Mizzou Ready for Return to NCAA Tournament

Marsha Scott
March 19, 2018

The hometown product has the Tigers on their best run of success as a program since the mid-1980s, and already has led the program to winning NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons for the first-time ever.

Late in the second after Dow hit a 3-pointer on the other end then pounded with Cunningham inside and other FGCU defenders swarmed, Cunningham still was able to find a way to nearly underhand the ball up and into the hoop.

Porter, Jr. left Missouri's 2017-18 season opener against Iowa State less than two minutes into the game with what was believed to be a hip injury. Jordan Barnett was suspended from Missouri's first-round game after being arrested for driving while intoxicated last week. They turned the ball over 10 times.

The Seminoles, however, decided that one dramatic rally in Nashville was enough.

We put four guys in the game there and we left Phil on the court, one of our most experienced players. Here's a breakdown of how the Porter Brothers fared in their first NCAA Tournament game against Florida State. The Musketeers eliminated the Seminoles in the Round of 32 last season.

Fast forward to the SEC tournament, and who is up and ready to go?

Kabengele certainly did his part.

Matching each other blow-for-blow for much of the second half, the Thundering Herd (25-10) were able to win thanks to the hot shooting of junior guard Jon Elmore.

Or as coach Leonard Hamilton calls it, a team effort.

Indeed, FSU's first wave of subs helped turn an early deficit into a potential rout. Trent Forrest's two foul shots with 5:28 remaining upped the margin to 21, ending the game's competitive phase.

Turnovers were also the difference in the first half. "We moved the ball, and also we got some deflections and steals that gave us some easier baskets".

No. 9 seed FSU opened up a 22-point lead in the first half and withstood a second half push to earn a 67-54 win over No. 8 seed Missouri at Bridgestone Arena.

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Yes, a 16-seed beat a 1-seed Friday.

Mfiondu Kabengele finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead FSU.

"They were just hitting shots", Cofer said.

Everything seems like it's going great, so why shouldn't this kid try his luck and get drafted to an National Basketball Association team? "We've done some things that haven't been done at Mizzou in a long time".

The Seminoles did that, even as Missouri continued on a 14-4 run, and even as FSU endured a scoreless stretch of more than five minutes.

Texas 83, ME 54: Jatarie White scored 17 points and Texas used an overwhelming first half to romp to a win over Maine. "After we settled down and knew (the situation), we just did what we had to do".

Despite sporting their highest seed since 1984, the Tigers (24-8) failed to make a third straight appearance in the second round. "That's what we need every game".

In the span of 57 seconds, the Seminoles had scored seven points and the threat was all but over. "We have to keep the same energy no matter if they make shots or make runs, we'll be fine".

Gassed though he may have been, Porter Jr. did finish with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) Friday.

And if anyone would understand the magnitude of their place in the Missouri record books, it'd be Cunningham, who is as close to a Missouri Tiger by blood as anyone could be. "We've been through this".

Florida Gulf Coast averaged 33.1 three-point attempts per game coming into this contest, and just the threat of shooting from beyond the arc helped the Eagles.

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