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Missouri draws Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

The Tigers and Seminoles will play in Nashville on Friday. Winner will likely draw Xavier.

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For the first time since 2013, Missouri is headed to the NCAA Tournament, and the Tigers just found out their spot in the bracket. They drew the No. 8 seed in the West Region and will face No. 9 seed Florida State. The winner will likely draw Xavier on Sunday.

The Seminoles went 20-11 in the regular season, 9-9 in the ACC. They are ranked 35th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings and will likely be a slight favorite against a Tiger team that will have Michael Porter Jr. for another game but will almost certainly be without No. 2 scorer Jordan Barnett.

Sixteenth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton is bringing FSU to the tournament for the sixth time.

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More analysis to follow.