The Tigers will face Florida State in the first round.
Eighth-seeded Missouri (20-12) opposes ninth-seeded Florida State (20-11) in West Regional action on Friday in Nashville, Tenn. The victor of that game will likely play No. 1 Xavier on Sunday. North Carolina Central University/Texas Southern victor on Sunday also in Nashville.
It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Seminoles after losing three starters from last year's NCAA tournament team to the National Basketball Association.
In 2011, Hamilton led the Seminoles to the Sweet 16, which is the farthest the program has advanced in the NCAA Tournament since 1993. FSU dropped three of its last four games, including a first-round exit at last week's ACC Tournament, but Leonard Hamilton's team did enough through the course of the season that they still made the field. 3 seed last season, Florida State fell in the second round. It marks the seventh time in school history the Seminoles will appear in consecutive NCAA Tournament with four of those seven times coming under Hamilton. That record includes a loss in their first ACC Tournament game against Louisville.
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Wins over Clemson, North Carolina and Florida impressed the Selection Committee, though, so the Noles are in the field of 68.
The Seminoles' only lost one game to a team ranked outside the Top 100 in terms of RPI (Wake Forest). Only five teams in the country have more Quadrant 1 wins than Florida State.
He is averaging 13.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. Also in double figure scoring are seniors Phil Cofer (13.1 ppg) and Braian Angola (12.9 ppg).
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