The Tigers bristled instead of buckling, though, finishing 20-12 overall (after going 8-23 last season) and 10-8 in Southeastern Conference play - more league wins than in the last three years combined - to return to the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2013. The Tigers were upset in the first round of the SEC Tournament this week, and looked lost offensively. FSU (20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) will play its first game on Friday against No. 8 seed Missouri in Nashville, Tennessee.
This season already has featured a remarkable turnaround, particularly considering the almost instantaneous loss of Michael Porter Jr. inside of two minutes into the opener against Iowa State.
Barnett, MU's second-leading scorer, can travel with the team, Martin said.
Forde noted the school's student-athlete handbook includes a mandatory one-week suspension for driving under the influence.
"He's suspended right now, as we speak", Martin said.
Florida St starts a smaller lineup with two 6'8 guys followed by 6'5, 6'4 and 6'1 front court.
The Seminoles earned a ninth seed in the West region on Selection Sunday and are slated to play the Missouri Tiger on Friday, March 16th. And it's possible he could play if MU advances to most likely take on Xavier, the No. 1 seed pitted against the victor of the North Carolina Central-Texas Southern play-in game.
The last NCAA Tournament game the program won was an 86-78 victory over Clemson in 2010. We all get to see the Tigers on our brackets and have a reason to watch outside of gambling.
This will be the Seminoles 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, one of their star players is now out for the game because he got a DWI the weekend ahead of the tournament. The senior isn't afraid to shoot, and the Tigers will need to improve their perimeter defense to advance to the second round.
Preview: The Missouri Tigers finished the year with a 20-12 record and a 10-8 mark in the SEC. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.