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2/28/13: It is tough to say where Missouri basketball is headed. The team dropped a game to Arkansas late. However, they rebounded and beat #3 ranked Florida at home. Then they lost a close match to Kentucky on national TV. The team is good enough to beat anyone on a given day, but is also undisciplined enough to lose to anyone as well. It does not help that head coach Frank Haith has been named in the NCAA allegations for his time at University of Miami. If the team can finish strong, then they should be in the NCAA tournament in March. But whether or not that happens is anyone's guess.
2/21/13: Theoretically, Mizzou should make the NCAA tournament. The team is 18-7 after losing a close match at Arkansas. However, the team is 7-5 in conference play, and that will not help their standings in the eyes of the NCAA tournament committee. Against Arkansas, the team currently coached by former Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson, Mizzou played well enough to win, but Jabari Brown's three point attempt at the final buzzer did not fall and Mizzou lost 73 to 71. The Tigers may need a strong conference tournament to influence the committee and make the tournament again.
1/24/13: A bit of a tough week for Mizzou Basketball. While the Tigers took care of business against South Carolina (though they fell behind early), the team was dismantled by Florida over the weekend by more than 20 points. It was a big SEC showdown between two of the three best SEC teams, but apparently Mizzou missed the flight to Gainesville. More troubling is that head coach Frank Haith may be in trouble with the NCAA for recruiting violations stemming from his time as the head coach of Miami. Nothing has happened yet, but this is something Tiger fans should keep an eye on.
1/17/13: Mizzou easily handled Alabama in its first ever SEC conference matchup, but could not replicate the performance on the road against Ole Miss. The Rebels handed the Tigers their third loss of the season, 64-49, as Mizzou struggled to find any sort of rhythem. The Tigers started off on the wrong foot, missing shot after shot and not scoring for the first 6:35 of the game. The team was without their leading scorer, Laurence Bowers - who will be out at least for the next game against Georgia. Tony Criswell, but it was not enough. Mizzou is now 12-3, and will likely drop from their number 10 ranking.
12/27/12: While the Mizzou football team struggled in its first SEC season, the basketball team is excelling. The Tigers are ranked 7th in the nation, and beat long time rival Illinois in the annual Braggin Rights game played in St. Louis. Laurence Bowers scored 23 points, and Phil Pressley added 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to lead Mizzou to a 82-73 win over the 10th ranked Illini. The win was the fourth in a row over Illinois in the series. The Tigers are now 10-1, with the only loss coming to #2 Louisville earlier in the season.
11/29/12: A loss to No. 2 Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament dropped the Missouri Tigers from No. 13 to No. 15. Louisville controlled the game throughout and forced Mizzou into 23 turnovers en route to a 84-61 drubbing. Louisville earned the right to play the Duke Blue Devils in the tournament final. Mizzou played in the 3rd place game, defeating Virginia Commonwealth University 68-65. Lawrence Bowers led the way again, scoring team highs in both points (14) and rebounds (11). Third place will have to do for now, but the Tigers should have learned what it will take to get through the NCAA tournament from this trial run.
11/22/12: It must be nice doing what you love, and doing it in the Bahamas. The Tigers outlasted the Stanford Cardinal in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, 78-70. Laurence Bowers led the No. 13 Tigers with 19 points, most of which were scored in the second half. He also grabbed 10 boards and added two steals in the win. Mizzou moves on to the semifinals, and will face the winner of the Northern Iowa and No. 2 Louisville game. These are the types of games Mizzou needs to learn how to win now, so they can prepare themselves for the NCAA Tournament come March. And this team expects to be in the Big Dance.
11/15/12: Mizzou basketball may be a big beneficiary of moving to the SEC. The SEC is a football conference, and the football Tigers did not compete too well this season. Missouri has traditionally had strong basketball teams in the ultra-competitive Big 12, and should move to the top of the SEC, with exception of Kentucky and maybe Florida. So far this season, the Tigers are 2-0 with blowout wins over SIUE and Alcorn State. Nicholls State is the next victim on Friday, before Mizzou faces Stanford at the Atlantis Resort in an early season tournament. The Tigers are ranked 14 overall, and should have another strong season.
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