Missouri Basketball: The 5 Biggest Issues That Will Define the Tigers' Season

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Missouri Basketball: The 5 Biggest Issues That Will Define the Tigers' Season
Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

One year removed from the school's first 30-win season, head coach Frank Haith and his Missouri Tigers are receiving a lot of notoriety heading into their first season in the SEC. 

Haith's Tigers were picked to finish third in the SEC conference before the season began and junior point guard Phil Pressey has been selected as the league's Preseason Player of the Year.  

Expectations are high in Columbia, even with the loss of five seniors, including NBA draft pick guards Kim English and Marcus Denmon. Anytime a team sees that much turnover and change, there are bound to be questions. 

Just how will Haith's bunch be able to live up to these lofty expectations?

So far, Missouri has played well, beating three cupcakes to begin the season.  

The competition will heat up quickly this week as Mizzou plays in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving. Haith will learn a lot about his team and Mizzou should learn pretty quickly where they stand after playing Stanford on Thursday.

Here are five issues that must be answered and resolved not only in the Bahamas, but also throughout the season if the Tigers hope to repeat last year's regular-season success during their first season in the SEC.  

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