Georgia State is a 14 seed and squeaked into the NCAA tournament after winning the Sun Belt Conference championship over Georgia Southern. The team is built around transfers like ex-Louisville guard Kevin Ware and Sun Belt Conference player of the year RJ Hunter. Head coach Ron Hunter gained national prominence by tearing his achilles in celebrating his team’s victory in the Sun Belt conference championship.
The Baylor Bears thought that they had beaten Georgia State in the first round, but then RJ Hunter hit a game winning three pointer:
The Xavier Musketeers made it all the way to the finals of the Big East Tournament before bowing out to Villanova, knocking off NCAA tournament foes Butler and Georgetown in the process. The Musketeers return to the NCAA tournament after losing to NC State in the First Four last four.
Xavier had a much easier time in their first game of the 2014-2015 NCAA Tournament, rolling over Ole Miss as a six seed in the second round.
Here’s what you need to know about the game:
No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 6 Xavier
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
Saturday, March 21
Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida
6:10 Eastern Standard Time
Xavier -6.5 (OddsShark).
Stats You Need to Know
Scouting Georgia State
Record: 24-9, 15-5 Sun Belt
Coach: Ron Hunter, 3rd season
Offensive Points Per Game: 73.0
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 62.2
Scoring Leaders: R.J. Hunter, 20.1
Rebounding Leader: Markus Crider, 6.7
Assists Leader: R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow, 3.8
Record: 21-13, 9-9 Big East
Coach: Chris Mack, 6th season
Offensive Points Per Game: 73.6
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 67.3
Scoring Leaders: Matt Stainbrook, 12.0
Rebounding Leader: Matt Stainbrook, 6.8
Assists Leader: Dee Davis, 6.1