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Mizzou’s SEC Tournament bracket is... not too bad?

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Mizzou is playing in the postseason (but actually this time!)

For the first time since 2017, Missouri is playing meaningful postseason basketball.

You really should take a moment to let it sink in. While we’re more than a little disappointed with how the last month of games have gone, the Tigers are doing something they haven’t done that often in the past 10 years. In all likelihood, this team will be the highest-seeded Tiger squad since Frank Haith’s 2011-2012 No. 2 seed.

So take a moment. Concentrate on the positives. Meaningful basketball, March Madness, yada yada...

OK, are you in the right frame of mind? Good, because now it’s time to start worrying. Yay!

The Tigers (obviously) dropped their season-ending date with LSU, with offensive inconsistency and Cameron Thomas’ excellence playing big roles. The loss dropped Missouri to the No. 7 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament, but that may not be the worst thing.

All in all, that’s not a horrible bracket for the Tigers. Yes, they’d have Arkansas waiting in the quarters if they can pass through Georgia, and the Razorbacks are one of the hottest teams in the country. But the Tigers railroaded Arky in Fayetteville, and the Hogs needed overtime to get past Missouri without Jeremiah Tilmon. Then, assuming LSU chalks through Ole Miss/South Carolina, Mizzou will have another shot at beating an LSU team that is good, but not invincible. In any case, a win likely cements the Tigers as a 7 seed at worst, and more wins could vault them back into the range of a 5 (if they win enough).

The Tigers, while disappointed about Saturday’s loss, seem to understand that what’s coming is a whole different animal.

“We would have loved to win this game on senior day, but we have to forget about it,” Mizzou senior guard Dru Smith said Saturday. “We have a whole new season coming up. We’ve got to lock in and understand when we come to practice Monday we’re working toward something again.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers have been getting some help across the country. After Oregon won the regular season Pac-12 title last night, the Tigers now have wins over four conference winners: SEC (Alabama); Pac 12 (Oregon); AAC (Wichita State); and Atlantic Sun (Liberty).

Some conference tournament success for some of these teams would further boost Missouri’s resume and keep them away from that dreaded 8/9 game.

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