Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Is It Time Yet?
Have we crossed the threshold? Is it officially time to become excited about the Missouri Tigers' prospects for some postseason success? I think maybe it is. After beating Kansas Monday night, it looks like the Tigers have the #3 seed in the Big 12 tournament wrapped up. Depending on what KU and the Tigers do down the stretch, they might be able to climb to #2.
Or it could all implode at any moment. That seems to be how it is watching these Tigers. They are wild fun, but thoroughly infuriating. Of course, that is kind of the point. That is how games will be in the Mike Anderson system. And it's fine with me. I was happy when MU hired Anderson because, if nothing else, I knew we would be entertained.
That is certainly happening now. And the Tigers have entertained their way to #17 in the RPI. If they can finish with no more than 1 or 2 losses the rest of the way, they can earn at least a 5 seed in the NCAA tourney, and would have a shot at a 3 or 4 seed if things go better. That is quite a turnaround from a team that was mostly just infuriating last year.
So, I'm on the bandwagon. I think there may be some good things ahead. The Tigers have now won a couple of close games with good opponents which will serve them well down the road. We may see another 16 point half before the end of the season, but we'll definitely see the effort that lead to the furious second half rally as well. No matter what, it'll be fun to watch.