Michael Porter Jr. Needs to Stay at Missouri

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"We used that to our advantage".

No Seminoles player had more than nine points in the first half, but all 10 that played scored at least one basket. Even with new players and a new coach in Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers head home from their first NCAA trip since 2013 with the program's fourth straight loss in a first round.

"Whoever returns, we're going to be glad who we have", Puryear said.

Yes, Xavier is a number one seed, but they're arguably the weakest of the top seeds.

Shakayla Thomas finished with 26 points on 11-for-15 shooting to lead the way for FSU. Missouri is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the ACC and 1-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 14-2 in their last 16 NCAA tournament games.

Forrest led the way with a near triple-double, finishing with eight points, six rebounds and eight assists.

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Porter, Jr. left Missouri's 2017-18 season opener against Iowa State less than two minutes into the game with what was believed to be a hip injury.

TURNING POINT: Porter Jr. fouling Cofer on a 3-pointer attempt with 9:29 to go. That would up as part of a 20-4 spurt capped by a 3-pointer by Braian Angola midway through the half.

This was just the third game this season for Porter, the possible National Basketball Association lottery pick who suffered a back injury in Missouri's season opener. Porter Jr. followed with a foul of his own on a 3-point shot that saved the Seminoles with the shot clock winding down.

Missouri threw its best punch to start the second half, outscoring Florida State 24-8 in the first 10:07. "We like to have as many people on the floor as possible that can make them and we want to spread you out and make you have to guard every inch of floor". "We have to keep the same energy no matter if they make shots or make runs, we'll be fine".

Florida State: The Seminoles came in having lost three of four. As a team, Florida State is scoring 81.8 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

And Missouri will add some young talent on the wing and much-needed help at point guard.

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Mizzou will play their NCAA Tournament opening round game without their second leading scorer, Jordan Barnett.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: PJ Savoy knocked down a 3-pointer with 8:32 to go, stretching Florida State's lead to 13 and knocking the final bit of life out of the Tigers. The freshman and preseason All-American said he probably won't make his decision on what's next for a little while.

"We were just playing hard", Porter said. They got the deficit down to six before FSU took the game back over for good. "We aren't going to talk about it tomorrow, or tonight either".

"I'm just hurting for the team", he said.

It was only past year that Florida State was upset by Xavier, losing by 25 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, leading to 12 long months of "what if" and "what happened?"

The next step for Missouri is finding out whether the Porter brothers stay at school or go to the National Basketball Association.

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