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One final thought: What an amazing season

Cuonzo Martin’s first Missouri team has proven absurdly resilient.

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It’s still something of a minor miracle Missouri is where it is right now. The Tigers are 20-11 and NCAA Tournament-bound. They are the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament, ahead of preseason favorites Texas A&M and Alabama, among others. They beat Kentucky and Tennessee.

Think about this, though. On top of what they did accomplish, think about what else they could have accomplished.

  • They blew a 16 point lead in the second half to West Virginia.
  • They probably should’ve beaten a bad Illinois team.
  • They lost three one-possession games in conference play, all of which they held leads with just a few minutes to play.

They were in this position WITHOUT their top five lottery pick on the floor.

They did this WITHOUT a true point guard.

They did this despite only having won EIGHT games last year.

Before Cullen VanLeer’s injury, they are down to eight scholarship contributors. Now it’s seven.

The Missouri Tigers, despite all of those things going against them, are headed to the NCAA tournament (unofficially of course — the selection won’t happen for another week) and hold a five seed in the SEC tournament.

Kind of an amazing season if you ask me.