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A matchup against west region No. 1 seed Xavier, which bitterly ended FSU's season past year with a 25-point drumming in Orlando in the second round of the tournament.

Now they'll face the No. 1 Xavier Musketeers in the second round Sunday.

If that names rings a bell, it's because Xavier crushed FSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

On the next trip down the floor, though, Porter overran his closeout on a 3-pointer by Phil Cofer, knocking him to the ground and giving him three shots at the line. Altogether, the Tigers out rebounded the Seminoles, 36-35. We didn't handle it very well. Still, a 22-point deficit with 20 minutes to make it disappear-that's miracle territory, especially for a team with so few active players. The Eagles lead the nation in 3-point attempts (1,126) and 3-pointers made (407) and feature six players with at least 100 3-pointers. Jeremiah Tilmon also fouled out after just 12 minutes with two points and two rebounds.

This game is the definition of a coin flip and I think it's the tightest of any of the first round matchups in this year's tournament. Everyone can tell. We had to get back in our flow, work on spacing and get that high-low action and get the ball inside. "We have to keep the same energy no matter if they make shots or make runs, we'll be fine". Missouri couldn't find its rhythm while working potential National Basketball Association lottery pick Michael Porter Jr.in the mix during his second game this season after back surgery. Porter Jr. followed with a foul of his own on a 3-point shot that saved the Seminoles with the shot clock winding down. The Tigers will likely add another point guard, with Geist now the only one on the roster, and St. Louis floor general Courtney Ramey has a good chance to take that spot.

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Mathieu understood that, although late in the season he was confident his play was trending the right direction. The Honey Badger has amassed 11 career interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

But FSU remained poised to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.

Arkansas-Little Rock was led by Tori Lasker, who scored 13 points.

"I'm not thinking about that right now", he said. "I'll get better at the sport regardless of what I do and coming back to Mizzou would be a real treat". 'Can I get past this guy?' Normally, you know you can so you might try to, but you're thinking too much, and basketball is a game that when you're free, you're at your best.

Porter finished with 16 points on 4 of 12 shooting with 10 rebounds during what could be his final college game. His 16 points were only behind Robertson's 19, but more often than not, he was simply out of place. Let's see how Porter's return and the absence of Barnett impacts the Tigers come tournament time, but if Missouri sticks to what they do well, this could definitely be a team who makes it to the Sweet Sixteen... or dare I say it... the Elite Eight. The Seminoles fell one win shy of tying the second record for victories with the Xavier loss. Just being here obviously is a pleasure and making it to the tournament is a huge accomplishment for us. Not to that severity, but we would kind of come out flat in the first halves and going into halves.

"It's tough", Robertson said after the game.


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