Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

NCAA Tournament: Florida State receives second straight berth

NCAA Tournament: Florida State receives second straight berth

The Missouri Tigers are dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five seasons. The No. 8 seeded Tigers will open the tourney against the No. 9 seeded Florida State Seminoles in Nashville. Edits short headlineMissouri forward Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

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.

"(Barnett) will be out and it'll be the next man (in) and we keep moving", Martin said of Barnett's absence for the Florida State game.

Forde noted the school's student-athlete handbook includes a mandatory one-week suspension for driving under the influence.

Nobody on Martin's current roster has played in an NCAA Tournament game, including graduate senior Kassius Robertson, who joined the program last summer after four years at Canisius College, hoping to end his college career on the NCAA's biggest platform. Should the Tigers advance, they likely would meet top-seeded Xavier on Sunday. You have Mike there in the fold.

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

The Noles scored 90 or more points nine times this year, and have three players - Phil Cofer, Terance Mann and Braian Angola-Rodas - averaging around 13 points per game. Meanwhile, one of their star players is now out for the game because he got a DWI the weekend ahead of the tournament. "We get another chance".

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. "You'll be the team that turned it around", said Martin.

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