Missouri is missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008, but the Tigers are a 2-seed in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and will host Davidson in the first round on Tuesday night.
8 High Point at 1 Minnesota
5 Utah at 4 St. Mary's
6 Toledo at 3 Southern Miss
7 Davidson at 2 Missouri
Davidson is coached by Bob McKillop and went 20-12 out of the Southern Conference this season. The Wildcats rank 118th in Ken Pomeroy's rankings, Their performance against major-conference competition was mixed -- they beat a pre-breakthrough Georgia in November, took North Carolina to overtime in December, and stayed within a respectable 11 points at Wichita State. They also lost by 34 points at Duke and by 13 against a pre-breakthrough Virginia. They began the season 4-10 with a brutal non-conference slate (14th-toughest according to Pomeroy) but went 15-1 in conference play. They won the conference but fell in overtime to Western Carolina, which relegated them to the NIT.
We'll have more on Davidson on Tuesday. The Tigers will have a chance to make something of a relatively disappointing season, but they will first have to get past a team that, in 2005, became the first visitor to win at Mizzou Arena.