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She's likely to become just the third Tiger to cross the 2,000-point threshold next season and could challenge for the school's all-time scoring record of 2,126 points, set by Joni Davis in 1981-85.

"We felt that the next step for our program was to be a Sweet 16 team, and then you hope to get to the Elite Eight, the Final Four, and win a championship, but it's just such a process".

It had the feel of a painful loss in the making, the kind that the Texas Longhorns felt here earlier in the day when they squandered a double-digit lead in an overtime loss to Nevada.

Michael Porter Jr. shouldn't move on to the National Basketball Association for two major reasons; he has struggled to understand the speed and flow of the games he has played in and he needs more time to learn to trust his body again.

To be clear, Porter, Jr.'s talent is not the question here. He injured in his back just two minutes into the season and missed the rest of the regular season. J.P. Macura, Trevon Bluiett and Kerem Kanter all scored at least 20 points - the first time three players have done that in a game this season.

Dow scored 21 points and played stingy defense in the paint against Missouri star Sophie Cunningham, and No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast pulled off an upset in the Lexington Regional with an 80-70 win Saturday against the fifth-seeded Tigers. We fought a lot of adversity this season and people counted us out at times during the season. It doesn't matter so much for Porter, Jr.as it matters for Mizzou. He's a lottery pick whether he played or not but he wanted to play.

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The Porter brothers and Jeremiah Tilmon helped combine for a top five recruiting class in the country and had some fans dreaming of a miracle run. "That comes with more bodies and more guys at positions, so we'll get there".

The win for the Thundering Herd marked the fourth consecutive season that one-bid Conference USA will send a team into the second round of the NCAA tournament. They made the big dance and put up a great effort in a game they only had eight total players available.

Missouri: The Tigers shot 4 for 24 on 3s. The future looks very bright for the Tigers as well thanks to Porter Jr and Martin. However, in just his first two minutes of college basketball, Michael Porter Jr. sustained an injury that would eventually require spinal surgery to fix the L3-L4 spinal discs.

Stat of the game: Missouri had 16 turnovers to nine for Florida Gulf Coast, and most of the giveaways for the Eagles came late. "We were super resilient, and I think that starts with coach Martin and trickles down to us".

The Seminoles, however, decided that one dramatic rally in Nashville was enough. "When you're exhausted, you can't get the same production as you get normally".

But give them some credit: the Tigers didn't fold.

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