Thanks to a loss to No. 18 Georgia in the SEC Tournament on March 2, Missouri (24-7, 11-5 SEC) fell to No. 17 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. Still, the Tigers held out hope that they still had a chance to host in the NCAA Tournament.
On Selection Monday the players and coaches gathered at Mizzou Arena to find out whether they’d be hitting the road or staying put at home.
The verdict: Missouri is a 5-seed in the Lexington Region and will play against Florida Gulf Coast at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Palo Alto, Cal.
Whoever emerges will play the winner of 4-seed Stanford, the host, and 13-seed Gonzaga.
The Tigers have had a historic season, winning their most games since 1983 and making a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the second time in program history.


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