For the first time in five years, the Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament. And it's possible he could play if MU advances to most likely take on Xavier, the No. 1 seed pitted against the victor of the North Carolina Central-Texas Southern play-in game. The 20 wins were two more than the Tigers had in 2016 and 2017 combined. The Gators improbably reached the Elite Eight a season ago when a Chris Chiozza buzzer beater lifted them over Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.
After going 20-12 in its first year playing for Cuonzo Martin, eighth-seeded Missouri will play Friday in Nashville, Tennessee, against No. 9 seed Florida State.
Even though the vast majority of bracket projections had the Tigers safely in the field, pegged by most as an 8 or 9 seed, the players and coaches erupted when Missouri popped up on the screen. Mizzou added Michael Porter Jr.to the mix after the former 5-star returned from a back injury he suffered in the first game of the season. The Tigers will face Florida State in the first round.
A spokesman for the University of Missouri Police Department announced Barnett was arrested at 3:26 a.m. local time for failure to drive in a single lane and suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Martin did say Barnett can practice with the team during the suspension, but is not eligible to play in any games.
"He's suspended right now, as we speak", Martin said. "We've managed to get to this point".
With back-to-back tournament appearances, the 'Noles have now made the "Big Dance" in six of the last 10 seasons.
MU will enter the game with seven scholarship players, and it can't win any battle of attrition if it gets into anything resembling the foul trouble it had against Georgia (Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon fouled out and Jontay Porter had four).
He will travel with the team and could play if the Tigers advance. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.