Poor season record puts Mizzou’s future in jeopardy

By Cody Mroczka

The Missouri Tigers knew weeks ago that they were a bubble team, at risk of not receiving a spot in the NCAA tournament. Selections for the 68-team tournament will be announced today at 5 p.m. Central time.

With a 72-49 loss to No. 1 Florida in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday, the chances of making basketball’s grand finale are even slimmer.

There is nothing coach Frank Haith and his squad can do now except wait and hope for the team’s name to be called. Experts across the country predict the Tigers will receive a bid to the less prestigious National Invitation Tournament and miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2007-2008 season. The 32 teams for the NIT will be selected March 14-16.

Missouri was last in the NIT in 2005 and lost to DePaul in the first round.

The following graphic takes look at the 2013-2014 season for the Tigers and where they rank compared to other teams in the field.

(All records and statistics are based on the regular season and created before the SEC Tournament, in which the Tigers went 1-1.)

A look at Missouri's 2013-2014 men's basketball season. The Tigers are considered a bubble team for an NCAA Tournament bid.

A look at Missouri’s 2013-2014 men’s basketball season. The Tigers are considered a bubble team for an NCAA tournament bid and will more likely receive an invitation to the NIT.

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