Vahe Gregorian: How Dru Smith emerged as Missouri's most trusted player at most crucial time

During a timeout in the crucible of the final seconds of a tie game at Florida on March 3, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin turned to senior guard Dru Smith and essentially put the outcome on him. Beyond the sheer X’s and O’s of the play that would begin in earnest with Smith taking a pass on the right wing, Martin added a psychological nudge: Considering that the selfless Smith had passed up a fine opportunity to shoot on the previous possession, Martin challenged him by saying, “Hey, man, come on, now, be the player you’re supposed to be.” The scene made for telling testimony about Smith … and n…

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