Missouri forward Jordan Barnett arrested for DWI

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

For the first time in five years, the Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 8 seed Missouri Tigers will take on the No. 9 seed Florida State Seminoles this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The victor will go on to play the winner of Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern.

If Hamilton's squad is going to make a run in the NCAA Tournament, they will have to get back on track quickly. The 20 wins were two more than the Tigers had in 2016 and 2017 combined.

Three days after Georgia eliminated the Tigers from the SEC Tournament in St. Louis, Martin's team gathered on Norm Stewart Court to watch the bracket unveiling Sunday, backed by a sparse crowd of fans for the team's watch party. If this policy is followed, Barnett would miss at least one NCAA Tournament game.

Instead, the Tigers will return to Nashville, where they just played two weeks ago, an eight-point victory over Vanderbilt.

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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. 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. If Florida makes it out of the first round, it would face either Texas Tech or No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin.

According to a report from Rivals.com's Gabe DeArmond, Barnett was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion on driving under the influence.

Barnett, MU's second-leading scorer, can travel with the team, Martin said.

This is Missouri's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, though their 1994 appearance was vacated. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.

"I'm just really glad we get another chance to play and I don't have to end my career on that last game we played", Robertson said.

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