NIT-bound Tigers will face Michigan

With their dreams of the NCAA Tournament gone by late afternoon, the Tigers accepted an NIT bid and found out Sunday night that they will play Michigan in the first round.

Its dreams of a Final Four appearance shattered even before the start of the NCAA Tournament, Missouri decided it was better to keep on playing.

So after finding out they were not selected as part of the 65-team field, the Tigers decided to accept an invitation to the National Invitational Tournament, where they will play Michigan at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night at Michigan.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder said playing at home was a possibility even though Missouri held a ceremony to close the Hearnes Center to men's basketball on March 7 against Kansas, but the NIT put the Tigers in Michigan.

If the Tigers beat the Wolverines, they would face the LSU-Oklahoma winner this weekend.

Missouri's snub from the NCAA Tournament was not much of a surprise to many. The Tigers, who lost three of their last four following a six-game winning streak, closed their season with a 25-point loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament. At 16-13, one of the toughest schedules in the nation was enough to get Missouri into the tournament.

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