The Gamecocks are having one of the most successful seasons in the program’s Division 1 history.
Coach James Green has JSU playing hard and focused as the team begins to head towards the homestretch of the schedule.
Jacksonville State is currently 12-5, just three wins away from already matching last season’s total wins of 15. The losses have come to quality opponents for the most part, with the first two coming in mid-November in the Global Sports Classic Tournament.
The first loss to UNLV, who just fell out of the top 25 this weekend, and the following loss to Oregon in Eugene, where the #21 Ducks knocked off unbeaten Arizona a week ago.
Then on December 18 the Gamecocks traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers of the Big XII. JSU took an early lead but fell behind before halftime. A late rally had the Gamecocks within two point with seconds remaining, but ultimately Jax State fell 55-59.
Early this month, JSU dropped back to back games to tough conference opponents Belmont and Tennessee State. Neither has yet to drop an OVC game this season.
With the apr penalties enforced on JSU, leading to the biggest punishment of no postseason, the Gamecocks only have 11 more games left to make the season as great as possible.
Tonight the Gamecocks have a chance at revenge against Tennessee State in Nashville, and then Saturday JSU hosts also undefeaten in the OVC, Eastern Kentucky.
A week from Saturday big name Murray State comes to Pete Mathews Coliseum in what is sure to be a great game.
These big games are what the Gamecocks have left to make a statement for their season, and a few wins over those opponents will make them remember the Gamecocks, even if JSU isn't in the postseason.