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Southern mens hoops earns 16 seed in NCAA tournament, set to face Holy Cross Wednesday

10 months 6 days 11 hours ago March 13, 2016 Mar 13, 2016 Sunday, March 13 2016 March 13, 2016 11:13 PM in Sports
Source: WBRZ Sports
By: Chris Price

BATON ROUGE - Fresh off another SWAC tournament championship, the Southern Jaguars earned a 16 seed in the NCAA mens basketball tournament and will face fellow 16 seed Holy Cross in a "first four" game on Wednesday night in Dayton, OH.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," said Jaguars guard Trelun Banks, regarding both the conference title and the ability to play in the NCAA championship. 

The Jaguars (22-12) last reached the NCAA tournament in 2013 but were ruled ineligible last season as a part of NCAA sanctions on the Jaguars athletics program.

The Crusaders (14-19) enter the tournament via a Patriot league tournament championship, and even though they only won 5 games during the Patriot league regular season, head coach Roman Banks says they are prepared for a tough test.

"Don't know much about them but we'll know a lot more in the next 24 hours," Banks said. "This is what it's all about: playing your system against the other team's system and seeing who is the better team.' 

Tip off is Wednesday at 5:40 pm and the game will air on TRU TV. 

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