Big 12 Tournament 2012: Missouri Deserve No. 1 Seed After Dominant Title Run

Luis BatlleContributor IMarch 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Kim English #24 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates their 90 to 75 win over the Baylor Bears during the championship game of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Despite Missouri's outright dominant play and a Big 12 tournament championship in the 2011-12 season, the Tigers' accomplishments are still being overlooked come Selection Sunday.

The most recent projections from ESPN's Joe Lunardi have Missouri as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, placing Kansas, Syracuse, North Carolina and Kentucky as the four No. 1 seeds in the bracket.

These Tigers continue to be an overlooked team this season, in spite of winning 16 of the team's last 19 games and a Big 12 title...boasting an impressive three wins over the ranked Baylor Bears and a win over projected No. 1 seed Kansas as well.

Adding the Big 12 title to close out the regular season, this Missouri team has done exactly what it has to do prove they are worthy of a No. 1 seed.

Yet even with the stacked resume, they are considered to likely end up as a No. 2 seed.

Outside of the team's resume, what makes the run for special for the Tigers is the dominating offense the team has boasted this season.

As entertaining a ball club as there is in Division I basketball on the offensive end, the team averages 80.3 points per game.

The scoring average ranks No. 6 in the nation. In the team's last six games, the Tigers have scored no fewer than 78 points and put up 90 points in the Big 12 championship game. The 90 points were the most scored by the Tigers against any conference opponent this season.

Marcus Denmon's 17.6 points per game lead the team this season, as he has been the anchor of this impressive, explosive offensive unit.

Guard Kim English has also stepped it up more recently, scoring at least 20 points in three of the four conference tourney games.

What makes his play so impressive is his ability to shoot the ball consistently and effectively. He has shot at least 50 percent in the team's last six wins.

In the championship, English was nearly flawless, scoring 19 points on six-for-10 shooting and hitting some of his bigger shots down the stretch of the game.

Considering the Tigers split games with the Kansas Jayhawks, boast three wins over the Baylor Bears, have a 30-win season, and feature one of the more dynamic offenses to grace college basketball this season, there is no question Missouri deserves a No. 1 spot in 2012.