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Missouri went 8-24 last year and now has 28/1 odds to win the 2018 national title

Life moves pretty fast.

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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.

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.

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