Margin of victory doesn't factor into the RPI, which is still carries heavy influence on the seedings. A 2-point loss to Florida is the same as a 20-point loss. I don't have the data in front of me as far as sub .500 conference records making it into the tournament, but I'm sure a few have gotten in, probably from the ACC since it expanded to 37 teams. (Not really but it seems that big.)
Most teams that turn the ball over 20 times and shoot 60 percent from the foul line will be eliminated in the first round, so that's not just a Mizzou thing. Agreed on the FTs. They've been solid from the line all year, especially the guards, Puryear and Porter. That's why it's impossible to pin Tuesday's loss on one guy. Everyone had a hand in that performance.
Yes, I would consider it a disappointment if on Feb. 22 Mizzou is projected as a 7 seed and ultimately doesn't make the tournament. Without Porter, this team proved it can compete for a championship in the SEC and challenge the best teams in a deep league. To miss the tournament would require a huge meltdown starting at LSU. So, in that light, yes it would be a disappointment.
Again, the LSU loss didn't surprise me. I said on multiple radio interviews last week that it was a tricky game and I thought it was a toss-up. LSU has talented, a good young coach and they're still playing like something is on the line - not to mention they have seven wins against NCAA projected teams. But, yes, I didn't expect Missouri to lose to Ole Miss. Missouri was the better team on Ole MIss' home floor two weeks earlier, but the Tigers' have enough flaws that they're capable of losing to anyone in this league if they don't play with enough effort on defense and they turn the ball over like crazy. I was not surprised at all the Mississippi State game got close late. The same MSU team outplayed MU for 22 minutes a week earlier. And MU is always going to make the final couple minutes of a close game difficult because of its makeup.
Again, there are loopholes teams use to avoid sanctions. The numbers are difficult to project. If Phillips leaves the university in good academic standing it won't hurt that badly. Either way, you don't keep a guy on the roster just to preserve your APR.
It's a really tough call because it's so hard to win consecutive games in a field that's so balanced. Kentucky has so much upside because of its talent but I don't like that team's ability to string together three or four straight wins. Auburn is so good in the backcourt. Tennessee is well coached and plays so sound defensively. I don't trust Florida right now. Alabama has great talent but doesn't make enough 3s. When Missouri is embracing Martin's stables (defense, ball-control), they're hard to beat when the 3s are falling. But I'm not sure about MU's depth in back-to-back games. Right now, I'd lean toward Tennessee.
In the northwest corner, just off of the team tunnel that MU uses to go into the locker room. I can easily say it's the worst view of any SEC venue. I've covered games in every SEC arena. Mississippi State was the only place this year that put me on the floor. LSU was pretty close. Ole Miss, South Carolina and Arkansas put writers in the corner but you have a full view of the court. Kentucky puts visiting writers in the upper deck but you're along the sideline and you get to see the whole floor. There are plays at Mizzou Arena that I can't see because of the angle.
You never know. I'm still on the right side of 40 for a few more months.
Thanks for the kind words.
The single-game Mizzou scoring record is 46. And was never matched by the likes of Sundvold, Stipo, Willie Smith, Ricky Frazier, Doug Smith, Anthony Peeler, Melvin Booker, Clarence Gilbert or Kareem Rush. So, if Porter can sit out more than three months and hit 47, then that would be pretty incredible. FYI, only one SEC player has touched 40 in a game this year. Collin Sexton had 40 against Minnesota.
If you're not a team that presses a lot, it's hard to start pressing a lot. Most teams don't have the depth to press for 40, 30 or even 20 minutes. Your players have to be in elite condition and you need five or more backups who can play significant minutes. That's why you don't see teams break out of their comfort zone and press for more than a few possessions against Missouri. It's not a video game where you just push a button and change your team's identity. I wouldn't get too worked up on FT shooting. This is still the SEC's third-best FT shooting team at just under 75 percent, though I thing some fatigue (mental and physical) might have contributed to some of the recent late-game misses. Let's not forget, nobody on this team has played in nationally relevant college games this late in the year. They don't have the muscle memory or the experience to draw upon when a huge game is close in the final minutes, at home or on the road. That's just the reality.
I'm no NBA executive or scout but I don't see a guy who's NBA ready when I watch him play. I think he has to be get more physical, more refined in some of those skills that he flashes. He's a really talented shooter and passer for a 6-11 player, but not to the point where he's going to log major minutes next year in the NBA, at least not in my opinion. Now, is he better off going to the D-League for a year and building his game there as opposed to another year in college? Maybe so. He absolutely talented enough to play in the NBA. I'm not sure it's next year.
Good question. Easiest answer is the committee puts value on quality wins. Quadrant 1 wins are valuable currency. When it comes to the quadrants, a road win over the 65th RPI team is just as valuable as a home win over the 10th RPI team.
I think he's got a chance, if healthy, to push for a job in a muddled WR corps. This team needs another outside threat opposite Hall. Ofodile could be that guy. He should have two years to play. In intrigued to see what he can do playing with Lock and playing for his dad.
Come on, guys. If you're going to invest time in a Mizzou chat you have to know .... Joe Scott, the pride of Gainesville, Mo. He scored 46 vs. Nebraska on March 6, 1961.
Come on, Travis. Put that one solid year of college education to use and come up with something more clever.