Team preview: Missouri
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
Missouri was perhaps the NCAA's biggest disappointment last season, on and off the court.
Even without talented but troubled point guard Ricky Clemons, who was booted off the team in the summer of 2003 for violating his work-release program, the Tigers were a consensus preseason top 10 squad (Blue Ribbon ranked them No. 5) entering the 2003-04 campaign.
After all, coach Quin Snyder had arguably the best senior class in the country in 6-9 center Arthur Johnson (16.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg), 6-5 wing Ricky Paulding (15.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg), 6-9 power forward Travon Bryant (10.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and 6-4 guard Josh Kroenke (2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg). And, former NCAA Division I scoring champ Jason Conley would be eligible in the fifth game after transferring from VMI.
But despite starting out with a 3-1 record without Conley, the Tigers were far from the team that many predicted they would be. Mizzou had posted narrow wins over Oakland (90-85), Coppin State (70-61), and Indiana's worst team in recent years (63-58).