Missouri Tigers return to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2013

Missouri Tigers return to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2013

Missouri Tigers return to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2013

They will play the aforementioned Seminoles from Florida State, the 9th seed, in Nashville, with an approximate tip off time of 8:50 PM Central time on Friday, March 16.

Missouri senior guard Jordan Barnett will miss the school's NCAA Tournament opener while serving a one-game team suspension following an arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Wins over Clemson, North Carolina and Florida impressed the Selection Committee, though, so the Noles are in the field of 68.

Confetti rained from the heavens and streamers snaked through the air on Sunday in St. Louis as Kentucky claimed the Southeastern Conference Tournament crown.

More to the point, MU doesn't need to have the idea of playing Kansas in its grill when it has to have one singular focus with a team full of players who never have appeared in an NCAA Tournament game: winning its first NCAA game since 2010 to snuff out the school's longest NCAA victory drought since the one between 1944 and 1976. It waited another 20 to learn its fate: The Gators are a No. 6 seed in the East Region and will play in Dallas.

"I'll just be very, very clear", he said at the time.

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This is Mizzou's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

This is a great draw for the Tigers as the West Region is the weakest overall bracket in the tournament. If Florida makes it out of the first round, it would face either Texas Tech or No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin.

If Hamilton's squad is going to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, they will have to get back on track quickly.

Missouri earned the 8th seed in the NCAA West region of the tournament. The Gators improbably reached the Elite Eight a season ago when a Chris Chiozza buzzer beater lifted them over Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.

As most experts predicted, the strength of the Seminoles' quality wins apparently outweighed any concerns about their late-season losses. FSU lost to Xavier 91-66 in the second round of last year's tournament. The 2018 tournament will mark FSU's 16th appearance. If he is suspended, it will present new problems for an already thin Tiger team, and mean they will need to lean heavier on the Michael Porter Jr, who is back with the team after missing almost the entire season with an injury.

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