No. 8 Missouri (20-12) will battle No. 9 Florida State (20-11) in the West Region of the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, March 16.
Missouri won two consecutive games to finish its regular season before falling in its opening SEC Tournament matchup against Georgia. Florida State lost two of its last three regular-season games before falling in its opening game of the ACC Tournament against Louisville.
Find game time, information and a preview below:
Missouri-Florida State game time, details
- Time: 9:50 p.m. ET
- Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
- Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Which TV channel is Missouri-Florida State on?
Missouri-Florida State will air live on TBS.
- AT&T U-verse: Channel 1112 (HD)
- DirecTV: Channel 247 (HD)
- Dish Network: Channel 139 (HD)
- Cablevision: Channel 39
How can I watch Missouri-Florida State online?
Missouri-Florida State basketball preview, keys to the game
Missouri has relied heavily on senior guard Kassius Robertson and senior forward Jordan Barnett, with each playing upward of 30 minutes a night. Robertson (16.2 points per game) and Barnett (13.7 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game) have been the Tigers go-to guys throughout the season. Barnett has been suspended following a DWI arrest for one game.
Freshman forward Michael Porter Jr., who has only played in two games after recovering from back surgery, could start in his place. Michael Porter Jr. had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in his appearance against Georgia.
Forward Jontay Porter (10.1 ppg and 6.8 rpg), Michael’s brother, is another name to watch after his outstanding freshman year.
Missouri has wins over No. 21 Tennessee, No. 21 Kentucky and No. 21 Texas A&M. The Tigers lost to No. 23 West Virginia and No. 19 Auburn when they faced off against other ranked programs. This is Mizzou’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013. The Tigers last made the regional final in 2008-09 before being knocked out in the second round four consecutive years.
Missouri has reached the regional final four times, losing each of those contests.
Florida State is led by its three-man scoring attack of junior guard Terance Mann (13.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg), senior forward Phil Cofer (13.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg) and senior guard Braian Angola (12.9 ppg).
The Seminoles will use their bench, with scoring options all across the board.
Florida State has wins over No. 5 Florida, No. 12 North Carolina and an overtime thriller over No. 11 Clemson. The Seminoles also have losses against No. 4 Duke, No. 15 Miami, No. 2 Virginia and No. 18 Clemson.
Florida State was knocked out of the tournament in the second round last year. The Seminoles have made it to the national championship game just once, losing in 1971-72. They only made one other appearance in the regional final in 1992-93.
ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Florida State a 54.3 percent chance of winning.
The winner of Missouri-Florida State faces off against the winner of No. 1 Xavier vs. whichever teams wins its First Four matchup between North Carolina Central and Texas Southern.
According to the ACC’s official website, the conference is the winningest in NCAA Tournament history, with a 66 percent winning percentage. It is the only conference not to have a losing record in NCAA Tournament play since 1987. Two teams from the conference have won a national title in the last three seasons (Duke in 2015 and North Carolina in 2017).
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