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Jackson State 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Jackson State Tigers - Southwestern Athletic Conference (21-13, 12-6)

Seed: #16 - Midwest Region

Big Wins: 11/21 at Rutgers (71-70), 11/25 Illinois-Chicago (71-68), 3/10 vs Mississippi Valley State (81-71)

Bad Losses: 12/2 at UC Davis (58-66), 1/20 at Grambling State (74-77), 2/3 at Alcorn State (80-88)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2000, First Round loss to Arizona

Coach: Tevester Anderson (0-2 in 2 NCAA appearances)

Probable Jackson State Starters:

  • Catraiva Givens, Junior, Guard, 5.4 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.7 spg

  • Trey Johnson, Senior, Guard, 27.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 4.6 rpg

  • Julius Young, Senior, Guard, 8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg

  • Edwin Jarrow, Junior, Forward, 1.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg

  • Grant Maxey, Freshman, Forward, 8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 bpg


Key Roleplayers for Jackson State:

  • Kay Martinez, Junior, Guard, 5.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg

  • Darrion Griffin, Sophomore, Guard, 4.6 ppg, 1.5 apg

  • Garrison Johnson, Freshman, Forward, 2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg

  • Jeremy Caldwell, Sophomore, Center, 7.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg


Why They Can Surprise:
Shooting guard Trey Johnson is a legitimate superstar and flirted with the NBA after his junior season. For his senior campaign, Johnson averaged 27.1 points, ranking second in the nation. Johnson takes 21.5 shots per game and will do much of the scoring for Jackson State. Johnson can hit the long ball, but will also do loads of damage by getting to the basket and the foul line.

Fellow senior Julius Young mans the other wing and will do some scoring of his own. Young is not much of a threat from behind the arc, but is a decent complimentary scoring threat beside Johnson. Kay Martinez and Darrion Griffin are solid scorers off the bench. Martinez can knock down the long ball, while Griffin will use his speed to get to the rim.


Why Jackson State Can Disappoint:
The emergence of freshman Grant Maxey has given the Tigers a threat under the basket. Maxey averages 8.8 points and a team high 5.8 rebounds per game, but he does lack the strength at this point in his career to be a great rebounder. Jackson State gets outrebounded by two boards a game and Maxey will need some help from Jeremy Caldwell and Edwin Jarrow. At 6-8 and 200 pounds, Caldwell has the body to get on the glass, but lacks the consistency to do it game in and game out. Jarrow is undersized to play the four, but does a decent job doing the dirty work for the Tigers.

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Who To Watch:
Point guard Catraiva Givens makes the team go. Turnovers can be a problem for the team, but Givens boasts a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and works well with the speedy offense of Coach Tevester Anderson. If Givens can create open looks for Johnson, the Tigers can be a dangerous team.


By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 71.2 (127th in nation, 1st in conference)

Scoring Defense: 72.4 (257, 9)

Field-Goal Percentage: 41.9 (258, 1)

Field-Goal Defense: 43.9 (167, 8)

Free-Throw Percentage: 70.7 (119, 1)

Rebound Margin: -1.4 (233, 6)

Assists Per Game: 13.5 (163, 1)

Turnovers Per Game: 15.6 (236, 2)


Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Florida


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