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JSU wraps up final practice before NCAA Tournament debut

Source: JSU Athletics Source: JSU Athletics
Source: JSU Athletics Source: JSU Athletics
Source: JSU Athletics Source: JSU Athletics
Source: JSU Athletics Source: JSU Athletics
Source: JSU Athletics Source: JSU Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WBRC) -

The next time Jacksonville State steps foot in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it'll be a much different atmosphere. 

"I think right now we are a little nervous but come game day, I think we'll be focused and ready, " said JSU junior guard Malcolm Drumwright. 

The Gamecocks practiced for an hour and a half on Thursday making their final preparations for their Friday afternoon matchup against No. 2 seed Louisville. 

"They're tough, they have a great coach,  they have some great players,  they're going to come out with high pressure, so we've just got to handle the press and execute," said JSU senior guard Greg Tucker.  

Although this is the Gamecocks first trip in school history to the big dance, they believe having a coach who's been here before helps. 

"My advice has been go do what we do and see what happens. Do your job, the game plan is in place, kids know what to do, now it doesn't mean we will be able to do that but let's stick with it," said JSU head coach Ray  Harper. 

Although JSU may be the underdog, the Gamecocks believe upsets can happen. After all, there's been eight times where a No.15 seed has beaten a number 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

"It would mean the world to everyone, it would be mind blowing really, I know we would shock the world," added Tucker. 

JSU and Louisville tip off Friday afternoon following the Michigan vs. Oklahoma State game in Indianapolis. 

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