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Seminoles return to NCAA tournament, will open against Missouri

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Gerardo Duncan | 12 March, 2018, 11:17

No. 8 Mizzou will play No. 9 Florida State on Friday at approximately 8:50 p.m.in Nashville, Tennessee. The game time has yet to be announced. The Tigers will face Florida State in the first round. Should the Tigers advance, they likely would meet top-seeded Xavier on Sunday. North Carolina Central University/Texas Southern victor on Sunday also in Nashville. All four teams were selected for the NCAA tournament.

The Seminoles' selection to the 2018 NCAA Tournament marks the 16th time in school history and sixth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton the Seminoles will appear in the NCAA Tournament. They made the tourney previous year, beating Florida Gulf Coast in the first round before falling to Xavier in the second round.

With back-to-back tournament appearances, the 'Noles have now made the "Big Dance" in six of the last 10 seasons. The Seminoles have played in the NCAA Tournament in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018. That record includes a loss in their first ACC Tournament game against Louisville.

Florida State (20-11, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated four ranked teams this season - Florida, North Carolina, Miami and Clemson. Since the Seminoles were ranked No. 23 in the AP Top 25 on January 8, they have gone 8-8. Only five teams in the country have more Quadrant 1 wins than Florida State.

The Noles scored 90 or more points nine times this year, and have three players - Phil Cofer, Terance Mann and Braian Angola-Rodas - averaging around 13 points per game.

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