MU seeded eighth, matched up with Florida State in Nashville

MU seeded eighth, matched up with Florida State in Nashville

The Tigers bristled instead of buckling, though, finishing 20-12 overall (after going 8-23 last season) and 10-8 in Southeastern Conference play - more league wins than in the last three years combined - to return to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2013.

However, after the Tigers were included in the field of 68 March Madness teams, they can start having some real fun.

The Tigers earned the No. 8 seed in the West Region and will play No. 9 seed Florida State (20-11) on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. They pose an interesting matchup, since their biggest star Michael Porter Jr. was injured for all but two games in the regular season. Mizzou basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said the senior can travel and practice with the team this week.

According to the Mizzou student-athlete handbook, an athlete arrested for DWI must be suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week for a first offense. The victor will go on to play the winner of Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern. "We've managed to get to this point".

Missouri forward Jordan Barnett could be in a lot of trouble just a few days before the NCAA Tournament begins. "I don't know about that".

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The last NCAA Tournament game the program won was an 86-78 victory over Clemson in 2010.

Potentially losing Barnett would be devastating to Mizzou's NCAA Tournament chances.

MU will enter the game with seven scholarship players, and it can't win any battle of attrition if it gets into anything resembling the foul trouble it had against Georgia (Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon fouled out and Jontay Porter had four).

Barnett is the Tiger's second-leading scorer this year. The highly regarded prospect is talented enough to spearhead the Tigers in the NCAA tournament, but he figures to be plenty rusty after missing essentially the entire season following back surgery.

"I told them this way back", he said Sunday, "'You'll be the team they say turned it around'".

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