inside Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers also finished the season 6-2 vs. nationally-ranked teams, including that win over Calipari and #2 Memphis (102-91) That 11-point win against the Tigers was Missouri's largest margin of victory over a #2-ranked team since defeating #2 Oklahoma 98-86 in the 1989 Big Eight Tournament.
Anderson is the first Tiger Basketball coach to win the NABC Coach of the Year award and is the first Tiger head coach to win a national coaching award since Norm Stewart won the Associated Press' Coach of the Year honor in 1994.
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