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Jefferson Leads TSU To First NCAA Tournament Win

Jefferson Leads TSU To First NCAA Tournament Win

Seeding: Since Texas Southern is under.500, they're basically guaranteed to go to Dayton as a No. 16 seed in the First Four. The victor of this contest will head to Nashville, Tennessee and face No. 1 seed Xavier.

During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 67.6 points per game (5.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.2 points per game (10.2 below their season average). Orange guard Tyus Battle then hit the shot of the night, a go-ahead three-pointer that put Syracuse up three with 1:40 to go.

North Carolina is 33-1 in NCAA tournament games in the state of North Carolina, including an 11-0 mark in Charlotte.

The Eagles (19-16) are 0-3 in NCAA Tournament play, losing to UC Davis in last year's First Four and falling to Iowa State in 2014's first round. The college basketball odds for the game have the Tigers favored to pick up the win here. The Sun Devils finished 11 of 32 from beyond the arc.

The first NCAA Tournament win for Texas Southern comes in its eight try, the fourth under head coach Mike Davis, who won a tournament game for the first time since 2006 while the head coach at Indiana.

Damontrae Jefferson scored a game-high 25 points Wednesday night, and Texas Southern choked off North Carolina Central's offense for a 64-46 victory in an NCAA Tournament First Four game at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

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"It was for the university", Jefferson said. The top scorer for the Texas Southern Tigers this season has been Deomontrae Jefferson with 23.4 points per game, and dished out 4.5 assists per game.

Before you make any kind of pick on a game with so much on the line, you need to hear what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say. Donte Clark added 18 points and seven rebounds while 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

Raasean Davis led NC Central with 19 points, but only three came after halftime. The big man is scoring 15 points per game, and making almost 67% of his shots. Five players come in averaging more than 10 points a game, led by junior guard Ricky McGill. They have also played non conference games against Marshall and IL. The Tigers did not relinquish the lead.

The Eagles hurt themselves Wednesday with bad shooting, especially in the second half.

Syracuse was named by committee chair Bruce Rasmussen as the final team in the field, with a 20-13 overall record.