Mizzou back in the dance, faces Florida State in NCAA first round


Nobody on Martin's current roster has played in an NCAA Tournament game, including graduate senior Kassius Robertson, who joined the program last summer after four years at Canisius College, hoping to end his college career on the NCAA's biggest platform. Barnett was suspended by the school for one week after being arrested early Saturday morning, March 10 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

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.

Eighth-seeded Missouri (20-12) opposes ninth-seeded Florida State (20-11) in West Regional action on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. And it's possible he could play if MU advances to most likely take on Xavier, the No. 1 seed pitted against the victor of the North Carolina Central-Texas Southern play-in game.

Martin didn't clarify one way or the other whether Barnett would return if Missouri made the second round. You have Mike (Porter Jr.) there in the fold.

Florida St starts a smaller lineup with two 6'8 guys followed by 6'5, 6'4 and 6'1 front court.

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The victor of the Wagner-Baylor game advances to face the victor of the matchup between No. 4 Mississippi State- No. 5 Nebraska. But the Huskers still look more tournament-worthy than some of these other teams that Lunardi and friends consider shoo-ins.

The team's matchup against Missouri will carry additional intrigue thanks to the return of Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr., a consensus five-star recruit and potential National Basketball Association lottery pick who was sidelined until the SEC tournament, where he only played in one game before his team was sent back to Columbia to await its tournament seeding. "I don't know about that".

The Noles scored 90 or more points nine times this year, and have three players - Phil Cofer, Terance Mann and Braian Angola-Rodas - averaging around 13 points per game. "We get another chance".

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

He will travel with the team and could play if the Tigers advance. UF (20-12, 11-7 SEC) will open its tournament run against either St. Bonaventure or UCLA on Thursday. "You'll be the team that turned it around", said Martin.