Haith’s jacket came off early in the first half of the Tigers’ 93-63 rout over Arkansas on Tuesday night.
He had to be restrained from confronting Arkansas coach Mike Anderson during a stoppage of play and during another timeout he waved his arms, prodding a sellout crowd intent on showing their old coach a bad time.
“Coach is an emotional guy and I definitely think we feed off that,” forward Alex Oriakhi said.
“I looked at him on the sideline and I didn’t really recognize him. That was the most emotional I’ve ever seen him.”
Laurence Bowers had 24 points and 11 rebounds in his final home game, helping to spoil Anderson’s first appearance as a visitor.
“This was the way I wanted to go out,” Bowers said.
Jabari Brown helped finish off the Razorbacks early with 13 of his 23 points in a dominant first half with the Tigers (22-8, 11-6 SEC) leading 48-22.
Senior Alex Oriakhi had 10 points and eight rebounds and topped 1,000 career rebounds.
“Emotions were pretty high for all of us,” said Keion Bell, the third senior, who added eight points and four rebounds.
BJ Young had 27 points for Arkansas (18-12, 9-8), which shot just 31 percent in the first half while going 1 for 15 from 3-point range.
After the Razorbacks surrendered a season high in points, Anderson shrugged off the boos that greeted him by saying “it was just another game.”
“This is senior night and you expect emotions to run sky-high, and I thought those seniors kind of set the stage,” Anderson said. “It was a great atmosphere.”
Both coaches characterized the exchange as a “miscommunication.”
“You know I’m emotional and I was emotional for my team and I was encouraging my team, and I think he thought I was saying something else,” Haith said. “But I was only talking to my team.”
Anderson reminded reporters for the second time in three days that he recruited two of Missouri’s stars, Bowers and junior point guard Phil Pressey, and that during his time at Missouri “passion” in the program was rekindled.
Coaching against them, Anderson said, “Oh, man, something ain’t right about this. But Frank has done an excellent job.”
Missouri finished 17-0 at home for its second unbeaten slate in five years. The Tigers shot 58 percent in the first half and 57 percent the rest of the way, and are shooting 61 percent the last three games.
The Tigers lost by three points at Arkansas last month, but seized control of the rematch early.
The halftime deficit was by far the largest for Arkansas, easily topping the previous worst of 17 points at South Carolina.
The Razorbacks lost that one by 21 points, and also fell on the road by 17 at Florida and by 18 at Vanderbilt.
Marshawn Powell was held to nine points after scoring 24 the first meeting.
“We’ll live again,” said forward Kikko Haydar. “All sickness isn’t death.”
OXFORD, Miss. — Marshall Henderson scored 24 points and LaDarius White added 17 as Mississippi held off Alabama in the Rebels’ final home game of the regular season.
Ole Miss (22-8, 11-6 SEC), which won eight of nine home games in SEC play, is considered to be “on the bubble” for the NCAA tournament.
The Rebels never trailed in Tuesday’s game after the opening minutes and held a double-digit advantage for almost the entire game until Alabama made a late charge.
Henderson bounced back after a terrible shooting performance on Saturday in a loss to Mississippi State, making 6 of 13 shots from the field and 9 of 11 free throws. Jarvis Summers added 14 points.
Alabama (19-11, 11-6), also on the bubble, had a huge 41-25 rebounding advantage but allowed Ole Miss to shoot 55.1 percent (27 of 49) from the field.
Trevor Lacey led the Tide with 19 points while Nick Jacobs added 18.