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BATON ROUGE- The Southern University Jaguars will face off against the top seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in Salt Lake City this Thursday, but their 16-seed ranking won't dash their confidence.

"We're pretty confident, you know, I think we're still trying to find ourselves, but at the same time we've got enough momentum that we feel like we can pull that upset," said Jameel Grace, the starting point guard.

"At the end of the day, they put their pants on just like we do, I think we got a perfect match up for them as far as our back court," said Derick Beltran, the shooting guard.

If the Jags win, it would be their first tournament victory since 1993, when the 13-seeded team faced off against fourth seeded Georgia Tech.

"It's a tall order but it's the N-C-two-A tournament, where tall orders are made," said Tommy Green, who was a coach on the team during their tourney win. "Any given time, your team can beat the so called better team, or the so called powerhouse team, but it's a David and Goliath situation."

Southern will host a watch party Thursday in their Cotillion Ballroom at 2:30 p.m.


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