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Jacksonville State claims first NCAA Tournament berth

(TSX / STATS) -- Senior guard Erik Durham scored 17 points and Jacksonville State qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history by defeating Tennessee-Martin 66-55 in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship game on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Senior guard Greg Tucker added 14 points -- all in the first half -- for the Gamecocks (20-14). The school from Jacksonville, Ala., is the first to gain a spot in this season's NCAA tourney.

"We're trying to build something at Jacksonville State," said first-year coach Ray Harper, who previously guided Western Kentucky to two NCAA Tournament bids. "You've got to walk before you can run, but we decided to run a little quicker than anyone thought."

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Leaders
Points: J. Mobley19.5
Rebounds: K. Edwards6.3
Assists: K. Edwards4.3
FG%: J. Mobley42.1%
FT%: J. Mobley78.1%
3P%: M. Butler37.4%
Steals: K. Edwards1.6
Blocks: C. Rowe1.1
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Ohio Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
East
Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19
West
UT Martin 10-6 22-13
Southeast Missouri State 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24
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