The Big 12 Championship titlists are headed to Omaha this weekend and will face Norfolk State on Friday in the Second Round.
March 11, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2012 Big 12 Championship titlist Missouri men's basketball team has been selected to play in its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. In front of a packed lower bowl of Mizzou Arena late Sunday afternoon, the Tigers found out they have earned a No. 2 seed in the West Region.
Mizzou (30-4) will face No. 15 seed Norfolk State this Friday, March 16, in Omaha, Neb. Tipoff time for the game at CenturyLink Center Omaha will be determined later tonight.
The Mizzou Ticket Office was allocated a very limited number of tickets. Based on such limited availability, only 2011 Tiger Scholarship Fund members at the Director's Club level and higher ($10,000+) may request up to two tickets each based on availability. Donors who qualify may request tickets from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, by calling the Mizzou Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS, or the Tiger Scholarship Fund at 573-882-0704, while supplies last. Each request will be ranked by donor level and priority points. Donors will be notified via email by 7:00 p.m. Monday if they receive tickets. Please note that by requesting tickets, it does not guarantee that you will receive tickets.
Only Visa, Mastercard, or Discover cards will be accepted for payment for NCAA Tournament tickets. Second-round tickets are priced at $89. Should the Tigers advance to the third round of the tournament, those who received second-round tickets will automatically be charged and receive third-round tickets.
All tickets purchased may be picked up with photo ID at the CenturyLink Center box office off of 10th St. beginning approximately two hours before tipoff.
Should the Tigers advance to the West Regional in Phoenix ("Sweet 16"), those games will be played on March 22 and 24. Based on limited availability, only 2011 Tiger Scholarship Fund members at the Champions Club level and higher ($1,000+) may purchase up to four tickets each. Donors who qualify may purchase tickets from 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, by calling the Mizzou Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS, or the Tiger Scholarship Fund at 573-882-0704, while supplies last. Should any tickets remain after 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, all TSF donors and season-ticket holders may order by phone while supplies last beginning Tuesday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m.
Head Coach Frank Haith
"Obviously we are really excited about the opportunity to continue to play this time of year. Postseason is really fun. These guys deserve to have an opportunity to compete for a national championship, and that's what we will start to do come Friday."
On the feeling coming into Selection Sunday...
"Our guys were really excited. Whether it was a number one seed - a prestigious thing - it really didn't matter. I wanted our guys prepared for that. We want to be excited wherever we are, 1 or 2, about competing for a national championship. That's what it's all about."
"We are going to meet here in a little bit about the opportunity. I haven't studied the bracket - all I know is about Norfolk State right now. Virginia and Florida are on the other side of the bracket, and they are very good teams."
On playing in the West Region...
"There's no question we would have loved to have played in St. Louis. This team would've liked to have been closer to our fan base and had the opportunity to compete in the Midwest Region, but it is what it is."
On preparation for Norfolk State...
"It's going to start tonight. Our staff went to work right away as soon as we found out who we are playing. Tomorrow we will have a big lift day. We'll work our way back into basketball stuff tomorrow; we'll do some stuff on the court, but not much."
On Missouri's health...
"I think they are fine. Those guys weren't 100 percent in Kansas City last night. I said to the guys, `I know you're not 100 percent, but if you're 80 percent, give me 100 percent of your 80.' Those guys did. Marcus, Kimmie and Matt are not quite 100 percent. We are a little dinged up and we need to get to feeling as good as we can possibly feel come Friday."
On carrying momentum into the tournament...
"I think you can [carry momentum]. Look at the run Connecticut went on last year. They were, like the eighth seed in the Big East, won five games in the Big East Tournament and that propelled them to six wins in the NCAAs. It's all about who's playing well this time of year. I talked to our team about momentum and playing confidently this time of year. We are playing pretty good right now. There's no question. We're winning with certain guys not playing their best at times. The second game in Kansas City, if you would've told us Marcus Denmon wouldn't make a field goal and we could win by 15, that tells you a little bit about the character of this team."
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