Missouri To Face Cornell In NCAA Opener

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's reward for a Big 12 Conference tournament championship is a trip to the Pacific Northwest and a first-round date against Ivy League winner Cornell.

The Tigers (28-6) are seeded third and will play in Boise, Idaho, on Friday against the Big Red (21-9) from Ithaca, N.Y.

A Missouri win would set up a second-round matchup two days later against either Marquette, the No. 6 seed, or 11th-seeded Utah State.

Missouri players, coaches and fans had hoped the team's strong finish would lead to an early round placement in nearby Kansas City. The Tigers are instead in a West Region bracket that includes top-seeded Connecticut and No. 2 seed Memphis.

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