Habermehl faces rival

Wednesday, November 9, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Growing up in Independence, Missouri Southern forward Matt Habermehl was around a lot of Tiger fans.

The problem was he wasn’t one, as his KU apparel would indicate.

This allegiance to the rivals across the state line made for some tough moments when the Jayhawks lost and his friends rubbed it in.

“I remember when the Jayhawks were playing in Columbia and Paul Pierce got stripped at the top of the key to lose the game,” Habermehl said. “I didn’t live that down for two weeks.”

Although playing in Allen Fieldhouse against the Jayhawks may have been more rewarding for Habermehl, the chance to play against the Tigers was nice.

“Being a big Jayhawk fan and being not to far away seeing (MU) them play all the time, it was great,” Habermehl said. “I’ve always had dreams of being here and playing.”

Despite not being able to pull off the big upset against the team he grew up rooting against, Habermehl extracted some joy from the 87-61 defeat by connecting on two of his four 3-point attempts in route to scoring 10 points.

FACES IN THE CROWD: Despite the new-found fame of becoming a World Series champion, White Sox third baseman Joe Crede still keeps up on his hometown team.

After being introduced to fans on the scoreboard in the first half of the MU men’s basketball game, the Westphalia native made his rounds to press row for an interview during halftime.

Eagerly awaiting his departure, a swarm of autograph seekers flocked his way as he stood up from the interview.

Crede gave Missouri football some unexpected publicity when, during the World Series, television broadcasters mentioned that Crede said he used the layoff between the ALCS and the World Series to watch Missouri football games.

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