The Missouri Tigers were among the teams fighting for a No. 1 seed down the stretch. Even without a strong non-conference schedule, the team finished with 30 wins, split their Border War series with Kansas and demolished the Baylor Bears for the Big 12 tournament title. Yet the team was called the last of the No. 2 seeds -- a No. 8 ranking overall. That much is ridiculous at this point and many are calling the selection committee into question.
ESPN's Jason King writes, "I’ve got to think that a more than a handful of people choked on their cheese puffs when committee chair Jeff Hathaway said during a live interview that Missouri was the fourth No. 2 seed behind Kansas, Duke and Ohio State. Seriously, at what point does the "eyeball factor" come into play?
"The Tigers are 30-4 and completely dominated a strong Baylor team in the championship game of the Big 12 tournament Saturday. Sure, Missouri’s non-conference strength of schedule was poor. But to imply Frank Haith’s squad would’ve been a No. 3 seed had it lost on Saturday is concerning."
The Tigers are being picked by many as a Final Four selection and it will be interesting to see the reasoning of others if the Tigers do well. Then again, a short run by Frank Haith's team would only validate the raised eyebrows of the ones calling these shots.
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