Season Recap: Missouri Tigers

Now that the college basketball season is officially over, we're going to take a look back at each Big 12 school to discuss their season. The rundown will go in order of conference standing. See the complete schedule after The Jump.

What Went Right: Mizzou came into the season after an Elite Eight run in 2009. There were lots of question marks on the team after the loss of their top three scorers from the record-setting previous campaign. The Tigers started the season out on the wrong foot, with loses to Richmond, Vanderbilt and Oral Roberts, but got their mojo back by beating Illinois in the Braggin' Rights game for the first time in 10 years. Other than a loss to a struggling Oklahoma squad all games Mizzou lost in conference were to the 4 teams that finished ahead of them in the standings, showing that they grew up mid-season and were beating the teams they were supposed to beat.

What Went Wrong: The team was so topsy-turvy this season that you didn't know what to expect from them. A win over #2 in conference K-State followed by an overtime game to a lowly Texas Tech shows the Dr Jekyll-Mr Hyde persona that MU fans came to expect.

Team MVP: JT Tiller was amazing on the defensive end of the ball, but his game seemed to drop a touch from last season, so the MVP award goes to 3rd Team All Big 12er Kim English, who led the team in scoring at a 14 ppg clip.

Key Losses: Tiller, back court mate Zaire Taylor and rebounding specialist Keith Ramsey all graduate.

Outlook Next Year: The senior losses are tough to overcome, but their replacements are waiting in the wings. Marcus Denmon, Mike Dixon will take over for T&T, and I expect big things from Laurence Bowers and Justin Safford down low. I see the Tigers securing a top 4 slot in conference.

BIG 12 HOOPS SEASON REVIEWS
Kansas - April 6
Kansas State - April 7
Baylor - April 8
Texas A&M - April 9
Missouri - April 12
Texas - April 13
Oklahoma State - April 14
Colorado - April 15
Texas Tech - April 16
Iowa State - April 19
Oklahoma - April 20
Nebraska - April 21

Evan Pfaff, Managing Editor
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