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Mizzou Hoops moves up in the polls before SEC opener

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We’re number 12! We’re number 12!

Now that football season is officially over, it’s time to fully embrace basketball season. That’s a thing we’re all a little more willing to do nowadays, since the Tigers actually have a good team!

Ahead of the Tigers SEC opener on Wednesday against Tennessee, the team took yet another leap in the AP Poll to No. 12. Missouri debuted in the Top 20 after their Braggin’ Rights victory and have slowly been climbing while they’ve maintained an undefeated record throughout non-conference play.

There are still some folks who don’t believe, however. Only one writer left them off the AP ballot completely and...

While it’s probably unlikely this writer is actually under-ranking the Tigers because of a perceived rivalry, his argument as to why he doesn’t have them ranked is pretty flimsy. Sam explained it pretty well on his Twitter account.

There’s a longer thread here with even more context. But it you’re in a TL;DR read, the beat writer in question is divorcing Mizzou’s advanced numbers from their context, which includes a schedule that includes more than a few good teams. So while the Tigers aren’t crushing their opposition, it’s more than likely because of the quality of opponents they’ve faced.

Time will tell whether or not the Tigers are truly a borderline Top 10 team in college basketball. But to say definitively they’re not one of the Top 25 seems a bit short-sighted.

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