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.
However, after the Tigers were included in the field of 68 March Madness teams, they can start having some real fun. They will play Florida State in Nashville on Friday with the victor of that likely facing one seeded Xavier. But they have size on their bench, and by size I mean two players over seven feet tall who average over 10 minutes a game. Barnett won't play against FSU but will be allowed to practice this week and travel with the team to Nashville.
According to Mizzou's student-athlete handbook, any athlete arrested for driving under the influence will be suspended from team activities for at least one week for a first offense.
"I was praying to God we didn't end up in Wichita", he said. The victor will go on to play the winner of Xavier and NC Central/Texas Southern. We all get to see the Tigers on our brackets and have a reason to watch outside of gambling.
Martin told reporters that Jordan Barnett will not play Friday, he was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning.
More to the point, MU doesn't need to have the idea of playing Kansas in its grill when it has to have one singular focus with a team full of players who never have appeared in an NCAA Tournament game: winning its first NCAA game since 2010 to snuff out the school's longest NCAA victory drought since the one between 1944 and 1976.
The Seminoles' selection into the 2018 NCAA Tournament rounds out the most successful decade of NCAA Tournament appearances for the Seminole men's basketball program.
Martin is making his third NCAA appearance as a head coach and holds a 3-2 record.
Barnett is the Tiger's second-leading scorer this year. Despite getting Michael Porter Jr. back, the Tigers lost to No. 12 seed Georgia in the second round of the SEC Tournament. "You'll be the team that turned it around", said Martin.