No. 8 Mizzou will play No. 9 Florida State on Friday at approximately 8:50 p.m.in Nashville, Tennessee.
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.
Wins over Clemson, North Carolina and Florida impressed the Selection Committee, though, so the Noles are in the field of 68.
It's Mizzou's first NCAA tournament in five years. The NCAA will announce game time and announces later in the week. It waited another 20 to learn its fate: The Gators are a No. 6 seed in the East Region and will play in Dallas.
The Tigers earned an at-large bid to the tournament.
"I was praying to God we wouldn't end up in Wichita", he said. The Seminoles participated in the NCAA in a school-record four consecutive seasons from 2009-12 and will now participate in consecutive NCAA Tournaments after playing in the field in 2017.
Also, with the Friday-Sunday schedule, the Tigers could have guard Jordan Barnett back for the second round if they beat the Seminoles. Florida State has now participated in the postseason in 13 of Hamilton's 16 seasons at Florida State.
Overall, the Noles have made 16 appearances in March Madness, last making the Sweet 16 in 2011.
The Florida State Seminoles were awarded the No. 9 seed in the West Region despite defeating the higher-seeded Gators on December 4.
With back-to-back tournament appearances, the 'Noles have now made the "Big Dance" in six of the last 10 seasons.
Instead, the Tigers will return to Nashville, where they just played two weeks ago, an eight-point victory over Vanderbilt.
The Seminoles' season was one of close wins and close losses, but they're not heading into the NCAA Tournament with much momentum.
This season already has featured a remarkable turnaround, particularly considering the almost instantaneous loss of Michael Porter Jr. inside of two minutes into the opener against Iowa State.