Florida, Florida State and Miami fans rejoice! You're all going dancing

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Missouri earned the 8th seed in the NCAA West region of the tournament.

Spoken like a True Son descendant of the program Norm Stewart built and that had slipped into chaos and irrelevance the last three years before this season of renewal under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin. 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.

Florida State (20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated four ranked teams this season - Florida, North Carolina, Miami and Clemson.

The team's matchup against Missouri will carry additional intrigue thanks to the return of Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr., a consensus five-star recruit and potential National Basketball Association lottery pick who was sidelined until the SEC tournament, where he only played in one game before his team was sent back to Columbia to await its tournament seeding. Instead, Florida State is back in the big dance for the second consecutive season and sixth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Martin did say Barnett can practice with the team during the suspension, but is not eligible to play in any games.

Martin told reporters that Jordan Barnett will not play Friday, he was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning. That record includes a loss in their first ACC Tournament game against Louisville.

Eight Southeastern conference teams made the NCAA tournament field.

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).

The round of 64 match-up will be played in Nashville, Tennessee. The 20 wins were two more than the Tigers had in 2016 and 2017 combined. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.

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