Georgia State (15) looking for opening round upset of Cincinnati (2)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 2 seed Cincinnati (30-4) vs. No. 15 seed Georgia State (24-10)

South Region; Nashville, Tennessee, Friday, 2 p.m.

BOTTOM LINE: Three years after upsetting Baylor as a No. 14 seed, Georgia State seeks to pull off a surprise as a No. 15 seed this time. Heading into this tournament, a No. 15 seed has beaten a No. 2 seed eight times in history. Cincinnati is a No. 2 seed for the first time since 2000, when it lost to Tulsa in the second round.

STINGY DEFENSES: This game features two of the top six Division I teams in field-goal percentage defense. Cincinnati ranks second and is allowing opponents to shoot just 37 percent thanks to a defense featuring American Athletic Conference player of the year Gary Clark. Georgia State ranks sixth in that category and is allowing teams to shoot 39.3 percent.

Cincinnati players celebrate

Cincinnati players dance on the court after an NCAA college basketball championship game against Houston at the American Athletic Conference tournament Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Cincinnati won 56-55. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

UNFAMILIAR FOES: This will mark the first meeting between these two programs.

DO PANTHERS HAVE A SHOT? Georgia State’s chances of pulling the upset could depend on its 3-point accuracy. The Panthers have made a school-record 315 3-point baskets this season and are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc, their best percentage ever. Devin Mitchell has made 45.1 percent (97 of 215) of his 3-pointers. Cincinnati ranks 11th in 3-point defense and is allowing opponents to make just 30.9 percent of their 3-pointers.

DID YOU KNOW? Georgia State coach Ron Hunter owns the career wins record at two different Division I schools. He owns a 147-84 record in seven seasons at Georgia State after going 274-219 in 17 seasons at IUPUI.


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