Missouri Tigers: Building and Bursting the Bubble

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Jan 21, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Frank Haith reacts against the LSU Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU defeated Missouri 77-71. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

There’s nothing quite like being an NCAA bubble team.  You live on the edge each game.  One win here or a loss there could be the difference between your team celebrating wildly on Selection Sunday, or your fan base begrudgingly buying tickets for a home NIT game.

And the bubble is where we find the 2014 iteration of the Missouri Tigers basketball team.  According to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, if the season were to end today, Mizzou would be a 12 seed, and the last at-large team to not have to play in the 1st round of the tournament.  In last week’s version of bracketology, Lunardi had the Tigers on the outside looking in.  It’s safe to say the Tigers fate rests squarely in their results of their final 11 SEC games and the SEC tournament.  And I could see it going either way.  So let’s break down the Tigers’ chances of dancing in March.

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