Who are the real Missouri Tigers?
Polls have them top-10, stats guys have them in the 40s -- what's the reality?
For all the talk of computers versus humans in terms of various college basketball rankings, the amazing thing is how often the two different types of ratings actually agree.
For instance, right now you'll find teams like the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio State Buckeyes holding down the top of any ratings, whether those rankings were done by coaches, writers or a piece of software.
There are, however, exceptions to this rule -- and right now no team is occasioning more disagreement than the 8-1 Missouri Tigers. Mike Anderson's team is ranked No. 12 in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, but through games of Dec. 15 the rating system created by Ken Pomeroy had Mizzou pegged as merely the 40th-best team in the country.
So, who's right?
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John Gasaway has written for Basketball Prospectus since its inception in 2007. His college hoops commentary appears weekly on ESPN Insider. John's writing has also appeared at SportsIllustrated.com, as well as in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playboy.