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Mizzou Basketball Coach Frank Haith Says Tigers are Pleased to Play in the NIT

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — For the first time in six years, the Missouri Tigers are left out of the NCAA tournament.

As expected, the Tigers failed to earn a spot in the field of 68 when the brackets were announced Sunday. Instead, Missouri (22-11) earned a No. 2 seed in the National Invitational Tournament and will play Southern Conference champion Davidson (20-12) at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri coach Frank Haith told the Columbia Tribune that his team is excited to play in the NIT, even though the goal is to make the NCAA tournament every year.

Missouri was ranked in the top 25 early this season, but a 9-9 record in the Southeastern Conference doomed the chance for an NCAA berth. Just three SEC teams made the tournament field.

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