Just days before the NCAA Tournament tips off, Missouri seemed to be getting some good news with the return of Michael Porters Jr. The star recruit was injured early in the season, and hasn't competed with his team for most of the season.
Porter's return couldn't lift Missouri past Georgia in the SEC tournament, but the Tigers will find themselves in the NCAA Tournament regardless. Joe Lunardi currently projects Missouri as an eight seed.
A recent incident involving on of the team's star players, though, could derail the team's hopes at a run in the tourney. According to a report from ESPN, Missouri forward Jordan Barnett arrested for suspicion of DWI by police officers in Columbia, Missouri, early Saturday morning.
From the report:
Barnett, a senior from St. Louis, was pulled over by police officers at 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation. Major Brian Weimer of the University of Missouri Police confirmed to ESPN in an email that Barnett was charged with DWI and failure to drive within a single lane.
He was not taken to the local jail, and was released after signing a document calling him to court - the date is till unknown at this time.
Barnett is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. Missouri will now wait just over 24 hours to find out if it will make the NCAA Tournament.
We'll have more as it becomes available.