Mizzou to play in NCAA Tournament for first time since 2013

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With a game under his belt, Porter should be more comfortable as the eighth-seeded Tigers meet Florida State in a West Region opener. They'll play No. 9 Florida State in the first round on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Tigers earned an at-large bid to the tournament.

No. 12 seed South Dakota State figures to give fifth-seeded Ohio State a fight.

Of course the selection committee could have given the entire KC area what they wanted, but they failed.

Mizzou will be without one of its star players in the opening round, though. A major disappointment for both fan bases.

Florida State enters this matchup with a 20-11 record overall.

20-12 overall and 10-8 in the SEC.

Barnett was one of the top forwards in the SEC this season.

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

With Barnett's suspension, Missouri is now down to only seven scholarship players. They aren't afraid to use their bench either as 10 guys average over 10 minutes a game.

Senior forward Jordan Barnett has been suspended for one game. On paper this looks like a bad matchup for the Tigers as FSU has the offense to shoot the lights out and the size to shut us down on the defensive side.

Third-seeded Michigan roared to the Big Ten Tournament title with victories over Michigan State and Purdue and has to be considered one of the risky teams in the field.

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.

There is nothing more unsafe than a team playing with house money and nothing to lose.

This is Cuonzo Martin's third NCAA Tournament appearance in his 10 season as a head coach.

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