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Missouri has the eighth-best odds of winning the 2018 hoops national title

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Mizzou won eight games last year. Symmetry!

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The hype for Missouri’s 2017-18 basketball season does not appear to be slowing down. Remember a couple of months ago, when we were freaking out a bit about the Tigers having 28/1 national title odds? Yeah, it’s 16/1 now.

That appears to be from VegasInsider.com. Those are the eighth-best odds in the country.

  • 6/1: Michigan State
  • 7/1: Duke, North Carolina
  • 8/1: Arizona, Kentucky
  • 12/1: Kansas
  • 14/1: Villanova
  • 16/1: Missouri

The seven teams above Mizzou averaged a 30-7 record and No. 12 KenPom ranking. The Tigers were 8-24 and No. 156.

I’ll just go ahead and repeat what I said back in April:

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.