ATLANTA-Georgia State will make its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament beginning on Friday as a No. 14 seed facing No. 3 seed Houston in a Midwest Region first-round contest Tulsa, Okla.

Georgia State (24-9) is making its second-straight appearance for the first time in program history and third in the last five years.

Last season the Panthers earned a No. 15-seed and fell to No. 2-Cincinnati 68-53 despite leading in the second half. In 2015, when a No. 14-seed, the Panthers became the Cinderella of the ‘Big Dance’ when R.J. Hunter hit a 30-foot 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds to play to stun No. 3-seed Baylor as head coach Ron Hunter fell off a stool. The elder Hunter had torn his Achilles in the Sun Belt Conference championship game celebration a week before. ‘The Shot’ capped a 13-0 run to finish the game with 12 of those points coming from R.J. Hunter.

In 2001, as a No. 11 seed, the Panthers upset No. 6 Wisconsin, 50-49 in the first round. Georgia State’s first appearance in the Big Dance came in 1991.

Georgia State will be facing Houston (31-3) for the first time in program history. Game times will be announced later on Sunday night. The winner will face No. 6 Iowa State and No. 11 Ohio State on Sunday.

Georgia State has received a limited supply of tickets for Tulsa. Tickets will go sale Sunday evening on For updates on the Panthers all week leading up to the tournament, please visit