Missouri men's team earns first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013

9 months 20 hours 23 minutes ago Monday, March 12 2018 Mar 12, 2018 Monday, March 12, 2018 5:59:00 AM CDT March 12, 2018 in News
By: Blake Sammann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Missouri men's basketball team earned an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the selection committee announced Sunday.

The Tigers (20-12, 10-8 SEC) are the eight-seed in the West Region. They take on Florida State March 16 in Nashville. The winner will likely draw Xavier in the next round, the top seed in the region.

The men's team hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2010.

First-year coach Cuonzo Martin led the team to a 12-win improvement from a season ago. Missouri won only 27 games total from 2014-2017.

Martin announced Sunday senior forward Jordan Barnett will not play against the Seminoles following his arrest Saturday morning, but could be available to play again if Missouri wins.

The selection committee announced eight SEC teams earned bids, breaking the previous conference record of six. The ACC is the only conference with more representation, sending nine teams.

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