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Kim English makes bold prediction, thinks Missouri Tigers will win 2013 NCAA title

Jun 24, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

Kim English

Kim English was a key piece to Missouri’s 30-5 team this past season, though the Tigers fell short of expectations and lost in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament to underdog Norfolk State.

English has now moved on, looking forward to forging a path as a professional, which begins with workouts that lead up to this week’s NBA draft.

But one sound bite has caught some attention and it has little to do with his professional prospects. English told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv that he thinks Missouri will win the 2013 national title.

“I can say this now that I’m gone, but I expect them to win a national championship without a doubt,” English said. “We should’ve at least went to the Final Four this past year and it definitely left a sour taste in a lot of guys’ mouth out there, but they should win a national championship. They’re the best team in the nation heading into next season.”

It’s bold, statistically speaking, but you can’t knock a player’s confidence in his former team.

Bovada says Missouri has a 50-1 shot of winning a national title, the same odds as Creighton, Alabama, and Cincinnati.

Could they do it? Backcourt duo Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon return, but the Tigers will have to compensate for the loss of graduating seniors Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe.

Transfers will be able to patch up some holes, though, including special APR transfer Alex Oriakhi from Connecticut, Jabari Brown from Oregon, and Keion Bell from Pepperdine.

Missouri moves to the SEC in 2012-13, so the road to a championship would include in-conference battles with Kentucky and Florida, much different than traditional Big 12 battles with Kansas or Texas.

And if you’re one to bet and want to take some advice from a former player, put something down on Frank Haith’s Tigers.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. mikesilverman - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    This is really funny. Talk about someone’s mouth writing checks that their body couldn’t (and didn’t, and won’t) cash!

    Mizzou had their greatest team in history this past year and still was (a) unable to win the Big 12 conference and (b) lost in the first round of the NCAAs in the biggest statistical upset in NCAA tourney history and (c) blew a 19 point lead to lose its final game ever against rival Kansas (who went on to play for the national championship with one of its weakest teams in recent memory)

    The only positive Mizzou can take away from last season is that they got hot for 3 days (and lucked out not playing Kansas) to win the Big 12 tourney in Kansas City. Hang that banner, boys!

    Next year the main difference is that instead of being KU’s b*tch, Mizzou will be UK’s b*tch. Dyslexic Mizzou fans won’t even notice.

  2. missouriman4ever - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    @mikesilverman

    Yes, KU had our number in basketball. And they always have, but the border war competition of all sports clearly shows that MIZZOU is head and shoulders above KU. That is why we got pursued by the SEC. When (and I’m sure it will) the Big 12 falls apart in a few years, have fun winning C-USA basketball championships.

    • mikesilverman - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Hate to be blunt, 4ever, but nobody cares about other sports (except football of course). You guys have KU’s number in the 400 Meter Womens Underwater Basketweaving Medley – well, kudos.

      The SEC is a fine conference, and Mizzou will nestle comfortably in there along with Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, looking always at the back end of the big dogs. Meanwhile, the Big 12 is doing fine, and ironically will come out of the whole realignment mess stronger then it was before, no worse off for its near-death experience.

      Kind of ironic, Nebraska left and look at them in the Big 10, football after-rans. You guys left, and will be SEC bottom feeders. But, hey, you guys can yell S-E-C while watching Alabama beat USC in a bowl game!

  3. dexterismyhero - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    NorFolkingWayPal!!!!!!!!

    That is the name of your trucking company taking you to the SEC…..

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