The weekend brought national attention to the Missouri Tigers and they completely took advantage in their 89-88 win over the No. 3 team in the country. By beating the Baylor Bears on the road in Waco, the No. 5 Tigers (soon to change) proved to everyone coast to coast that they are a legitimate threat to win it all. The reason: their tremendously quick and relentless offense.
“Consider the accomplishment here,” writes ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan. “The Tigers went on the road against the No. 3 team in the country, one with as much size and athletic interior talent as any of the nation’s contenders — a quality supposedly anathema to Mizzou’s very essence — and scored 1.24 points per possession in a win that required a first-half battle, a second-half push and a late survival of an inevitable Baylor run. The Tigers are simply relentless on the offensive end, attacking the tiniest of defensive gaps with more speed than any other backcourt in the country.”