COLUMBIA — Missouri basketball wasn’t selected for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday – its first absence from the tourney since 2008 – but the Tigers will still participate in postseason play.
For the first time since 2005, Missouri will be participating in the National Invitation Tournament. The Tigers received a No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 seed Davidson Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena in the first round of the 32-team field.
The Wildcats (20-12, 15-1 Southern) won the Southern Conference's regular season title but were upset by Western Carolina in the league tournament. Senior forward De'Mon Brooks leads the team with 18.7 points per game.
This will be Missouri's eighth appearance in the NIT. The Tigers are 1-7 all-time in the tournament, with the lone win coming against Murray State in 1996.
Missouri’s (22-11, 9-9 SEC) slim chances at securing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament likely disappeared after the Tigers were eliminated in the SEC tournament quarterfinals with a 72-49 loss to No. 1 Florida on Friday. That much was confirmed Sunday evening by the team’s predictable exclusion from the big dance, which ended its school-record tying streak of five consecutive tournament appearances.
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.Supervising editor is Mark Selig.