The last NCAA Tournament game the program won was an 86-78 victory over Clemson in 2010. They will play Florida State in Nashville on Friday with the victor of that likely facing one seeded Xavier. Florida State has now participated in the postseason in 13 of Hamilton's 16 seasons at Florida State.
The lingering notion that it does is skewed by the fact that college basketball is a study in six degrees of separation, but the truth is the principles for selection, bracketing and seeding just don't lend that kind of latitude to the operation. "There is nothing in Wichita". That's a big chunk of playing time and production for Cuonzo Martin to replace in the Big Dance.
Missouri earned the 8th seed in the NCAA West region of the tournament.
Missouri is led by Kassius Robertson and will have the services of freshman phenom Michael Porter Jr., who only played in two games.
However, after the Tigers were included in the field of 68 March Madness teams, they can start having some real fun. They made the Elite Eight in 2009.
But an NCAA win against a towering and intensely athletic FSU group would be another threshold to certify that and help catapult the program forward.
Barnett was arrested Saturday morning in Columbia, Mo., and was cited for failure to drive in a single lane and suspicion of DWI.
Barnett is the Tiger's second-leading scorer this year.
Barnett's suspension will hold for only one game and Martin confirmed that he will travel with the team to Nashville for the NCAA Tournament.
The game will tip off after the Xavier vs. play-in victor game, which begins at 6:20 p.m. TBS will air the game.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Dave Matter, the minimum punishment for Barnett's offense is supposed to be one week.
Trouble is, there are only so many next men up.
"It's what it is", Martin said. We all get to see the Tigers on our brackets and have a reason to watch outside of gambling.
He meant this far despite all odds after Porter's injury, and he wants his team to appreciate that - "responsibly", he noted - before it tries to make a statement in Nashville.
"Anytime you work hard and get yourselves into the NCAA tournament it's always a great thing".