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.