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Gordo: No more shortcuts for Cuonzo Martin at Mizzou

The Missouri basketball program will have to work its way back to national relevance. These day there’s no shortcut available to the Tigers.

The program posted a losing record in five of its last six seasons. Recruits see a half-empty arena (or worse) when they attend games or watch on TV.

Coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff must get in early on guys and/or draw on relationships. They found two complementary transfer pieces and a backup center for this season’s team, then attracted some promising late-bloomers for future squads.

There is hope for this season, since the Tigers will bring one of college basketball’s most seasoned teams into an unconventional campaign.