Mizzou returns to NCAA Tournament for first time in 5 seasons

Erika Holt
March 12, 2018

All four teams were selected for the NCAA tournament.

The game will tip off after the Xavier vs. play-in victor game, which begins at 6:20 p.m. TBS will air the game. The Georgia Bulldogs upset Mizzou in the first-round of the SEC Tournament in St. Louis Thursday.

"Really just a tremendous honor for this university, especially given the past that we've had these past three seasons", junior forward Kevin Puryear said. "There's a chance we can play in the NCAA Tournament, and there's a chance we can go to the NIT".

It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Seminoles after losing three starters from last year's NCAA tournament team to the National Basketball Association. 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. If Florida makes it out of the first round, it would face either Texas Tech or No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin.

In 2011, Hamilton led the Seminoles to the Sweet 16, which is the farthest the program has advanced in the NCAA Tournament since 1993.

Instead, the Tigers will return to Nashville, where they just played two weeks ago, an eight-point victory over Vanderbilt. They fell to SC to miss the Final Four. Florida State made its lone Final Four appearance in 1972.

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The Seminoles are the No. 9 seed in the West Region and will open against Missouri on Friday.

You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. But Florida will have to wait to find out its first opponent.

The Seminoles (20-11, 9-9) will need to drastically improve if they hope to surpass their second-round exit to Xavier in the tournament last season, and a disappointing finish to this season. The 2018 tournament will mark FSU's 16th appearance.

Florida, Florida State and Miami - a No. 6 seed in the South Region - were the only schools from Florida to earn invitations.

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