Missouri’s men’s basketball program received a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are set to play No. 9 seed Florida State in the first round on Friday.
Mizzou will be without one of its star players in the opening round, though. He has been suspended.
Senior forward Jordan Barnett has been suspended for one game. He was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of DWI.
Head coach Cuonzo Martin announced the suspension on Sunday night. Barnett will be available if they advance.
“It’ll be the next man [in] and we keep moving,” Martin said Sunday, according to the Post-Dispatch. “It’s what it is. We’ve managed to get to this point. You have Mike [Michael Porter Jr.] there in the fold. Jordan’s out, Mike’s in. I’m not sure how we’ll start lineups. I don’t know about that.”
Barnett was one of the top forwards in the SEC this season. He averaged 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds a game.
The forward will be traveling with the team.
Cuonzo Martin: Jordan Barnett is suspended right now. He won't play Friday. He can travel and practice to Nashville.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) March 11, 2018
Missouri and Florida State is seen as a pick’em right now by Las Vegas’ sportsbooks.
Tipoff is scheduled for 9:50 p.m. E.T. on Friday.