Mizzou hoops received 13 points in the rankings, and they all came from one writer.
The Mizzou hoops team is set to begin its season looking to build off a young roster from a season ago. Coach Cuonzo Martin said he sees a team that is as good as anybody in the SEC and could challenge night in and night out on the hardwood.
Media members of the SEC are not sold, as the Tigers were slotted 13th out of 14 teams in the conference preseason poll that came out last week.
On Monday, the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll came out, and Mizzou hoops received plenty of points.
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The Tigers picked up 13 points, which was good enough for the 34th spot. Last year, the Tigers picked up one vote in the preseason as they were slated at No. 25 on one poll to begin the year. This year, Mizzou was on one ballot as well, but that came from one writer who has Mizzou as No. 13 on his poll.
Luke DeCock of the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, put Mizzou on his ballot, which stands out if you take a look at the point total for all of the teams.
For what it’s worth, DeCock was the only AP voter to have Texas Tech on his preseason ballot in 2018, and the Red Raiders made it to the championship game last year.
DeCock wrote about his AP thoughts here, and believes his vote of Illinois at No. 25 is a bigger surprise than anything — including last year’s Texas Tech vote. Illinois is right ahead of Mizzou with 14 points in the poll, so others also have Illinois on their ballot.
Michigan State is picked No. 1 and received 60 first-place votes. No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Kansas also received first-place votes. In the SEC, Florida is slated at No. 6 while LSU makes an appearance in the top 25 at 22. Auburn rounds out the conference at No. 24.
Tennessee (78), Mississippi State (12) and Alabama (2) join Missouri as others teams receiving points. That’s eight SEC teams mentioned in Monday’s preseason release. Mizzou in the top eight would be a solid improvement after placing 12th last year, and a top-half conference finish could get them into the NCAA Tournament.