Seed in NCAA Tournament; Will Play Missouri First Round

Moritz Wagner #13 of the Michigan Wolverines raises his MVP trophy after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 during the championship game of the Big 10 Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden

Moritz Wagner #13 of the Michigan Wolverines raises his MVP trophy after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 during the championship game of the Big 10 Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden

The Seminoles have a 2-1 record against the Tigers but the last meeting was almost 38 years ago, a 68-64 victory on December 19, 1980, during a holiday tournament.

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 Seminoles still made the NCAA Tournament on Sunday on the strength of victories over four teams ranked at the time they played and the sixth-most Quadrant 1 victories in the nation (home wins over teams ranked in the Top 30 of the RPI, road wins over teams in the Top 75) and only one loss to a team outside the top-100. They will play the aforementioned Seminoles from Florida State, the 9th seed, in Nashville, with an approximate tip off time of 8:50 PM Central time on Friday, March 16.

The Tigers finished in a tie for fourth-place in the Southeastern Conference.

With back-to-back tournament appearances, the 'Noles have now made the "Big Dance" in six of the last 10 seasons.

FSU enters the postseason with a 20-11 record, but the Seminoles went 4-6 in their final 10 games.

Leading the way for the Tigers on the season is Kassius Robertson with 16.2 PPG.

Spoken like a True Son descendant of the program Norm Stewart built and that had slipped into chaos and irrelevance the last three years before this season of renewal under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin. But the seeding circumstances would be different. Mizzou lost its first-round game in each of its last three appearances in 2011-13 and last won a game in the 2010 tournament. North Carolina Central University/Texas Southern victor on Sunday also in Nashville.

Over on the Missouri side, they're now 20-12 this year. That record includes a loss in their first ACC Tournament game against Louisville.

His team responded with three consecutive wins to conclude the regular season, all of which came against NCAA Tournament-bound teams (Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky). Since the Seminoles were ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 on January 8, they have gone 8-8.

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