Seed in NCAA Tournament; Will Play Missouri First Round

  • Seed in NCAA Tournament; Will Play Missouri First Round

Seed in NCAA Tournament; Will Play Missouri First Round

UF (20-12, 11-7 SEC) will open its tournament run against either St. Bonaventure or UCLA on Thursday.

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.

Missouri's men's basketball team lost 68 games the last three years. The victor of that game will likely play No. 1 Xavier on Sunday.

"I was praying to God we wouldn't end up in Wichita", he said.

Only for Seton Hall to show up as the No. 8 and N.C. State as the 9 while MU - indeed a No. 8 seed - was assigned to Nashville to play Florida State in a West Regional game.

This season already has featured a remarkable turnaround, particularly considering the almost instantaneous loss of Michael Porter Jr. inside of two minutes into the opener against Iowa State. Instead, Florida State is back in the big dance for the second consecutive season and sixth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton.

Also, with the Friday-Sunday schedule, the Tigers could have guard Jordan Barnett back for the second round if they beat the Seminoles. Edits short headlineMissouri forward Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

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.

But this is the NCAA Tournament where anything can happen, especially when you have the wild card known as Michael Porter Jr.

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.

"Anytime you work hard and get yourselves into the NCAA tournament it's always a great thing". A one-week punishment would leave Barnett eligible to return for the second round on Sunday should the Tigers advance.