Florida, which was eliminated from the tournament on Friday, watched from home and waited. It's the "Noles" 16th tournament appearance. The victor of that game will likely play No. 1 Xavier on Sunday. It waited another 20 to learn its fate: The Gators are a No. 6 seed in the East Region and will play in Dallas. The highly regarded prospect is talented enough to spearhead the Tigers in the NCAA tournament, but he figures to be plenty rusty after missing essentially the entire season following back surgery.
This result was in question as late as two weeks ago.
Leading the way for the Tigers on the season is Kassius Robertson with 16.2 PPG. They arguably peaked with an overtime win over Gonzaga on November 24 in the Phil Knight Invitational before losing to Duke.
The Seminoles' seed is the fourth time they have been ninth or lower in the 64-team format.
With three games left, coach Mike White issued an ultimatum.
CBS college basketball analyst Seth Davis already put Florida on upset alert by predicting that regardless of who wins between UCLA and St. Bonaventure, the Gators will lose their first game. The victor will go on to play the winner of Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern.
If you harbor conspiracy theories about how the tournament field is assembled, the vacant 8-9 seeding line for KU's presumptive second-round game screamed for Missouri to be flashed as one of the prospective foes in waiting.
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He played all 16 games, caught 56 passes and gained 962 receiving yards - more than either Woods or Watkins gained in 2017. Last year, his elite skills were on full display after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo entered the starting lineup.
In 2011, Hamilton led the Seminoles to the Sweet 16, which is the farthest the program has advanced in the NCAA Tournament since 1993. After another three-game losing streak, the team won its final two games of the regular season to clinch a tournament spot. They fell to SC to miss the Final Four.
Florida State (20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated four ranked teams this season - Florida, North Carolina, Miami and Clemson.
No. 8 Mizzou will play No. 9 Florida State on Friday at approximately 8:50 p.m.in Nashville, Tennessee.
Martin is making his third NCAA appearance as a head coach and holds a 3-2 record.
Florida State laid a very big egg in the first round of the ACC Tournament last week with an 82-74 loss to Louisville, but escaped significant penalty.
More to the point, MU doesn't need to have the idea of playing Kansas in its grill when it has to have one singular focus with a team full of players who never have appeared in an NCAA Tournament game: winning its first NCAA game since 2010 to snuff out the school's longest NCAA victory drought since the one between 1944 and 1976.