This hurts more than just the team's depth, though, as Barnett was second on the squad with 13.7 points per game and is an anchor in the forward rotation with 5.9 rebounds a night. 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. I'm not sure how we'll start lineups. In that time, the Tigers have had six head coaches - Quin Snyder, Melvin Watkins, Mike Anderson, Frank Haith, Kim Anderson and Cuonzo Martin.
Missouri earned the 8th seed in the NCAA West region of the tournament. If he is suspended, it will present new problems for an already thin Tiger team, and mean they will need to lean heavier on the Michael Porter Jr, who is back with the team after missing almost the entire season with an injury. They made the Elite Eight in 2009.
Barnett was arrested Saturday morning in Columbia, Mo., and was cited for failure to drive in a single lane and suspicion of DWI. The senior isn't afraid to shoot, and the Tigers will need to improve their perimeter defense to advance to the second round.
Barnett, MU's second-leading scorer, can travel with the team, Martin said.
The game will tip off after the Xavier vs. play-in victor game, which begins at 6:20 p.m. TBS will air the game.
"It will be the next man up", Martin said, "and we keep moving".
He meant this far despite all odds after Porter's injury, and he wants his team to appreciate that - "responsibly", he noted - before it tries to make a statement in Nashville.
This is Mizzou's 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.