LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri men's basketball team deserved No. 1 seed

Monday, March 12, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. CDT

Why is it that Missouri athletics seem to get the short end of the stick?

The Missouri basketball team went 30-4 in the 2012 season winning the Jimmy V tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Big 12 Tournament championship, which took place in Kansas City. Not only did they win the conference tournament championship, it was also the last Big 12 tournament the Tigers will play in because of the team's switch to the Southeastern Conference next year.


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Even with these wins and championships, the Missouri basketball program still only gets placed as a two-seed behind Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Syracuse. Kentucky, 32-2, and Syracuse, 31-2, deserved No. 1 seeds because of their consistency; however, North Carolina went 29-5 and did not win its conference championship. Missouri basketball should have an upper hand to a team with a worse record that didn't win their conference. Michigan State's record was 27-7, but it did win the Big 10 Conference championship.

Overall, the Missouri basketball program has shown that they should have been placed as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They are a humble and consistent team who will make it very far in the national tournament. It seems that Missouri always gets the short end of the stick with basketball and football.

Paige Pauley is an MU student.

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James Krewson March 12, 2012 | 12:39 p.m.

I think strategically, getting the #2 seed in the West was the best thing to happen. They stay under the radar, and are matched up against teams they should have no problem at all with. It should be a cakewalk for Mizzou to get to the Sweet 16. In fact, both the experts on CBS had Mizzou winning the West region and making the Final Four.

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Ellis Smith March 12, 2012 | 6:11 p.m.

Wall Street Journal, today, using a bracket graphic, made their predictions for the tournament. They predict that MU will go to the Final Four, beating Michigan State in the West Regional.

They predict that Baylor will win the South Regional, defeating Kentucky.

In the semifinal game between Baylor and MU, they predict that Baylor will win and advance to the final.

They predict that North Carolina will win the Midwest Regional, beating Kansas, and advance to the Final Four.

They predict that Ohio State will win the East Regional, knocking off Syracuse.

They predict that the semifinal game between Ohio State and North Carolina will be won by North Carolina.

They predict that North Carolina will beat Baylor in the final to win the tournament.

Observation #1: I hadn't realized there were so many Baylor fans on Wall Street.

Observation #2: If this was arrived at using one of Wall Street's computers I think I'll transfer my business to Bundesbank.

[Well, they do predict MU getting to the Final Four.]

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Jonathan Hopfenblatt March 12, 2012 | 10:15 p.m.

Now we'll get to see if everyone's infatuation with the B1G conference this year was warranted. All the time, all everyone said was "oh man, that's the best conference top to bottom, the one with the most parity, yadda yadda yadda."

Yeah, it could be that there aren't any truly dominant teams in the Big 10 because they're all awesome, but that would also be the case if they were all mediocre. Their games are almost always huge snoozefests, and I honestly don't see any of 'em making it far in the tourney. Obviously there's a lot of homerism in that previous statement, but yeah, I'm still ticked off that Mizzou got snubbed in favor of MSU and Ohio State.

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