Missouri Tigers return to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2013

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Nobody on Martin's current roster has played in an NCAA Tournament game, including graduate senior Kassius Robertson, who joined the program last summer after four years at Canisius College, hoping to end his college career on the NCAA's biggest platform. "There's a chance we can play in the NCAA Tournament, and there's a chance we can go to the NIT". If the Seminoles advance, they would face the victor of No. 1 Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern on Sunday.

The Seminoles earned the No. 9 seed in the Midwest region and will face No. 8 seed Missouri at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Florida State's Trent Forrest (3) defends as Louisville's Dwayne Sutton (24) drives during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Wed., March 7, 2018, in NY.

The Seminoles made the tournament last season and advanced to the second round before being ousted by Xavier.

Virginia guard Kyle Guy celebrates after cutting a piece of the net after his team defeated North Carolina in the championship game of the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament Saturday
Missouri Tigers return to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2013

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.

Preview: The Missouri Tigers finished the year with a 20-12 record and a 10-8 mark in the SEC.

How they make a run: Florida State's primary shooters-Phil Cofer, Braian Angola, and M.J. Walker-get hot to lead the Seminoles past Missouri before upsetting Xavier en route to the Sweet 16. Porter played in his first game Thursday since having back surgery in November. Although the 1-2 ACC start was nothing to be ashamed of, losses to Louisville and Boston College hampered Florida State early in ACC play. The 20 wins were two more than the Tigers had in 2016 and 2017 combined. Confident the Tigers would be celebrating on Selection Sunday, Martin told his players weeks ago their legacy was on the line heading into March.

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