Mizzou WBB makes the NCAA Tournament for third straight year

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

Mizzou's March is off to a disappointing start.

The Tigers earned an at-large bid to the tournament.

Third-seeded Michigan roared to the Big Ten Tournament title with victories over Michigan State and Purdue and has to be considered one of the risky teams in the field.

Barnett is averaging 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers this season.

The Tigers finished in a tie for fourth-place in the Southeastern Conference. So should the Tigers beat Florida State in the first round, Barnett would be available for Sunday's second round game - a matchup that would likely pit them against No. 1 seed Xavier.

But this is the NCAA Tournament where anything can happen, especially when you have the wild card known as Michael Porter Jr. KenPom now projects the Seminoles winning 76-5. They had three wins over top 25 teams including #5 Florida, #12 North Carolina and #11 Clemson.

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

The SEC came in second with eight teams in the NCAA Tournament as Missouri joined Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Alabama to make the Big Dance. They aren't afraid to use their bench either as 10 guys average over 10 minutes a game.

Florida State will need good games from Terance Mann and Phil Cofer to advance.

It's not going to get any easier for Missouri, as the Tigers will be without senior Jordan Barnett, their second-leading scorer. Let's go with Florida State as the more predictable team - we'll take the Seminoles by 10. In that time, the Tigers have had six head coaches - Quin Snyder, Melvin Watkins, Mike Anderson, Frank Haith, Kim Anderson and Cuonzo Martin.

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