Sporting News puts Missouri men's basketball team at No. 10 in preseason rankings

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 8:00 p.m. CDT

The Sporting News has ranked the Missouri men’s basketball team No. 10 in its annual preseason Top 25 rankings.

The Tigers, who open their inaugural Southeastern Conference season with an exhibition game Oct. 29 against Northwest Missouri State, welcome the return of senior forward Laurence Bowers and junior guard Phil Pressey, who will join transfers Alex Oriakhi and Keion Bell.

"How this group comes together will determine whether the Tigers make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament," the Sporting News' Ryan Fagan wrote about Missouri.

The rankings listed Indiana as this year's top preseason pick. 

Missouri begins the regular season at home on Nov. 10 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and starts conference play at home against Alabama on Jan. 8.

The Tigers finished with a 30-5 record last season, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Norfolk State.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.


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