NCAA Bracketology: Where Mizzou basketball would be seeded today

Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune

Missouri men's basketball is on the doorstep of returning to the NCAA Tournament.

After not making March Madness since 2017-18 — coach Cuonzo Martin's first season in Columbia — the Tigers are still in prime position entering the third week of February, despite two losses last week.

We've compiled a list of where Missouri is projected to be seeded and what opponent it could play in a first-round NCAA Tournament game.

According to Bracket Matrix, Missouri is listed on all 101 online NCAA Tournament projections it could find, with an average seeding of 4.84, down more than a point from last week's overall projection.

The entire NCAA men's tournament is scheduled to take place in the state of Indiana, with most games being held in Indianapolis, which was scheduled to host this season's Final Four before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Missouri forward Mitchell Smith (5) celebrates after scoring against Arkansas during the first half Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Here's where Mizzou is currently projected to play their postseason opener

ESPN's Joe Lunardi: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed play-in winner. Either Stanford (at-large bid from Pac-12 Conference) or Colorado State (at-large bid from Mountain West Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas vs. UC Santa Barbara. No. 1 seed in the region is Ohio State.

Bleacher Report: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed Western Kentucky (automatic qualifier from Conference USA). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas Tech vs. Colgate. No. 1 seed in the region is Gonzaga. 

Sports Illustrated: No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 seed play-in winner. Either Drake (at-large bid from Missouri Valley Conference) or North Carolina (at-large bid from Atlantic Coast Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Iowa vs. Liberty. No. 1 seed in the region is Baylor.

College Sports Madness: No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 seed Northeastern (automatic qualifier from Colonial Athletic Association). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Rutgers vs. Syracuse. No. 1 seed in region is Ohio State.

CBS Sports: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed UC Santa Barbara (automatic qualifier from Big West Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Florida State vs. North Texas. No. 1 seed in region is Michigan.

Washington Post: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed Wright State (automatic qualifier from Horizon League). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas Tech vs. UC Santa Barbara. No. 1 seed in region is Ohio State.

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Andy Katz: No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 seed Wright State (automatic qualifier from Horizon League). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Creighton vs. Western Kentucky. No. 1 seed in the region is Michigan.

Stadium: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed play-in winner. Either Stanford (at-large bid from Pac-12 Conference) or Indiana (at-large bid from Big Ten Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas vs. Toledo. No. 1 seed in the region is Michigan.

FOX Sports: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed play-in winner. Either Stanford (at-large bid from Pac-12 Conference) or North Carolina (at-large bid from Atlantic Coast Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas vs. Toledo. No. 1 seed in the region is Michigan.

SB Nation: No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 seed Belmont (automatic qualifier from Ohio Valley Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Florida State vs. UC Santa Barbara. No. 1 seed in the region is Gonzaga.

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