ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Head coach Kim Anderson is an unattractive 19-44 in his first two seasons with the Missouri Men’s Basketball team. And for the third year in a row, he starts the season with a new Director of Athletics above him.

Jim Sterk was hired by Mizzou from San Diego State this past August, taking over for Mack Rhoades, who took the reigns from Mike Alden in 2015.

Anderson believes he is a coach’s athletics director.

“From the first time we visited, his message was ‘Hey, what can I do to help you to be successful?'” Anderson says. “And I know he’s been around the state and has met a lot of Tiger fans and I know he has been tremendous so far for me.”

Team practices have begun for the Tigers this week, and the type of team Anderson expects for this season is one that turns it’s defense into offense. While the team was in Italy this August they went 3-1, and Anderson says the goal was to make sure his team was doing the small things well.

“We scored more in transition, which is what we want to do,” Anderson says. “I think that’s to our advantage. We have athletic guys who can run the floor, we’ve got some good shooters and some guys who can drive it to the hole. But I would definitely say our defense is ahead of our offense.”

The Tigers are made up of 10 freshmen and sophomores this year, with one junior and one senior.

Mizzou will begin the 2016-17 season vs Alabama A&M on November 13 in Columbia, Mo., then will head to Orlando, Florida for the Puerto Rico Tip Off. They will also play an exhibition on November 4, against Anderson’s former team D-II Central Missouri.

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