Missouri has known it’s going to the NCAA tournament for at least a few weeks. Though Dennis Gates said after Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal loss to Alabama that he “just hope we get in,” everyone had the Tigers safely in the field for most of the second half of the season.
Now they know where they are going and who they are going to play against.
Mizzou was seeded in a 7 in the South region and took on 10 seed Utah State with Arizona being the 2 seed in the region.
“I want to encourage you all to continue to support this team and this program,” Gates said. “We look forward to moving forward with this National Basketball Holiday of Selection Sunday.”
The Tigers play in Sacramento, California on Thursday. The playing times should be announced later in the evening.
Missouri is entering the tournament 24-9 this season, losing to Alabama 72-61 on Saturday. Mizzou is returning to the NCAA tournament after missing last season. In its last appearance in 2021, Missouri lost 72-68 to Oklahoma in the opening round in Indianapolis. The Tigers have not won an NCAA tournament game since beating Clemson 86-78 in the first round on March 19, 2010. That includes 12 seasons, five tournament appearances and 4,742 days.
Dennis Gates is stepping up as NCAA head coach for the second time in his four-year career. Cleveland State, a 15 seed, lost to Houston 87-56 in its first game of the 2021 NCAA tournament.
PowerMizzou.com will have full coverage of Selection Sunday including a live reaction show coming up soon. We’ll be covering the Tigers all week and traveling with them as long as they’re alive in the NCAA tournament.
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