In announcing the brackets last night, CBS stated that Mizzou was one of the last six teams offered a bid to the tournament. The Tigers (23-10) are a No. 11 seed in the West Bracket and will face off against No. 11 seed Cincinnati Bearcats (25-8) Thursday night at 8:45 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
In many ways, it's a favorable seeding for the Tigers, who many sports prognosticators expect to beat Cinncy. The website gambling911.com
has Mizzou favored by one point.
Should the Tigers win, however, they'd face No. 3 seed UConn in the second round. (Game over.)
Illinois also made it to the tourney despite their mediocre season. The 19-13 Illini are the No. 9 seed in the Southwest Bracket and face No. 8 seed UNLV (24-8) on Friday at 8:15 p.m. Illinois would likely play No. 1 seed Kansas should they advance to the second round.
The Missouri State Bears (25-8) -- arguably as good a team as Mizzou or Illinois -- will be playing the NIT Tournament.
The University of Missouri is headed to the NCAA Tournament, despite a lackluster second half of the season in which the Tigers dropped four of their last five games.