Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson gave his final press conference of the season, five days after the Tigers were eliminated from the NCAA tournament by West Virginia. He called it a season of “almosts,” but called it an encouraging season.

Coach Anderson was asked if he saw any of the tournament including Kansas State’s double overtime win on Thursday and Anderson said he hasn’t watched any basketball saying if Missouri wasn’t involved, he wasn’t excited about it.  Then he chuckled and said “Don’t think I’m mourning.”

He said he admired the way his players fought all season long to the end and admitted losing Justin Safford, who had successful surgery to repair a torn ACL, was difficult on the team especially when you consider they finished up with K-State and Kansas in two of their last three games.

Anderson said that Safford should be up to full speed within six months. Laurence Bowers played the end of the season “one handed” with torn ligaments in his non-shooting hand and Anderson pondered could you imagine how they would have done if he was playing with both hands.

Anderson said he’s excited about next season. He feels Missouri has arrived on the national scene and that they are now a program with credentials. Here more from Mike Anderson by clicking below.

Mike Anderson press conference