5 things to know about Mizzou's first-round opponent in NCAA Tournament

Jordan Barnett Won’t Play in Missouri’s NCAA Tournament Opening Game

It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Seminoles after losing three starters from last year's NCAA tournament team to the National Basketball Association. The Tigers were upset in the first round of the SEC Tournament this week, and looked lost offensively.

No. 8 Mizzou will play No. 9 Florida State on Friday at approximately 8:50 p.m.in Nashville, Tennessee. Jordan Barnett was arrested for DWI this past weekend, and as a result, he's been suspended for the contest.

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 won't play against FSU but will be allowed to practice this week and travel with the team to Nashville.

Martin didn't clarify one way or the other whether Barnett would return if Missouri made the second round. "It's what it is". We all get to see the Tigers on our brackets and have a reason to watch outside of gambling. You have Mike there in the fold. "I don't know about that".

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According to Mitchell Forde of Rivals' PowerMizzou.com, head coach Cuonzo Martin said senior Jordan Barnett will not play in the contest after he was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The Noles scored 90 or more points nine times this year, and have three players - Phil Cofer, Terance Mann and Braian Angola-Rodas - averaging around 13 points per game.

MU will enter the game with seven scholarship players, and it can't win any battle of attrition if it gets into anything resembling the foul trouble it had against Georgia (Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon fouled out and Jontay Porter had four).

Missouri (20-12) is expected to be selected for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Martin pockets a $25,000 bonus for making the tournament with more to earn should the Tigers advance beyond the second round. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.

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