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NCAA Bracketology: Where Mizzou basketball would be seeded today

Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri forward Kobe Brown (24) drives toward the hoop during a game against Alabama on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

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 in prime position entering the second week of February.

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 95 online NCAA Tournament projections it could find, with an average seeding of 3.43, up nearly a full seed from last week's overall projection.

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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. 

Here's where the Tigers are currently projected to play their postseason opener: 

ESPN's Joe Lunardi: No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 seed Grand Canyon (automatic qualifier from Western Athletic Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Creighton vs. Boise State. No. 1 seed in the region is Baylor.

Bleacher Report: No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 seed Toledo (automatic qualifier from Mid-American Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Iowa vs. Western Kentucky. No. 1 seed in the region is Michigan. 

Sports Illustrated: No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 Winthrop (automatic qualifier from Big South Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas Tech vs. Toledo. No. 1 seed in the region is Gonzaga. 

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 Purdue vs. Syracuse. No. 1 seed in region is Villanova.

CBS Sports: No. 2 seed vs. No. 15 seed Georgia State (automatic qualifier from Sun Belt Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Kansas vs. San Diego State. No. 1 seed in region is Michigan.

Washington Post: No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 seed Abilene Christian (automatic qualifier from Southland Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Texas Tech vs. Southern. No. 1 seed in region is Ohio State.

Andy Katz: No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 seed Grand Canyon (automatic qualifier from Western Athletic Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Virginia Tech vs. Stanford. No. 1 seed in the region is Ohio State.

Stadium: No. 4 seed vs. No. 13 seed UNC Greensboro (automatic qualifier from Southern Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Kansas vs. LSU. No. 1 seed in the region is Baylor.

FOX Sports: No. 2 seed vs. No. 15 seed UMBC (automatic qualifier from America East Conference). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Xavier vs. BYU. No. 1 seed in region is Michigan.

SB Nation: No. 3 seed vs. No. 14 seed Northeastern (automatic qualifier from Colonial Athletic Association). Second-round matchup would be against winner of Purdue vs. Utah State. No. 1 seed in the region is Baylor.

Contact Eric Blum at eblum@columbiatribune.com. Follow @ByEricBlum on Twitter.

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