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Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:15 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 5:44 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

Missouri's strength of schedule, no matter how you cut it, was lackluster. The RPI has the Tigers strength of schedule in the low 200's and for good reason. 

The Tigers had played just one "true" road game in their 14-0 start, a close call last weekend at an Old Dominion team that is young and still trying to find its identity. 

The wins that appeared impressive -- routs over Cal and Notre Dame in nearly Kansas City, a victory over Villanova in New York and a win against Illinois in St. Louis -- don't look all that powerful any more.  None of those four teams are locks to make the NCAA tournament and it's not crazy to claim all four could wind up as NIT teams. 

Well, Missouri took its first loss on Saturday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum, where the Tigers were truly never even in the game against Kansas State. 

Now, let's be clear: Road wins in league play are tough to come by. Just ask Georgetown, which lost Saturday at West Virginia; or Florida, which dropped one at Tennessee. But for those who tabbed Missouri as the Big 12 favorites after its hot start, let's wait a while. 

Sure, their offensive numbers are eye-popping. They've been extremely effective and efficient. Marcus Denmon has All-American'ish numbers. Kim English has shot the you-know-what out of the ball and Phil Pressey has controlled tempo and make plays when necessary as the Tigers have climbed their way into the Top 10. 

But this is a team that could have difficulty in league play.

Kansas State is a difficult place to play and the Wildcats, despite getting smacked by Kansas in Lawrence earlier in the week, are a fringe Top 25 team. The Wildcats crushed Missouri in the paint. 

Remember, Missouri has just one legitimate big man in Ricardo Ratliffe. Virtually no depth on the frontcourt. 

K-State exploited its size advantage - and if Mizzou thought the Wildcats were big, strong and long, just wait until they see Kansas and Baylor. 

Comments

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:41 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

Well, we waited until the Tigers saw Baylor, and guess what--lead by 10+ points most of the second half and won, and that was IN Waco.  Next time, give some credit to the 14-0 team.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:38 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

Hey Goodman, 

You can't have it both ways......you are saying Missouri is exposed and then giving KSU praise all at the same time and jumping them 12 spots in the poll.   



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:37 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

badmrbunny

You are a complete worthless dbag  



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

mutiger43,
obviously grammer is something you do not have ANY business talking about.  Kansas has 40 tournament appearances, 13 Final Fours, and has won multiple NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!  Our NCAA tournament record is 88-39.  Mizzery has 24 tournament appearances, ZERO final fours, and ZERO national championships.  Your tournament record is 22-23.  Kansas has 7 straight regular season titles, you won it in 2009 but that was the first time since 1993.  The last time you won the regular season title was 1994 but the NCAA took that away from you.  Kansas versus Mizzery all time in hoops is dominated by K.U. by the sum of 169-94!  I can totaly understand your frustration when it comes to Kansas, I really can.  If you are not the lead dog the view never changes.  Don't worry though, you won't have to worry about K.U. owning you on the hardwood after this year.  After all, next year you get to be owned by U.K.  Obviously when it comes to Big 12 hoops "It (It's) plain (to see) that you don't know what your (you're) talking about".



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

Took a week for Misery to get back to their usual 4th place in the conference. I don't begrudge the Slaver's right to join the SEC- if i was a Misery Tigger, I would want to stop the yearly Kansas beatdowns in basketball as soon as possible. Then Kentucky will abuse just like we have all these years.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:34 am
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

actually the road still goes through KU since they are the previous champion
Technically, the road to the Big XII championship goes through every school at this point.  What happened last year is irrelevant.  Until KU actually holds a lead in the conference and teams have to beat them to claim the lead, they aren't THE team to beat.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:28 am
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

You never wanted to be in a conference that was never going to invite you?  Rock on, Jayhawk.



Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

In defense of Jayhawkdawg, what about Georgetown, UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State (which Mizzou could not beat if Sullinger sat out), etc. Obviously you did not see the entire KU schedule has played. Look, you guys have a decent team. You are short on big men! Ratliff can't do it all!



Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

Mr Jayhawkdawg At least our team don't claim to be almighty god then drop out of the tourament  in the first or second round. also talk about poderpuff teams Howard, Davidson and other teams that couldn't beat high school teams. It plain that you don't know what your talking about.



Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:04 am
 

Mizzou suffers 1st loss; size, schedule exploited

KU does not want (never wanted) to be in the SEC my friend! Good luck MU in your new Conference. Rock Chalk!


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