Tigers fight plane trouble en route to Arizona hoops matchup
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Before leaving Columbia Saturday, the University of Missouri Tiger Men’s Basketball team already knew it would be the underdog on the road Sunday night against the 13th ranked Arizona Wildcats. But the team encountered a little adversity before even arriving in Tucson, thanks to a 9 hour layover in Lubbock, TX.
A mechanical issue grounded the team plane. After spending three hours cooped up and fearing that the delay would scrap the team’s scheduled walk-through practice in Arizona that night, the team made the best of the situation by practicing in the airport hangar.
“I think it was good to get them up, get ’em moving around and maybe get their focus on the game a little bit as we get ready to play,” Head Coach Kim Anderson told the Mizzou Network. You find in Division II you do this a lot. You don’t do this a lot in Division I but in Division II, rarely are you in an airport hangar,” he said.
The team arrived in Tucson around midnight St. Louis time.
This isn’t the first time plane trouble has befallen Anderson’s program. A recruiting trip was cut short when engine trouble forced an emergency landing in St. Clair, MO in February. No one was injured.