Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Mizzou Basketball could be major sleeper in NCAA Tournament

Mizzou Basketball could be major sleeper in NCAA Tournament

And as bitter as Friday's pill is to swallow, it should be noted: if we have seen the last of the Porter boys in black and gold, their time in Columbia, Mo. can be classified only as an overwhelming success-even if it didn't exactly match the script we had in mind when it all started.

FSU basketball rolled the No. 8 seed Missouri Tigers late Friday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they'll face No. 1 seed Xavier.

By the time the first-half buzzer sounded, the Tigers were down 42-20, having given up the second-highest first-half point total of the season.

Yes, Xavier is a number one seed, but they're arguably the weakest of the top seeds. Altogether, the Tigers out rebounded the Seminoles, 36-35.

Pingeton said FGCU's style doesn't compare to any other team in the SEC but is similar to past nonconference foes the Tigers have played, notably Western Illinois and Indiana. We didn't handle it very well. Fouls again became an issue for a Missouri team down to eight healthy players, seven of which are on scholarship.

Kabengele wasn't the only Seminole reserve to have a big game, as Trent Forrest stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. In his first full game on March 6th, he put up 12 points and 8 rebounds on 5-17 shooting in 23 minutes.

The second half wasn't almost as simple.

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"We kind of got the message for what we needed to do there", Porter said.

Had Jordan Barnett not been popped with that suspension, this is a team that could have went on a hell of a run. Even with the addition of Michael Porter Jr. However, in just his first two minutes of college basketball, Michael Porter Jr. sustained an injury that would eventually require spinal surgery to fix the L3-L4 spinal discs.

No Seminoles player had more than nine points in the first half, but all 10 that played scored at least one basket. It was one of the best stretches of the season for the Seminoles.

But FSU remained poised to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.

The victor of Saturday's 2:30 p.m. (St. Louis time) game at Stanford plays Monday against the victor of No. 4 seed Stanford against No. 13 Gonzaga. "The last couple games, I didn't play free and I was just thinking too much".

"At the end of the game, I thought it was a better effort", Martin said. "I feel like being able to do that helped". Forward Ronjanae DeGray finished with 10 points. His 16 points were only behind Robertson's 19, but more often than not, he was simply out of place. The only player from that list who still fit that description entering the NCAA Tournament was Porter Jr. -and he missed basically the entire season before returning in the Tigers' SEC Tournament loss to Georgia last week. Just being here obviously is a pleasure and making it to the tournament is a huge accomplishment for us.

Things went from bad to worse in the first half for the Tigers. The basketball court was placed on top of the NHL's Nashville Predators' home ice and appeared to be slippery at times during FSU's win. The freshman and preseason All-American said he probably won't make his decision on what's next for a little while.

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