Missouri's baseball team missed a chance to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume Tuesday with a 4-2 first-round SEC Tournament loss to South Carolina. A win or two in the tournament would have significantly improved the program's NCAA chances because neutral-site games are heavily weighted on the RPI scale.
With Steve Bieser's program now having to wait until Monday's NCAA Selection Show to learn its fate, here's the good and bad of the team's current resume. Missouri currently looks like a longshot to make the cut.
Missouri (34-22) has 14 wins against RPI top-50 teams, the second-most nationally. Missouri has strong wins over Miami (Fla.), Missouri State and series wins over Auburn, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. The Tigers have a top-60 strength of schedule and played 37 of its 52 games against RPI top-100 teams.
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The team also went 22-3 in nonconference games and was undefeated in its midweek games. Missouri has hurt its tournament chances in previous years by losing a significant number of midweek games that cost them RPI points and wins. That wasn't the case this year.
Missouri went 12-18 in regular-season conference play. The Southeastern Conference is arguably the toughest conference in college baseball and Missouri needed to finish around .500 in the SEC to be considered a NCAA lock. A 15-15 finish in SEC play was feasible, but Mizzou squandered opportunities, dropping a home series against Alabama and getting swept at home against Georgia. Managing a win against the Bulldogs and another or two against the Crimson Tide would have been a big boost.
The Tigers needed until the last day of the regular season to secure a spot in the SEC Tournament. A few more wins against top-ranked teams like Florida would have meant a lot.