Coming off a 30-5 record, what better way to join the SEC than with a projected win of the conference?!
I have to admit, college hoops are one of my favorite sports to watch. The athleticism of the players along with the heart and passion they put into the game make it hard for me to pick just one team. Looks like I’ll be adding another school to the two I already enjoy watching the most.
I grew up in a Bobby Knight family. Watching IU play was nearly required when I stayed with my grandparents and as you may know, Indiana is a basketball state. It’s the home of the NCAA headquarters; the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame was less than 20 minutes from my house and the movie “Hoosiers” was actually filmed in my hometown, Knightstown.
With all that being said, I attended my first Mizzou Basketball game over the weekend! Had quite the experience – from the student section that consists of “The Antlers” to the insanely amount of spirit expressed in the arena, I can tell it’s going to be an interesting season. Yes, it’s very early into the sport but the Tigers are currently 2-0 and ranked in the top 20, sitting at 14.
Following Saturday’s game, I had to do my research on the team. I’m putting my faith in the Tigers this year and it doesn’t look like I’m the only one. Sports bloggers, ESPN reporters and numerous amounts of articles are stressing the importance of how other teams need to “keep their eye on Missouri”. After acquiring Alex Oriakhi - (UConn center/national championship winner) – former Auburn player of the year Earnest Ross and one of Pepperdine’s leading scorers Keion Bell, Mizzou has been labeled as having “the best college transfer class in the history of college hoops”.
The three assets – as well as Danny Feldman, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown – join Laurence Bowers and Wooden Award finalist, Phil Pressey. When I sat down at the game Saturday the first comment made to me was: “#1, Phil Pressey, he’s fun to watch”. Selected as the SEC Preseason Player of the Year, Pressey will undoubtedly be fun to watch.
All in all I’m still learning about men’s hoops at Mizzou. Clinching the conference title means going up against Florida, Tennessee and the defending champs, Kentucky? Yes, but as we all know, surprises occur a lot in men’s college basketball. Trust me; being a Butler fan and a Brad Stevens follower, it happens. I’m far from being a pro-analyst but I am excited to follow the team and join in on what’s expected to be an exciting year for the Tigers! Round one of the SEC match ups begin January 8th at Mizzou Arena – Tigers take on Alabama.