5 things to know about Mizzou's first-round opponent in NCAA Tournament

5 things to know about Mizzou's first-round opponent in NCAA Tournament

They will play the aforementioned Seminoles from Florida State, the 9th seed, in Nashville, with an approximate tip off time of 8:50 PM Central time on Friday, March 16.

COLUMBIA, Mo-The 2018 NCAA tournament field is set with 68 teams seeded and paired up.

When the event that gives Selection Sunday its name began at 6 p.m., Florida only waited 10 minutes to learn that it was in the tournament.

It's Mizzou's first NCAA tournament in five years. The game time has yet to be announced.

Preview: The Missouri Tigers finished the year with a 20-12 record and a 10-8 mark in the SEC.

"I was praying to God we wouldn't end up in Wichita", he said.

This is Missouri's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, though their 1994 appearance was vacated.

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This is a great draw for the Tigers as the West Region is the weakest overall bracket in the tournament. Florida State finished around where it was projected to at the beginning of the season when many sites pegged the Seminoles as a bubble team.

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 Tigers will face Florida State in the first round.

Instead, the Tigers will return to Nashville, where they just played two weeks ago, an eight-point victory over Vanderbilt.

As most experts predicted, the strength of the Seminoles' quality wins apparently outweighed any concerns about their late-season losses.

The Seminoles made it to the Final Four back in 1972, making it to the title game before losing.

The Seminoles made the tournament last season and advanced to the second round before being ousted by Xavier. Mizzou added Michael Porter Jr.to the mix after the former 5-star returned from a back injury he suffered in the first game of the season.

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