Mizzou suspends Barnett for NCAA opener


Missouri forward Jordan Barnett could be in a lot of trouble just a few days before the NCAA Tournament begins.

Mizzou men's basketball senior Jordan Barnett has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Forde noted the school's student-athlete handbook includes a mandatory one-week suspension for driving under the influence.

Missouri was awarded the eight seed and will take on Florida State in their first tournament game in Nashville.

The Florida State Seminoles were awarded the No. 9 seed in the West Region despite defeating the higher-seeded Gators on December 4.

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.

The Tigers have been shredded by the three-point shot in recent weeks, so they'll need to make sure they get a hand up in Cofer's face when he launches it from long range. You have Mike there in the fold.

"I was praying to God we didn't end up in Wichita", he said.

Martin was pleased with the draw considering the relatively short trip - at least compared to other host sites in San Diego, Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. - and the late Friday tip-off, which gives his team another practice day to work Michael Porter Jr. back into the rotation.

The last NCAA Tournament game the program won was an 86-78 victory over Clemson in 2010. Meanwhile, one of their star players is now out for the game because he got a DWI the weekend ahead of the tournament.

Martin is making his third NCAA appearance as a head coach and holds a 3-2 record. He returned to action Thursday and scored 12 points as the Tigers lost 62-60 to Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament at St. Louis.

"I told them this way back", he said Sunday, "'You'll be the team they say turned it around'".