2012 NCAA Tournament: Norfolk State Stuns Kansas State

Kyle O'Quinn scores 26 points and grabs 14 rebounds as Norfolk State pulls the shocker of the tournament.

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Missouri's Frank Haith Says He 'Hurts For Seniors' After Early NCAA Tournament Exit

The Missouri Tigers were seeded too low. That was the commonly held belief after the 30-win Tigers and Big 12 Conference Tournament champs were placed at a No. 2 seed below the Michigan State Spartans. Expectations were high for Missouri and many had them going to New Orleans to make a Final Four run. Even President Obama predicted the same.

But reality was hard for the Missouri Tigers yesterday as Frank Haith’s magical run came to an abrupt end after the team ran into the No. 15 seeded Norfolk State. With the upset loss, Haith’s team fell out of the team in the first round and must head home with the pain dashed expectations.

“We had higher expectations for ourselves, and there is really nothing to say when you come out and you don’t perform,” said Missouri senior guard Marcus Denmon, who scored 20. the way you perform. We gave up 86 points … You can’t win a game giving up 86 points."

Frank Haith said that he hurts for the seniors who have end their career on this note after such an incredible season.

“I’m very disappointed, as everyone in that locker room was,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “I hurt for those seniors because they put so much into this. They had high expectations as we came into this season, but let’s understand one thing – they had a hell of a year.”

For more on the loss to Norfolk State, check out SB Nation’s Missouri blog at Rock M Nation.

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NCAA Tournament Predictions: Barack Obama Predicts Missouri, Kentucky Among Final Four Teams

President Barack Obama has filed his official 2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket and he's picked the Missouri Tigers to make it all the way to the Final Four in New Orleans, showing that most believe the Tigers should have won the No. 1 seed over the Michigan State Spartans. The other choices for the President include Kentucky, Ohio State and North Carolina.

The Missouri Tigers won 30 games in a power conference, so it's clear that they can play with anyone. They split the season series with Kansas and demolished the Baylor Bears in the Big 12 conference final. For those who knock them for a poor non-conference schedule, the team has done everything it can do with what it has been given. And it's clear that Missouri can score on anyone at will.

Obama has a bracket challenge available for those interested in matching wits with the leader of the free world.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub. Stay tuned to Bring on the Cats and SB Nation Kansas City for more Kansas State Wildcats recaps, previews and news updates.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2012 Predictions: Dick Vitale Has Missouri In Final Four

There is perhaps no other figure and voice more prominent and recognizable in the college basketball world than Dick Vitale. He's been a staple for decades now within the college game, so of course we're interested to know who Vitale has winning the whole thing and what he thinks of local favorites. While he has Anthony Davis and Kentucky winning the whole thing, the good news is that he also has the Missouri Tigers beating the Michigan State Spartans and making it to the Final Four in New Orleans.

His short summary reads "Frank Haith's magical year continues all the way to New Orleans." That's a great summation of a season that no one saw coming, and Missouri fans have to love the promise of going to New Orleans in Haith's first season. This will definitely be a fantastic post-season in for college basketball fans.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation’s Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation’s NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Tournament Predictions: Missouri Chosen To Make Final Four By SB Nation

Bill Connelly of SB Nation has his predictions out for the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the Missouri Tigers are quicky becoming the pick du jour of several sportswriters to come out of the West region. While Michigan State is the No. 1 seed, Connelly says he has to go with his gut on this, even though the move could “backfire.”

Connelly writes, “We are disrespecting the hell out of Tom Izzo and Michigan State at this point — virtually everybody is picking the Tigers, it seems — and that will almost certainly backfire, especially with the potential for Missouri to slip up against Florida/Virginia or Marquette. But I go with the smoking hot team regardless, even though it makes me nauseous to pick my alma mater to go that far.”

The Tigers won 30 games in the Big 12 and smoked the Baylor Bears in the conference title game, so it's not a stretch to see them emerging from the field. They score at will, are very efficient and are red hot at the right time.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation’s Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation’s NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Missouri Predicted By 7.7 Percent Of Entrants To Win Title By ESPN

In ESPN's Tournament Challenge, the stats are rolling in and the University of Kentucky is the heavy favorite for all entrants into their prediction contest for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Yet after the big three seeds, the Missouri Tigers come in fourth and the Kansas Jayhawks come in sixth, giving the Big 12 two of the biggest favorites in the country.

Interestingly enough, Baylor even comes in 10th, which means the Big 12 has three of the top ten teams as predicted by entrants and yet none of them are a top seed in the tournament, The final No. 1 seed went to Michigan State as the Big Ten winner, although that was the most questionable among the top tier seeds overall. Here's ESPN's complete list of the top ten:

Kentucky: 32.1 percent
North Carolina: 15 percent
Syracuse: 11.2 percent
Missouri: 7.7 percent
Michigan State: 6.7 percent
Kansas: 5.8 percent
Ohio State: 4.1 percent
Duke: 3.9 percent
Florida State: 2.8 percent
Baylor: 1.5 percent

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Missouri And Kansas Predicted To Make Final Four

As predictions begin to roll in about the 2012 NCAA Tournament, it's interesting to note just how highly many think of the Big 12 teams in the contest, and yet they didn't earn a No. 1 seed. Myron Medcalf of ESPN is the latest to make some bold predictions and says that two Big 12 teams will occupy half of the Final Four in New Orleans when all is said and done.

Medcalf writes, "Among the 2-seeds, Missouri has the easiest path to New Orleans. The Tigers’ speed and perimeter versatility will pose matchup problems for every team in the West Region, including No. 1 seed Michigan State. Kansas losing in the first round to Detroit? Nah. The Jayhawks will beat every team in the Midwest, including the Tar Heels if they face them in the Elite Eight."

If the teams could end up facing each other for another Border War showdown, it would be an incredible game to watch considering how great the first two were this season. What a way for a rivalry so storied to end on the biggest stage possible. The way the two teams have played all season, this scenario is not as far-fetched as some might believe.

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