Jacksonville State will face Louisville in first round of NCAA Tournament

Michigan State is dancing for the 20th consecutive season under coach Tom Izzo.

The selection committee deemed the Ohio Valley Conference Champions worthy of a No. 15 seed and the Gamecocks will play No. 2 seed Louisville on Friday in Indianapolis.

Just like previous year, there was no question the Hurricanes (21-11, 10-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) were going to get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Time and television information has not yet been announced.

MI (24-11, 10-8) won the Big Ten tournament, winning four games in four days after a scary plane accident on Wednesday and defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 71-56 in the final on Sunday.

The University of Louisville men's basketball team will open play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Michigan is one of seven Big Ten schools to earn a spot in the 68-team NCAA Tournament field, joining Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan State and Northwestern. Beilein is one of 12 coaches to take four different Division I teams to the NCAA Tournament (Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan).

Jawun Evans, Jeffrey Carroll and Phil Forte led the charge for Oklahoma State this season, with all three averaging better than 10 points per game.

Erik Durham scored 17 points to lead the way for fourth-seeded JSU in that game, while Greg Tucker added 14 points and Malcolm Drumwright 13. JSU finished the OVC regular season at 9-7 and was the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament.

The Midwest Regional is set for March 23 and March 25 (Thursday, Saturday) at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Joanne Flowers