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NCAA Tournament 2015 First Look: #3 Baylor vs. #14 Georgia State

The Bears are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever in back-to-back years, and our reward for a season of exceeding expectations is a matchup with Georgia State Panthers.

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A little while ago, we found out officially that Scott Drew's Baylor Bears had broken the odd-numbered year curse to make the NCAA Tournament once again as a #3 seed in the West Region.  The challenge before them will be tough with Wisconsin and Arizona as the 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, but we'll talk about that another time.  Now, it's all Georgia State.

Opponent: Georgia State Panthers
Conference: Sun Belt
Head Coach: Ron Hunter, who tore his Achilles tendon during the celebration after the Panthers' win yesterday
Record: 24-9 (17-5)
KenPom Ranking: 71
RPI: 54

Full StatSheet Profile: Here

How They Got Here: By defeating Georgia Southern 38-36 (full game score) in the Sun Belt Championship yesterday.

Player to Watch: There are two:

  • R.J. Hunter: 6-6 junior guard who averaged 19.8 points per game and made over 46% of the Panthers' threes this season.
  • Ryan Harrow: 6-2 senior guard who averaged 19.4 points per game and made another quarter of the Panthers' threes this season.

The full team, courtesy of

So there you go. The game will be on Thursday at a time to be announced.  So far, I haven't seen this be a trendy upset pick anywhere, nor should it be by all accounts.

UPDATE: This IS a trendy upset pick according to ESPN and USAToday.  Interesting.