With Selection Sunday less than 3 weeks away, I thought it would be a good idea to look into the top teams to try to figure out who will be rewarded the #1 seeds in each bracket. So each day this week, I will be putting up a short summary of each team’s top players, remaining schedule, and other projections.
Remaining Opponents: #5 Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech
Prediction: Missouri has had a great season so far. They have only lost three games. Unfortunately, two of those losses were to Kansas State, and a fluke loss to sub-.500 team Oklahoma State by 7 points. Other than that they have been flawless, winning many games by double figures. They beat Kansas once before a few weeks ago, by 3 points, and will face them again on Saturday. This is going to be a close game but they are away. I do not think they will win this game. Since they already have three losses, I do not think they will be a #1 seed come March 11th.
Marcus Denmon is a 6’3 Senior who, in my opinion, is one of the top players in the Big 12. He averages 17.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, in 33.9 Minutes a night. He has scored over 20 points in 9 games this season. Denmon shoots almost 90% from the free throw line.
Senior Kim English is their #2 scorer with 14.2 PPG, and 4.1 RPG. He also shoots over 50% from the field. He is barely behind Denmon with 32.9 Minutes per game.
Ricardo Ratliffe is the third senior in this line up. He is a 6’8 forward who averages 13.7 PPG on 73% shooting from the field. He also grabs 7 rebounds per contest.
Junior Michael Dixon is a 6’1 guard who puts in 12.6 points of his own, while assisting 3.1. He also shoots almost 90% from the foul line.
Flip Pressey is the young gun on the team. He is merely a sophomore and scores 10 PPG on 31.4 minutes per game. He also grabs 3.2 boards per game, and 2.1 steals per game.
Mizzou is a veteran team which will hurt them in the future. However, we are just looking at this season and if they can win the Big 12 (assuming they can beat Kansas) then I think they can get the #1 seed. I just think Kansas is a better team overall, even though their record does not show it. They are both 12-2 in the conference.