Ryan Crothers, 23 Sports

It is no surprise that the Missouri Women’s Basketball team has made it to the big dance. But with many expecting the Tigers to be a five or six seed, the Tigers picking up a seven seed seems surprising. But the Tigers don’t mind the lower than expected seed, because now their first game will be in Iowa City, which is only about four hours away from Columbia, making it easier and closer for the family and fans alike to travel to the games.

As for the bracket itself, Missouri finds themselves on the ‘Greensboro’ side of the bracket and will square off with No. 10 seed Drake in the first round. Drake is a team that runs a lot of zone defense against their opponents, so Missouri will have to run their offense accordingly. As for their defense, Missouri will have to plan for a great 3-point shooting offense. This season Drake shot 37.5% from downtown, and the overall average for their opponents was 31.6%. On average, Drake makes about 10 three pointers a game. Coach Pingeton will have to have her players aware of this and get them to stop the three ball.

The other teams on the Greensboro side of the bracket include No. 1 seed Baylor, No. 2 seed Iowa, No. 3 seed NC State, No. 4 seed South Carolina, No. 5 seed Florida State, and No. 6 seed Kentucky. This bracket side is a nightmare for most squads. It is stacked with so many good teams, including the No. 1 team in the nation, the Baylor Bears. But everyone knows that to be the best, you have to beat the best. That’s what Mizzou has the opportunity to do, and that’s what will make this March so exciting to watch.

Tune in to ESPN2 on Friday, March 22nd at 3:30 CT to watch the Missouri Tigers and the Drake Bulldogs. The winner of that game will face off against the winner of the Iowa and Mercer
game to be played immediately previous to Mizzou’s game on the same court. Let the madness begin!