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Rock-M-Tology: Mizzou back to a No. 7 after loss to LSU

Missouri dropped their regular season finale to LSU and now it’s off to the postseason with plenty to play for

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The Missouri Tigers dropped their regular season finale 86-80 to LSU on Saturday afternoon, finishing with a record of 15-8 (8-8 SEC). It was unfortunate to lose on Senior Day, but to be honest, not a whole lot was on the line in that game other than a Quadrant 1 opportunity was lost. A win would have clinched the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament, but instead Missouri gets the No. 7 seed matched up with No. 10 seed Georgia – Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. CST.

As for the NCAA Tournament, a loss to LSU isn’t the worst-case scenario, as it probably drops them just a seed line. Missouri is just 2-5 in their last seven games heading into the postseason, but two of those wins were on the road – a much needed win over South Carolina and a victory over Florida to all but clinch their at-large bid.

Missouri finishes the regular season with seven Quadrant 1 wins and four victories over regular season conference champions: Oregon, Liberty, Wichita State, and Alabama.

Getting off the 8/9 seed line will be the most important aspect for Missouri in the SEC Tournament this weekend. For that to happen, a win over Georgia is a must.

Checking in on the latest projections.....CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm has Missouri as a No. 6 seed vs Saint Bonaventure. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Tigers as a No. 8 seed against North Carolina.

Going into postseason play, we’ll peg Mizzou as a No. 7 seed in this latest edition of Rock-M-Tology (but closer to a No. 6 than an 8).

TRENDING UP:

  • Houston (21-3): The Cougars closed the regular season strong with a four-game winning streak, moving them back to a No. 2 seed.
  • Purdue (18-8): The Boilermakers are currently on a five-game winning streak, earning a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament.

TRENDING DOWN:

  • Villanova (16-5): The Wildcats have lost two out of their last three to end the regular season and are now battling key injuries with Collin Gillespie out for the year.
  • Florida State (15-5): The Seminoles lost an opportunity to win the ACC on Saturday. They’ve now lost two out of their last three to North Carolina and Notre Dame.

Last Few In

These would be among the last in without their conference’s automatic bid.

  • Utah State (18-7)
  • Boise State (18-7)
  • Drake (25-4)
  • Saint Bonaventure (15-4)

First Few Out

  • Saint Louis (14-6)
  • Ole Miss (15-10)
  • Syracuse (15-8)
  • Seton Hall (15-12)

Automatic Bids:

  • Liberty (Atlantic Sun)
  • Morehead State (OVC)
  • Winthrop (Big South)
  • Loyola-Chicago (Missouri Valley)

TOP 16 SEEDS:

  1. Gonzaga (24-0)
  2. Baylor (21-1)
  3. Michigan (19-3)
  4. Illinois (20-6)
  5. Iowa (20-7)
  6. Alabama (21-6)
  7. Houston (21-3)
  8. Ohio State (18-8)
  9. West Virginia (18-8)
  10. Oklahoma State (18-7)
  11. Arkansas (21-5)
  12. Villanova (16-5)
  13. Florida State (15-5)
  14. Kansas (19-8)
  15. Purdue (18-8)
  16. Virginia (17-6)

BY CONFERENCE:

Big Ten: 9

Big 12: 7

ACC: 7

SEC: 6

PAC-12: 4

Mountain West: 4

Big East: 3

Atlantic-10: 2

WCC: 2

Missouri Valley: 2

American: 2

THE BRACKET:

FIRST FOUR (Assembly Hall):

  • North Carolina A&T (11-10) vs Prairie View (14-4)
  • Utah State (18-7) vs Drake (25-4)
  • Wagner (13-7) vs Grand Canyon (15-6)
  • Boise State (18-7) vs Saint Bonaventure (15-4)

[REGIONAL 1]

  • No. 1 Gonzaga (24-0) vs No. 16 North Carolina A&T/Prairie View
  • No. 8 LSU (16-8) vs No. 9 UCLA (17-8)
  • No. 5 Creighton (18-7) vs No. 12 Toledo (20-7)
  • No. 4 Virginia (17-6) vs No. 13 Liberty (23-5)
  • No. 6 Tennessee (17-7) vs No. 11 Maryland (15-12)
  • No. 3 Villanova (16-5) vs No. 14 Morehead State (23-7)
  • No. 7 Loyola-Chicago (24-4) vs No. 10 VCU (19-6)
  • No. 2 Ohio State (18-8) vs No. 15 Eastern Washington (13-7)

[REGIONAL 2]

  • No. 1 Illinois (20-6) vs No. 16 Cleveland State (17-7)
  • No. 8 BYU (19-5) vs No. 9 Clemson (16-6)
  • No. 5 USC (21-6) vs No. 12 Western Kentucky (18-6)
  • No. 4 Kansas (19-8) vs No. 13 Winthrop (23-1)
  • No. 6 San Diego State (20-4) vs No. 11 Wichita State (15-4)
  • No. 3 Oklahoma State (18-7) vs No. 14 UNC-Greensboro (20-8)
  • No. 7 Colorado (20-7) vs No. 10 Louisville (13-6)
  • No. 2 Iowa (20-7) vs No. 15 Northeastern (10-8)

[REGIONAL 3]

  • No. 1 Baylor (21-1) vs No. 16 Wagner/Grand Canyon
  • No. 8 Wisconsin (16-11) vs No. 9 Florida (13-8)
  • No. 5 Oklahoma (14-9) vs No. 12 Boise State/Saint Bonaventure
  • No. 4 Purdue (18-8) vs No. 13 Siena (12-4)
  • No. 6 Oregon (19-5) vs No. 11 Colorado State (17-5)
  • No. 3 Arkansas (21-5) vs No. 14 Georgia State (16-5)
  • No. 7 Texas Tech (17-9) vs No. 10 Rutgers (14-10)
  • No. 2 Alabama (21-6) vs No. 15 Hartford (14-8)

[REGIONAL 4]

  • No. 1 Michigan (19-3) vs No. 16 South Dakota State (16-6)
  • No. 8 UCONN (14-6) vs No. 9 North Carolina (16-9)
  • No. 5 Texas (17-7) vs No. 12 Utah State/Drake
  • No. 4 Florida State (15-5) vs No. 13 UC-Santa Barbara (19-4)
  • No. 6 Virginia Tech (15-5) vs No. 11 Michigan State (15-11)
  • No. 3 West Virginia (18-8) vs No. 14 Nicholls State (17-6)
  • No. 7 Missouri (15-8) vs No. 10 Georgia Tech (15-8)
  • No. 2 Houston (21-3) vs No. 15 Colgate (12-1)

First Glance At A Final Four:

Gonzaga, Illinois, Baylor, Michigan

Second glance: Gonzaga, Iowa, Alabama, Houston

Missouri’s inevitable path to destiny:

Georgia Tech, Houston, West Virginia, Michigan, Baylor, Gonzaga. It’s time for the postseason......MIZ!