Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

For the first time in five years, and the 27th time in program history, the Missouri Tigers Men’s Basketball team is heading to the Big Dance to take on the Florida State Seminoles. Thanks to a 20-12 season Mizzou was able to lock up an eight seed in the West Region and will be heading to Nashville, Tenn., for the first round of play.

For head coach Cuonzo Martin, this will be the third different program that he has led to the NCAA Tournament, making him the 59th coach to accomplish such a feat. The Tigers have an explosive offense, led by senior transfer Kassius Robertson. Robertson has been a workhorse this year for Mizzou, playing in 688 minutes out of a possible 730, and ranks fourth in the nation for scoring among graduate transfers. Behind Kassius is Jontay Porter, who has emerged as one of the offensive forces off the bench this year for Mizzou, but he may be thrust into a starting role now with the injury to Cullen VanLeer. The question on everybody’s mind is how Michael Porter Jr. will perform in his second game back since missing the entire season with a back injury. In his first game back Porter Jr. went 5-13 from the field with 12 points against Georgia.

The big story line for Mizzou heading into their first-round matchup with the Seminoles is the availability of the teams second best scorer, Jordan Barnett. Barnett will be unavailable in the first round of the tournament due to an arrest last Saturday for driving while intoxicated. Barnett is second to only Kassius Robertson when it comes to scoring for the Tigers, with 13.7 points per game this season.

The Tigers will tip from Bridgestone Arena at 8:45 on Friday.