NET Rankings? What are those? Never heard of ‘em
It is once again game day for the Missouri Tigers basketball team, a statement that kind of reads/sounds like I’m being forced to write/speak it at gun point. I promise I’m not. But game days in 2021 do harbor an odd sort of dread, don’t they?
It’s no secret to anyone here that Missouri is capital-B bad without much prospect for hope in the near future. Tuesday’s game against Eastern Illinois represents the last game they’ll play against a non-KenPom top 100 opponent until March, when they’re set to face South Carolina and Georgia in the same week. Right now, KenPom has them projected to lose every single game until that March 5 date against Georgia.
Things are bleak, and there’s only so much you can say before you start to get repetitive.
Speaking of repetitive, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter (undoubtedly scouring his mind to think of new ways to write about this team) examined the issue of first half defense in his Mizzou Hoops piece on Monday.
In the Tigers’ four losses, they have more turnovers (40) than field goals (32) in the first half, while shooting just 32% from the field (32 of 100) and 11.1% from 3-point range (3 of 27). No matter how much grit and toughness the Tigers display on defense, there’s no way to overcome that kind of dysfunction on the offensive end.
Those are all incredibly alarming statistics. But do you want to see one that’s even more alarming? You don’t? Then skip to the comments, because here it is.
The first batch of NCAA NET rankings are out. Mizzou is No. 278, lowest among high-major conference teams. Next-lowest is Pitt at No. 256, Oregon St at 261, Georgetown at 247.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 6, 2021
Mizzou losses to Liberty (160) & Kansas City (172) dragging down that ranking.
There’s, uh, not much in the way of sugarcoating that one. Missouri is literally more than 100 points below UMKC and not even within 20 spots of the next lowest high major team. And while the NET rankings aren’t quite as measured and nuanced as analytics systems like KenPom, the thought of being the worst major conference team doesn’t sound good in any form.
That was pretty tough. Do you need some good news to wash it down?
Mizzou WBB is No. 30 in the new NCAA NET rankings. Tigers play at No. 16 Missouri State on Friday.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 6, 2021
There. That’s better. Robin Pingeton’s Tigers are surging in their non-conference schedule and seem set to make a little noise in the SEC this season. It’s been a bleak few years since Sophie Cunningham left the program, but it appears that Pingeton may have put things on the right track once more.
Yesterday at Rock M
- In which Sam lays out the bowl game opening lines. Anyone feel like hitting Mizzou +3.5?
- In which Sammy breaks down the final AP poll of the regular season
- In which Josh (that’s me!) argues that a QB competition shouldn’t be necessary ahead of the Armed Forces Bowl
- Praise be! Our boy is
Cuonzo Martin says on his radio show that freshman Trevon Brazile is cleared to play for #Mizzou in tomorrow’s game against Eastern Illinois.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) December 7, 2021
Brazile sat out the first 8 games of the season with an undisclosed medical condition. It’s no secret many of us view him as having the highest ceiling in Mizzou’s most recent recruiting class, so we’re pretty excited to see him hit the floor.
- We’ll link it below the main basketball news since it requires a subscription to read: The Athletic’s Seth Davis had a quick grab-bag of college basketball thoughts that included a rather frank discussion of Missouri’s current standing. Sounds like Davis doesn’t expect Cuonzo Martin to be around much longer.
- Got a Twitter page and want to help out a former Tiger star? Get Nick Bolton to the Pro Bowl!
- Larissa Anderson focused on getting high-end talent from in state to Columbia this year, and her latest recruiting class — which officially came together yesterday — reflects that.
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