The Louisville Cardinals (24-8) are the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 15 seed Jacksonville State Gamecocks (20-14). The game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 2:45 p.m. on Friday.
Preview: Louisville finished second in the ACC, and punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with quality wins over Purdue, Kentucky, Duke and Notre Dame. The Cardinals are led by guard Donovan Mitchell who averages 15.7 points per game.
— JSU Men's Basketball (@JSU_MBB) March 12, 2017
Jacksonville State placed third in the Ohio Valley Conference, but shocked everyone by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, earning the Gamecocks an NCAA Tournament bid. The Gamecocks are led by guard Malcolm Drumwright, who averages 12.6 points per game.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 2:45 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson
Opening Betting Line: Louisville -19, via OddsShark
Louisville has appeared in the tournament 41 times, and the Cardinals have made 10 Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 75-42, and won championships in 1980, 1986 and 2013.
This is Jacksonville State’s first time in the NCAA Tournament.
Prediction: Louisville wins this one with ease. No disrespect to Jacksonville State, but these two teams shouldn’t even be on the same court. Outclassed at every position, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Gamecocks lost by 30. They’re a team that’s just happy to be in the tournament.