Missouri sent West as No. 2 seed

Confetti falls on the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena after it was announced Sunday the team is the No. 2 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament.

Confetti falls on the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena after it was announced Sunday the team is the No. 2 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — About 10 minutes prior to Sunday’s NCAA Basketball Selection Show, coach Frank Haith told a crowd of approximately 4,000 Tigers supporters at Mizzou Arena not to be upset if Missouri didn’t get a No. 1 seed or end up in the Midwest Region.

When the announcement came a few minutes later the Tigers will begin their NCAA Tournament journey as a No. 2 seed against 15th-seeded Norfolk (Va.) State in the West Region, the fans cheered and celebrated in front of a national audience.

But a season of adversity that began the day Haith was hired in April continued Sunday as Missouri tried to speak positively about being passed up for a No. 1 seed or a spot in the Midwest Region, which includes Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games in St. Louis.

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When asked if being sent West as a No. 2 seed would be used for more motivation, Haith was tight-lipped.

“We’ll see,” he said with a smile.

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