2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: Missouri Tigers
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Missouri Tigers earned a No. 2 seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament and they lost in the very first round of the tournament. It was a historic day that saw two No. 2 seeds going down in the very first round and the Tigers were on the wrong side of that monumental achievement.
Missouri may have some new faces this year, but they are still a very good team and there are some players still on the team that want to avenge last year’s embarrassing Big Dance performance.
The Tigers may have ten losses on the season, but they have not lost back-to-back games all year, which is pretty impressive.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Laurence Bowers (14.6 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Alex Oriakhi (8.6 rpg)
Leading Passer: Phil Pressey (7.1 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: VCU, Illinois, Ole Miss, Florida
Phil Pressey is definitely the leader of this team. Not to mention, he is one of the best point guards in all of college basketball. As long as Pressey keeps the turnovers down, this is a very hard team to beat. Outside of Pressey, Missouri has six players averaging ten or more points per game, so take your pick on who you really want to focus on guarding.
The Tigers have had plenty of good wins this season and they can keep up with anyone in the country. They are almost unbeatable at home, but to bad there is no such thing as a home game in the dance–theoretically that is. However, Missouri is 4-2 on neutral court games this season, so that should help in the tournament.
The Missouri Tigers are dancing!