The Missouri Tigers had a rough season in the SEC. They finished 9-9, good for only the 8th seed in the post season tournament. Many thought the Tigers could test the Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats for one of the top seeds but Missouri’s inability to win on the road buried them in the pack.
The Tigers face off against the Texas A&M Aggies, who the Tigers beat in a 1-point squeaker just this last Wednesday. The 57-56 win was the only time these two former Big 12 members played this season.
Mizzou did not play well in their victory this last week, hitting just 34% of the field goal attempts against A&M. They only made 16 shots on the night but did connect on 24 of 30 free throw attempts, compared to the Aggies making just 7 of 10 attempts. Jabari Brown made 9 of 11 free throws in the game on his way to a game high 20 points.
Like so many teams in conference play around the country, the Missouri Tigers did not play well on the road. The Tigers must find away to play better on a neutral court than they have in straight road contests.
Plus, they have to overcome an awful final game at Tennessee on Saturday in which the Tigers were blown away 72-45 in the regular season finale.
The Tigers probably need to win two games minimum in the SEC Tournament to get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. If they can make by the Aggies on Thursday, they draw the top seeded Florida Gators on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Missouri needs to get very hot right now. While they have the talent to do so, they haven’t shown the inclination. The longest winning streak they have put together in conference play is just three games, and all those games were at home.
Maybe it wasn’t a great idea for the Tigers to play their first 10 games at home. This team could have used a couple early tests on the road but instead they feasted on cupcakes early on. This may have been a contributing factor to their struggles on the road in conference play.
The Missouri Tigers have talent but they seem to be an undisciplined bunch on the court. They have to improve their play considerably, and very quickly, if they hope for more than a bid to the N.I.T. A win against Texas A&M, then a huge upset of the Florida Gators just might do the trick.