Michael Porter Jr. and Missouri just became the biggest mystery of March Madness

Michael Porter Jr., left, the No. 1 recruit in the country, returned to the Missouri lineup Thursday after surgery cost him all but the first two minutes of the regular season. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS — When the horn sounded and Missouri walked off the Scottrade Center floor, the countdown began for the NCAA tournament selection committee to untangle one of the biggest mysteries of March.

Are the Tigers, overachievers during the regular season, more or less dangerous with Michael Porter Jr. in the lineup? Are they — and there might be no precedent for this question — better or worse with last year’s No. 1 recruit on the floor?

“I think we’ll be fine,” Missouri Coach Cuonzo Martin told reporters Thursday, and perhaps himself, following his team’s 62-60, one-and-done loss to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

A year ago next week, Missouri hired Martin a few hours after he abruptly resigned at California. One of his first acts was adding to his staff a little-known assistant coach named Michael Porter Sr., who happened to be from Columbia, Mo., whose two daughters happened to play for the Tigers’ women’s basketball team, who happened to also have a pair of talented sons — the elder of whom happened to

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