Missouri men's basketball misses NCAA Tournament, No. 2 seed in NIT

Monday, March 17, 2014 | 3:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers were announced as a No. 2 seed in the second-tier National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers will host Davidson on Tuesday in the first round of the 32-team tourney. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The Missouri men's basketball team missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008

Missouri’s (22-11, 9-9 Southeastern Conference) slim chances at securing an at-large bid likely disappeared after the Tigers were eliminated in the SEC tournament quarterfinals after a 72-49 loss to Florida on Friday. That much was confirmed Sunday evening by the team’s exclusion from the big dance.

Seven of Missouri’s 11 losses came to teams that also did not make the field. Those losses, along with the team having just two wins against teams in the top 50 of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), were the Tigers’ undoing.

Missouri had made five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, which tied a program record.

Coach Frank Haith will meet with reporters inside Mizzou Arena later tonight so check back with the Missourian later for his reaction to the brackets.

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