2010-11 Record: 23-11
Big 12 Conference Record (Standing): 8-8 (tied for 5th)
Joe: 4th in the Big 12
Evan: 3rd in the Big 12
Matt: 2nd in the Big 12
Season MVP: Marcus Denmon (Junior)
Heading into the season, Kim English was who everyone was pegging not only to be team MVP, but also contend for conference MVP, but English never found his stride this season. But where Kim lagged, Marcus Denmon stepped up. Denmon was finally healthy for a full season for the first time in his career as a Tiger and it showed, as he led Mizzou in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game, good for seventh in the Big 12.
The Tigers had high hopes coming into the season, and only an overtime loss to Georgetown kept them from escaping the non-conference unscathed. It was the Big 12 conference season, though, where the Tigers showed their stripes. Finishing conference play 8-8, Mizzou never played better than their mediocre Big 12 record indicates. Having finished 2-6 against the teams that were seeded higher than them in the conference tournament, Mizzou really got most of their wins beating up on lesser opponents.
What doomed Mizzou was their lack of size/aggressiveness in the paint. They could out "athlete" most schools, but when a team slowed the game down and went inside, Mizzou didn't have an answer. And what was once a fun offense to watch, turned into what looked like a three point shooting contest as the season wore on.
What was once the 9th team in the nation, ended up as an 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament, suffering a first round loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Next season should be interesting for the Tigers. They lost Mike Anderson, and Frank Haith comes in with six seniors on the squad. With that type of experience on a college team, you always have to think that they'll win games based on lessons learned. What will be interesting is to see how the team can transition away from their "Fastest 40 Minutes" and into what Haith wants to run, which is an inside-out game, or in a sense, the polar opposite to what they ran this season.
See our schedule for Season Recaps after the Jump.
Tuesday, April 5 Baylor Season Recap
Wednesday, April 6 Colorado Season Recap
Thursday, April 7 Iowa State Season Recap
Friday, April 8 Kansas Season Recap
Monday, April 11 K-State Season Recap
Tuesday, April 12 Mizzou Season Recap
Wednesday, April 13 Nebraska Season Recap
Thursday, April 14 Oklahoma Season Recap
Friday, April 15 Oklahoma State Season Recap
Monday, April 18 Texas Tech Season Recap
Tuesday, April 19 Texas A&M Season Recap
Wednesday, April 20 Texas Season Recap