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

By Paige Pauley
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.