As the Missouri Tigers basketball team prepares for their first SEC conference game against Alabama on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, many Tigers fans are excited. Head coach Frank Haith's boys are venturing into new territory, playing their first SEC conference schedule.
The defending Big 12 Tournament Champs will not have an opportunity to defend that title and, instead, will try to win the SEC Conference championship in the school's first season playing with their new friends.
But what should be expected of the Tigers this season? Pundits have picked the Tigers to finish third in the conference, but can Mizzou live up to those lofty expectations? Can the Tigers surprise the experts and do better?
Here are five bold predictions regarding how Mizzou will fare in its first season in the SEC.