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Jackson 03/11/07

JSU Faces Defending National Champions in First Round of NCAA Tournament

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The good news for Jackson State was making the NCAA Tournament. The bad news was the Tigers' draw. Jackson State (21-13) faces the toughest draw of all with top-seed Florida (29-5), the defending national champions, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers, led by guard Trey Johnson, the nation's second-leading scorer, are making their first appearance in the tournament since 2000. They are 0-2 in NCAA play.   

Florida earned the Midwest Region's top seed by winning its third straight Southeastern Conference tournament title.

Jackson State won the Southwestern Athletic Conference title Saturday after finishing second overall during the regular season.   

Despite the steep odds -- no 16th seed has ever upset a No. 1 -- coach Tevester Anderson said the appearance in the tournament is a plus for his program.

He believes the Tigers, capable of scoring a lot of points, has a chance against Florida if they catch the Gators looking past the Tigers.   

"Florida is a team that if they want to bury you, they can bury you," Anderson said.

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