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.
For the first time in five years, the Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament.
Barnett was arrested Saturday morning in Columbia, Mo., and was cited for failure to drive in a single lane and suspicion of DWI.More news: Fussell Sells 56401 Shares of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) Stock
The team's matchup against Missouri will carry additional intrigue thanks to the return of Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr., a consensus five-star recruit and potential National Basketball Association lottery pick who was sidelined until the SEC tournament, where he only played in one game before his team was sent back to Columbia to await its tournament seeding. The victor of that game will likely play No. 1 Xavier on Sunday. "We've managed to get to this point". You have Mike (Porter Jr.) there in the fold.
"I was praying to God we didn't end up in Wichita", he said. "I don't know about that".
As TBS meandered through the NCAA Tournament brackets on Sunday, the intriguing local scenario still was alive and feasible and seemed semi-inevitable.More news: Slingshot malware attacks PCs through routers
The Tigers are making their 27th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 22-26 all-time record.
MU will enter the game with seven scholarship players, and it can't win any battle of attrition if it gets into anything resembling the foul trouble it had against Georgia (Puryear and Jeremiah Tilmon fouled out and Jontay Porter had four). His 2014 Tennessee team won a play-in game and two more in the bracket to reach the Sweet 16. A one-week punishment would leave Barnett eligible to return for the second round on Sunday should the Tigers advance. The highly regarded prospect is talented enough to spearhead the Tigers in the NCAA tournament, but he figures to be plenty rusty after missing essentially the entire season following back surgery. "You'll be the team that turned it around", said Martin.More news: Traders protest against sealing drive in Delhi, down shutters in various markets