NCAA Tournament could define college career of Michael Porter Jr

NCAA Tournament could define college career of Michael Porter Jr

He played for the first time since injuring his back in the season-opener against Iowa State.

The Tigers earned an at-large bid to the tournament. Xavier is the fourth ranked one seed with the only real scary team being the two seeded North Carolina Tar Heels.

Ohio State is dragging, having lost three of five, but the Buckeyes have one of the nation's top players in forward Keita Bates-Diop. But the committee dropped the ball and decided they don't care about ratings and split the two schools up.

Florida State enters this matchup with a 20-11 record overall. The Tigers were in position to finish as high as third in the SEC late in the season but fell to the sixth seed in the SEC tournament, then followed a win over Ole Miss with the 55-41 loss to Georgia.

As most No. 8 vs No. 9 seed games are, this one figures to be a toss-up. I'm not sure how we'll start lineups.


With Barnett's suspension, Missouri is now down to only seven scholarship players. On paper this looks like a bad matchup for the Tigers as FSU has the offense to shoot the lights out and the size to shut us down on the defensive side.

MU hasn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 2010.

The SEC came in second with eight teams in the NCAA Tournament as Missouri joined Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Alabama to make the Big Dance.

It's not going to get any easier for Missouri, as the Tigers will be without senior Jordan Barnett, their second-leading scorer. So Tiger fans, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for Friday. It's the third straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Jackrabbits, who are led by Mike Daum.

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