MU seeded eighth, matched up with Florida State in Nashville

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

Jordan Barnett is suspended for the Tigers opening round NCAA Tournament game on Friday. Martin confirmed Barnett is serving a suspension after his arrest early Saturday morning for driving while intoxicated in Columbia.

Despite a disappointing second round loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the ACC Tournament, Florida State basketball (20-11, 9-9 ACC) showed enough in the regular season to make the NCAA Tournament. Barnett won't play against FSU but will be allowed to practice this week and travel with the team to Nashville.

The Florida State Seminoles were awarded the No. 9 seed in the West Region despite defeating the higher-seeded Gators on December 4.

The Tigers earned the No. 8 seed in the West Region and will play No. 9 seed Florida State (20-11) on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. The victor of that game will likely play No. 1 Xavier on Sunday. Martin said Barnett would be available Sunday if the Tigers are still in the tournament. "We've managed to get to this point". Jordan's out, Mike's in.

Missouri is led by Kassius Robertson and will have the services of freshman phenom Michael Porter Jr., who only played in two games.

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 Seminoles' selection into the 2018 NCAA Tournament rounds out the most successful decade of NCAA Tournament appearances for the Seminole men's basketball program. If this policy is followed, Barnett would miss at least one NCAA Tournament game.

MU will enter the game with seven scholarship players, and it can't win any battle of attrition if it gets into anything resembling the foul trouble it had against Georgia (Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon fouled out and Jontay Porter had four). To be in the Big Dance is exciting.

Barnett is the Tiger's second-leading scorer this year.

Preview: The Missouri Tigers finished the year with a 20-12 record and a 10-8 mark in the SEC.

"I told them this way back", he said Sunday, "'You'll be the team they say turned it around'".

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