Sunday, September 27, 2009

Mizzou Outlook. 40 days away untill exibition.

Well the football season is underway and that means that basketball season is just right around the corner and when you hear that, most people just starts going crazy and the blood starts pumping. Oh the roar of the indoor crowd, or the sounds of their shoes on the hard wood court. Or the sound of Dick Vitale on a cold Monday night.

In this post you will be reading about the Missouri Basketball preview. Just after the impressive 31-7, 18-0 home court dominance, Big 12 Championship, and Elite Eight appearance season. Mike Anderson is eager to repeat that. But it will most liekly not be this season. Just 40 days away from today that Missouri opens there Arena doors to exibition play against Truman State.

Just a couple weeks ago, Mike Anderson landed his dream recruiting man in 5'8 4 star by Rivals Phil Pressey for the 2010-2011. Phil's father paul was a roommate to Mike Anderson in college and went hard after phil right when he entered the ninth grade.

Another recruit for the next season is 6'5 Foward high flying Ricky Kreklow. Both Kreklow's parents work for the University of Missouri. Kreklow who averaged 19.5 as a Junior for Rock Bridge who ranked number 1 in the State of Missouri in all class at his position and had a career high of 29 Points.

In the 2008-2009 team, this tiger team had incrediable depth that not many teams could keep up with. Expect the same this year from the guard play.

J.T Tiller who was the Co-Defender of the year for the Big 12 and a 2009-2010 national defender of the year all-american will team up with sidekick, Zaire Taylor and boy do these men know how to run. The two combined together 14 points and 6 steals a game. The depth is strong. For fresh legs the names of Marcus Denmon, and Mike Dixon will be called on.

At the foward spots, will also have depth. You will see a very much improved by seasons end Justin Safford and Sopomore threat Kimmie English. Freshman Tyler Stone will get his number called on quite a bit.

For the center. Projected starter Keith Ramsey will have to do his best and give it all he's got to play the center position against guys like Dexter Pittman and Cole Aldrich in the Big 12. Lawrence Bowers, will get a bunch of playing time. Bowers who was the leading bench scorer last season. Much improved and stronger Steve Moore has said to improve majorly on the jump shot. So look for Moore to come on the court late in games and add in a few extra points.

Projected Starters.
G. J.T Tiller SR
G. Zaire Taylor SR
F. Kimmie English SO
F. Justin Saffors JR
F. Keith Ramsey SR

For this year Missouri has a pretty comfortable non-confrence schedule. Missouri should go a perfect four wins and no losses going into the invitational championship game who will most likely play Texas. Than Missouri must travle to Oregon with a meeting with the Ducks which should be a win to improve to 7-1. Than the tigers will have three more wins before entering the Illnois game. 9-1 Should be a nice record before the date with Illinois. We have Missouri struggling and falling to the Illini once again this season. Missouri will be ranked around 19 entering confrence play.

22-9 (9-7)..Ranked a couple times in the season than the tigers will drop out and end the season unranked. The tigers will once again have a great chance at playing Texas in the Invitational Finals.Missouri will mess it up in Waco and walk out with a Loss. Also Missouri gets a heartbreaker against Okie State just like two years ago.Missouri will lose to Kansas both times. Should lose to Kansas State in Manhatten. Will most likely lose to a strong Texas team in Columbia and in norman with the Sooners. All in All a decent season will come for the tigers after losing there 3 key players. Tigers finish 6th in the confrence. Missouri will earn a 9 Seed in the NCAA tournament.

Mike Anderson who, recieved an extension and his posse Melvin Watkins and Matt Zimmerman will battle hard all season to keep this tiger team in reaching their goals. Bottom line is the tigers have some low expectations going around with the media. The Tigers also had low expectations last year. Turned out decent didn't it? I Can't remember.

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