Conference: Sun Belt
Coach: Ron Hunter
Record: 24-9 (15-5 Sun Belt)
Kenpom ranking: 71
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): Green Bay (68)
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): vs. Appalachian St. (270), vs. Texas State (239)
Tournament appearances: three (most recent: 2001)
Best result: Second round (2001)
NBA alumni: Lanard Copeland
Best name: Markus Crider
Famous alumni: Ludacris, Julia Roberts (neither graduated)
Georgia State has been working the entire season to erase the memory of last year after losing a one-point, overtime heartbreaker to Elfrid Payton and Louisiana-Lafayette in the Sun Belt title game. Ron Hunter's crew was expected to do big things this season, but there were some bad losses along the way. The Panthers held on in a 38-36 rockfest in the Sun Belt championship game to go dancing for the first time since 2001.
Style of play: Small school, big talent
The Panthers got an average of 40 points per game from their starting backcourt of Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter. Harrow is a Kentucky transfer mostly known for leading the 2013 Wildcats who lost in the first round of the N.I.T. to Robert Morris. Hunter is the coach's son, who chose to play for his dad instead of offers from bigger programs.
Key Player: The coach's kid
Hunter is a potential first round draft pick this summer if he chooses to come out. The junior has had the spotlight on him all season, and his efficiency waned with extra attention from opposing defenses. After hitting 40 percent of his threes last season, Hunter shot 30 percent from deep this year. He's still a dangerous scorer and a threat to score from any spot on the floor.
Back dancing -- with two legs
Kevin Ware's compound leg fracture during the 2013 NCAA Tournament was one of the worst moments in televised sports history. His Louisville teammates openly wept oncourt as Ware lay with his bone jutting through his skin, but they rallied around Kevin and won the championship. Ware's Louisville career never got back on track -- they found players who weren't rehabbing horrible leg injuries -- but he's caught on at Georgia State. He had nearly half of his team's points in their 38-36 Sun Belt championship game victory to get them to the tourney.