NCAA Tournament: Florida State receives second straight berth

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He will travel with the team and could play if the Tigers advance.

The No. 8 seed Missouri Tigers will take on the No. 9 seed Florida State Seminoles this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The victor will likely meet No. 1 seed Xavier in the next round on Sunday.

Wins over Clemson, North Carolina and Florida impressed the Selection Committee, though, so the Noles are in the field of 68. Florida State made its lone Final Four appearance in 1972. FSU lost to Xavier 91-66 in the second round of last year's tournament. The Seminoles participated in the NCAA in a school-record four consecutive seasons from 2009-12 and will now participate in consecutive NCAA Tournaments after playing in the field in 2017. That's good for 29th in the country.

The Tigers have been shredded by the three-point shot in recent weeks, so they'll need to make sure they get a hand up in Cofer's face when he launches it from long range. He averages 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in just over 34 minutes a night.

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Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has been with the Seminoles for 16 years (since 2002).

Spoken like a True Son descendant of the program Norm Stewart built and that had slipped into chaos and irrelevance the last three years before this season of renewal under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin.

It was going to be challenging enough for MU to find its identity and flow and mojo in just its second game with Porter returning from back surgery, considering the understandable absence of feel for each other that showed up in the Tigers' 62-60 loss to Georgia in the SEC quarterfinals.

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