NCAA Tournament March Madness

#215 Jacksonville St

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Projection: need to automatically qualify

Jacksonville State has had an uneven season, marked by inconsistency and struggles on the offensive side of the hardwood—evident in close losses to teams like North Alabama and Incarnate Word. Despite their solid defensive efforts, where they stand out in their conference, losses to key opponents such as West Virginia, ETSU, and Liberty underscored their difficulty translating defensive competence into wins against higher-caliber teams. Notably, victories over teams like Liberty in a rematch and a road win against Tarleton State showcased potential, but the lack of consistent high-profile wins suggests that their path to the Big Dance most likely hinges on capturing their conference crown to snatch an automatic bid. Even with noteworthy wins and battling close with others like Wisconsin, the necessity for more signature wins and fewer upset losses against lower-ranked teams like Florida International in the conference tournament is apparent.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/11Utah Tech281L81-79
11/14@West Virginia152L70-57
11/18@North Alabama230L61-59
11/22@Incarnate Word347L67-66
11/24@UT San Antonio277W77-62
11/26(N)Incarnate Word347W67-65
11/30South Alabama217W70-52
12/8IL Chicago193L55-49
12/18@Tarleton St112W65-62
12/21@Ark Little Rock209W90-60
1/6Florida Intl270W70-63
1/20Louisiana Tech95L74-57
2/3@New Mexico St260L67-65
2/8Sam Houston St139W79-68
2/15@Louisiana Tech95L63-58
2/24@Florida Intl270W77-75
3/2New Mexico St260L66-64
3/9@Sam Houston St139L81-73
3/12(N)Florida Intl270L76-67