Bracket Projection: Missouri

If Pressey can minimize turnovers, Mizzou's offense could excel in tourney

Updated: March 19, 2013, 5:47 PM ET
By Chris Dortch | Special to ESPN Insider
Phil PresseyIssac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty ImagesPhil Pressey's ball distribution and penetration can give opponents fits.

The Missouri Tigers are a hard bunch to figure. They have a solid combination of size, athleticism, scoring punch and guard play and were undefeated at home, but their record on the road was 2-8. They have a good point guard in Phil Pressey, but he's as prone to committing a turnover or forcing an untimely shot as he is to making a spectacular assist.

Mizzou has tons of firepower, but in some of its most disappointing losses, that offense sputtered. Can the Tigers get it together in the NCAAs and stick around longer than last year's 2-seed version, which got bounced in the second round by Norfolk State?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

The Tigers are another team that turns tail away from home. Fortunately in this draw, they are playing another suspect road team in Colorado State. I like Missouri to win one game in the tournament because of that mostly favorable draw, and because the Tigers should be able to score much more easily than the Rams. But the Tigers could look bad in the third round against Louisville.


Best wins: Stanford, VCU, Illinois, Ole Miss, Arkansas

Worst losses: at LSU, at Texas A&M