According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 94 percent of Missouri fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction (votes were mostly taken pre-Auburn but that’s ok). That is up from 85 percent last week and 77 percent the week before.
Even post Auburn and post TCU I think you should still feel good. This team seems to be winning a few they shouldn’t. 11-3 and heading into a big week with two very important games, so this week could tell us a lot.
With conference tournaments quickly approaching, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there may be issues with teams battling COVID-19 outbreaks. Conferences will be bringing together teams to one location all at once making it much easier for an outbreak to spread from team to team. But fans don’t appear ready to give up on conference tournaments for a second year in a row.
According to a national vote, 86 percent of fans want to find a way to proceed with the tournament. Roughly half of that group, 42 percent of everyone who responded, said conferences should make adjustments to the tournament to make it safer. Like changing the format or timing of how it is played. Only 14 percent of fans said conference tournaments should be canceled entirely.
I’m not exactly sure where I stand, because it’s very complicated. I love the conference tournaments and the week before the NCAA Tournament is often just as much fun as the first week of the NCAA Tournament itself. So I want them to be played. But it seems like getting a bunch of teams together a week before the NCAA tournament starts could lead to some bad outcomes.
Conference tournaments allow teams that have struggled through the year one last chance to reach the NCAA Tournament. This year, some of those struggling teams were among the teams ranked at the top of polls to start the year.
Fans were asked which of those teams has been most disappointing so far. At only 5-10 on the season, the Kentucky Wildcats earned 46 percent of the vote. They were followed by fellow blue-blood Duke with 37 percent and Michigan State at 13 percent.
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