2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
3rd in Ohio Valley E
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191dMyron Medcalf

Pitino says reporter mistaken for sideline spy

According to coach Rick Pitino, an "inexperienced" Louisville player confused a CBS sideline reporter for someone he thought was relaying playcalls to Jacksonville State.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Ray Harper said Jacksonville State was picked to finish last in its league and "we're here ... and we had a chance." Remarkable story for that program and Harper.

191d

Louisville has smooth opener in tourney return

Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 Friday to help second-seeded Louisville pull away from Jacksonville State 78-63 in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Pitino on facing Michigan: "We're playing the Golden State Warriors on Sunday."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

The Louisville players talked to Norbertas Giga (30 points, 5-for-5 from the 3-point line, 9 rebounds) after the game. Donovan Mitchell tapped him on the chest. Mangok Mathiang hugged him. Cardinals advance to face Michigan. But Giga leaves this game knowing he just had a career game against a title contender.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Louisville opened up this game. But Norbertas Giga is the best big man on the floor. And he's facing a Louisville team with some of the best interior defenders in the country. Impressive effort by the Lithuanian.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

If you'd told Ray Harper before the game his team would be down just seven points at halftime to a 2-seed with legit national title hopes, I think he'd be good with that. Jacksonville State was tough early. Couldn't stop Louisville once the Cards got rolling. But also not out of this one after shooting 59 percent.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

If Jacksonville State center Norbertas Giga is 7 feet tall, then how tall is Anas Mahmoud? He's listed at 7 feet but clearly a few inches taller than Giga when they stand next to each other.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Between Jacksonville State (3) and Louisville (4), there are seven players here who were born outside the United States. The international landscapes are not only reshaping the NBA. They're changing college basketball, too.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

I can't tell you what Rick Pitino is saying in this timeout. But his players have the same look you had as a kid when your mom said, "Your teacher called."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Pitino has shouted, "What the .... are you doing?!" a few times already.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

First fun fact of the afternoon for those who don't know. Jacksonville State is in Jacksonville, Alabama, about 75 miles east of Birmingham. Not a Florida school.

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ESPN's BPI heavily favors 2nd-seeded Louisville over 15th-seeded Jacksonville State on Friday. The Gamecocks are making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

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No. 15 seed Jacksonville State enters the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Gamecocks' 20 wins are tied for their most since joining Division I prior to the 1995-96 season. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire)

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195dJohn Gasaway

The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

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Jacksonville State, the No. 15 seed in the Midwest region, surprised everyone by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and now faces Louisville in its first-ever NCAA tournament game on Friday.

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Louisville, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, could potentially face Michigan in its second-round matchup. That would be a rematch of the 2013 national championship game.

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201dJoe Lunardi

Bracketology: Where will your team land?

UNC-Wilmington, Iona, East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Wichita State, Winthrop and Jacksonville State have punched their NCAA tournament tickets, so where will they all land?

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Harper on first ever NCAA tournament bid

Jacksonville State MBB coach Ray Harper weighs in on winning the Ohio Valley Conference, being the first automatic bid team in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and more.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacksonville State head coach Ray Harper has been to three NCAA Tournaments in six seasons. He never finished better than fourth in the regular season in any of those three seasons.

Team Stats

Points Per Game69.5260th
Rebounds Per Game35.5185th
Assists Per Game14.1129th
Points Allowed67.966th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-0
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances0