Missouri men's basketball looks ahead to SEC Tournament

Sunday, March 10, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:18 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 11, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team will look to the postseason after losing 64-62 to Tennessee on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn.

Missouri will begin the postseason with the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Missouri will be the sixth of 14 seeds in the tournament.

Each team's performance in regular season conference play determines the seeds.

No. 11 Florida (14-4 in the SEC) will be the top-seeded team in the tournament, followed by Kentucky (12-6) at No. 2, Ole Miss (12-6) at No. 3 and Alabama (12-6) at No. 4. All of these teams will get a double bye, which means they do not start tournament play until Friday's quarterfinals.

Missouri (11-7 in the SEC) will get a first-round bye as a result of its seed and will play the winner of a first-round game Thursday night between Texas A&M and Auburn.

Though Missouri lost its final regular season game at Tennessee, it finished the season winning three of its four last games.

Missouri has struggled on the road, but has done well at neutral courts this season, going 3-1. Its only loss came against then-No. 2 Louisville during the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 23 in the Bahamas. Missouri beat VCU and Stanford in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and then-No. 10 Illinois in St. Louis.

The winner of the SEC tournament will get an automatic place in the NCAA Tournament, which will begin March 19. The official field will be announced March 17 on Selection Sunday.

Many experts currently have Missouri as an eight seed. But if Missouri does well in the SEC tournament, it will have a chance to improve its seeding.

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Ellis Smith March 10, 2013 | 10:33 a.m.

An 8-9 seed in the NCAA tournament is one of the worst seeds possible. You begin by playing a team essentually rated as good as yours; if you win that game, guess which seed you'll face in your second game. On the other hand, should you win both those games your chances of getting to the Final Four become much better.

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