Missouri officially earns bid to NCAA Tournament, will face Florida State

Dean Simpson
March 12, 2018

The Seminoles' selection into the 2018 NCAA Tournament rounds out the most successful decade of NCAA Tournament appearances for the Seminole men's basketball program.

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. The victor of that game will likely play No. 1 Xavier on Sunday.

In Cuonzo Martin's first season, he guided the Tigers to a 20-12 record and a top four finish in the SEC Conference.

Missouri (20-12) is expected to be selected for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Florida State (20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated four ranked teams this season - Florida, North Carolina, Miami and Clemson. The Georgia Bulldogs upset Mizzou in the first-round of the SEC Tournament in St. Louis Thursday.

"I was praying to God we wouldn't end up in Wichita", he said. This time, the 'Noles would be playing a No. 1 regional seed if they advance and Xavier wins its first-round game.

Even though the vast majority of bracket projections had the Tigers safely in the field, pegged by most as an 8 or 9 seed, the players and coaches erupted when Missouri popped up on the screen. The game featured superstar freshman Michael Porter, Jr.

The round of 64 match-up will be played in Nashville, Tennessee.

Missouri has suspended forward Jordan Barnett for the Tigers' opening game Friday of the NCAA tournament after the team's second-leading scorer was arrested for suspicion of DWI early Saturday morning. After another three-game losing streak, the team won its final two games of the regular season to clinch a tournament spot. "We get another chance". The Seminoles have a 2-1 record against the Tigers but the last meeting was almost 38 years ago, a 68-64 victory on December 19, 1980, during a holiday tournament.

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