Jordan Barnett Won't Play in Missouri's NCAA Tournament Opening Game

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If you harbor conspiracy theories about how the tournament field is assembled, the vacant 8-9 seeding line for KU's presumptive second-round game screamed for Missouri to be flashed as one of the prospective foes in waiting.

Florida State makes the national tournament for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the past 10 years. The Tigers' program was so irrelevant, so far from the tournament bubble and not even an afterthought on selection Sunday, when 68 teams are chosen and seeded for the sport's showcase event. The victor will likely meet No. 1 seed Xavier in the next round on Sunday. North Carolina Central University/Texas Southern victor on Sunday also in Nashville. 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.

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has been with the Seminoles for 16 years (since 2002). The Seminoles have played in the NCAA Tournament in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018.

Only for Seton Hall to show up as the No. 8 and N.C. State as the 9 while MU - indeed a No. 8 seed - was assigned to Nashville to play Florida State in a West Regional game. At one point they were ranked as high as 19th in the country, but finished the season out of the top 25.

Hardin County's State Senator Bill Dix resigns
Dix has recently gained notoriety after he fired a Senate Republican staffer after she complained of a toxic work environment. The website did not identify the woman shown in the video but described her "as a lobbyist for various municipality groups ".

As most experts predicted, the strength of the Seminoles' quality wins apparently outweighed any concerns about their late-season losses.

Barnett is averaging 13.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers this season.

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