Mizzou suspends Barnett for NCAA opener

Mizzou suspends Barnett for NCAA opener

UF (20-12, 11-7 SEC) will open its tournament run against either St. Bonaventure or UCLA on Thursday.

If you harbor conspiracy theories about how the tournament field is assembled, the vacant 8-9 seeding line for KU's presumptive second-round game screamed for Missouri to be flashed as one of the prospective foes in waiting.

The 68-team NCAA Tournament field is set, and for the second consecutive year, the Florida State men's basketball team is going dancing. The victor will go on to play the winner of Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern.

"I'll just be very, very clear", he said at the time.

Eighth-seeded Missouri (20-12) opposes ninth-seeded Florida State (20-11) in West Regional action on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. They made the Elite Eight in 2009.

Missouri is led by Kassius Robertson and will have the services of freshman phenom Michael Porter Jr., who only played in two games. He played for the first time since injuring his back in the season-opener against Iowa State. The Tigers will face Florida State in the first round. Barnett won't play against FSU but will be allowed to practice this week and travel with the team to Nashville.

MUPD arrested Barnett on Sunday at 3:26 a.m. on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

According to the Mizzou student-athlete handbook, an athlete arrested for DWI must be suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week for a first offense. "We've managed to get to this point".

This is Mizzou's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators could do nothing to help or hinder their NCAA Tournament seeding.

MU will enter the game with seven scholarship players, and it can't win any battle of attrition if it gets into anything resembling the foul trouble it had against Georgia (Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon fouled out and Jontay Porter had four). A one-week punishment would leave Barnett eligible to return for the second round on Sunday should the Tigers advance.

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