Missouri lost 24 games in 2016-17. The Tigers ranked 156th in Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency ratings, and that was their best showing in three years. They have won 27 games in three seasons; national champion North Carolina won 33 games just this season.
Missouri also currently has the 15th-best odds of winning the 2018 national title, per Bovada.
Look at the jump Missouri has made. pic.twitter.com/ew5ct9Vs42— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) April 14, 2017
You can see the entire list here.
- 10/1: Kentucky, Michigan State
- 12/1: North Carolina, Duke, Louisville
- 14/1: Kansas, Gonzaga, Villanova
- 16/1: Arizona
- 25/1: Michigan, Indiana, Wichita State, Florida, UCLA
- 28/1: Butler, West Virginia, Missouri
The reasons for Missouri’s change in potential fortune are obvious. The Tigers hired a new coach (Cuonzo Martin), signed the top recruit in the country (Michael Porter Jr.), and are threatening to sign more blue-chippers. That will indeed change your outlook a lot. But ... this is jarring. In the best possible way, of course.