Vahe Gregorian: How Dennis Gates revived Mizzou basketball with disparate parts and why it bodes well

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The Kansas City Star

When Dennis Gates was named the University of Missouri men’s basketball program’s new head coach last year, he had a daunting task before him: Revive a once-proud program that had gone a decade-plus without an NCAA Tournament victory, earned apathy from the fan base and most recently was coming off a 12-21 season. Oh, and do it while recruiting and roster-building in the churning middle of the still-fluid new world order of the transfer portal and Name, Image and Likeness ramifications in college athletics. Asked about his blueprint a few weeks later at a Mizzou fan function at Chicken N Pickl…

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