In a season that has fallen far short of expectations, Missouri still can take pride in at least a couple of things. Namely, Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson.
Both players were named Tuesday to All-Southeastern Conference teams — Brown to the first team, Clarkson to the second. That makes it four straight years a Mizzou player has earned first-team All-SEC honors — Phil Pressey a year ago and Marcus Denmon in each of the two seasons before that.
Brown, a junior guard, led the SEC in both regular-season (19.7 points per game) and conference schedule (20.7) scoring. He had a career-high 33 points at home against Kentucky and produced a stretch of five consecutive SEC games scoring 24-plus points. Brown was the first Tiger to average more than 20 points per game in league play since Kareem Rush (20.2) in the 2000-01 season.
Brown and Clarkson formed one of the best scoring duos in college basketball this season. Clarkson led the SEC in total field goals made (191) and ranked seventh in the SEC in scoring (18.1).
"I am so proud of Jabari and Jordan and applaud the way they have represented Mizzou as student-athletes," coach Frank Haith said in a press release. "Their on-court numbers are outstanding and this honor is well deserved."
Missouri enters the SEC tournament with a 21-10 overall record, 9-9 in conference, and as the eighth seed in the 14-team league. It almost certainly would take a miracle run to the tourney championship for Mizzou to earn an NCAA tourney bid, making the National Invitation Tournament a much more likely destination.