NCAA Tournament 2012: Evaluating the Missouri Tigers as Title Contenders

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NCAA Tournament 2012: Evaluating the Missouri Tigers as Title Contenders
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With the 2012 NCAA tournament right around the corner, it's time to start evaluating title contenders, and Missouri is first on slate.

The Tigers—in Frank Haith's first year at the helm—vastly exceeded early expectations. From the questionable hiring of Haith to the season-ending injury of Laurence Bowers, Missouri shouldn't have morphed into a Top 10 squad.

But they did, ranking as high as No. 2 in the national polls.

The Tigers arguably have the nation's best offense, but we've all heard the old adage, "defense wins championships." Can their offense, defense and other characteristics create a winning recipe?

Read on for an evaluation of the Missouri Tigers as title contenders.

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