The No. 8 seed Missouri Tigers will take on the No. 9 seed Florida State Seminoles this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The two teams are part of the West region, playing in the same bracket as No. 1 seed Xavier.
Preview: The Missouri Tigers finished the year with a 20-12 record and a 10-8 mark in the SEC. Florida State finished with a similar record – 20-11 overall with a 9-9 mark in the ACC. The Seminoles were defeated by Louisville in the ACC Tournament, while Missouri was bounced by Georgia.
Missouri is led by Kassius Robertson and will have the services of freshman phenom Michael Porter Jr., who only played in two games. Jordan Barnett was arrested for DWI this past weekend, and as a result, he’s been suspended for the contest.
Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin says Jordan Barnett is suspended for Friday’s game against Florida State. He can practice and travel.
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Florida State will need good games from Terance Mann and Phil Cofer to advance.
You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 9:50 PM ET
TV Channel: TBS
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl
Opening Betting Line: Missouri by 1.5, via 5Dimes
This is Missouri’s 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, though their 1994 appearance was vacated. Florida State has now made the NCAA Tournament 16 times.
Prediction: Missouri is one of the hardest teams to project. The Tigers will have the services of Michael Porter Jr. – who played in only two games due this past season, but has incredible upside. Meanwhile, one of their star players is now out for the game because he got a DWI the weekend ahead of the tournament. Let’s go with Florida State as the more predictable team – we’ll take the Seminoles by 10.